Thai cannabis strains growing in global markets

Four strains of Thai cannabis will be registered and studied for the development of medicine to repair COVID-damaged lungs. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul presided over a ceremony in Bangkok to hand heads of four strains of Thai cannabis to researchers. The four strains are Hang Kra Rog Phu…

Post-Brexit labour shortages deal blow to UK cannabis production

The company that owns the UK’s largest production base for cannabis for pharmaceuticals is calling for changes in immigration policy following a labor shortage after being excluded from the visa system for agricultural workers. Peter Watson, agricultural director of British Sugar, who grows cannabis for…

San Diego County Board of Supervisors:

Supervisors OK cannabis review policy, changes for existing facilities

County supervisors Wednesday, June 9, approved by a 4-1 vote an environmental review process for commercial cannabis operations in unincorporated areas, allowing for future…

California growers brace for fire season

Nearly 10,000 fire incidents wreaked havoc on Californians during the 2020 fire season. Cannabis growers across almost the entire West Coast were at risk from either smoke or…

Jamaican Government plans to implement changes to cannabis legislation

Legislators in Jamaica are looking to overhaul cannabis restrictions as it is argued that current measures are no longer appropriate for the country’s fast-growing industry.…

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Isle of Man opens license applications for new cannabis export sector

The Isle of Man Government has opened license applications for the production, distribution, and export of medicinal cannabis products from the island. It marks a major step in the IOM’s bid to be a world-leading exporter of medicinal cannabis, which will provide economic investment and development for…

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Japan to criminalize cannabis, while allowing medical use

Cannabis use will be criminalized under revisions to Japan's cannabis control law, a health ministry expert panel stated in a report released on June 11. The expert panel, headed by Shonan University of Medical Sciences professor Tsutomo Suzuki, made the decision due to concerns about young people's…

US (MA): Holyoke City Council proceeds with special permits for cannabis businesses

The City Council’s Ordinance Committee continued public hearings for Green Highland LLC and Mass Cannabis Growers Cooperative. Both companies are seeking special permits for cannabis operations. Ward 6 Councilor Juan Anderson-Burgos, the committee’s vice-chair, led the meeting. Committee chair Rebecca…

Morocco legalizes cannabis cultivation and commercialization

The upper house of Parliament of Morocco approved a bill to legalize the cultivation and commercialization of cannabis for medicinal and industrial uses. With 41 votes in…

US: Wisconsin sees 40 percent decline in number of Hemp Grower, processor applications

Wisconsin saw a significant decline in the number of hemp growers and processors operating this year. That’s according to data from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade…

US: Bill aims to fix issues with craft cannabis application process

Recently filed legislation by state Rep. La Shawn Ford proposes to help fix issues within the craft cannabis cultivation application process and help get answers to more than 800 applicants. A craft grower is a facility operated by a business that is licensed by the Department of Agriculture and the…

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Brazil moves toward cannabis legalization

On Tuesday, June 8, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies’ Special Commission very narrowly approved a bill authorizing cannabis cultivation for medicinal, veterinary, scientific, and industrial use. Government supporters tried their best to prevent the legislation from heading to the upper house for final…

US (CA): Several enforcement actions initiated against cannabis operations

In a report to the County Board of Supervisors this week, County Counsel Michael Ghizzoni described several enforcement actions initiated against cannabis operations in the Carpinteria Valley and west of Buellton.  Speaking during budget hearings on Tuesday, Ghizzoni told the Board of Supervisors that, acting…

Can cannabis give Africa’s economies a buzz?

In recent years, the amount of tobacco loaded at Beira has been in decline as smoking becomes less popular in much of the world, and those desiring a nicotine hit increasingly…

German cannabis reform moves forward in curious ways

The German cannabis reform discussion is clearly progressing – but it is proceeding slowly and in curious ways. Unlike in other countries, the driver of reform here is both…

US (MA): Agawam councilors open door for cannabis growers

Despite a longstanding opposition to recreational cannabis, the council this week voted overwhelmingly in favor of proposals by Mayor William Sapelli to allow recreational cannabis suppliers to grow their product indoors, in industrial zones, and to reduce the buffer zone between cultivation sites and…

Federal funding provides a boost to Saskatchewan companies

Small- and medium-sized enterprises contribute to the growth of Western Canada's economy. The Government of Canada is supporting high-growth businesses as they increase productivity, find new markets, and create opportunities for Saskatchewan. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic…

El Planteo

Argentina presents cannabis and hemp industry bill

The Latin American country of Argentina may soon have a regulated cannabis and hemp industry. On Wednesday June 2, Argentina’s Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas, presented a bill titled, "Regulatory framework for the development of the medical cannabis and hemp industry," within the…

