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Tue
06
Apr

How Britain's crown dependencies plan to cash in on cannabis

Just miles off the coast of the UK, Britain’s crown dependencies smell opportunity in the air.

Typically known for their tax-friendly regulation and as an outpost for wealthy entrepreneurs, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey have all introduced new legislation allowing for easier investment in a new and emerging market - medicinal cannabis cultivation.

In January, the Isle of Man’s parliament approved plans to sell licences to grow and export cannabis for medicinal use. As a crown dependency, like both Guernsey and Jersey, it is self governing - meaning it does not need to wait for permission from the UK government.

Tue
23
Mar

Scotland's first cannabis clinic to open after regulators give green light

Regulators have approved Scotland's first medicinal cannabis clinic.

Stirling's Sapphire Medical Clinics has been authorised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland to provide safe access to medical cannabis to Scottish patients.

Business Insider reports that the private clinic is offering virtual appointments from today and will be offering face-to-face consultations when coronavirus restrictions allow it.

Fri
12
Mar

Growing cannabis at home: how COVID-19 has fueled a boom around the world

Back in the days when “skunk” was mainly associated with Pepé Le Pew and hydroponics was a way of improving cucumbers, most of the UK’s cannabis supply was imported from places such as Morocco and Lebanon. This changed in the past two or three decades in the UK and many other countries as organised criminal gangs set up growing operations closer to home.

Tue
09
Mar

Separate shipments lead to the same result: Irish authorities intercept weed from U.S., Canada, Spain and the U.K.

Irish Revenue officials have once again intercepted packages containing cannabis from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Spain thanks to the Baileys, two drug-detecting dogs whose sole mission is to sniff out contraband.

In all, packages received at both the Dublin and Athlone mail centres contained 141,000 euros (just shy of $213,000) in illicit weed.

Tue
23
Feb

Edinburgh cannabis cafe opens with hemp baked goods to be served this week

stack of cookies with cannabis next to

Vitality and Kynd in 14 Leven Street, owned by businessman Jas Nottay, is currently serving hemp coffees and other hot drinks infused with legal cannabis products from a hatch after it opened earlier this month.

The all-vegan coffee shop will be serving baked goods, including muffins, cookies and brownies, made using hemp and CBD oil as of this week.

Manager Kat Seale said the response so far to the new cafe had been “overwhelmingly positive”.

Vitality & Kynd has opened in 14 Leven Street, Edinburgh picture: supplied

Thu
04
Feb

British Hemp Company launches in Wiltshire to unlock crop’s potential to help UK hit carbon target

tractor in a hemp field

A hemp farming business has launched in Wiltshire with a strategy to revive growth of the crop throughout the South West countryside and reduce Britain's carbon footprint.

Operating from a mill in Warminster, the British Hemp Company is the first company to process exclusively UK-grown hemp at scale.

Last year the business secured licenses from the Home Office for 12 growing locations throughout the country, including Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and South Wales.

It hopes to process 150 tons of hemp from 700 and 800 acres over the next year and has unveiled a range of nutrition and body care products, from hemp seed oil to hand balm.

Thu
28
Jan

U.K. Mom of Epileptic Child Gets Cannabis Reprieve In Light of Brexit

small child's hand holding out marijuana leaf

Hannah Deacon, mother of 9-year-old, severely epileptic Alfie Dingley, is one of the people that Brexit will impact most, as the country settles into the reality of leaving the European Union. Instead of cannabis oil imports from the Netherlands being ceased immediately, they will be able to continue for at least another six months. 

Wed
27
Jan

No, it’s not legal to buy weed in the U.K., and, yes, it’s worse to try doing it during a pandemic shutdown

a small shopping cart filled with large cananbis leaf, vape, and marijuana with blank background

Three pals out for a late-night, cannabis shopping spree had their fun cut short when police stopped them for breaching COVID-19 lockdown rules and then learned what they had been buying was a bit of weed.

The trio — all in the same vehicle, but all from different households — was busted on the night of Jan. 22, according to the Island Echo. All were fined for breaching health regulations and one man was also cited for possessing a controlled drug.

Mon
25
Jan

Netherlands to supply medical cannabis until July despite Brexit ban

image of a mother and child smiling

The mother of a nine-year-old boy with a severe and rare form of epilepsy who was told Brexit would end the supply of a life-changing cannabis medicine that saved her son’s life has been given a six-month reprieve.

Hannah Deacon said she was hugely grateful after being given the lifeline by the Dutch government, which has sanctioned continued supply of the medicines despite a Brexit ban on fulfilling prescriptions from the UK.

 

Fri
22
Jan

Dutch government set to offer six month reprieve for 'life saving' cannabis oil

cbd oil being stirred into a cup of tea

Brexit had meant that Bedica and Bedrolite oils, which are solely produced by Dutch firm Transvaal Pharmacy, were unable to be legally prescribed for UK residents.

But a Dutch chemist responsible for producing the oils revealed today that the Dutch health ministry had granted a six month reprieve which allows for his company, Transvaal Pharmacy, to prescribe the oils to UK residents.

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