First Big Tobacco cannabis player backs out after bankruptcy
The first Big Tobacco company to join the hemp and marijuana industries is getting back out. Pyxus International, one of the world’s largest tobacco suppliers, said Thursday that it will focus on its more profitable tobacco and liquid nicotine products after filing for bankruptcy in June. Based in Morrisville,... Read more
Reports: French energy startup nets €18.8 million to launch hemp-fueled plant
Qairos Energies, a startup with aspirations of using agricultural biomass to produce methane and hydrogen in northwestern France, has raised nearly €18.8 million ($23 million) to build and launch a facility that will use local hemp to make fuel for buses, trains and France’s chief natural gas distributor. The... Read more
Molson Coors, HEXO launch CBD drinks in Colorado
Molson Coors Beverage Co. says it has launched CBD drinks in Colorado through TRUSS CBD USA, its joint venture with HEXO Corp. The beverage line will be available in three flavors – Grapefruit Tarragon, Strawberry Hibiscus and Blueberry Lavender under the name, “Verywell,” Molson Coors and HEXO said Wednesday.... Read more
New industry group in Spain aims to change government’s flower opposition
Daniel Fernandez is hoping for a hemp renaissance in Spain this year with the launch of a new Spanish industry association. But first, the Galicia native says federal authorities need to be educated on the economic possibilities of the crop so that Spain can tap underlying potential for collaboration... Read more
Venture capital firm Canopy Rivers sells 49% stake in Italian processor to RAMM Pharma
RAMM Pharma, a cannabis-based pharmaceutical company with products in several Latin American countries, has bought a 49% stake in the Sicilian CBD processing company Canapar. Based in Toronto, RAMM purchased the shares from the cannabis venture-capital firm Canopy Rivers. Under the agreement, RAMM paid $7 million cash to Canopy... Read more
Denmark medical cannabis sales post a positive quarter thanks to Epidiolex
A longer version of this story appears at Marijuana Business Daily International. Sales of medical marijuana in Denmark posted healthy gains in the third quarter of 2020, coinciding with the launch of GW Pharmaceuticals’ CBD drug Epidiolex. Overall sales of all medial cannabis products grew from about 13 million... Read more
Cannabis firm Canopy Growth sues GW Pharma, claiming patent infringement
(This story originally appeared at Marijuana Business Daily.) Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corp. is suing UK-based GW Pharmaceuticals in U.S. federal court, alleging that GW is knowingly infringing upon Canopy’s intellectual property. GW used a Canopy-patented method to extract the CBD that’s the active ingredient in its Epidiolex... Read more
Dutch biocontrols giant acquires Brazilian precision-farming firm
A Dutch biocontrols giant that has flexed into the cannabis space, Koppert Biological Systems, has acquired a Brazilian drone company in a bid to use drones to apply its sustainable biocontrols in Brazil. Koppert said its acquisition of Geocom will help it “accelerate precision agrifarming, which is crucial for... Read more
EU drug agency flags CBD market issues in report on low-THC cannabis products
The European Union’s drug agency has signaled that it is mulling the legal and commercial status of CBD and cannabis-based products in Europe in a new report. The Lisbon-based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction published the report on Monday, detailing the results of a study that... Read more
Italy finalizes hemp commission roster as industry eyes piece of 10 million-euro budget windfall
Italy’s agricultural ministry has named four dozen government, regulatory and industry stakeholders to  a new working group for the country’s hemp sector. According to a decree published last week, the working group is expected “to perform consultative and monitoring duties” for the hemp sector. The commission’s 48 members include representatives... Read more

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