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Northern Ireland gets first shop for cannabis-based products

Northern Ireland’s first dedicated high street store to sell only cannabis-based products will open in Belfast city centre on Saturday.

The store, which will sell cannabis oil and cannabidiol products, will be launched by the Plant Farmacy company which plans to spend £750,000 (€859,000) in an investment project to open 15 stores across the North.


Discover the barriers of accessing medical cannabis despite reform across Europe

Although regulatory reform has occurred across Europe, many patients still experience barriers regarding accessing medical cannabis, here Prohibition Partners explores further.

Prohibition Partners explains how legislation intended to improve availability of accessing medical cannabis for patients is being hindered by a lack of education in clinicians and regulators.


Medicinal cannabis: Legalised yet impossible to access in the UK

On 1 November 2018, the UK changed the law on medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis products were moved from schedule 1, meaning they have no medicinal value, to schedule 2, which allowed doctors to prescribe them under certain circumstances. This change to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 was partly a response to a rapid evidence review by the chief medical officer, which concluded that some medicinal cannabis products were effective for some medical conditions, and partly due to formal advice from the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to change the schedule.


Former UK Chief Drug Advisor wants medical cannabis for the masses

Cannabis and Hemp have been under prohibition across most of the world since the 1930s. But with legalization afoot in the US and some countries in Europe, some experts want it to be “embraced like Penicillin.”

As cannabis legalization sweeps across North America – with Canada being the latest country to permit cannabis for medical and recreational use – some countries in Europe apparently didn’t get the memo. The UK government, for example, has always been very conservative when it comes to the cannabis legalization issue, no matter who’s in power.


CBD oil UK Law: Is it legal?

If you’ve been closely following the CBD oil UK law state of affairs, there is a reason why you have landed on this article: confusion. Well you’re not alone with this feeling as many people are confused. On the one hand, organisations such as MHRA are turning a blind eye to the growing demand for CBD-related products. However, major high street retailers are banking bags of money each day due to their distribution of CBD supplements.

Are these retailers breaking the law? Or is CBD oil legal in the UK? This article will, to the best of my ability, attempt to answer those questions. So without further delay, let’s get this breakdown started.


European foothold for ‘World’s Largest CBD Extractor’

Colorado company Mile High Labs has established its first European base in Northern Ireland and recently recorded its first sales in UK and Europe.

Mile High, which describes itself as the ‘largest extractor of CBD isolate in the world’, began operations in Belfast, last year, and in a press release says it has since built out a dedicated team to lead its expansion in Europe.

John Wallace, Managing Director of Mile High Labs U.K./E.U. said: “We are very excited to officially launch European operations with our first sales into the U.K. and E.U. Quality and consistency are of paramount importance in the European market, and we are proud to bring Mile High Labs’ products and standards to customers locally.”


Former Chief Drug Advisor urges UK Officials to “embrace cannabis like Penicillin”

Neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt lost his job as the UK’s chief drug advisor when he publicly criticized the government’s drug policies. Now, as the Edmond J Safra professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, he’s publishing articles in prominent journals to encourage physicians to “embrace cannabis like penicillin.”


Here’s why weed tea is such a hit in these countries

Tea has been around for centuries; so has cannabis-infused tea. It appears the first recorded medical prescription of marijuana, way back in 2737 BC, was actually in the form of cannabis-infused tea.


Trickle of U.K. cannabis market listings set to become a flood

Just two cannabis companies are currently publicly quoted on the U.K. markets compared to more than 60 in Canada.

But, this looks set to change over the coming months and years as cannabis business gears up to the changing regulatory environment in the U.K. and Europe. Australia-born and London-based, Melissa Sturgess, spent over 20 years working with listed natural resource companies before succumbing to the ‘Green Rush’.

She says: “I saw what an incredible thing was happening, how medical cannabis was benefitting so many people and how business was gearing up to support the industry’s growth.”


UK CBD industry totally reliant on imports

While CBD storms the global health and well-being market, there lies a frustrating paradox at the heart of the UK industry, a complete dependence on imports.

In its own domestic UK market the one million – and rising daily – CBD users are solely reliant on imports. Rebekah Shaman, chair of the British Hemp Association, says the UK needs to ease these restrictions in short shrift.


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