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With medical cannabis legal in the U.K., Canopy Growth plans to start selling there in the first half of 2019

Canopy Growth (WEED.TO) has expanded its international footprint with the legalization of cannabis in U.K, as reported in a recent article.

“Mark Ware, chief medical officer for Canopy Growth (which generated $80 million in sales last year), said a new U.K. subsidiary, Spectrum Biomedical, would begin importing and distributing cannabis to pharmacies at the request of physicians in the first half of 2019,” The Telegraph reports.


Wife makes emotional plea for release of husband held over cannabis oil

The wife of a British man arrested for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil in Bali has made an emotional appeal for his release, saying he “made a mistake but doesn’t deserve five to 15 years in prison.”

Michelle Holmes, 41, said her husband, Pip, 45, knew he had “crossed the line” but said he was a “good man with a good heart” who had used the medicinal cannabis oil to treat severe arthritis that required a titanium hip replacement six years ago.

“He would not have done this unless he was in a lot pain,” said Ms Holmes, the mother of his two children aged 11 and eight who has been separated from her husband for a year.


Briton arrested for 'tiny' amount of cannabis oil in Bali

A British man who could face the death penalty after he was arrested in Bali for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil has admitted he has been "very stupid".

Pip Holmes, understood to be a 45-year-old artist from Cornwall, was one of five foreigners paraded at a news conference in Denpasar, the capital of Bali province last week.

The father-of-two is accused of receiving nearly 31kg of cannabis oil in the mail.

Mr Holmes, who describes himself as an artist and surfer, claims he was caught with just a tiny amount - around 3g - of medicinal THC oil.

He says he uses it to treat arthritis.

Mr Holmes' family has launched a crowdfunding page to raise $85,000 (£67,000) for legal fees to keep him out of prison.


Ireland's New Year's resolution? Legalize medical marijuana

As the UK begins to move ahead with medical marijuana, the Irish Health Minister says patients should also expect legalization in Ireland soon, writes Calvin Hughes. 


Effort to legalize cannabis in United Kingdom struck down in parliament

Members of the UK Parliament shouted down a proposed bill to legalize, regulate and tax adult-use cannabis. Liberal Democratic Member of Parliament and former health minister Norman Lamb introduced the bill under the House of Commons’ Ten Minute Rule. The Ten Minute Rule allows MPs who don’t traditionally have the opportunity to present legislation, to make their case for a new bill in a speech limited to just ten minutes. After the speech, the House decides whether or not to introduce the bill. And if the MP succeeds, the bill earns its first reading. But despite Lamb’s best efforts to argue for legalization, MPs opposed to cannabis bested the bill, voting 66-52 to block it.


Woman becomes first UK patient to get cannabis prescription

A 32-year-old woman is believed to be the first person prescribed cannabis in the UK after it was made legal for medicinal use last month.

Carly Barton, from Brighton, who suffers constant pain from fibromyalgia following a stroke in her 20s, was given a prescription by a private doctor who specialises in pain management.

The NHS is not funding the treatment, so she is having to pay £2,500 for three months' treatment herself.

She hopes that if she can show it is helping her chronic pain, it could "open the floodgates" for the government to decide to pay for the treatment for herself and others.

"In terms of money this is going to cost me everything I have, so two and a half grand for three months' supply," she said in a Facebook video.


Canadian weed giant backs medical marijuana trials in U.K.

One of the world’s biggest cannabis growers is preparing to fund clinical trials of marijuana-based drugs in the U.K. that could help jump-start the nascent British market.

Canopy Growth Corp., the Canadian pot producer, and a consortium of investors said they’re putting 7.4 million pounds ($9.5 million) into testing medical cannabis for treatment of pain and opioid dependence. Beckley Canopy Therapeutics Ltd., a U.K. firm partly owned by Ontario-based Canopy, will conduct the tests.


UK’s first-ever hemp syrup for cocktails

Cocktail mixer and fruit purée brand Funkin has created a syrup flavoured with hemp, a variety of the cannabis sativa plant species.

The FunkinPro Hemp Syrup is the latest product to join Funkin’s single-batch Pro range and has been designed to complement cocktails and work with a plethora of spirits, from tequila, gin and rum to bitters.

Offering herbal and green-tea notes, the syrup has a natural green-yellow colour given by the use of British hemp seed extract and a sweetness from pure cane sugar.


The United Kingdom will soon have first cannabis-infused restaurant

On November 1, the United Kingdom legalized medical cannabis treatments. Adult use, however, remains under prohibition. And as happens in many cases when cannabis legalization is both popular and desired but barred by prohibition, interest is rapidly growing in the next best thing: cannabidiol, or CBD. Despite the prohibition on cannabis, hemp CBD products are legal in the U.K., as are hemp agricultural products. This creates openings for businesses to capitalize on consumer demand for cannabis with legal hemp and CBD products. And The Canna Kitchen, located in Brighton, is the first restaurant to do exactly that.


'Something has gone very wrong here': British MPs condemn the UK's new medical marijuana regulations

Medical marijuana is technically legal in the UK now, but some critics say it's harder to get than ever before, writes Calvin Hughes.


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