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Guest Post – Europe: How The Novel Food Authorisation Is Affecting the CBD Oil Industry

Guest Post – Europe: How The Novel Food Authorisation Is Affecting the CBD Oil Industry

As you may have already read, It was announced in January 2019 that the European Food Safety Association, EFSA is about to make a decision in order to classify CBD oil and other CBD products as a novel food. This decision was announced at the Novel Food Commission meeting which was held in Brussels in 2016. This led to a final imminent decision very soon and EFSA considered CBD products as Novel Food.

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Guest Post: The Legal Status of CBD Oil in Italy

Guest Post: The Legal Status of CBD Oil in Italy

Brian Cusack Managing Director of Dr. Hemp Me, writes, “The issue of legalisation of cannabis and its derived products has been under discussion for decades in Italy. However, with each passing year, the legal status of cannabis and CBD products only gets murkier.”

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France seeks patients for medicinal cannabis trial

France seeks patients for medicinal cannabis trial

France is searching for patients to take part in an official medical cannabis trial, but users will not be smoking the drug. The two-year experiment is being overseen by the French Agency for Drug Safety (ANSM), which drew up a 13-name committee to explore the possibilities of reform in one of Europe’s largest markets in December 2018.

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Guest Article: The Legal Status of CBD Oil in Spain

Guest Article: The Legal Status of CBD Oil in Spain

Brian Cusack writes, “The use of cannabis for commercial purposes is illegal in Spain. It is considered a criminal offence. But cannabis can be cultivated and used personally. Any purpose other than the trade or sale of cannabis was decriminalised. This grey area led to the formation of cannabis clubs and user associations. These clubs and associations were formed as non-profit organisations and sold cannabis to its members.”

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UK: The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) – Report “​CBD in the UK: Towards a responsible, innovative and high-quality cannabidiol industry”

UK: The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) – Report “​CBD in the UK: Towards a responsible, innovative and high-quality cannabidiol industry”

Authored by Blair Gibbs Dr Andrew Yates Jon Liebling  and published June 2019, “Pure CBD is legal in the United Kingdom and is not classed as a controlled substance. However the CBD industry is engaged with a product that can
(and often does) touch on what is permissible under the criminal law, as a result of other elements within the same product.”

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Portugal Special Guest Post: João Taborda da Gama, “One Year of Medical Cannabis in Portugal”

Portugal Special Guest Post: João Taborda da Gama, “One Year of Medical Cannabis in Portugal”

July 18 marks the first anniversary of the Portuguese medical cannabis law. Law 33/2018 set the framework for the regulation of the use of cannabis-based medicinal products, preparations and substances that would effectively allow Portuguese patients to access medical cannabis What really has changed during the last year? Very little happened in practice, but a lot changed in the regulatory setting – or, at least, that setting is now much clearer.

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Dutch cities reject cannabis regulation plan, continue with ‘backdoor problem’

Dutch cities reject cannabis regulation plan, continue with ‘backdoor problem’

The Netherlands’ on-off love affair with cannabis has taken another twist as three of its largest cities have backed out of a government experiment to end the legal grey areas that exist around the country’s famous coffeeshops. The weed experiment, or , would allow 10 licensed producers to legally grow and distribute cannabis to Netherlands coffeeshops, which would then sell and serve their customers without fear of sanction.

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Bulgaria becomes first EU state to authorise free sale of CBD

Bulgaria becomes first EU state to authorise free sale of CBD

Bulgaria has become the first European Union state to officially allow a CBD distribution company to sell openly on the market. Kannaway, a subsidiary of Medical Marijuana Inc, said it has been issued with a Free Sale Certificate to produce hemp-derived CBD products from Bulgaria’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency.

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Anti-cannabis minister threatens to bring down Italian government

Anti-cannabis minister threatens to bring down Italian government

“From today, I’ll go to war on cannabis street by street, shop by shop, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, city by city,” Salvini said on Wednesday, May 8.Salvini, who leads the ruling far-right Lega party, said the war on drugs was “a new national emergency”, and has demanded the government close “these places of mass miseducation”.

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Aurora, Canopy and Spectrum amongst names awaiting Danish licences

Aurora, Canopy and Spectrum amongst names awaiting Danish licences

Five companies have applied to Denmark’s government for licenses to sell and export medicinal cannabis. The country is a quarter of the way through a four-year medicinal cannabis trial, but some of the usual suspects are not waiting for the outcome to slow down their Danish strategy in what is emerging as a key market.

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