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History As UK Imports First Legal Bulk Cannabis Shipments

History As UK Imports First Legal Bulk Cannabis Shipments

In a development that would surely make Howard Marks (RIP) nod in approval, British medical cannabis start-up Grow Biotech, investors European Cannabis Holdings (ECH) and unlicensed medicinemanufacturer IPS Specials announced on Friday that 800 grammes of medicinal cannabis was legally brought in from The Netherlands.

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CBD Oil Setback In Europe As Brussels Reclassifies Cannabis Derivative To Ban Sale

CBD Oil Setback In Europe As Brussels Reclassifies Cannabis Derivative To Ban Sale

The EU Novel Food catalog now officially lists CBD as an unauthorized Novel Food, stating: “Cannabis sativa L., extracts of Cannabis sativa L. and derived products containing cannabinoids are considered novel foods as a history of consumption has not been demonstrated. …..European leaders clearly did not get the memo; cannabis products like hemp and CBD are in vogue, and making Canadian and US investors lots of money, and they should change the rules, right? Well not quite…..

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Offshore Tax Haven To Ease Cannabis Laws (Isle of Man, In Case You Were Wondering)

Offshore Tax Haven To Ease Cannabis Laws (Isle of Man, In Case You Were Wondering)

Marijuana companies seeking offshore European tax havens to set up shop, look no further; the Isle of Man is about to loosen its cannabis laws. Residents in the Irish Sea territory have been invited by the government to respond to a wide range of issues surrounding the availability of cannabis. Over-the-counter sales could be approved, and doctors could be allowed to prescribe it for a range of conditions.

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US Bid To Ease Cannabis Banking Risks Shows Scale Of Challenge Facing Europe

US Bid To Ease Cannabis Banking Risks Shows Scale Of Challenge Facing Europe

European cannabis firms and investors enviously watching the rapid maturation of the multi-billion dollar North American industry may consider something both geographies have in common; the difficulty of getting banks onside. This situation is unlikely to last much longer, however, as the US (never one to accept playing second fiddle, especially to Canadians) gets its regulatory act into gear, while Europe falls so far behind it may as well not be in the cannabis race at all. 

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Israel Set To Green Light New Export Law, Bring Industry Home

Israel Set To Green Light New Export Law, Bring Industry Home

Where Israeli firms once bought farms abroad to serve other markets, frustrated by a domestic ban on exports from Israel itself, this is now all set to change. The Middle East state is set to pass a law allowing exports of medicinal cannabis, the Finance Ministry said last week, as the county ramps up its attempt to woo more investment and bolster state coffers.

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Never Mind The Botanists, Here’s Canopy In The UK

Never Mind The Botanists, Here’s Canopy In The UK

Their future dream is a hothouse scheme, and after months of teasing its Canopy in the UK, finally………….The Canadian medicinal marijuana luminary on Monday announced the creation of Spectrum Biomedical UK, a dedicated British firm targeting the underserved and uneducated but highly lucrative UK market, alongside a new Polish entity as part of a massive European campaign.

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Malta Moots Full Legalisation (For Users Who Register With Government)

Malta Moots Full Legalisation (For Users Who Register With Government)

Libertarians, look away now. Malta is considering full legalisation of recreational cannabis, but only for users who agree to register with the government first. In what would be a first for Europe, the ruling party has dangled the carrot of decriminalisation with a caveat that state registration is a necessity for anyone wishing to partake.

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GW suffers major blow as US sinks bid to patent cannabinoids for epilepsy

GW suffers major blow as US sinks bid to patent cannabinoids for epilepsy

British firm GW Pharmaceuticals is licking its wounds after US judges tossed out its attempt to patent multiple cannabinoids for epilepsy treatment following an eight-year battle. The US Patent Trial and Appeal Board, an administrative law body of the national patent office, denied patent US9066920B2 on January 3, siding with petitioner Insys, a rival biotech firm.

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Austria will not let them eat space cake

Austria will not let them eat space cake

Although enormously popular with its citizens, Austria risks missing out on the enormous commercial opportunity of CBD, experts have warned, following a confusing missive from the government that forbids the sale of some cannabis products. CBD was flying off the shelves in Austria, as elsewhere in Europe, until the government stepped in recently to effectively outlaw the handling of certain cannabinoid products.

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Meet the man budding to smash diabetes with cannabis therapy

Meet the man budding to smash diabetes with cannabis therapy

A skeptic all his life, it was not until Martin Tindall walked around a Colorado dispensary and saw firsthand how cannabis could lengthen and save lives did he become a believer. Now the former finance executive is on a mission to stamp out diabetes in some of the world’s worst-hit areas with a revolutionary marijuana treatment engineered by his firm, Phoenix Life Sciences International.

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Romania’s hemp industry: back from the dead

Romania’s hemp industry: back from the dead

Romania is currently the largest commercial producer of hemp in Europe, according to US lobby group the National Hemp Association, with more than 40,000 dedicated acres accounting for about 70 percent of EU’s production.

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