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Can Bulgaria Help with EU Regulation for CBD in Food?

Will EU regulation of the CBD market kill it, or will a more Americanized approach of getting around laws prevail in Bulgaria?

As tends to happen throughout history when a new industry is brought to the forefront and then submitted to regulation, the initial regulations might not fit correctly, be too generalized for more particular areas, or even cause harm. There are a lot of reasons this could happen from sheer incompetence, to a lack of understanding of a market by those who regulate it, or even because it can be financially beneficial for other entities which might be hurt or helped by such regulation.


‘The Father of Cannabis Research’ recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award and $10,000 grant

Raphael Mechoulam has spent a lifetime studying cannabis—now he’ll receive the highest of honours for his work.

The Arcview Group will celebrate the cannabis king with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a $10,000 research grant in its first annual cannabis awards presentation at the Arcview Investor Forum on Oct. 3.

“Raphael Mechoulam’s contribution to our understanding and ability to use the cannabis plant for positive benefits is immeasurable,” read a release from Arcview.


This EU Country has become the first to allow free sale of CBD

Bulgaria has issued its first authorization for a company to sell hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, products freely, in open markets.

According to official documents procured exclusively, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, have issued a Free Certificate of Sale for a series of products containing CBD. The products, produced by Kannaway, a subsidiary of publicly traded cannabis company Medical Marijuana Inc. (OTC: MJNA), are now certified to “comply fully with relevant requirements of the Law on Foodstuffs of Republic of Bulgaria and of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of European Parliament and the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs.”

The permit also allows for exports.


What countries are supplying the UK with medical marijuana?

In the last 20 years, Britain has become the world’s largest legal producer and exporter of medical marijuana – yet remains one of the most anti-cannabis countries in the world. Confused? Well, there’s no time to waste! As British red tape around cannabis regulation begins to loosen, this could be the dawning of a lucrative new industry that savvy investors need to be aware of.


What have you been smoking? No, Bulgaria hasn’t legalised marijuana cultivation

It was the story to make the most jaded journalist sit up and take notice, to say nothing of the effect on stoners, as public radio in Bulgaria reported on the morning of September 5 that the country’s farmers could legally grow cannabis if they just filled out the right forms.

Quoting Stefka Damianova, a Bulgarian Agriculture Ministry official, the report said that already, about 100 hectares of farmland were legally sown with cannabis.

“They have legalised cannabis cultivation in Bulgaria,” said one of a number of headlines as local media picked up the story, without stopping to wonder why no one had noticed when this step had got the nod from the Cabinet and Parliament. Oh well, perhaps because, in point of fact, they hadn’t.


Legal planting of cannabis made possible in Bulgaria

Legal Planting of Cannabis Made Possible in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture has made a statement that Bulgarian farmers will be able to legally grow industrial grade cannabis, after filing the proper papers towards the Ministry.
The documents needed to receive permission for the growth of cannabis are an application to the Ministry of Agriculture, a certificate of the quality of the planted material, and laboratory analyses which prove that the THC concentration in the plant is less than 0.2%.


Teenage Cannabis Use Rises in Europe - EU Espad Survey

Cigarette and alcohol use among 15- and 16-year-olds is declining across Europe but the numbers using cannabis are growing, an EU survey shows.

The Espad report for 2015 includes most EU countries, but not Germany or the UK, and data for Spain is incomplete. 

In 2015 "current smokers" accounted for 21% of those surveyed, and the highest total was in Italy (37%). 

In 1995-2015 those using alcohol in the past 30 days fell from 56% to 47%. Top in cannabis use were the Czechs (37%).

That figure for Czech teenagers reporting a lifetime experience of cannabis was higher than the level in the US - 31% in comparable surveys. 


Bulgaria: Protesters in Sofia Demand Legalisation of Cannabis]

The participants in a procession held in the centre of the Bulgarian capital on Sunday demanded the legalisation of cannabis.

Among the main demands of the protesters are: allowing the medical use of cannabis, decriminalising the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use, allowing and regulating the growth and procession of all products from industrial cannabis.

Organisers remind that this is one of the fastest developing industries in the world, in which Bulgaria used to be a regional leader some hundred years ago.

Protesters are in favour of allowing patients to undergo treatment with medical cannabis.


Police in Italy Seize 400kg of Marijuana from Bulgarian-registered Van

Police in Italy’s San Severo found 400 kg of marijuana worth over EUR 1.5 M in a van with a Bulgarian registration plate.

The Ford Transit van, where the drugs were found, had stopped by the side of a road near San Severo when a police patrol approached it, according to reports of Italy’s Corriere del Mezzogiorno daily, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio.

A man jumped out of the van and ran away into the field.

The marijuana found in the van could be used to make 280 000 single doses.



Bulgaria is the next European country to make headlines for cannabis. Member of parliament Velar Enchev Penkov will introduce legislation this month calling for the adoption of cannabis to treat illness in the country.


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