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Philippines: Cannabis bills likely to be indefinitely postponed

Since 2014, lawmakers from the Philippines have been trying to get legislation on medical cannabis passed in Congress and have re-introduced it in the current 18th Congress, with little success so far. The main roadblock is President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial anti-drug policy – popularly called the…

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Sonoma set for melee over proposed cannabis ordinance

Ron Evenich’s family has lived on Pepper Lane, just off of Pepper Road, since 1969. His property sits a few houses down from more formal vinyl signage calling for “No Pot on Pepper.” Evenich still has the tank his family used to haul water daily during the mid-1970s drought, but at the onset of another…

Czech parliament advances bill to liberalize medical cannabis

On Wednesday the 2nd of June, the lower house of the Czech Parliament approved a bill of amendments to the country's laws governing the production and prescription of medical…

Why the pandemic was a breakout moment for the cannabis industry

“I expect this will be the first year Nevada does over a billion in cannabis sales,” said Nicolas MacLean, chief executive of Aether Gardens, a cannabis producer in Las Vegas. “And it happened on the back of what I think no one expected.” Last March, the Strip went dark in its first total shutdown since…

US (NM): Adult-use cannabis sales could begin sooner than expected

New Mexico could allow recreational cannabis sales to start before an April 2022 deadline, a top state official said recently. But that could depend on the pace of adopting…

US (SD): 12 growers received hemp licenses

Twelve growers have received hemp licenses in South Dakota as the crop returns to the Great Plains state this year, according to the Department of Agriculture and Natural…

US (AR): Growing demand for MMJ adding to state tax coffers

On Friday, May 10, 2019, Suite 443 in Hot Springs (then known as Doctor's Orders) opened its doors as the state's first medical cannabis dispensary. It was the toke heard (well, taken) 'round the world, setting off an economic revolution in Arkansas that, at its two-year anniversary, has well outpaced…

Disrupted balance in sea containers forces change

One of the biggest challenges at the moment for the horticultural sector is the shortage of raw materials. This is largely caused by transport problems. So, what's the deal…

CAN (NB): Cannabis generating more cash income than other agricultural commodities

Cannabis is now generating more cash income, as a raw commodity, for New Brunswick producers than potatoes, blueberries, or maple syrup, though potatoes still contribute more…

US: "Legal hemp is attracting young farmers to an aging agriculture market"

As the average age of farmers in the U.S. continues to increase, hemp legalization is exciting a younger generation about working in agriculture, Senate Finance Committee…

US (NJ): Signify expands team to support North American business development efforts

Signify has expanded its horticulture team in North America to support business development efforts in the region. Neil Coppinger and Colleen O’Hara have joined the US team as Key Account Managers and will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and driving sales growth of Philips LED…

US (IL): "Cannabis sales will blow past' $1 billion in 2021

Illinois’s cannabis industry is growing up fast, with adult-use recreational cannabis sales expected to hit $1 billion by year-end. In March alone, Illinoisans spent $110…

US (NY): Growers rushing to meet "tidal wave" of demand

In New York and New Jersey, the race is on to grow legal weed. In Orange County, N.Y., there are plans to build a large cannabis cultivation and processing plant on the…

US (MO): 9% of all hemp acreage in Missouri failed testing in 2020

According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, 9% of planted hemp acreage in the program’s first year failed testing. 69% tested within the compliance limits and was eligible for harvest in 2020. There were 207 Producer Registrations and 78 Agricultural Hemp Propagule and Seed Permits approved and…

Arkansans continue to spend almost $900,000 each day on mmj

Arkansans continue to spend almost $900,000 each day on medical cannabis purchases and recently surpassed the $300 million mark in sales, figures released by the AMMC indicate.  Scott Hardin, spokesperson for the Commission, says since the first dispensary opened in mid-2019, Arkansans have spent a total of…

US (IN): 20% of Indiana's hemp crop was destroyed last year because it had too much THC

Fifth-generation farmer Mark Davidson spent his entire life in chronic pain — until he tried CBD oil, and it changed his life.  Davidson jumped on board when Indiana legalized growing…

LS: Lesotho, Africa's budding medicinal cannabis cultivation

Lesotho has launched its first contract scheme for growing medicinal cannabis, a sign of the boom in medical cannabis projects in Africa.Highlands Investments, a cultivator of medical cannabis – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – is only able to sell and ship products to markets and…

US: Businesses struggle with bankruptcy in the absence of federal banking

It’s well known that cannabis companies cannot avail themselves of the protections afforded by U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. The National Law Review recently detailed how these…

Medicinal cannabis: CEA’s golden egg?

