Weekly News Digest: July 30, 2021

July is coming to an end, but that’s no reason to be upset. Another work week is winding down and today, as usual, we’ve gathered the top news highlights from the CBD and CBD-related world from the past seven days.

Dutch government clarifies requirements for coffee shop owners to experiment with controlled cannabis supply chain

As is tradition, we are starting in Europe. And today, our first stop is the Netherlands. The country’s government has published an Order in Council to invite consultations and get feedback. The government has asked cannabis growers and coffee shops to participate in consultations regarding the Closed Coffee Shop Chain Experiment. Participants include the Association for the Abolition of the Cannabis Ban and 50 others.

Irish government to directly reimburse patients in new medical cannabis access program

The Irish Ministry of Health has announced that a new Medical Cannabis Access Program (MCAP) is operational from July 2021. In addition, patients receiving medical cannabis with ministry approval will now be reimbursed for their products directly by the state. However, access to medical cannabis in Ireland continues to lag far behind other European countries. In December 2020, possession of cannabis was added to the list of offenses that are not actively prosecuted, but instead will result in a police warning, as well as a fine.

Georgia cannabis commission moves closer to issuing grow licences

We move on to the United States. The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission took a step toward approving cannabis cultivation licences at a recent meeting but stopped short of announcing winners. Although the commission did not announce the licensees, it did vote in favour of finalising the scores of the applications that were considered in a closed executive meeting. These scores will be used to award the licences. Commission Chairman Dr. Christopher Edwards said the commission’s next step would be to contact applicants “to find out interest or extensions or responses or withdrawals, as necessary.”

An Argentine university to build a laboratory to produce cannabis oil

The National University of Lanus plans to construct infrastructure for clinical, ethnographic and epidemiological research of medical cannabis oil, which will expand scientific understanding and validate popular knowledge. Hugo Spinelli, director of the university’s Institute of Collective Health, said, “Cannabis oil has very important therapeutic properties. It is an issue that medicine did not prioritise … the issue of cannabis oil starts from the popular sectors that rescue this ancestral knowledge.”

The Uruguayan Minister of the Interior will make changes to cannabis self-cultivation laws to combat the illegal market

Let’s go to neighbouring Uruguay, where the country’s Minister of the Interior, Luis Alberto Heber, has given assurances that he is willing to make changes regarding cannabis self-cultivators. Heber indicated that this particular issue is one of the points he wants to discuss during the Senate Security and Coexistence Committee meeting. “What is happening is that with self-cultivation there are two people: one who cultivates and one who consumes. But we are ready to do this. We need the addresses of cannabis clubs to distinguish illegal from legal,” the minister stressed.

Thailand explores hemp extraction for medical research

Experts from Khon Kaen University (KKU) in Thailand gathered to discuss collaboration in the field of hemp extraction with the goal of developing hemp products. The institute’s main mission is to conduct research on hemp and cannabis for medical and related industrial purposes, something which is a constant undertaking for the institute.

Farmers in Zimbabwe are switching from tobacco to hemp crops as hemp overtakes tobacco in market stability

Our next stop is the African continent. Zimbabwe has lifted rules requiring sole government ownership of cannabis cultivation to encourage investment in the plant for industrial and medical purposes. Zimbabwe is Africa’s largest tobacco producer, but authorities expect hemp export earnings to begin replacing tobacco as farmers seek higher returns from their harvests. Attracting foreign investors could provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the Zimbabwean economy, which has been stuck in a state of depression for over 20 years.

Final thoughts

This concludes Marry Jane’s weekly news digest as of July 30, 2021. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to follow our blog for more content you may be interested in whether you are a consumer of CBD products or not. Take care and see you soon!

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