United Kingdom

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Fri
26
Jul

UK Home Office crackdown sees cannabis crop destroyed

The U.K. Home Office has moved to enforce its strict rules on cannabis cultivation by withdrawing the licence of an organic Oxfordshire farm.

Hempen says it has now been forced to destroy its 40 acres of hemp costing the business over £200,000 in lost revenues. In 2016, it was granted a three-year licence by the U.K. Home Office to grow hemp, allowing it to use the stalk and seeds, but having to destroy the flowers and leaves.

‘Illegal’ U.K. CBD Trading

Hempen says that in its annual declaration to the Home Office it informed it, that it HAD been illegally using the leaves and flowers to make CBD for sale into the U.K market.

Fri
26
Jul

Australian medicinal cannabis company targets Canada, UK

Local medicinal cannabis business Althea Group has announced its first foray into Canada, one of the biggest marijuana markets in the world, to build on the growth that has seen its share price rise quintuple since January.

The company has entered into a $35 million agreement to buy Canadian recreational cannabis business Peak Processing Solutions provided the company attains $27 million in revenue within two years.

The deal – first reported in Street Talk last week – comes after Althea gained a foothold into the United Kingdom medicinal marijuana market after being granted an import licence this month.

Thu
25
Jul

Here's where new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands on cannabis

Prime Minister-designate Boris Johnson has dabbled with illicit drugs in the past, but reforming the United Kingdom's antiquated cannabis laws probably won't be part of his future, writes Calvin Hughes.

Wed
24
Jul

Private clinic prescribing cannabis to children to open in London, UK

Children in London will soon have an outlet through which they can treat chronic illnesses with medical marijuana. 

The Sapphire Medical Clinic is set to open next week in the British capital, making it the first private clinic in the city to offer medicinal cannabis prescriptions to youngsters. It is slated to open its doors on August 1. 

The clinic has an ambitious directive, saying that it can prescribe marijuana for “all conditions acknowledged to benefit from it,” while promising to consult all families “with an open mind.” 

The opening of Sapphire represents something of a milestone in the United Kingdom, where medical cannabis was made legal last year but where it remains maddeningly out of reach for many patients who want the treatment. 

Wed
24
Jul

UK: What more can be done to enable patients to access medical cannabis prescriptions?

“The National Health Service has not issued one prescription since November” – Professor Mike Barnes discusses patient accessibility (or lack thereof) to medical cannabis prescriptions.

Speaking at the Europe CBD Expo, Professor Mike Barnes of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians’ Society and The Academy of Medical Cannabis gives us an insight into the current environment within the UK regarding patient access to medical cannabis prescriptions.

Mon
22
Jul

Anti-Terror Laws strangling U.K. cannabis capital market

The growth of the U.K. cannabis industry is being hamstrung by legislation initially drafted in response to the 9/11 attacks.

The 2002 Proceeds of Crime Act effectively makes it a criminal offence for U.K. citizen to financially benefit from an activity legal overseas – which is illegal at home. Cannabis industry experts say this is deterring investment with the markets still to catch fire in the way predicted; banks, businesses and investors are wary of breaking the law.

Fri
19
Jul

EU Novel Food proposal ‘not workable’ in the U.K

While the U.K. CBD industry desperately seeks clarity on regulations, the politically time-consuming machinations of Brexit will prevent any serious progress until 2020, says a leading industry figure.

Blair Gibbs, Policy Lead for the Centre For Medical Cannabis (CMC) was speaking to CBD Testers at last week’s Europe CBD Expo in London. The key issues facing the U.K. CBD industry, right now, is whether the Government, and its regularity agency the Food Standards Agency (FSA), will press ahead with implementing the EU’s Novel Food directive.

Tue
16
Jul

The flowering of the U.K. underground

Mon
15
Jul

It’s a mistake not to let GPs prescribe cannabis – UK expert

Neurologist Professor Mike Barnes wrote the report which convinced UK lawmakers to legalise medical cannabis last year, and now he has some advice for New Zealand lawmakers.

"The priority by far must be to educate our doctors," the Barnes Report author told Newshub Nation.

He says despite huge demand in the UK, only around 22 patients have actually received medical cannabis, with none of those prescriptions coming through the National Health Service.

He blames a lack of education and lingering stigma over cannabis for doctors reluctance to prescribe cannabis medication.

Mon
15
Jul

Support for legalising cannabis growing among British public, survey finds

Twice as many British adults now support the legalisation of cannabis than oppose it, according to a poll which reveals a “widening gulf” between public opinion and drug laws.

Forty-eight per cent of voters favour legalising recreational use of marijuana, up five points in the past year, with only 24 per cent objecting, found the YouGov survey.

Support for medicinal cannabis was even stronger, with 77 per cent of respondents saying it should be permitted. A similar proportion said they would consider using cannabis-based treatments if there was strong evidence it would benefit them.

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