In Italy, a change on CBD medicine classification stokes confusion in hemp industry
Italy has added ingestible formulas with flower-derived CBD to a table of medicines in its narcotics law, paving the way for GW Pharmaceuticals’ epilepsy drug Epidiolex to hit the market there but also raising questions about the status of other CBD products. The Health Ministry’s decree sparked anger and... Read more
Upscale CBD retailer flexes into UK with distribution in British department store, UK website
Standard Dose, a wellness brand and CBD retailer in the United States, has launched a U.K. website and inked a distribution deal with John Lewis & Partners, a multichannel retailer that operates more than 40 department stores across Great Britain. The website launch allows the New York brand to... Read more
Chart: Pain, inflammation top reasons why low-THC cannabis interests Canadians
Canadian health authorities say there’s strong demand for over-the-counter, low-THC cannabis such as CBD, and most people want to use it for pain and inflammation if the country were to establish a legal market. That’s the result of a recent Health Canada survey. The agency is considering new rules... Read more
Top EU court to issue final ruling on France’s CBD ban on Nov. 19
The European Union’s top court will deliver its final ruling on the Kanavape case and the legality of France’s ban on hemp-derived CBD on Nov. 19. The Court of Justice of the European Union announced the ruling date on its judicial calendar. The case, which centers on a dispute... Read more
Study: Higher-THC hemp used in Italy as substitute for sedatives, anti-depressants
The sale of hemp flower in Italy has been connected with a decrease in sales of several types of medications, suggesting that some patients chose to dump their prescription drugs in favor of self-medication with an unregulated CBD-based therapy, research by a trio of economists shows. A new study... Read more
UK’s CBD market scrambles to prepare for March novel food deadline
The United Kingdom market for CBD edibles is less than six months away from a radical upheaval, but Gavin Ogilvie isn’t worried. Starting April 1, no CBD product on the U.K. market will be allowed to stay there without validation by food-safety authorities, and Ogilvie’s company – the Manchester-based... Read more
Amazon invites select CBD makers to participate in UK pilot program
Online retail giant Amazon has launched a pilot program allowing the sale of select CBD ingestibles on its UK website. The company says “sellers participating in a limited, invite-only pilot” on the UK site are exempt from its sales ban on edible products containing CBD or other cannabinoids. “This... Read more
United States opposes CBD exemption in international drug treaty
(This story has been updated to correct the name of the ambassador speaking for the United States.) The United States says it does not support a World Health Organization proposal to remove CBD extracts with less than 0.2% THC from international drug control. U.S. Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, speaking Thursday... Read more
EU position murky ahead of vote to change global drug treaties that affect CBD
A delegate for the European Union didn’t say Thursday how EU countries would vote on proposed changes to the way cannabis including CBD is treated in global drug treaties. But Stephan Klement said during a Vienna meeting of the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) that the EU supports... Read more
Costa Rican lawmakers considering hemp cultivation, processing
Costa Rican lawmakers have put forward a draft law to legalize the cultivation, production and sale of industrial hemp and medicinal marijuana. The proposal was published last month after it was approved by lawmakers on the Environment Commission of the Legislative Assembly, online news outlet El Mundo CR reported.... Read more

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