Europe

Tue
21
Mar

Ireland: What Are the Risks and Rewards of Medicinal Cannabis?

It has become a highly-charged emotional issue, debated in the Dáil and played out on social media with prominent campaigns attracting national headlines.

There is a growing clamour for greater access to medicinal cannabis for patients with debilitating conditions, and in particular children suffering from certain types of epilepsy.

Health Minister Simon Harris has come under intense pressure to make certain cannabis treatments more widely available.

Last November, the Dáil passed a bill tabled by People before Profit TD Gino Kenny to make cannabis available in Ireland for medicinal use, after the Government said it would not oppose the legislation.

Mon
20
Mar

Should Cannabis Be Legalized in the EU? Inforgraphic

The International Cannabis Business Conference is holding their Berlin, Germany event on April 10th thru 12th, 2017. It’s a great opportunity to learn about cannabis in Europe and get a better grasp of what’s going on there. We thought this graphic would be especially appropriate with all the changes happening there. Hemp has long been grown in many EU nations and now they are starting to accept marijuana more and more, especially Germany and Spain.

In Germany, there are private companies that will soon be cultivating cannabis and patients will access it through pharmacies. In Spain, cannabis clubs are very common but still remain “private” and can’t promote themselves or advertise. Other nations are looking to change laws and lighten penalties surrounding cannabis.

Mon
20
Mar

This Is Exactly Why Marijuana Needs To Be Legalised In Malta

A father of two has just been jailed for 20 months because he was caught growing his own cannabis... eight years ago. 

Walter Desira said he smoked cannabis to help him sleep because he was being kept away by the prescription medication he was taking for a health condition. After spending some time buying cannabis from a drug dealer in Qormi, Desira decided to grow the plant for himself. 

"The court accepted his statement that he never gave or sold marijuana to anyone else"

Even though he was caught with 14 pots, the court accepted his statement that he never gave or sold marijuana to anyone else. The magistrate dropped the trafficking charges, after agreeing there was no evidence to counter his claims.

Wed
15
Mar

The History of Dutch Cannabis Coffeeshops

Seattle has long been synonymous with coffee, and nowadays the city with a distinctive coffee culture is crafting a burgeoning reputation for cannabis culture. What might happen when you combine the two, coffeeshop and cannabis? Sounds like a great idea, right? Like it was meant to be?

In assessing the true potential of this endeavor, where else could we begin than with the elder statesman of not only the cannabis coffeeshop industry, but also cannabis legalization: the Netherlands. We’ll take a look at the context in which cannabis coffeeshops emerged and the changes they have undergone over time. What valuable lessons can be learned from the Dutch cannabis experience, and how might they apply in the context of the United States?

Tue
14
Mar

Vital component of cannabis 'may help treat anxiety and substance abuse'

A key ingredient of cannabis may help treat anxiety and drug addiction, suggests a new study.

Researchers say cannabidiol appears to have effects on emotion and emotional memory - which could be helpful for treating anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders.

Tue
14
Mar

The Best Outdoor Cannabis Strains To Grow In Italy for 2017

Whether you're based in the North with only a tiny balcony cannabis garden in Milan or have a countryside haven in rural Sicily. We've got 5 amazing weed strains for the outdoor cannabis hobby grower in Italy to consider cropping in 2017.

CAN CANNABIS BE GROWN OUTDOORS IN ITALY?

The short answer is yes, absolutely. Moreover, Italy as a whole probably has the best-suited climate in all of Europe for outdoor cannabis cultivation.

It’s no secret that Italian food is some of the best in Europe, if not the world. What’s less well known outside of Italy is that some of the finest weed cropped in Europe is farmed in Southern Italy.

Mon
13
Mar

UK: Hemp gummy aims for slice of €188m cannabis extract market

The European cannabis extract market could be a set for boost following the introduction of a novelty gummy, says Love Hemp.

The UK-based firm says it has sold out of its initial stock of 2,000 gummy bears infused with cannabidiol (CBD) in under 48 hours and believes its novelty product could be a hit in Europe and further afield - taking a slice of a global CBD industry worth around $200million (€188m).

The sweets are sold as a food supplement and each fruit flavoured bear contains 10mg of CBD, as well vitamin B12 and vitamin D3.

The hemp company believes some consumers are turned off by supplements containing hemp oil because of their strong taste, with gummy bears providing a sweet alternative.

Mon
13
Mar

Farmers in Italy fight soil contamination with cannabis

Farmers in a region of Italy once known for cheeses have turned to cultivating a type of cannabis -- not to smoke or sell -- but to decontaminate polluted soil.

The hemp they’re growing contains very little THC -- the compound that makes people high.

Vincenzo Fornaro showed CBS News an empty farm, once packed with more than 600 sheep.

“For generations, our family produced ricotta and meat,” Fornaro recalled.

It wasn’t until 2008 when Italy’s government discovered the toxic chemical dioxin in his sheep and slaughtered the entire herd.  The culprit was just a mile away.

Wed
08
Mar

The Legal International Cannabis Trade Already Exists, and We Mapped It

While the U.S. continues to squabble state-by-state over medical and adult use legalization, over the past year cannabis has quietly grown into a truly international industry.

Tue
07
Mar

Germany A New Market in Medical Marijuana

Germany is liberalizing cannabis access for the seriously ill. Both domestic and international firms are vying for a market potentially worth hundreds of millions of euros.

Germany is taking another step to make cannabis available to patients, mandating that health insurers cover the cost of the pain medication in certain cases for the seriously ill.

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