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Cannabidiol quality in the UK found lacking

The UK’s Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) has revealed some disturbing results in its report on cannabidiol products sold in the nation.

Cannabidiol (CBD) use is growing in the UK. According to the CMC report, between 8- 11% of UK adults have tried CBD. The CMC says the UK CBD market is larger than the nation’s total Vitamin D and Vitamin C market combined, and states the current ‘hype’ around cannabidiol is not a passing fad – it is likely to endure.


The cannabis system in the UK deserves a total rehaul

The UK is one of the biggest producers of cannabis, yet cannabis laws in this country haven’t essentially changed since the early ’70s when it was declared a Class B drug.

UK and cannabis have had a very intertwined history, from the days of the great East India Company to today’s smugglers who bring the goods from Spain, Netherlands, and Morocco all the way up to the British Isles.

Cannabis has been bought, traded and sold throughout British history simply due to the fact that the UK was present all over the globe at one point.

In the 19th century, cannabis was used as a drug after a physician who studied the plant brought a large quantity of cannabis with him on his return to Britain in 1842.


63 per cent of Londoners think UK should follow Canada and make drug legal

Londoners overwhelmingly support the legalisation of cannabis for adult recreational use, according to a poll commissioned by the Evening Standard and the independent think-tank Volteface. 

Sixty-three per cent of residents in the capital back legalisation and regulation of the class B drug, with just 19 per cent opposing the idea. In the country at large, 47 per cent back legalisation, with 30 per cent against and 23 per cent undecided. 

The poll, carried out by  Survation at the start of a major Standard investigation into cannabis reform, is the first test of public opinion since medical cannabis was legalised in the UK last November.


CBD regulations in spotlight as Cannabis Europa opens in London

One of Europe’s leading CBD industry figures says it needs to clean-up its image and get rid of the ‘charlatans and cowboys’.

Speaking at Cannabis Europa Mark Reinders, chairman of the of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), says it is still looking at ways to resolve the on-going dispute with the European Union over the classification of CBD as a Novel Food.

He said: “Dealing with the EU on the Novel Food issue is like playing a game of football (soccer) for 90 minutes and seeing the rules changed six times.”


Through the smoke: The legal path to Britain’s cannabis market

The great and the good of the global cannabis industry (which, for those behind the curve on such things, is no longer a contradiction in terms), are assembling in London for a dazzling set of events under the banner of European Cannabis Week. 

Even those who follow the headlines about the industry’s rapidly escalating size and changing regulatory landscape may be surprised both by the sheer scale of the exercise and by the profiles of those attending, many of whom have high-powered, successful backgrounds in more conventional sectors.

This, lest there still be any doubt from anyone, is proper, serious business. 


United Kingdom: Cannabis should be legalised within five years, says former Conservative Minister

Cannabis will be legalised in the UK in the next five years, a former Tory minister chairing an influential parliamentary group on drug reform has predicted.

Crispin Blunt, who supports more liberal drug laws, said discussions about cannabis were "coming into the mainstream of politics".

Mr Blunt last year set up a lobbying firm funded by overseas cannabis corporations, which he on Tuesday revealed he had already discussed with Boris Johnson.

The group will formally launch on Thursday.


Tilray® imports bulk supply of medical cannabis oil into the United Kingdom

Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY), a global pioneer in cannabis research, cultivation, production and distribution, today announced it has imported medical cannabis oral solutions in bulk into the United Kingdom from its Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)-certified facility in Canada. This export allows Tilray to provide authorized U.K. patients in need with a locally maintained supply of medical cannabis oral solutions.


Medical cannabis firms press UK to loosen prescription rules

The world’s largest medicinal cannabis company has urged the government to allow GPs to prescribe the drug, calling on the UK to be a “leader not a laggard” in one of the world’s fastest growing major industries.

Cam Battley, chief corporate officer of Canada-based Aurora Cannabis, said the UK was failing patients who might benefit from medicinal cannabis, as well as forfeiting economic gain, due to the restrictions of the existing regulatory regime.


‘They’re gentrifying it’: big money muscles in on the cannabis market in the United Kingdom

Later this week at London’s Southbank Centre, hundreds of people – mainly men, mainly suited – will gather in a lecture hall and in conference rooms to debate the medicinal merits of cannabis, with other events in the following days focusing on recreational weed.

Missing from the gathering will be many of those who smoke the drug, take it as an oil for their ailments or have felt the force of the law over cannabis prohibition.


UK: Isle Of Man Government announcements on medicinal cannabis & industrial hemp


  • There was  very strong support (95%) for allowing cannabis to be cultivated and processed on the Island, subject to suitable regulation.
  • Strongest support (55% of respondents) was shown for the option to offer quality-assured medicinal cannabis products direct to the public through accredited dispensaries.
  • The majority of respondents (97%) supported the introduction of a regulatory framework within which industrial hemp production could be permitted in the Isle of Man.

The Report

Medicinal cannabis

Published 17 June 2019


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