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China

China: The Hemp Industry Here Sees New Possibilities, but a Lack of National Regulations Could Limit Them

Hemp-derived CBD products are hitting the market and local provinces are drawing up rules, but many say a national framework is needed.

Australia

Victoria, Australia Holds Public Hearing on Cannabis With an Eye Toward Reform

Australia’s second most populous state has received more than 1,400 comments about cannabis since it opened a public inquiry in early 2020.

Israel

Israel: Can Cannabis Legalization Regain Momentum?

Bureaucratic disconnect and political shifts may have scuppered Israel’s once imminent prospect of adult use legalization.

Mexico

Mexico: Lower House Vote Brings Cannabis Legalization One Step Closer

The Chamber of Deputies has passed a legalization bill, which will now return to the Senate, bringing Mexico closer to becoming the world's largest legal cannabis market.

Mexico

Mexico: Lawmakers Again Resume Cannabis Legalization Conversations

Lawmakers are set to vote on an amended cannabis legalization bill this week. Their deadline, which has already been extended three times, is April 30.

Caribbean

Bermuda’s Cannabis Reform Push Dealt Blow After Losing Critical Vote

In a 6-5 vote, the Senate killed a bill that would have legalized cannabis for adult use. The Attorney General said that the government “will not be deterred” from pursuing reforms.

Caribbean

Jamaica Shuffles Cannabis Leadership Ahead of Export Regulations Announcement

Jamaica’s industry has drawn significant interest from international investors, due to the island's historical association with cannabis and low-cost production.

Caribbean

Bermuda Prepares To Lock Horns With United Kingdom Over Adult Use Cannabis

A bill to legalize cannabis for adult use is advancing in Bermuda, but the UK is likely to withhold support.

Canada

Q&A: Canada’s Legal Cannabis Industry Has a Diversity Problem

A University of Toronto study found that Canada’s industry is overwhelmingly male and white. One co-author says that there are lessons to learn from the US when it comes to equity.

Caribbean

As US Virgin Islands Cannabis Board Hosts First Town Hall, Residents Decry Delays

The USVI medical cannabis roll-out is taking years, which could slow down the governor’s adult use cannabis plans.

Caribbean

Bahamas: Prime Minister Commits to Medicinal Cannabis, But Not Adult Use

A legislative committee has been formed to craft a proposal to legalize medical cannabis and to expunge records.

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.