On October 17th, 2019, the Canadian government went ahead with the second phase of its cannabis program. Legalization 2.0 included the approval of edibles and infused products. The move came exactly one year after the first wave of legalization which saw Canada make history, with recreational cannabis flower and
After much speculation, Coca-Cola has officially denied that they have any intention of getting in on the cannabis industry. At least, for now. Rumors circulated that they would soon be producing CBD-infused beverages. Last week, the company officially commented, with spokesperson Kent Landers squashing those rumors. The idea started after
Last December Thailand shocked the world by becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to legalize medical cannabis. As a key player in a region notorious for its harsh drug laws and staunch prohibition, the country that originally seemed like an unlikely candidate to break the status quo has charged ahead
Since the announcement of a referendum on New Zealand cannabis legalization in 2020, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the details. New Zealand’s government released its initial draft legislation for the proposed legalization last week, clarifying a lot of its positions and addressing a number of concerns.
In a surprise move last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued 15 warning letters to companies selling CBD products. The agency claims that these companies violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. There is specific concern for how these products are being marketed and the unsubstantiated
2019 certainly has not been a spectacular year for cannabis in Canada. Early crippling supply issues and other problems have resulted in an industry downturn. To say that things haven’t exactly gone as planned would be an understatement. The worst contender in the Canadian cannabis market this year has
One of the biggest issues surrounding the cannabis debate has been the social impact of legalization. Anti-legalization voices have long claimed that legalizing marijuana will normalize it, leading to an increase in its use. The contention is that as the number of users rises, so will the social consequences, including
Recent announcements from a number of Democratic presidential candidates committed to changing cannabis’s status within the drug scheduling system has left many observers incredibly hopeful for 2020. While tremendous progress has been made at the state level, cannabis’s current legal status as a Schedule 1 drug federally
The last few years have seen dramatic changes in the way North America treats cannabis. Acceptance for legalization is at an all time high, and the trend of recreational, adult-use marijuana being approved doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. With that said, the legal discrepancies between jurisdictions can
On October 29th, lawmakers in Quebec passed new legislation to further regulate cannabis within the province. Pushed through the National Assembly by the ruling Coalition Avenir Quebec, it will effectively raise the minimum age for cannabis consumption from 18 to 21, as well as implement further restrictions on its
When it comes to medical cannabis and its legalization, one of the key areas observers should be paying attention to is Latin America. In recent years, a number of countries have begun experimenting with progressive drug laws, and have introduced reforms which make accessing medical marijuana easier for patients.
In our legalization forecast for 2020, we discussed the progress that Latin America has made in recent years – and one of the major markets that’s come up repeatedly when analyzing the region has been Colombia. Located a relatively short distance from North America, cannabis companies are increasingly