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Mon
02
Mar

Global Drug Law Monitor Hints At Fresh Approach To Cannabis Regulation

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), responsible for monitoring compliance with global drug treaties, has admitted it may have to water down its hardline approach to cannabis regulation to stay relevant.

Fri
28
Feb

Vape retailer says coronavirus outbreak will hit cannabis industry

As the coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on global stock markets, one company says the unfolding crisis is bound to hit the cannabis industry.

California online vape retailer ProVape said Wednesday the coronavirus is creating issues for industry around the world as Chinese vape manufacturers are being shut down due to their government’s quarantine of millions of people.

The factory shutdowns mean shipments from China of vape hardware such as coils and batteries have dwindled to a “frightening number,” ProVape said.

Thu
13
Feb

A Brief Global History of the War on Cannabis

I want a Goddamn strong statement on marijuana … I mean one on marijuana that just tears the ass out of them. … By God we are going to hit the marijuana thing, and I want to hit it right square in the puss. … I want to hit it, against legalizing and all that sort of thing.

—Richard Nixon, 37th president of the United States

Before the war on drugs put marijuana farmers firmly in its crosshairs, cannabis was being grown openly and with commercial success on every continent on earth, much as it had been for centuries.

Thu
05
Dec

Why It’s Still So Hard to Sell Medical Marijuana in Asia

Marijuana legalization seems to be making strides across the globe, but there are still plenty of pockets where the idea faces fierce resistance, namely in Asia.

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.

Mon
18
Nov

Thailand speeds up passage of laws permitting personal cannabis cultivation

Thailand is ready to accelerate its fledgling medical marijuana program. 

Anutin Charnvirakul, the country’s health minister, said Wednesday that the government will now permit household cultivation of six cannabis plants in an effort to bolster supplies for medicinal products, and provide another potential cash crop for people there.

Mon
07
Oct

Asia Pacific: cannabis testing and the untapped CBD market

Cannabis and hemp are generally illegal across the Asia Pacific region however, places such as Thailand have recently legalised medical cannabis.

As attitudes changes towards the plant are changing, the different markets are set to grow in the region. Asia is a largely untapped CBD market and represents the next enormous market opportunity to benefit from the global secular trend towards the legalisation of cannabis.

Wed
25
Sep

Thailand is set to become the most pro-cannabis Country in Asia

In Thailand, the seeds of a cannabis awakening are beginning to grow as restrictions on the plant lessen.

While the country has been one of America’s biggest allies when it comes to the War on Drugs, the conservative military-run nation is beginning to peel back the harsh anti-pot laws and opening the doors to medical research.

Thailand has a long history with the plant, where the words “bong” and “ganja” originated, which is also very much intertwined with our own American history with the plant. In December, it became the first country in Asia to legalize medical marijuana.

Citing the success of the western push to legalize cannabis both monetary and medically, Thailand is currently in a race with Malaysia to become the center of marijuana in Asia.

Tue
24
Sep

Chiang Mai university makes Thailand the first Asian country to grow its own breed of medical cannabis

Chiang Mai’s Maejo University has succeeded in creating the first Thai-bred, industrial-grade medical cannabis, giving Thailand the distinction of becoming the first country in Asia to develop a proprietary breed of the plant for medical use, a government official reports.

Anutin Charnvirakul, a deputy prime minister and public health minister, made the announcement while visiting Maejo’s Natural Agriculture Research and Development Centre this weekend.

Fri
20
Sep

The second-largest cannabis market in the World -- and it isn't Canada

There's little doubt that the U.S. is going to be the most lucrative legal cannabis market, once it's fully up and running, and assuming pot is legalized federally. And while the No. 2 spot has typically belonged to Canada, it may not end up that way. While Canada certainly has a head start, having been just the second country to fully legalize marijuana (Uruguay was first), it hasn't exactly been a smooth ride for the cannabis industry there in the period since.

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