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The future of cannabis in the EU versus the Americas

What was it all about in 2016? The Cannabis News Network team took off to Dublin in 2016 to attend The Global Medical Cannabis Summit: Advancements in the Age of Cannabis. The Summit was hosted by Volteface and Help not Harm, and sponsored by Tilray and Leafly. According to Volteface, it was ‘the first largest […]

50 years of Prohibition in France is an utter failure

France is the number one European country for cannabis use. “The government should create a “public monopoly of cannabis production and distribution”, according to The Council of Economic Analysis. Cannabis could bring up to €2.8 billion per year and create up to 57,000 jobs. 70 public figures now calling for legalization. Cannabis news network: The door is […]

Inside the world’s oldest hemp conference EIHA16: ‘CBD is a global Wild West’

No better way to find out what’s happening in the industrial hemp sector and the booming CBD trade than to visit the oldest and biggest industrial hemp conference in the world, the EIHA in Cologne, Germany. One of the main takeaways from the record-breaking 16th edition is the need for the European hemp industry to […]

Hemp Products of the Year 2019

Hemp fibre-reinforced plastic, hemp protein powder and hemp face cream are “Hemp Products of the Year 2019” For the second time, the innovation award “Hemp Product of the Year” has been granted to the young, innovative hemp industry for finding suitable applications and markets for industrial hemp-based products. After a 10-minute presentation from each of […]

Countries can reform under UN law

The international drug control regimes are outdated and do not meet current human rights standards and public health needs. Provisions in three historically prohibitionist United Nations treaties – the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and the 1988 Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances – […]

So what about hemp and CBD in China?

While the US only recently passed the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized industrial hemp, China is already ahead and has become the largest producer of hemp in the world with 400,000 acres/162,000 ha. Since a couple of years, China has also legalized the extraction of CBD from industrial hemp, which has been used in the increasing […]

UN drugs watchdog out of tune with reality

Earlier this week, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) – the UN watchdog on compliance with the international drug control conventions – has released its latest position on cannabis which largely warns against ‘medical cannabis’ rather than welcoming the many advances in the therapeutic applications of the plant. Recreational and medical cannabis are “contrary to […]