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CBD has “significant potential for growth” in Canada if the government were to allow the cannabinoid in natural health products, a think-tank predicts. A report released this week by the Canadian Health Food Association estimated the CBD market in Canada at CAD $1.9 billion ($1.44 million), with immense potential for exporting CBD to other countries.
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Brazil has fast-tracked a draft law that would legalize the cultivation of medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp, and the stakes are high. South America’s largest economy leads the world in several commodities markets, and some politicians say its farmers are keen to expand into hemp. Several other Latin American countries – Uruguay and Paraguay in
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Regulators at Australia’s Ministry of Health are one step closer to allowing over-the-counter sales of cannabidiol products. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said Wednesday it reached an interim decision to amend the country’s Poisons Standard and down-schedule CBD to a Schedule 3 product in oral, oral mucosal and sublingual formulas for therapeutic use. In Australia,
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Pakistan’s government has approved domestic hemp cultivation for the first time, the country’s minister for science and technology said on Tuesday. Fawad Chaudhry wrote on Twitter that Pakistan’s cabinet approved a “first license” allowing the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) to use cannabis for industrial
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Hempro International, a producer and wholesaler of hemp-derived food, clothing, accessories and cosmetics in western Germany, has filed suit against the city of Düsseldorf for its ban on the sale of hemp-derived CBD food products. The city of Düsseldorf published an announcement in July in its official gazette prohibiting the sale of cannabidiol-containing foods anywhere
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South America’s largest economy took another step toward legalizaing cannabis cultivation on Tuesday when parents, clergy members, physicians, growers and regulators logged online to attend a public hearing on a draft law that would legalize the cultivation of cannabis in Brazil. The technical meeting was organized by the lower house’s special commission for the regulation
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Ecofibre Limited, an Australian manufacturer of hemp-derived CBD, food products, textiles and composites, has completed a $42 million purchase of a portfolio of manufacturing businesses in North Carolina to support the commercialization of its Hemp Black facemask and gaiter line. The acquisition of textile manufacturing platform TexInnovate, completed ahead of schedule this week, was completed
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A UK retailer has launched a limited-edition hemp textile sneaker by U.S. athletic apparel giant Nike. Nike has partnered with the UK’s size? retail outlet to sell the Nike Air Zoom Type ‘Hemp’ shoe. The shoe launched on the retailer’s app and in stores on Friday, priced at £140 ($185). Nike did not respond to
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(Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of national snapshots on Europe’s complex hemp industry. To learn more about hemp production and opportunities elsewhere in Europe, download our free “Hemp Cultivation In Europe” report here.) Despite being overshadowed by the output of France’s hemp farmers and the heft of Germany’s consumer buying power,
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A quartet of French industry groups has criticized the European Commission’s preliminary view that CBD should be regulated as a narcotic, warning that producers, manufacturers and consumers would all face “dramatic repercussions” if the stance is made official. Syndicat Professionnel du Chanvre, an association of cannabis producers, processors and distributors in France, joined three other
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Two North American business groups signed a memorandum of understanding to support Canadian and American companies seeking to capitalize on the growth of the international cannabis market. The agreement between the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s International Cannabis Council and the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) will support businesses on both sides of
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Mexico’s president says he won’t interfere with legislation to legalize marijuana and hemp when the country’s Congress takes up the bill next month. The comments from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a news conference Wednesday are significant because he previously indicated his administration’s focus was on regulating hemp for medicinal use, not creating a
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The CBD vape market in Germany would likely decline in coming years even without new restrictions and advertising bans for the non-nicotine e-cigarettes, analysts say. According to market researchers at CBD-Intel, the German CBD vape product market – estimated at $11 million this year – is expected to decline to around $8.4 million by 2025.
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A Missouri hemp company is being sued for allegedly sending unsolicited advertising texts, the latest cannabis firm accused of violating federal laws against spamming. The federal lawsuit filed Aug. 7 in Vermont accuses Native Hemp Co. of using an automated dialing system “to bombard consumers’ mobile phones with non-emergency advertising and marketing text messages” without
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CBD vape manufacturers and retailers in Germany will face a marketing and regulatory minefield starting in January because of recent changes to the country’s tobacco law. Under legislation passed by the German Bundestag on July 2, non-nicotine e-cigarettes and refillable containers will be regulated the way that their nicotine counterparts are, and additional advertising restrictions
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Neptune Wellness Solutions, a Laval, Quebec-based CBD extractor and manufacturer, reported revenue of $16 million (CAD $21.4 million) for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, up 390% from the same period a year ago. But the company, which grows marijuana in Canada and hemp in North Carolina, reported a wider loss than it did a
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Uruguay is making it easier to export marijuana and hemp by eliminating the requirement that plants be registered first as medicine. But the change signed by President Lacalle Pou applies only to crops grown from 2018 to this year. Deputy Secretary of the Presidency Rodrigo Ferrés announced the actions late last week. Uruguay distinguishes marijuana