Regulators approved new rules for cannabis-based products, but patient advocates are disappointed and one lawmaker says the changes still don’t democratize access.
“It makes no sense to create wealth that will only increase economic inequality”—David Burt, premier of Bermuda
Laws are loosening and investors are interested, but who will reap the benefits?
Activists have had mixed reactions to the draft legislation and say that lawmakers should allow for a full adult use industry.
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.
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.
Today, guidance was released for cannabis companies due to the "higher than usual crossover of financial interests" in the industry.
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.
Amid discord among international regulators, domestic lawmakers have drafted a host of bills to increase patient access to cannabis.
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.
The government will soon have data to determine whether to approve medical cannabis use for pain relief.
The growing hemp industry lacks universal agreement on its THC threshold.
Government agencies believe they have been careful to establish “the appropriate safeguards” in regulations that go into effect today for products that will hit stores in December.
Divided regulators ask for more time to consider the measures, which would advance research and access.
The country is partnering with Harvard to research and develop “high-quality” strains of medical cannabis, aiming to "transform and diversify the Jamaican national economy.”
Stock exchanges in Canada, Australia, and Jamaica talk to Cannabis Wire about how closely they’re watching US cannabis legislation that could change the international economic landscape.