Global

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.

New Zealand

Q&A: New Zealand Voters, Soon To Decide on Adult Use, Have Science in Their Corner

In advance of the October 17 referendum, researchers released results of two high-quality long-term studies on how citizens use cannabis—and how it affects their health and lives.

Global

UN Commission Meets Again On Cannabis Ahead of December Vote

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs will vote on World Health Organization recommendations that would loosen some restrictions on cannabis.

Mexico

Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Regulations Now Expected By Early 2021

After three years of delays, the country’s regulations appeared ready to go into effect in September. Now, medical cannabis patients are looking at January.

Global

Deep-dive: Cannabis Pilot Programs Are Sprouting in Europe

In various ways, and in various nations, leaders are looking for ways to clean up the illicit market or try out medical use.

Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay

Latin America: Can Cannabis Mitigate the Economic Devastation of the Pandemic?

Lawmakers in hard-hit Colombia, Mexico, and Paraguay see big benefits if leaders don’t tarry.

Caribbean

Saint Lucia Joins the Race to Legalize Cannabis

The nation’s leaders have agreed to draw up adult-use legislation and set a date to vote on it.