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Europe’s hemp industry hit a milestone last week when the European Union’s top court liberated CBD from the jurisdiction of an international drug treaty, declaring that hemp-derived cannabidiol is not a narcotic. Hemp groups in France and elsewhere in Europe gave the five judges a standing ovation for the Kanavape ruling, which declared that France’s
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Alphagreen, a London-based e-commerce platform focused on CBD, has secured 1.1 million pounds ($1.5 million) of seed funding to help finance the rollout of new products and services and an expansion into the United States. According a statement released last week, participants in the seed round included: Stockholm-based Enexis AB. U.S.-based West Creek Investments. Angel
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Curious about the developing Latin America cannabis market? Then tune in to the Latin America Market Forum on Friday, Nov. 20, at MJBizCon’s Passholder Days. Topics include regional updates, the prospects for exporting from Latin America and revenue opportunities within Latin America. More information is available here. The Mexican Senate approved legislation to establish a hemp and
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Get in-depth analysis on Latin America hemp and marijuana markets from MJBizCon’s Passholder Days. It’s all available to you on demand. Mexican lawmakers have advanced a measure to legalize industrial hemp and recreational marijuana, setting a 1% THC limit for hemp and allowing adults to possess up to 28 grams of marijuana. A group of
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China’s biotech and pharma giant Tasly Holding Group has announced a 500 million yuan ($75.6 million) investment into biotech company Puyuan Miaosheng Group’s industrial hemp subsidiary. The investment will be used to develop Yunnan Maye Biotech’s operations in hemp farming, foods and beverages, pet food, new tobacco products and vaporizers, and biopharmaceutical products in five
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The National Industrial Hemp Council has set its sights on Asian and European hemp markets after it says it was allocated $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote U.S. hemp products abroad. Kevin Latner, the NIHC’s senior vice president for trade, told Hemp Industry Daily that the group received word it was selected
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Aldi UK, the British arm of the German supermarket chain, has launched a house line of hempseed oil skincare products, joining the ranks of grocers carrying hemp and incorporating it in store-brand products. The retailer’s Lacura line of products, which includes a body butter, hand cream and “CBD Facial Serum,” were made available on shelves
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(A version of this story first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily International.) Canadian marijuana producer Hexo Corp. says it has settled a trademark-infringement lawsuit against a California CBD maker. Hexo sued Assi Project Management for unfair competition and trademark infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California after discovering the company
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A “cannabis light” vending machine in Italy (photo courtesy Alfredo Pascual) The availability of hemp flower containing up to 0.6% THC in Italy led some marijuana users to abandon their illicit products, costing criminal networks tens of millions, a trio of economists has found. The researchers’ findings, published last year in the European Economic Review,
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(A version of this story first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily.) United Kingdom-based GW Pharmaceuticals posted higher revenue in the quarter ended Sept. 30, largely driven by U.S. sales of its cannabidiol medicine Epidiolex. GW’s total revenue for the third quarter reached $137.1 million, about 16% more than the previous quarter’s $121.3 million. Epidiolex sales
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New York wellness holding company Onassis Holding Corp. has bought a CBD maker in Slovenia for $6 million in stock. Onassis’ acquisition of MGC Nutraceuticals in Ljubljiana, Slovenia, gives the company a foothold to distribute CBD derived from Slovenian-grown hemp across Europe. The company formerly belonged to MGC Pharmaceutics, which makes medical marijuana. Under the
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Thoughtful Brands, a cannabis and psychedelics company in Vancouver, British Columbia, has dissolved its subsidiary in Germany to focus on its direct-to-consumer brands, including a CBD maker in Kentucky. Thoughtful Brands says its subsidiary Verrian Germany GmbH has sought creditor protection and institute insolvency proceedings in Germany. Verrian focused on researching psychedelic compounds in Radebeul,
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Government officials in Guyana and Panama are considering legalizing hemp cultivation in their countries. Both governments took steps toward that goal this month, with Guyana reviewing feasibility studies and discussing hemp trials, while in Panama government officials and lawmakers formed a committee to discuss the potential of industrial hemp,. Hemp Today reported. Supporters of hemp
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Hemp-derived CBD supplement maker Elixinol shed half of its global workforce and shuttered production lines in the first half of this year in response to market decline stemming from the global COVID-19 pandemic. Now the Australian company is looking to leverage a leaner operation and focus on its core CBD brands for future success. Talking
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Canadian greenhouse giant Village Farms International is moving ahead with plans to take over a firm it started as a joint venture to produce marijuana and CBD in British Columbia. Village Farms, one of North America’s largest producers of greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers, has approval from its joint-venture partner Emerald Health Therapeutics to
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(A version of this story first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily.) A Bahamas committee charged with laying out an economic recovery plan recommends the country legalize hemp and hemp extracts. Presented last week, the Economic Recovery Committee report also calls on the nation to legalize marijuana. The recommendations were part of a broader report presented
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The Isle of Man, a self-governing British dependency located between Ireland and England, has announced plans to create an export-only sector for hemp and cannabis products. The island government said it was seeking input on its plans for establishing and regulating its would-be cannabinoid industry, noting Friday that a consultation would be launched for “industry,
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Italy has added ingestible formulas with flower-derived CBD to a table of medicines in its narcotics law, paving the way for GW Pharmaceuticals’ epilepsy drug Epidiolex to hit the market there but also raising questions about the status of other CBD products. The Health Ministry’s decree sparked anger and confusion among cannabis activists and stakeholders
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