With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing many sectors to the brink over the past year, the medical cannabis market was estimated to be worth $22.9 billion in 2020 and is set to accelerate at a CAGR of 18.1% over the next five years. This is supported by the news that earlier this year, Savills estimated that…

Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera

"As tobacco declines, Malawi must switch to cannabis:

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera warned on Wednesday that his country’s leading foreign exchange earner, tobacco, was in terminal decline and he urged a switch to high-growth…

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US (MO): Cannabis businesses cleared to advance in Springfield

Nine recreational cannabis businesses will have the opportunity to negotiate host agreements with the city in a first step toward opening, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced Thursday.  The group includes what would be Springfield’s first cannabis cultivation and transportation businesses. Twenty-four proposals…

Hemp Gazette

NZ’s first “carbonzero” medical cannabis firm

Greenfern Industries announced yesterday it had been named New Zealand’s first Toitū carbonzero certified medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp company. Medical cannabis can have a very heavy carbon footprint. For indoor cultivators, there’s significant motivation for getting those emissions down. As…

Humboldt County allows cannabis growers to apply for tax refunds

After a an appeals court ruled the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors overstepped when it "impermissibly broadened the scope" of the cannabis tax voters approved in 2016,…

US: Minorities fight for racial equity, legalization from within the marijuana industry

Nearly a decade ago, Linda Greene was having dinner with some of her friends when she heard that cannabis had been legalized for medicinal use in Washington, D.C. Having lived…

California desert capitalizes on early cannabis investments

US (CA): "If you build it, they will come"

Along a hot, dusty stretch of freeway in California's Coachella Valley, a green rush is booming that not even the coronavirus pandemic can slow. Desert Hot Springs, once a sleepy retirement community overshadowed by its more glamorous neighbor, Palm Springs, to the south, is transforming into a…

US (NJ): Atlantic City looking to cannabis to solve distressed economy

Atlantic City is banking on cannabis to fix its poor economic situation, which has only been made worse by the COVID pandemic. A report commissioned from the Atlantic City Restart and Recovery Working Group convened by Governor Phill Murphy has said cannabis revenues would be the best way to address…

Credit Suisse stops custodian service for some U.S. cannabis stocks-sources

Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN.S) has told customers in recent months it will no longer execute transactions in shares of cannabis companies with U.S. operations or hold them on behalf of clients, a cannabis company executive and other industry sources told Reuters on Wednesday. The Swiss lender was among…

Cultivators

Cannabis industry in 2021: an overview

The cannabis market is flourishing with many opportunities. At the same time the cannabis industry is surrounded by stigma, misconceptions, and unanswered questions. However in the past years Cultivators has seen positive movement towards a clear cannabis landscape. Cultivators created years ago a market…

US (ME): ‘Clean cannabis’ program wants more Mainers choosing pesticide-free cannabis

Six years after the creation of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Certified Clean Cannabis program to certify synthetic chemical-free cannabis growers for medical marijuana, Maine cannabis farmers say their product is healthier and less susceptible to disease. But the program has been…

US (IL): State's cannabis sales to surpass liquor

Illinois is set to record more than $1 billion in sales of adult-use cannabis products this year, with first quarter cannabis tax revenue already surpassing that of alcohol.…

US (NY): Native American nations eyeing the cannabis industry

At least two Native American nations in New York are taking active steps to get into the cannabis business in the wake of the state’s legalization of adult-use recreational…

US (NV): Lawmakers push for study on developing hemp industry to diversify state's economy

Nevada lawmakers focused on the ever-present task of diversifying the state’s economy are considering a novel way to help jumpstart Nevada's economy — conducting an interim study on the state’s hemp industry.  For 70 years, hemp cultivation was illegal in the United States until the passage of the Agricultural…

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Effort to legalize recreational cannabis knocked down by Florida Supreme Court

A high-profile effort to legalize cannabis was all but killed by the Florida Supreme Court Thursday. In a 5-2 decision, justices ruled a constitutional ballot initiative by the group Make it Legal Florida to be “misleading.” The ruling came after Attorney General Ashley Moody asked the justices to advise…

US (OH): New cultivation facility to be constructed in Dayton

A cannabis processor has submitted plans to build a medical marijuana cultivation facility south of Dayton. The proposed building would accommodate 150 jobs. Marichron Cultivation is looking to construct the facility on 7 undeveloped acres at 1021 Baker Drive in Monroe. The 40,000-square-foot building…

Slovakia becomes last European state to legalize CBD in the EU

Slovakia, a member country of the European Union, just became the last nation to formally declare on a federal level that CBD is not psychotropic. As of March 18, the Ministry…

