Global

Brazil

New Medical Cannabis Regulations in Brazil Face Criticism

Regulators approved new rules for cannabis-based products, but patient advocates are disappointed and one lawmaker says the changes still don’t democratize access.

Caribbean

Cannabis and the Caribbean, Part II: Dangers and Opportunities

“It makes no sense to create wealth that will only increase economic inequality”—David Burt, premier of Bermuda

Caribbean

Cannabis in the Caribbean, Part I: Change is Coming

Laws are loosening and investors are interested, but who will reap the benefits?

Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago Moves to Decriminalize, Establish Cannabis Economy

Activists have had mixed reactions to the draft legislation and say that lawmakers should allow for a full adult use industry.

Netherlands

The Netherlands: in Cannabis Coffee Shops, a Change is Coming

For decades, cannabis has been sold in coffee shops, but illegal to grow. A government experiment, approved by the Senate this week, aims to resolve that tension.

Caribbean

Q&A: As Cannabis Reform Stalls in Trinidad and Tobago, An Activist Peers Ahead

Nazma Muller is entering her fifth week of protest outside Trinidad and Tobago’s Parliament, as she pushes hard for cannabis law reform, and to include local players in an emerging legal industry.

Business, Canada, Enforcement

Canada’s Securities Regulators Warn Cannabis Industry Over “Conflicts of Interest”

Today, guidance was released for cannabis companies due to the "higher than usual crossover of financial interests" in the industry.

UK/Europe

UK Health Officials Approve Medical Cannabis Products

Sativex and Epidyolex were approved for reimbursement by the NHS for some conditions. But health officials say product costs are too high, and benefits too low, for patients with chronic pain.

Global

The Fight for Home Grows in South America

Amid discord among international regulators, domestic lawmakers have drafted a host of bills to increase patient access to cannabis.

Mexico

Mexico Misses a Major Cannabis Reform Deadline: Here’s Why and What Might Be Next

Legislators were working under a Supreme Court mandate to regulate in a way that promotes a new legal industry and curbs an old illegal one. Now they’re scrambling to regroup.

France

A Medical Cannabis Experiment in France Is Officially Underway

The government will soon have data to determine whether to approve medical cannabis use for pain relief.

Global, Hemp

Analysis: The Global Debate Over Defining Hemp Heats Up

The growing hemp industry lacks universal agreement on its THC threshold.

Canada

Canada: Edibles, Concentrates, and Vaping Products Are Now, Officially, Legal

Government agencies believe they have been careful to establish “the appropriate safeguards” in regulations that go into effect today for products that will hit stores in December.

Brazil

Brazil: Medical Cannabis Proposals Are Put On Hold

Divided regulators ask for more time to consider the measures, which would advance research and access.

Caribbean

Jamaica’s Big Bet on Cannabis Research Partnerships

The country is partnering with Harvard to research and develop “high-quality” strains of medical cannabis, aiming to "transform and diversify the Jamaican national economy.”

Business, Global

Global Exchanges Brace for Impact as Congress Seriously Considers Cannabis Banking Bill

Stock exchanges in Canada, Australia, and Jamaica talk to Cannabis Wire about how closely they’re watching US cannabis legislation that could change the international economic landscape.