Why Different Countries Are Relaxing Their Cannabis Laws

As the first European country to legalize cannabis, Luxembourg has called on other European countries to relax their drug laws, specifically cannabis production and consumption. According to the European state, the continent’s drug policy has not worked over the last few decades, and forbidding everything made it more attractive for people to find new ways of skirting laws.

The country’s relaxed laws will see residents over 18 years old able to buy cannabis for recreational use starting from 2020. The state will establish a cannabis agency to regulate all production and distribution. What’s more, minors between ages 12 and 17 will not face criminal charges if caught in possession of five grams or less of the drug. However, those who break the law will receive harsh penalties.


Another Canadian Company sets up Portuguese growing operation

Portugal’s California-like weather has seen a third Canadian company look to establish a cannabis cultivation footprint in the country.

First it was Tilray, then it was Aurora and now The Flowr Corporation is set to grow cannabis in the country. Flowr has announced plans to acquire the remaining 80% stake in Portuguese firm Holigen which has established a huge cannabis operation in Aljustrel, about 100 miles south east of the capital Lisbon.


Tilray hosts ribbon cutting for Portugal campus after harvest

As Canadian cannabis companies increasingly look to expand in burgeoning European markets, British Columbia-based Tilray(NASDAQ:TLRY) today held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the launch of a campus in the European Union (EU).   Located in Cantanhede, Portugal, the facility just completed a successful indoor harvest that was celebrated with a tour featuring local government officials and Canadian healthcare professionals.  

The $20 million campus features research rooms, outdoor and indoor grow space, and cultivation and packaging areas for distributing medical marijuana.  

Tilray’s Chief Executive Order Brendan Kennedy commented on the ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour: 


Aphria to develop weed patches; Aurora Cannabis comes to Portugal

Canadian cannabis producer Aphria (APHA) on Tuesday announced a deal to produce and sell medical cannabis transdermal patches developed by scientists at MIT, while Aurora Cannabis (ACB) announced moves to expand into Portugal. Aphria stock, Aurora Cannabis stock and other marijuana stocks rallied.

The deals reflect efforts by Canada's marijuana industry to treat cannabis as a form of therapy. They also reflect ongoing efforts to expand in the global medical market. The global medical market, executives say, represents a huge sales opportunity.


The global experiment of marijuana legalization

In 2016, more countries legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes.


Is Israel on the Way to Decriminalizing Marijuana?

A police representative said there has been a 71% increase in police files involving the illegal growing of cannabis.

The Israel Antidrug Authority surprised the Knesset’s Special Committee on Drug and Alcohol Abuse on Monday by saying it “favors and adopts the Portugal model” decriminalizing the use of marijuana and allocating funds to treat drug addiction.

The position was initially presented before an internal committee of the Public Security Ministry. On Monday, the chairman of the Knesset’s special committee, Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg, expressed support. “Israel is advancing toward a new era, and it seems that legalization of marijuana is just a matter of time,” she said.


Why WHO Needs a Radical Rethink of Its Draconian Approach to Cannabis

Cannabis is hugely popular. 182m people use cannabis across the world and, with this level of exposure, the way cannabis is regulated matters. As does the evidence of risks and benefits to health which underpins regulation.

Sometimes saying nothing is as telling as saying something. Silence can suggest retaining the status quo. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been silent about the international regulatory controls on cannabis since its inception in 1935. The past 80 years have brought dramatic advances in scientific knowledge about cannabis, so it is odd that it has not provided updated advice about its legal status. 


Marijuana Industry About to Go Global

Although the United Nations international drug treaties have upheld an official prohibition against marijuana, the marijuana industry has spread across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.


Stoners Can Now Travel The World Legally Smoking Weed Thanks To ‘Bud ‘n’ Breakfasts’

Normally when visiting weed friendly countries such as Amsterdam and certain states within the U.S., travellers still have to save the sneaky puff for allocated spots around the city.


Although you’ll find the odd smoking booth outside your hotel, it’s generally not cool to be sparking a fat one in the comfort of your own room. But no longer will this be an issue as there’s now a website called ‘Bud n Breakfast’ where you can find accommodation that is cannabis friendly. Zing!

Set up by Sean Roby and Shayan Bastani, it’s basically like Hostelworld or AirBnB for people who like to get high. What’s not to like?


Regulated Cannabis Markets: A Look At Three Models

Cannabis regulation comes in different forms throughout the world. We showcase Portugal, Netherlands, and Colorado in their approach to cannabis regulation.

Drug possession, use, and distribution are under different regulations throughout the world. Most of the countries make a difference when it comes to so-called soft and hard drugs. Hard drugs are loosely defined as drugs with an unacceptable degree of addictiveness (physical addiction) and/or physical harm.

Cannabis falls under the domain of soft drugs, as there is minimal physical harm even when used irresponsibly and the addiction caused in heavy users is still only psychological. As such cannabis regulations in the world are usually less harsh than those for let’s say heroin or cocaine.


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