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Costa Rica

Costa Rica Hits the Brakes on Legalizing Medical Cannabis and Hemp

After months of delays, a bill to legalize and regulate both came within a whisker of passing. But it was re-routed at the last minute, and its future is unclear.

Panama

Panama’s President Signs a Medicinal Cannabis Bill

After a five-year push, activists celebrated the new law, though some of them say it is still too restrictive.

Caribbean

Saint Lucia Tackles Long-Promised Cannabis Reform

With revenue from a new industry in mind, the country aims to catch up with some Caribbean neighbors.

Caribbean

Belize: A Cannabis Legalization Bill Hits Some Headwinds

For different reasons, the religious community and the hemp industry both want to tap the brakes on cannabis reform.

Caribbean

In Barbados, Rising Calls for Cannabis Legalization Debate

The Caribbean island nation has launched its medical cannabis industry, and now seeks to balance social costs with economic benefits in adopting further reforms.

Argentina

Argentina Prepares to Expand Medical Cannabis and Hemp Industries

A bill regulating both has already passed in the Senate and it is expected to sail through the Chamber of Deputies.

Australia

Will Australia Step Toward Legal Cannabis?

A parliamentary committee in Australia’s second most populous state has, after months of meetings and public comment, released a report calling for consideration of legal cannabis.

Caribbean

Saint Lucia: After a National Election Favorable to Cannabis Reform, Activists Start the Countdown

Voters may have warmed to the economic case for a new legal industry.

Colombia

With Exports, Colombia Aims to “Play Big” in the Global Cannabis Industry

President Iván Duque issued a decree to lift a ban on cannabis flower exports, five years after medical cannabis became legal, and the industry sees opportunity.

Caribbean

Antigua Bets on a Public-Private Partnership for Cannabis Cultivation

The venture represents the first time a government in the Caribbean has entered the industry as an asset holder and investor.

Mexico

Mexico’s Supreme Court Votes to End Cannabis Prohibition

In an historic vote, cannabis prohibition was deemed unconstitutional by Mexico’s Supreme Court.

Caribbean

Q&A: A Caribbean Leader Talks Cannabis, Banks, and Regional Cooperation

An interview with the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, who is also the incoming Chair of CARICOM, the organization that strives for economic cooperation among its fifteen Caribbean members.

Global

United Nations Drug Report Puts Unprecedented Focus On Cannabis

The report, which recommended a global ban on advertising, and addressed a rise in high-THC flower amid a decline in youth perceptions of harm, went deeper on cannabis trends than in prior years.

Caribbean

After Long Delays, New Report is a Step Toward Regulated Cannabis in Trinidad and Tobago

Lawmakers have released a report on a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis for medical, research, and religious purposes, with an eye toward export.

Caribbean

Jamaica Hosts “Candid Conversation about Cannabis” with Regulators, Officials

The event, focused on accreditation of the country’s cannabis industry, was held in advance of World Accreditation Day on June 9.

Mexico

Mexico: Lawmakers Miss their Deadline to Legalize Cannabis

While some lawmakers are considering a special session, the Supreme Court could also take action.