4 continents, 1 deal: The global CBD export market is already here

On Aug. 19, the Colombian company PharmaCielo, which claims to be the country’s premier producer of medical-grade cannabis oil, announced that it had officially exported the first batch of CBD from Colombia to Switzerland. The actual deal to make the first commercial export of CBD to Europe happen was organized by PharmaCielo’s Canadian parent company of the same name.


Colombia begins shipping CBD to Switzerland

A Colombian cannabis producer has completed the country’s first commercial export of CBD isolate to Europe after its shipment arrived safely in Switzerland.

The Colombian government granted its first CBD isolate export permit to PharmaCielo (TSXV: PCLO) last month, and the firm has moved quickly to begin supplying the lucrative European market. It has now shipped its first batch to the Swiss office of Creso Pharma, an Australian pharmaceutical company it is in the process of purchasing for AU$122 million.

David Attard, chief executive at PharmaCielo, said the inaugural shipment was “symbolic on many levels”.


Switzerland aims to legalize medical marijuana

The Swiss government aims to make it easier for patients to get medical marijuana, proposing on Wednesday to allow prescriptions for cannabis to treat people suffering from cancer or other serious conditions.

The proposal, separate from a Swiss government push to allow some cities to experiment with recreational marijuana, would replace the current system, in which those seeking medical cannabis must apply for an exception from the Federal Health Office to get what is otherwise an illegal drug.

Marijuana is sometimes used to help cancer patients manage chronic pain, to help boost their appetites, and to reduce spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis.


Switzerland witnesses huge cannabis demand

The legalization of marijuana in many parts of the world has been responsible for the creation of one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The latest report from the Swiss government regarding its tax revenue due to legal marijuana sales for 2018 was published recently. The report shows that the demand for legal cannabis in Switzerland rose to new highs.


Discover the barriers of accessing medical cannabis despite reform across Europe

Although regulatory reform has occurred across Europe, many patients still experience barriers regarding accessing medical cannabis, here Prohibition Partners explores further.

Prohibition Partners explains how legislation intended to improve availability of accessing medical cannabis for patients is being hindered by a lack of education in clinicians and regulators.


‘Make it legal and give us control’, Swiss pharmacies tell government

Chocolate munchers take note, Switzerland’s pharmacies want to sell cannabis both medicinally and recreationally.

In the shadow of Davos, while the world’s top movers and shakers were moving and shaking, the president of the Pharmacy Association in Zurich, Valeria Dora, said last week that cannabis use amongst Swiss residents is up and that legalization is the only sensible option.

The group has issued a position paper stating its argument for decriminalizing marijuana, which it says would deter black market trade and provide safer products for the market.


Israeli and Swiss companies team up to breed better cannabis for patients

Cannabis plants tailored to specific ailments could be just around the corner.

A Swiss cannabis company has partnered with an Israeli genome analysis firm in order to create better varieties of cannabis for patients and consumers. Gene sequencing firm NRGene, based in Ness Ziona, Israel, announced the collaboration with Pure Cannabis Research AG of Zug, Switzerland in a press release on Tuesday.


Switzerland weighs relaxing marijuana ban

Switzerland, which permits low potency cannabis but bans most marijuana for recreational use, aims to allow pilot studies on ways to relax its laws, its government said on Wednesday.

It also proposed making it easier for people to access medical marijuana to treat conditions like multiple sclerosis or cancer.

Cannabis is now regularly used recreationally by about 200,000 people in Switzerland, the government said.

“Although current laws forbid its consumption and seek to punish it, this number is not declining,” the government said. “At the same time, the black market is flourishing, and the safety of consumers cannot be guaranteed due to a lack of quality control.”


Swiss supermarkets will soon begin selling cannabis, but there's a catch

The Swiss supermarket chain LIDL will soon begin selling cannabis, but there's a catch.


The country that pioneered "wellness" is adopting cannabis as a cure

For centuries, Switzerland has led the way when it comes to what we now call “wellness,” peddling the healing powers of crisp Alpine air, clear blue skies, and fine Swiss botanicals.


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