Weekly News Digest: June 25, 2021

Welcome to the traditional Friday Weekly News Digest by the Marry Jane team. Today, we will inform you about the top news from the CBD world from the last seven days. Let’s get started!

1. Cannabinoid industry association expands in EU

As usual, we are starting in Europe. The Association of the Cannabinoid Industry (ACI) has announced the opening of a new office in Brussels as they expand their European Union (EU) membership for the first time. ACI was established in 2019 as the UK’s leading membership association for companies operating in the newly regulated consumer cannabinoid sector. ACI’s founding vision was to create an innovative and ethical sector with the highest standards of product quality, customer satisfaction and regulatory compliance.

2. UK Government seeks to take cannabis and cannabinoids from Home Office to accelerate industry growth

And now, news from the British Isles. The 130-page final report of the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform (TIGRR) has recommended a major overhaul of the current cannabinoid research system. According to the report, the regulation of medical cannabinoids and medical CBD should move from the Home Office to the DHSC/MHRA (Department of Health and Human Services and Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency) to create a regulatory pathway for patient benefit-based assessment and approval.

3. First French prescription cannabis experiment involving 325 patients

Experiments with medical cannabis started in France in April. An important milestone in the project, it remains to be seen how the different operational phases will unfold, from patient inclusion to professional training and product access. According to the source, 2 months after the launch, 325 people were included in this experiment out of the 3000 planned.

4. Voters decide on bills to decriminalise medicinal cannabis and cannabis in Wyoming

The state of Wyoming was presented with two measures to legalise medical cannabis and decriminalise its adult use on the ballot. The medical cannabis proposal text states that patients can purchase and store up to four ounces of flowers and 20 grams of “medical marijuana-derived products” over a 30-day period. People with one of more than a dozen relevant conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and dementia, will also be able to grow up to eight mature plants for personal use. The division will have to publicise the rules by July 1, 2023.

5. Louisiana removes criminal liability for possession of cannabis

One more piece of news from the United States. The Louisiana state government has decriminalised the possession of small quantities of cannabis for personal use. A bill officially decriminalising this was signed into law by US Governor John Bel Edwards on June 15. While possession of 14 grams of cannabis (half an ounce) or less will continue to be punishable (with a maximum fine of 100 US dollars), the threat of jail time has been removed. “I also believe deeply that the state of Louisiana should no longer incarcerate people for minor legal infractions, especially those that are legal in many states, that can ruin lives and destroy families, as well as cost taxpayers greatly,” John Bel Edwards said. The new law will come into force on August 1.

6. Construction of the world’s largest medicinal cannabis plant to begin in Australia

Moving on to Australia, there are plans to build a 250-million-euro medicinal cannabis plant in Toowoomba, due to start in August. The 40-hectare farm, located just 250 meters from Wellcamp International Airport in Toowoomba, will be the largest of its kind in the world, producing 500 tons of cannabis per year and employing around 1,000 people.

7. The Bhutanese government cites lack of experience as the reason for the delay in legalising cannabis

And we would like to finish today in Bhutan. The country’s government has postponed consideration of the Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act of Bhutan (NDPSS). Dr. Tandi Dorji, Foreign Minister of Bhutan, said, “The lack of expertise in the country called for international experts to study the possibilities and the requirements to legalise marijuana for medical use.”

Final thoughts

These have been the highlights of the latest news from the CBD world for the previous seven days. Stay with us and keep on following our blog for more interesting information. See you!

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