Europe

Thu
24
Dec

The European Union Is Going To Be A Major Driving Force For CBD In 2021

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With 2020 coming to a close in less than two weeks, we want to highlight one of the most significant themes of the year as it relates to the cannabis industry.

The theme is the European Union (EU) and we believe that the continent made significant strides in 2020. Although the EU cannabis market recorded impressive growth when compared to 2019, the growth came in below broker-dealer expectations and we believe that this put pressure on the companies that are highly focused on it.

Fri
18
Dec

Prohibition Partners' Top Ten Trends for 2021

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As 2020 comes to a close, Prohibition Partners' international team of analysts, consultants and thought-leaders have come together to analyse the top trends set to define the cannabis industry in 2021 and beyond. 

From the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 to the rapidly developing legislation in the US and Latin America, find out what is in store for one of the world's most dynamic sectors.

1. The Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the global economy as lockdown measures, and economic uncertainty caused many companies, including those in the cannabis industry, to downsize and re-evaluate strategies. COVID-19 undoubtedly raises opportunities for the cannabis industry at large.

Tue
08
Dec

Why Europe's big cannabis route is so hard to shut

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"Now we're on their turf," says one of the three Greek drug enforcement officers, walking, guns at the ready and bloated in their bulletproof vests.

A short distance ahead lies the porous border with Albania. This is the biggest land route for cannabis trafficking in Europe.

The Greek border village of Haravgi Ioannina is nearby, but there is no barbed wire or any other barrier to mark the frontier.

Fri
04
Dec

Morocco votes 'Yes' in historic UN vote on rescheduling cannabis

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Morocco was among several other countries who voted in favour of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)'s rescheduling cannabis and cannabis-related substances as a less dangerous drug. The vote was cast on Wednesday at Vienna during the CND's 63rd session.

The tightly contested poll which saw 27 votes in favour and 25 against (including one abstention) followed six World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations last year that "cannabis and cannabis resin should be scheduled at a level of control that will prevent harm caused by cannabis use and at the same time will not act as a barrier to access and to research and development of cannabis-related preparation for medical use".

Thu
03
Dec

Research Indicates CBD Does Not Impair Driving Ability

A new study conducted by Australian and Dutch research experts and published in JAMA looked at how CBD impacts driving, and it found that while THC can definitely cause driving impairment issues, there is not yet any evidence that CBD alone can.

“With rapidly changing attitudes towards medical and non-medical use of cannabis, driving under the influence of cannabis is emerging as an important and somewhat controversial public health issue,” said Iain McGregor of the University of Sydney, who worked on the study. “While some previous studies have looked at the effects of cannabis on driving, most have focused on smoked cannabis containing only THC (not CBD) and have not precisely quantified the duration of impairment.”

Thu
03
Dec

Low-Dose Cannabis Gains In Popularity In Europe

Cannabis has been popular in Europe for a very long time.

While it’s unclear when cannabis consumption first became popular in Europe, it’s as popular today as ever before.

Fri
27
Nov

Cannabis: What Is Its Legal Status in Scandinavia?

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What was once an illegal substance is now considered in many countries around the world as being acceptable. As you could guess, I’m talking about cannabis or marijuana. Thanks to its many benefits, cannabis has infiltrated many markets globally, with more and more people joining the bandwagon of users, sellers, transporters, and producers. So, what is its legal status in the Scandinavian world? Well, just a little patience will pay off, as the answer is just around the corner. But first things first: what is cannabis?.

Tue
24
Nov

EU’s Highest Court Rules On CBD

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled member states must not prohibit the marketing of lawfully produced cannabidiol (CBD).

The case in question was in relation to a situation where parties produced hemp-derived CBD in the Czech Republic that was then imported into France for use in other products. Criminal proceedings were launched against the parties on the basis of a claim that French legislation only allows for the fibre and seeds of hemp to be put to commercial use.

Thu
19
Nov

Fly with Cannabis – Which Countries Let You Do It

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Different ways to be legal

Not only does every country have its own laws regarding the use, possession, sale, cultivation, and import/export of cannabis, but often these categories too can be broken down further into medical legalizations, recreational legalizations, and even religious legalizations, each with its own set of laws concerning use, possession, sale, cultivation, and import/export.

Fri
13
Nov

EU youth drinking less, swapping tobacco for cannabis: study

Young Europeans are drinking less alcohol and also smoking less—but are increasingly dabbling with cannabis, a continent-wide study showed Thursday.

"Smoking and drinking among 15-16-year-old school students are showing signs of decline, but there are concerns over potentially risky cannabis use and the challenges posed by new addictive behaviour," according to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD).

ESPAD interviewed close on 100,000 15- and 16-year-olds across 2019 in 35 countries on teen attitudes towards addictive forms of behaviour in its seventh study since 1995.

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