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United Nations Drug Report Puts Unprecedented Focus On Cannabis

The report, which recommended a global ban on advertising, and addressed a rise in high-THC flower amid a decline in youth perceptions of harm, went deeper on cannabis trends than in prior years.

Caribbean

After Long Delays, New Report is a Step Toward Regulated Cannabis in Trinidad and Tobago

Lawmakers have released a report on a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis for medical, research, and religious purposes, with an eye toward export.

Caribbean

Jamaica Hosts “Candid Conversation about Cannabis” with Regulators, Officials

The event, focused on accreditation of the country’s cannabis industry, was held in advance of World Accreditation Day on June 9.

Mexico

Mexico: Lawmakers Miss their Deadline to Legalize Cannabis

While some lawmakers are considering a special session, the Supreme Court could also take action.

Australia

Australian Officials Urge Cannabis Advertising Compliance

The country’s five-year old medical cannabis program is slowly taking shape, and more robust reforms may be on the horizon.

China

China: The Hemp Industry Here Sees New Possibilities, but a Lack of National Regulations Could Limit Them

Hemp-derived CBD products are hitting the market and local provinces are drawing up rules, but many say a national framework is needed.

Australia

Victoria, Australia Holds Public Hearing on Cannabis With an Eye Toward Reform

Australia’s second most populous state has received more than 1,400 comments about cannabis since it opened a public inquiry in early 2020.

Israel

Israel: Can Cannabis Legalization Regain Momentum?

Bureaucratic disconnect and political shifts may have scuppered Israel’s once imminent prospect of adult use legalization.

Mexico

Mexico: Lower House Vote Brings Cannabis Legalization One Step Closer

The Chamber of Deputies has passed a legalization bill, which will now return to the Senate, bringing Mexico closer to becoming the world's largest legal cannabis market.

Mexico

Mexico: Lawmakers Again Resume Cannabis Legalization Conversations

Lawmakers are set to vote on an amended cannabis legalization bill this week. Their deadline, which has already been extended three times, is April 30.

Caribbean

Bermuda’s Cannabis Reform Push Dealt Blow After Losing Critical Vote

In a 6-5 vote, the Senate killed a bill that would have legalized cannabis for adult use. The Attorney General said that the government “will not be deterred” from pursuing reforms.

Caribbean

Jamaica Shuffles Cannabis Leadership Ahead of Export Regulations Announcement

Jamaica’s industry has drawn significant interest from international investors, due to the island's historical association with cannabis and low-cost production.

Caribbean

Bermuda Prepares To Lock Horns With United Kingdom Over Adult Use Cannabis

A bill to legalize cannabis for adult use is advancing in Bermuda, but the UK is likely to withhold support.

Canada

Q&A: Canada’s Legal Cannabis Industry Has a Diversity Problem

A University of Toronto study found that Canada’s industry is overwhelmingly male and white. One co-author says that there are lessons to learn from the US when it comes to equity.

Caribbean

As US Virgin Islands Cannabis Board Hosts First Town Hall, Residents Decry Delays

The USVI medical cannabis roll-out is taking years, which could slow down the governor’s adult use cannabis plans.

Caribbean

Bahamas: Prime Minister Commits to Medicinal Cannabis, But Not Adult Use

A legislative committee has been formed to craft a proposal to legalize medical cannabis and to expunge records.