Global

Caribbean

Saint Lucia Considers the Economics of Cannabis Reform

An analysis presents a case for adult-use, among other reforms, as the country’s leaders consider how to shape legislation.

Caribbean

The British Virgin Islands: Yes to Medical Cannabis but No to Adult Use

With an eye toward exports, the BVI government aims to create a $30 million industry for domestically cultivated cannabis. But high fines and long sentences stay in place.

Coronavirus, Global

United Nations Report Suggests COVID-19 Lockdowns Are “Increasing Demand for Cannabis”

A new report on global drug trends also notes that cannabis accounts for more than half of all global drug law offenses, and “remains the main drug that brings people into contact with the criminal justice system.”

Colombia

Colombia: Global Expectations, But Not For the Small Farmer

Many small farmers here would like to grow cannabis legally, but a rigid bureaucracy and stiff financial requirements are fencing them out.

Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing From the First Six Months of Cannabis Decriminalization

Arrests are down, illicit crops are up, and everyone awaits further legislation.

Caribbean

Bermuda Talks Banking as Cannabis Bill Goes to Public Consultations

A draft bill to legalize cannabis for adult use was released last week for public input.

Caribbean

Barbados: A Medical Cannabis Industry Seems Close to Launch, but Small Farmers Fear They’ll Be Left Behind

At a meeting, regulators hear worries that big international companies will dominate.

Caribbean

As U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Reintroduces Cannabis Legalization, Debate Returns to Taxes

A similar bill failed in December amid debate over whether cannabis tax revenue should go toward saving the pension fund, or toward boosting other sectors, such as infrastructure and tourism.

Caribbean

Jamaica: As the Cannabis Industry Awaits Delayed Reforms, Regulators Push Temporary Measures

With cannabis developments slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, bureaucrats shift some regulations to boost the industry, such as export and online sales for patients.

Caribbean

Jamaica: Cannabis Export Rules, Though Eagerly Anticipated, Are Delayed

But post COVID-19 pandemic, the nation still aims for growth in the industry.

New Zealand

New Zealand Government Releases Final Cannabis Legalization Plan

A referendum will take place in September in New Zealand, where medical cannabis is already legal.

Australia

Australia Moves to Allow CBD Sales Over the Counter, Calls for Public Input

Today, cannabidiol is in Schedule 4, and therefore allowed only with a prescription.

Mexico

Mexico: Senate Asks Supreme Court for More Time on Cannabis Legalization

Mexican lawmakers were racing to meet an April 30 deadline to legalize cannabis for adult use. And then coronavirus hit.

New Zealand

New Zealand Officially Launches its Medicinal Cannabis Program

New rules take effect April 1, including fewer barriers for doctors prescribing products, and available licenses for cultivators and manufacturers.

Caribbean, Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic is Slowing Cannabis Reform in the Caribbean

Parliamentary meetings, regulatory rule setting, and investment summits are being postponed, slowing what had been steady progress in the region.

Coronavirus, Netherlands

The Netherlands: In a Pandemic, Rules for Cannabis Coffee Shops Are Rapidly Evolving

As the virus took hold, the outlets were closed. But when street dealers quickly moved in, the government began to rethink the situation.