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Mexico

Mexico: Senate Asks Supreme Court for More Time on Cannabis Legalization

Mexican lawmakers were racing to meet an April 30 deadline to legalize cannabis for adult use. And then coronavirus hit.

New Zealand

New Zealand Officially Launches its Medicinal Cannabis Program

New rules take effect April 1, including fewer barriers for doctors prescribing products, and available licenses for cultivators and manufacturers.

Caribbean, Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Pandemic is Slowing Cannabis Reform in the Caribbean

Parliamentary meetings, regulatory rule setting, and investment summits are being postponed, slowing what had been steady progress in the region.

Coronavirus, Netherlands

The Netherlands: In a Pandemic, Rules for Cannabis Coffee Shops Are Rapidly Evolving

As the virus took hold, the outlets were closed. But when street dealers quickly moved in, the government began to rethink the situation.

Caribbean

Saint Vincent: Illicit Cannabis Cultivators Get an Amnesty Offer

The government has also opened the door—part way—to banking licensed growers.

Mexico

Mexico: Lawmakers Cast First Vote in Cannabis Legalization Push

Three Senate committees approved a draft bill to legalize cannabis for medical, adult, and industrial use, kicking off a push toward an April deadline.

Global

Analysis: The World Health Organization Says Cannabis Is Medicine. What Does the US Have to Say?

A global vote this week on the WHO’s position will be delayed. But here’s what the US (and other countries) have said so far.

Global

Global Vote on Cannabis as Medicine Expected to Be Delayed Again

Cannabis Wire reviewed a draft decision to delay until December the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs vote on the World Health Organization’s recommendation to reschedule cannabis.

Caribbean

Bahamas Cannabis Legalization Plan May Depend, in Part, on a Survey

The National Commission on Marijuana, split on adult use legalization, puts the question to the public.

Caribbean

Saint Kitts Lawmakers Approve Cannabis Reforms, Open Door for Industry

Lawmakers approved legislation to establish a Medicinal Cannabis Authority that would create licenses for everything from cultivation to consumption spaces.

Caribbean

Saint Vincent Targets Cannabis Industry Development in 2020 Economic Plan

While Saint Vincent expects a boost in cannabis revenue, US banking hurdles remain a major headache in the Caribbean.

Canada

Q&A: Can Cannabis Production Workers Unionize? An Answer Is Coming in Ontario

A major union takes on labor law in the province where most of Canada’s product is grown.

Caribbean

Next Up for Cannabis Reform in the Caribbean: The Bahamas

Cannabis Wire reviewed a summary of the report sent to the prime minister that recommends both medical and adult use legalization.

Caribbean

Jamaica Moves to Give Traditional Farmers a Cut of the Legal Cannabis Industry

The government wants to transition illegal cannabis growers into the legal industry, and to get exports underway.

Caribbean

Barbados Tiptoes Ahead With Cannabis Plans—Carefully

The island will soon accept applications for medical cannabis cultivation licenses, but decriminalization will have to wait.

Global, Longread

2019: The Year in Cannabis

Cannabis Wire’s roundup and analysis of the top stories and trends in global cannabis business, policy, and research in 2019.