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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.

Germany

In Germany, Cannabis Legalization Preparations Kick Off

A coalition behind new Chancellor Olaf Scholz included legalization among its priorities. Just months into his term, health officials will commence meetings in an effort to craft legislation.

Caribbean

In Trinidad and Tobago, Medical Cannabis Clears a Major Hurdle

The House of Representatives passed a bill, years in the making, to legalize and regulate cannabis for medical and religious purposes.

Mexico

Mexico: Cannabis Regulation is Still Stalled

A proposal circulated but was quickly halted as ruling party members disagreed on the way forward.

Global, United States

Cannabis Wire’s Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2021

From Amazon lobbying on cannabis to the first federal definition of a THC dose, here are Cannabis Wire's most-read stories of 2021.

Mexico

Mexico: Cannabis Legalization Stumbles—Again

Three years after the Supreme Court ruled out prohibition, lawmakers still haven’t reached consensus on regulation.

UK/Europe

Malta’s President Signs Cannabis Legalization Bill

The country is the first in the European Union to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for non-medical purposes, with others expected to follow in 2022.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Hits the Brakes on Legalizing Medical Cannabis and Hemp

After months of delays, a bill to legalize and regulate both came within a whisker of passing. But it was re-routed at the last minute, and its future is unclear.

Panama

Panama’s President Signs a Medicinal Cannabis Bill

After a five-year push, activists celebrated the new law, though some of them say it is still too restrictive.

Caribbean

Saint Lucia Tackles Long-Promised Cannabis Reform

With revenue from a new industry in mind, the country aims to catch up with some Caribbean neighbors.

Caribbean

Belize: A Cannabis Legalization Bill Hits Some Headwinds

For different reasons, the religious community and the hemp industry both want to tap the brakes on cannabis reform.

Caribbean

In Barbados, Rising Calls for Cannabis Legalization Debate

The Caribbean island nation has launched its medical cannabis industry, and now seeks to balance social costs with economic benefits in adopting further reforms.

Argentina

Argentina Prepares to Expand Medical Cannabis and Hemp Industries

A bill regulating both has already passed in the Senate and it is expected to sail through the Chamber of Deputies.