Global

Global, United States

The Year of the Tipping Point

Cannabis Wire looks back on some of the most significant moments in 2023, and ahead to a potentially historic 2024.

Germany

In Germany, the Parliament’s Health Committee Hears Perspectives on Legal Cannabis

Monday’s hearing follows the adult use bill’s first reading in parliament in October.

Global, UK/Europe

What’s Next for Cannabis in Europe? EU Agency Hosts Panel on National Reforms

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction hosted officials from Malta, Germany, and the Netherlands to share lessons learned.

Colombia

Colombia Nearly Legalizes Cannabis, But Falls Short in Final Vote

An adult use bill advanced farther than ever before. But opposition to reforms, and to the president, led to a seven-vote gap.

Germany

Germany’s Revised Adult Use Cannabis Legalization Plan is Here

The phased plan: home cultivation and non-profit clubs are in, while edibles, lounges, and non-residents are out. Eventually, maybe, regulated shops will be allowed.

Global

United Nations’ Narcotics Board Report Reckons With Cannabis Legalization Trend

The International Narcotics Control Board’s latest report, launched Thursday, for the first time devotes its first chapter to cannabis legalization.

Global

2022: The Year Cannabis Reform Reached the White House 

From the Hill to the Big Apple to Germany, cannabis conversations reached new heights. Cannabis Wire’s top stories of 2022 cover what’s happened and what’s next.

Global, Research

Cannabis Researchers and Regulators Push for Global Quality Control “Harmonization” 

ASTM International hosted global heavyweights in cannabis industry, research, and regulation for a two-day conference focused on standards.

Colombia

Is Colombia Close to Overturning Cannabis Prohibition? A Bill Inches Ahead

With a new Congress and a new president, an adult use bill is advancing that could flip the switch by June if not sooner.

Germany

Germany’s Cannabis Legalization Plan Takes Shape

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach presented a broad plan to the cabinet on Wednesday, which it supported. Next up: European Commission review.

Canada

Canadian Government Launches Review of Cannabis Legalization

The country has allowed legal adult use sales since 2018. A mandated review, which kicked off Thursday, will assess outcomes, from youth use to social and environmental impacts.

Caribbean

UK to Bermuda: Don’t Legalize Cannabis

Bermuda lawmakers advanced an adult use bill this year, but the British overseas territory could not proceed without the approval of the United Kingdom.

Colombia

Colombia: A New President Could Jump-Start Cannabis

The industry will be seen as a player in the economy—and likely legalized—after President-elect Gustavo Petro takes office on August 7.

Germany

Germany Wraps Cannabis Legalization Hearings. Here’s What Happened, and What’s Next

The country is on track to legalize and regulate cannabis consumption and sales for adults. A public consultation throughout June was the first big step.

UK/Europe

Europe’s Food Safety Authority Holds Listening Session on CBD in Food

Much like in the US, regulators in Europe are grappling with the safety of CBD, as it is already widely used among consumers.

Global

UN Report For the First Time Assesses Cannabis Legalization Outcomes, Environmental Impacts

The United Nations annual drug report aims to make sense of an increasingly expansive and complex global cannabis landscape, despite data gaps.