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Caribbean

Barbados Medical Cannabis Industry Launches, Aims to Boost Small Farmers

Barbados will also implement a system to track and trace cannabis from seed to sale, the Caribbean island nation’s cannabis regulator said last week.

Mexico

Mexico Publishes Long-Awaited Medical Cannabis Regulations

Medical cannabis has been legal since 2017, albeit in vague and limited terms. A regulatory framework took more than three years to follow.

Global, United States

Cannabis Wire’s Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2020

From lobbying and the nuance of smokable hemp policies, to appellations and cannabis consumer data, here are Cannabis Wire's most-read stories of 2020.

Mexico

Mexico: Supreme Court Extends Deadline For Lawmakers to Legalize Cannabis

Lawmakers now have until April 2021 to pass a bill to legalize cannabis for adult use.

Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: Locals Fight for Foothold as Cannabis Industry Bill Goes To Key Committee

The committee must deliver its report on the bill by December 31.

Global

In Historic Vote, United Nations Acknowledges Therapeutic Potential of Cannabis

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs vote, in response to World Health Organization recommendations, is the first-ever loosening of global restrictions on cannabis.

Caribbean

British Virgin Islands: Medical Cannabis Momentum Stalls

Without the signature of Governor Augustus Jaspert, medical cannabis legislation can’t be formally adopted.

Mexico

Mexico: Senate Passes Bill To Legalize Cannabis

After a historic session, the bill heads to the Chamber of Deputies. And while the president’s position is unclear, the Supreme Court has required legalization by December 15.

France, UK/Europe

European Union: Top Court Rules Against Bans On “Lawfully Produced” CBD

That is, “unless that legislation is appropriate for securing the attainment of the objective of protecting public health.”

Mexico

In Mexico, Lawmakers Renew Push to Legalize Cannabis

Three Senate commissions approved a draft legalization bill, and a formal vote is expected on Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate floor. Lawmakers have until December 15 to meet the Supreme Court deadline to legalize.

Argentina

Argentina’s President Expands Medical Cannabis, Allows Home Grow

President Alberto Fernández issued a decree that also allows for access to medical cannabis products, if patients have a doctor’s prescription.

Colombia

Colombia: Lawmakers Reject Adult-Use Cannabis Bill

Supporters of the bill argued that cannabis regulation is an alternative to the failed war on drugs, while opponents focused on the potential negative health effects.

New Zealand

New Zealand Voters Reject Cannabis Legalization, Preliminary Results Show

While the final count won’t be released until November 6, early results released on October 30 show that only 46 percent of voters support the referendum.

Caribbean

Dominica’s Parliament Passes Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

This week, the government approved a bill to remove penalties for possession of up to 28 grams of cannabis, while looking to create revenue from cannabis.

Global

View From Inside: The Future of Global Cannabis Control

Pavel Pachta, the former Deputy Secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board, focused his Cannabis Law Institute keynote on the United Nations vote on cannabis this December.

New Zealand

New Zealanders Cast Their Votes On Cannabis Legalization

The referendum took place on October 17, but the final results won’t be announced until November 6.