Weekly News Digest: July 23, 2021
Today is Friday, so it’s time to take a look at what happened in the CBD and CBD-related world last week. Let’s find out what were the major news highlights and trends in the world of CBD products.
1. A milestone for German medical cannabis as the first homegrown flowers distributed to patients
Our journey starts in Germany. Homegrown medical cannabis is now available to German patients for the first time. The first medical cannabis to be grown in accordance with the European Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP) standard was produced at a 6,000 square metre facility in Neumünster, about 40 miles from Hamburg. So far, Germany has had to rely on imports mainly from the Netherlands and Canada following an amendment to the Narcotics Act in March 2017 to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis-based drugs to severely ill patients.
2. Ukrainian parliament fails to approve legalisation of cannabis in the country
The Ukrainian parliament has not passed a bill on the legalisation of cannabis in its first reading. 184 deputies voted in favour, which fell short of the 226 required votes. The storage and imports of cannabis by foreigners and citizens of Ukraine will only be allowed in the quantities specified in the doctors’ prescriptions for such patients.
3. Colorado announces new rules for testing hemp products for THC
Let’s move on to the United States. In Colorado, the state health department has introduced a new series of rules for testing cannabis products, and some of the requirements are stricter than those for cannabis products. From July 1, all hemp products (foods, food additives and cosmetics containing hemp) will need to display how many milligrams of total THC they contain. In addition, testing will be required for microbes (salmonella, E.coli, yeast and molds, and mycotoxins such as aflatoxin B1). Also, as of October 1, all hemp food and beauty products must be tested for over 100 pesticides.
4. US group says cannabis seed production will dominate by 2030
According to a report by the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC), the CBD-licensed crop acreage will fall to 2.78% of all US fields, while cannabis grown for seed production will be the dominant product in a decade from now. Since CBD has been grown on 82% of all licensed hemp acres in the US this year, the NIHC expects seed production to increase to 65.8% of the total acreage, while seed production for cannabis stalks will reach 31.4% by 2030.
5. Apple now allows cannabis companies to list on its App Store
Apple will no longer ban the listing of cannabis delivery services on its App Store. The policy was updated last month to lift the ban, albeit with some restrictions. Applications must be geographically restricted to jurisdictions where cannabis is legal, and the program must be “provided by a legal entity that provides the service, not a separate developer.” At Marry Jane, we only support the legal use of cannabis products, so please double-check the relevant laws before taking any such products.
6. Trinidad and Tobago publishes plan to regulate medical cannabis
After many delays, Trinidad and Tobago legislators have unveiled their plans to legalise and regulate cannabis for medical, research and religious purposes. The bill sets out the legal framework for the Trinidad and Tobago Cannabis Licensing Authority. The next phase of the bill will take place in the coming weeks. At that time, the House of Representatives will debate and vote on whether to accept all or part of the committee’s recommendations and amend the Cannabis Control Bill accordingly. If approved, the bill will go to the Senate.
7. Data collected shows 15.9 million Australians support the decriminalisation of cannabis
The National Drug Strategy Household Survey is conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. One specific question asked of respondents was: “Do you believe that possession of cannabis for personal use should be a criminal offence?” The data shows that 15.9 million Australians believe cannabis should be decriminalised. Although medical cannabis is legal at the federal level, possession and consumption of it for recreational purposes is still illegal throughout the country, with the exception of the Australian Capital Territory, where it has been legalised for recreational use.
That’s it for this week’s news highlights. We hope that you find this digest useful, and don’t forget to follow our blog to keep up to date with the most important happenings related to CBD from around the world. See you soon!