Global

Caribbean

Barbados Tiptoes Ahead With Cannabis Plans—Carefully

The island will soon accept applications for medical cannabis cultivation licenses, but decriminalization will have to wait.

Global, Longread

2019: The Year in Cannabis

Cannabis Wire’s roundup and analysis of the top stories and trends in global cannabis business, policy, and research in 2019.

Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago Poised to Create Cannabis Industry

A decriminalization bill that also allows import, export, and business licenses is on the president’s desk.

Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The House Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis

After a marathon debate, lawmakers in the Caribbean’s largest economy pushed forward a bill that is likely to spark further reform in the region. Next: the Senate, possibly before the end of the year.

Brazil

New Medical Cannabis Regulations in Brazil Face Criticism

Regulators approved new rules for cannabis-based products, but patient advocates are disappointed and one lawmaker says the changes still don’t democratize access.

Caribbean

Cannabis and the Caribbean, Part II: Dangers and Opportunities

“It makes no sense to create wealth that will only increase economic inequality”—David Burt, premier of Bermuda

Caribbean

Cannabis in the Caribbean, Part I: Change is Coming

Laws are loosening and investors are interested, but who will reap the benefits?

Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago Moves to Decriminalize, Establish Cannabis Economy

Activists have had mixed reactions to the draft legislation and say that lawmakers should allow for a full adult use industry.

Netherlands

The Netherlands: in Cannabis Coffee Shops, a Change is Coming

For decades, cannabis has been sold in coffee shops, but illegal to grow. A government experiment, approved by the Senate this week, aims to resolve that tension.

Caribbean

Q&A: As Cannabis Reform Stalls in Trinidad and Tobago, An Activist Peers Ahead

Nazma Muller is entering her fifth week of protest outside Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament, as she pushes hard for cannabis law reform, and to include local players in an emerging legal industry.

Business, Canada, Enforcement

Canada’s Securities Regulators Warn Cannabis Industry Over “Conflicts of Interest”

Today, guidance was released for cannabis companies due to the "higher than usual crossover of financial interests" in the industry.

UK/Europe

UK Health Officials Approve Medical Cannabis Products

Sativex and Epidyolex were approved for reimbursement by the NHS for some conditions. But health officials say product costs are too high, and benefits too low, for patients with chronic pain.

Global

The Fight for Home Grows in South America

Amid discord among international regulators, domestic lawmakers have drafted a host of bills to increase patient access to cannabis.

Mexico

Mexico Misses a Major Cannabis Reform Deadline: Here’s Why and What Might Be Next

Legislators were working under a Supreme Court mandate to regulate in a way that promotes a new legal industry and curbs an old illegal one. Now they’re scrambling to regroup.

France

A Medical Cannabis Experiment in France Is Officially Underway

The government will soon have data to determine whether to approve medical cannabis use for pain relief.

Global, Hemp

Analysis: The Global Debate Over Defining Hemp Heats Up

The growing hemp industry lacks universal agreement on its THC threshold.