Quick Hit March 2023: what we missed in recent weeks

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Regular Newsweed consumers will have noticed that we have been on hiatus for the past 2 weeks. But since the news does not await us, here is a recap of what has happened in the meantime on the planet Cannabis.

France

Nothing.

Europe

Germany, which is seeking non-disagreement from Europe on its legalization plan, has reportedly received “very good reactions” from the European Commission regarding the cannabis legalization plan, according to the German health minister Karl Lauterbach. The latter spoke to the German press and said that a revised legalization proposal would be put up for vote “in the coming weeks”.

At the same time, Germany’s Joint Federal Board (G-BA) has announced that there will be no change to the current medical cannabis insurance scheme. The G-BA’s initial proposal consisted of strengthening certain essential rules (prescription only by a specialist doctor, for example), which would have had the effect of reducing patient access to medical cannabis.

In the UK, a 2016 report by the Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the government’s expert advisory body, suggested non-criminal sanctions for possession of drugs under the drug abuse – aligning penalties with the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. The report was ignored, then deleted, we learn in The Times.

UNITED STATES

The Delaware House of Representatives has passed a bill to legalize cannabis. The State Senate also voted in favor of legalization, prompting Congress to end cannabis prohibition.

As a cannabis decriminalization proposal moves forward in Texas, the majority of Texas voters want less stringent cannabis laws according to a recent poll.

The slow rollout of legalization in New York State could cost the state up to $2.6 billion over the next 8 years. A report suggests that “900 retail outlets are needed statewide to ensure sufficient market access.” New York plans to open 36 this year.

Delta-8 THC has generated $2 billion in revenue over the past two years in the United States, especially in states that have not yet legalized THC.

Canada

As Canada’s cannabis behemoths struggle to turn a profit, and small growers push for lower taxes on their products, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has acknowledged the government needs to “catch up” on industry concerns cannabis, especially with regard to the high taxes. Banking access also remains a problem.

Some producers ofedibles in Canada were trying to get around the 10mg limit of THC per serving by selling “extracts” (edibles), a category of products with a higher THC limit. Health Canada did not remain unmoved by this attempt at a small bridge and called various confectioners to order.

Rest of the world

Antigua and Barbuda has become the first country in the Caribbean to grant the Rastafari community official sacramental permission to grow cannabis.

Jamaica will support 16 communities and approximately 128 small traditional cannabis growers over the next three to four years as part of a program that aims to eliminate illicit cannabis cultivation by allowing growers to enter the regulated industry by the law.

UN

The United Nations-affiliated International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has criticized global cannabis legalization efforts, saying the reforms lead to “higher consumption, negative health effects and psychotic disorders”. .

He even suggested that the US federal government force states to repeal the legalization of cannabis to comply with international conventions, including that of 1961.

The INCB recalls that the 1961 treaty stipulates that Member States must “give effect and apply the provisions of this Convention in their own territory”, whether or not they have a constitutionally federalist system as in the United States.

The convention states that “unless a different intention appears from the treaty or is otherwise established, a treaty is binding on each of the parties throughout its territory”.

The INCB regularly opposes countries that adopt a progressive method of regulating drugs, without it having any way of forcing them to apply strict prohibition, which the international conventions do not require.

canna-industry

Sensi Seeds is releasing 10 new strains under the “Breeding Grounds” banner in partnership with Fat Beans and Humboldt Seed Company.

Red Runtz by Exotic Genetix won 2 prizes at Spannabis in the Indica category (Jury Prize and Popular Jury Prize). Plan to see it move quickly to your favorite plug – no guarantee that it’s really that.

Research

A recent study in 10 mice claimed that vaporized CBD was more harmful than vaporized nicotine, and while several news outlets reported on it, they all failed to mention the many flaws in the methodology. According to various experts, there is no way to demonstrate that the adverse effects observed are due to CBD and not to one of the many other products contained in the products (MCT, PG or VG), if indeed they were. really.

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