Global

Mexico

Mexico’s Supreme Court Orders Lawmakers to Regulate Medical Cannabis

The new ruling adds mounting pressure on Mexican lawmakers, who, despite the legalization of medical cannabis in 2017, have not created a pathway for patient access.

Caribbean

Barbados Becomes Latest Caribbean Nation to Introduce Cannabis Bill

The debate surrounding the legalization—or even decriminalization—of cannabis in Barbados has been contentious.

Mexico

Mexico’s Historic Opportunity to Get Cannabis Right

Under a Supreme Court order to legalize and regulate the drug, the country is holding a big civic discussion about exactly how best to do that.

UK/Europe

UK’s National Health Service Report Addresses Barriers to Medical Cannabis

The report indicates that the National Institute for Health Research should prioritize research on cannabis-based products in five areas, including chronic pain in children and young people.

Global

The Complicated Backstory of Europe’s First Cannabis Import from Latin America

Possible winners? Workers in Uruguay and Colombia, and patients in Europe. Possible losers? Adult use consumers in Uruguay, who face a shortage.

Global

Australian Government Moves to Bolster Medical Cannabis Industry

The administration announced priority licensing for large-scale business projects to ramp up economic growth in the country.

Global

El Salvador Inches Toward Legal Medical Cannabis

But the conservative politician pushing the measure says that’s as far as it goes.

Global

St. Kitts and Nevis Takes a Big Step Toward Cannabis Reform

In the wake of a major report on all aspects of cannabis policy, the prime minister moves to relax the rules.

Luxembourg

Q&A: How Luxembourg Is Preparing for Legalization

Officials have conducted cannabis “study visits” to the Netherlands, Portugal and Canada.

France

France Takes Big Step Toward Medical Cannabis Legalization

French patients see relief, and potential providers see economic opportunity.

Global

EU Monitoring Agency Releases Report on Cannabis, Calls for Increased Surveillance

Officials are particularly concerned about rise in product potency.

Canada

Canada Unveils Long-Awaited Regulations for Edible Cannabis Products

Cannabis buds have been for sale across the country since October. But officials wanted to take their time crafting rules for more potent products, like edibles and concentrates.

Global

UN’s International Narcotics Control Board Calls for Decriminalization of Simple Possession, Abolition of Capital Punishment

“There is no obligation stemming from the conventions to incarcerate drug users who commit minor offences.”

Mexico

Mexican Lawmakers Push Public Health, Discourage For-Profit Sales, In Cannabis Forum

International community has “condemnation for countries that have opted for a complete legalization of marijuana,” INCB member says.

Israel

Israel: Cannabis R&D May Pay Off

An election has placed cannabis in the spotlight. While government support and a tradition of research bodes well for the “new gold,” companies face challenges on the global market.

Global

United Nations Unanimously Agrees to Indefinitely Postpone Cannabis Vote  

Member States need “more time to consider the recommendations" of the World Health Organization that acknowledge the therapeutic potential of cannabis.