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Fri
29
Nov

European Hemp Farmers Feeling Hampered By EU's Low THC Limit

Since 1999, after intense lobbying from unions representing French farmers, the THC limit for European hemp has been capped at 0.2%. Yet two decades hence, that standard is being blamed for negatively impacting the viability of the European hemp industry.

Fri
29
Nov

EU should adopt German standards on medical cannabis, campaigners say

Germany’s regulatory approach to medical cannabis is good practice and should be replicated across Europe, according to newly-born European Medicinal Cannabis Association (EUMCA).

The recently established lobby group is taking its first steps in the Brussels bubble, advocating for an EU-wide regulatory framework on medical marijuana.

While the market for medical cannabis is already well developed in some EU member states, only EU-wide standards can ensure patients have the same across Europe.

Different legislation across EU countries on prescribing cannabis-based medicines can hinder patients’ access to their treatment when they travel abroad, EUMCA said.

Thu
28
Nov

CBD Industry Rocked By U.S FDA’s ‘Real Risks’ Update And More Warning Letters

Regulators’ concerns over the unfettered sale of CBD have burst into the open with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing an interim warning on the potential harmful effects of CBD.

At the same time, the FDA announced it had sent warning letters (again) to a further 15 companies, stating that they should not be making medical claims on the health benefits of CBD and gave them 15 working days to deal with the issue.

Thu
28
Nov

FDA Publishes Revised Consumer Update On CBD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent another batch of warning letters to CBD vendors and again expressed concerns about the safety of cannabidiol.

15 companies were recently sent warning letters concerning the alleged illegal sale of CBD products the FDA says violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

Thu
28
Nov

‘The benefits are incontestable’: Trinidad and Tobago poised to decriminalize cannabis

Trinidad and Tobago is joining the Caribbean cannabis club.

Thu
28
Nov

Michiganders can buy recreational marijuana December 1. Here’s what you need to know

It's happening. On Sunday, December 1, Michiganders over the age of 21 will be able purchase recreational marijuana from licensed retailers.

But you can’t just walk down to your nearest pot shop without a medical card and stock up. The licensing process is still in the very early stages, and only a handful of businesses will be open Sunday.

So who can sell recreational marijuana today, and who can buy it? Here’s what you need to know.

Who can sell

On December 1, only three businesses will be licensed to sell recreational marijuana: Exclusive Brands, Arbors Wellness, and Greenstone Provisions. All three shops are located in Ann Arbor.

Thu
28
Nov

Puerto Rico’s Hemp Industry Growing Roots

The Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture estimates that by 2020 there will be at least 10,000 acres of hemp cultivated in Puerto Rico for commercial purposes.

The director of the Office for Licensing and Inspection of Hemp of the Department of Agriculture, Irving Rodríguez, said that the local government needs to submit a plan before the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) by January.

“After that we will move on to the commercial phase. There are already farmers with thousands of acres waiting,” the official said.

He anticipates the development of products such as cooking oil, milk or hemp juice, hemp blocks (hempcrete), animal feed, clothing, medical treatments and CBD items.

Thu
28
Nov

Missouri hemp associations seek to operate under state, not federal, guidelines for 2020

Leaders of a handful of Missouri hemp association groups have implored the Parson administration to take advantage of a federal provision allowing the state to operate its new hemp program under state statute for 2020. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final interim rules allowed states to operate under their own statutes — as authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill — for the 2020 growing season. 

Wed
27
Nov

Big retailers could shy away from CBD as FDA's unease over safety of the cannabis compound grows

CBD wholesalers should “have big concerns” about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s growing unease about the safety of the cannabis compound, according to one chief executive officer.

The FDA said Monday that it “cannot conclude that CBD is generally recognized as safe among qualified experts for its use in human or animal food.”

It added that “some of the available data raise serious concerns about potential harm from CBD,” including liver injury, drowsiness, diarrhea and changes in mood, and raised questions about its impact on children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Wed
27
Nov

Can Hong Kong become Asia’s hub for medical cannabis and hemp?

Medical cannabis, its milder cousin CBD, and a plethora of environmental and impact hemp technologies are already sweeping across Asia. While countries like Thailand have taken the lead, the heavy-hitters are not far behind, with change anticipated in China and India. The question for Hong Kong is whether it will step up to the challenges and opportunities this will bring or if it will remain on the sidelines.

The opportunity is huge. Seasoned cannabis industry insiders believe Asia could be the world’s production and consumption hub with the potential to amass tens, if not hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue.

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