USDA invests $21.7M in research to improve soil health and climate smart agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will invest at least $21.7…

More Illinois cannabis workers fighting to unionize

Cannabis workers in the St. Louis Metro East area say it's time to unionize. They're fighting for better working conditions, more job opportunities, and a commitment to improving local communities.Ian Spaeth is a cannabis worker at the dispensary Beyond Hello in Sauget, Illinois. The dispensary is owned…

CBD Testers

First European medical cannabis tech accelerator to be opened In Malta

TechforCannEU announced to have secured funding of up to 2.5M EU from Malta Enterprise to establish the first European tech accelerator for the medical cannabis industry. The funding will go towards supporting start-up companies that are selected to participate in the TechforCannEU accelerator program.  “Our…

4/20 week pt. 4

"Other countries have proven that you can open the market in a controlled manner on a large scale"

And thus, we get to the end of this special article series. We are then 'ending the show' with Dutch-centered opinions, coming from Niek Abbingh with Cannabis-drying.com, and Eric Uleman with CannNext.  Cannabis-drying.comOne of the most important aspects of cannabis cultivation is the drying and curing process.…

Affinor Growers

Affinor Growers to enter Aruban market with circular farming systems

Green cash crop funds leafy greens growth

Affinor Growers Inc. is nearly ready to plant its first seedlings and begin showcasing its vision of sustainable agriculture for a ten-year period. The company recently announced its lease agreement for a 15,000-square foot greenhouse.  The land is located in Abbotsford, British Columbia and is reportedly…

DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE

US (MA) Council OKs permits for two cannabis manufacturers in Holyoke

The City Council approved two special permits for marijuana growers this week, and in the process discussed possible changes to city cannabis ordinances that the council is considering. The two businesses, Massbiology Technology LLC and EMB Natural Ventures LLC, are planning to operate marijuana…

Green thumbs up: grower supplier teams up with consultants for learning

Growing pot is now legal in the state of Arizona, but that doesn't mean it's not a challenge to start that little victory garden. Many potential rookie growers don't know the best schedule for planting, the best soil to use or even where to get seeds. If you want in-person instruction rather than…

NZ Medical cannabis update: pesticide use during cannabis cultivation

The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2019 set the minimum quality standard that medicinal cannabis products and ingredients must meet before they can be supplied in New Zealand.…

The future of deliveries?

Drones - you see them flying around more and more often. In the US, Amazon has received permission to test making deliveries with these flying machines. So, in a few years, we might never have to leave our houses. Our deliveries will simply be left on the porch or posted through a window.

4/20 week pt. 3

"We see that every step in the value chain is getting more mature"

As a famous Italo-American basketball commentator used to say, "another round, another gift", as we continue with our special series to celebrate 4/20; today, it is time of Timo Bongartz with Fluence Engineering, and David Parry, CEO of Cannsun.  Fluence Engineering“For Fluence is very interesting to look…

4/20 week pt. 2

"Vertical farming is here to stay and will only become more automated and efficient in the future"

Today, we continue with our special series on the cannabis industry’s most famous celebration with insights coming from Michael Williamson with Pipp Horticulture and Davide Agostini with ReLash Lab. Pipp HorticultureUnlike other segments of the horticulture industry, cannabis growers have been heavily…

US (IA): First hemp season holds lessons for new growers

Scott and Megan Booher have worked on a lavender farm and been part of the legal cannabis industry in California, but their first season growing hemp in Iowa was a learning…

4/20 week pt. 1

“We see the European cannabis market in a similar state to where the US market was five years ago”

April 20, colloquially referred to as 4/20, is the cannabis industry’s most famous ‘holiday.’ Every 4/20, retailers across the US report a surge in sales. Though 4/20 originated from times when cannabis was illicit, the date is so ingrained in American culture that the legal cannabis industry has adopted…

Demecan

German grower DEMECAN on the significance of a domestic supply chain

"To meet the increasing demand and ensure nationwide supply, domestic production is absolutely important”

Every time a cannabis company wants to enter the European market, the most desired country to gain a foothold in is always Germany. “Almost 4 years ago, Germany legalized medical cannabis, which was an important milestone for the emerging European cannabis market,” says Dr. Cornelius Maurer, co-founder…

MAP

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Spain

"The area dedicated to hemp cultivation has increased eightfold over the last five years"

Since 2016, the area dedicated to hemp cultivation has gone from 61 to 510 hectares, according to the 2020 data from the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA). Despite the fact that it is still a small area for an industrial crop, interest in this production is growing. For this reason, the Ministry…


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