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Pass the Duchy: Luxembourg’s grand plan to legalize cannabis

Luxembourg has ambitions to legalize recreational cannabis and convince other European countries to do the same.

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Japan’s conservative attitude to cannabis is softening

Cannabis has long been part of traditional medicine in Asia. In Japan, the earliest traces can be found as far back as 8,000 BC – this may be the earliest ever recorded. 

It is only since the mid-twentieth century that usage has become heavily restricted, due to changing western opinions and the enforcement of UN drug treaties. As a result, attitudes across Asia have now become some of the most conservative in the world. 

However, that stance is beginning to soften. Thailand’s recent legalisation of medical cannabis represents a watershed moment for the continent as they followed the lead of South Korea, who surprised many to become the first east Asian country to legalise medical cannabis in November 2018. 

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Zimbabwe to repeal cannabis Laws; aims to export crop

Zimbabwe will repeal laws banning the cultivation of cannabis as the country seeks to boost export revenue and offset the global campaign against tobacco, a major source of foreign currency, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said.

The emphasis will be on industrial hemp, which is also illegal, and medicinal cannabis that “will take a long time to set up structures,” Mutsvangwa told reporters in capital, Harare. “The crop can be a good substitute to the leading export crop, tobacco, which is at risk of being banned globally.”

The southern African nation has also secured 400 megawatts of power from Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. and will make weekly payments to settle outstanding debt with South Africa’s state-owned utility, she said.

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How is marijuana on the black market shifting the industry

The legal marijuana market has all but taken off in the past 6 months to a year or so. In that time, the industry has completely shifted from being somewhat underground to one of the most popular markets of the modern-day. With the growth of marijuana stocks, the industry has seen a large amount of capital flood in as well. All of this adds up to one of the most promising industries moving into the near future.

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Ireland partially decriminalizes all drugs

Irish officials announced on Aug. 2 that the nation would be taking a public health approach to first and second offenses for the simple possession of small amounts of drugs.

The plan was announced late last week by Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State Catherine Byrne. Byrne is also responsible for the nation’s national drug strategy. While the three didn’t completely see eye to eye on the details, they announced approval to develop a health-led approach.

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Oregon limits the import and export of hemp and hemp products

A few weeks ago, we explained what Oregon’s “total THC” testing requirement is and why it matters from a contractual point of view. Today, we further explore this issue and discuss how it is affecting industry players’ ability to export and import hemp and hemp products to the Beaver State.

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Oklahoma Lawsuit seeks to prevent release of medical cannabis information to police

When Oklahoma Senate Bill 1030 takes effect on August 29, it will introduce changes to the way the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) shares information with law enforcement agencies. And those changes, argue the plaintiffs in an Oklahoma lawsuit, will put patient health data at risk. SB 1030 requires OMMA to provide law enforcement with all of the information displayed on medical marijuana licenses. That includes patient licenses, which contain sensitive medical information, as well as business licenses.

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Australia tipped to become 'envy of the world' in cannabis

The Asia-Pacific medicinal cannabis market has been tipped to heat-up by the two companies involved in the launch of a new Australia-based marijuana cultivation business.

Australian start-up Greenfield MC — which was launched in 2018 as an importer and distributor of medicinal cannabis — will now become a grower, under the terms of a new deal with US-Canadian company Emerald Plants Health Source (EPHS).

The two companies will create a joint venture business, Greenfield MC Cultivation, which will develop a cannabis growing operation in Australia for export across the Asia-Pacific market, Business Insider Australia can reveal.

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New Mexico implements emergency hemp rules

Hemp industry participants in the U.S. state of New Mexico now have some regulatory clarity after the state’s Environment Department put temporary rules into effect.

The rules cover the extraction, manufacturing, processing storage and transportation of hemp and products derived from the crop.

“This temporary rule, to be in place no more than 180 days, will allow those in the hemp industry to begin operating in New Mexico and ensures the resulting products are safe for consumers while permanent regulations are developed,” said the Department late last week.

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