MACEDONIA BANKING ON BECOMING LEADING EUROPEAN CANNABIS CULTIVATOR

MACEDONIA BANKING ON BECOMING LEADING EUROPEAN CANNABIS CULTIVATOR

In February 2016, after six months of deliberation, Macedonia has pushed through legislation to legalise the use of medical cannabis. Since then Macedonia has set its sights on European expansion cultivating a cannabis industry of its own, open to investors, entrepreneurs and multinationals alike. But as Macedonia joins the ranks of Balkan states leading the cannabis revolution in south-eastern Europe, some patients are yet to see the benefits.

ROMANIAN GOVERNMENT GIVING MIXED SIGNALS ON MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGISLATION

ROMANIAN GOVERNMENT GIVING MIXED SIGNALS ON MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGISLATION

Romania’s history has been full of rebounds, ebbs and flows of distress and productivity, often playing catch up to rejoin the socio-economic norms of mainstream Europe.

Once a powerful hemp producer, Romania has turned its back on the cannabis plant since the fall of communism in 1989. In the post-soviet era however, Romania has welcomed foreign investment in agriculture and one US company has plans to cultivate medical cannabis.

LUXEMBOURG ROLLS OUT CAUTIOUS PILOT SCHEME

LUXEMBOURG ROLLS OUT CAUTIOUS PILOT SCHEME

Luxembourg, nestled between France, Belgium and Germany, has long suffered from the domination of neighbouring countries. The end result is a proud national motto “Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn” which translates directly as “we want to remain what we are”.

However, when it comes to cannabis legislation, Luxembourg is following directly in the footsteps of their Northern neighbours.

This week, we look at the the new 2-year pilot scheme announced in early 2018 and what patients can expect from the Grand Duchy.

CANNABIS CULTIVATION IN TURKEY AIMS TO COMBAT INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING

CANNABIS CULTIVATION IN TURKEY AIMS TO COMBAT INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING

Sitting on the fence between the gardens of Europe and Asia, Turkey is still streets away from the more liberal drug policies of its European neighbours. The good news for now is that in an attempt to stop international narco-trafficking, Turkey has begun the process of cannabis legalisation.

This week, Prohibition Partners examines why Turkey, a historically conservative country, has legalised cannabis cultivation for research and development and what we can expect from Europe’s most eastern market.

CULTIVATION LAWS INHIBITING SLOVENIAN CANNABIS TREATMENTS

CULTIVATION LAWS INHIBITING SLOVENIAN CANNABIS TREATMENTS

Cannabis is regularly or occasionally used by 15 percent of Slovenian population and it’s estimated that 30,000 citizens self-medicate using cannabis extracts. However, only 160 patients choose to do so legally - via the legally approved synthetic imports.

As part of the Prohibition Partners European Country Review, we examine why so many Slovenian patients choose to self-medicate and how the state is constraining the cannabis industry in Slovenia.

SERBIAN PATIENTS FIGHT FOR CANNABIS REFORM

SERBIAN PATIENTS FIGHT FOR CANNABIS REFORM

Serbia is  the largest and most populous country of the former Yugoslavia. It is home to a strong pro-legalisation movement which is led by activists, patients and researchers. In this case, that opposing force is spearheaded by far-right parties and conservative medical groups who desperately cling to ill-informed stigmas surrounding cannabis.

As part of the Prohibition Partners European Country Review, we examine what divides opinion on cannabis legislation and how far they have come on the bumpy road to modernisation.

MEDICAL CANNABIS IN EUROPE - THE GMP STANDARDS GUIDE (EXTRACT)

MEDICAL CANNABIS IN EUROPE - THE GMP STANDARDS GUIDE (EXTRACT)

Prohibition Partners is excited to announce the launch of 'Medical Cannabis in Europe - The GMP Standards Guide', in association with Orion GMP Solutions.

If Europe wants to become global leaders in the cannabis industry, ensuring that it adheres to the highest manufacturing practices is essential. Our GMP Standards Guide is intended to be used as a resource by manufacturers, legislators and all involved in the European cannabis industry to educate on best practice and international legislation.

The report is due to be released in February 2018 but you can read a short extract here.

HOW CROATIA PIONEERED MEDICAL CANNABIS TREATMENTS IN THE BALKANS

HOW CROATIA PIONEERED MEDICAL CANNABIS TREATMENTS IN THE BALKANS

Most European countries have struggled to create highly functional systems for cannabis treatments. It is inevitable that the dismantling of archaic drug laws takes time and experimentation. Some countries push through legislation and expect the medical communities to play catch up. Others demand ‘more time’ to run rigorous tests in state run labs while debating public opinion.

CAN MEDICAL CANNABIS SAVE THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

CAN MEDICAL CANNABIS SAVE THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

There are deficits, big holes, and the question is, how can the Channel Islands fill them? The solutions are not pretty - voluntary redundancies, compulsory redundancies, new taxes, public sector cuts. Simply put, the archipelago needs more tax revenue and less public spending. Prohibition Partners examines why the Channel Islands need to implement a medicinal cannabis industry.

IS THE AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT JEOPARDISING ITS MEDICAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY?

IS THE AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT JEOPARDISING ITS MEDICAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY?

Austria has one of the most complicated positions on the legality of medical cannabis. The Alpine country has a rich history of hemp production and a burgeoning cannabis industry from Vienna to Salzburg, however, the election of right-leaning conservative, Sebastian Kurz, may spell troubling times for the cannabis community. As part of our European Country Review, Prohibition Partners looks to navigate through the convoluted system of the Austrian cannabis industry.

EXPLORING THE BELGIAN CANNABIS INDUSTRY

EXPLORING THE BELGIAN CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Historically a country with complex and turbulent drug laws, Prohibition Partners explores any recent changes in Belgian legislation, given the dramatic policy changes sweeping mainland Europe in 2017.

MALTA POISED FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS REFORM

MALTA POISED FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS REFORM

Throughout 2017, Malta has seen a slow but steady shift towards medical cannabis legalisation. Last month, a proposal put forth to the Maltese government that aims to facilitate the prescription of medical cannabis by general practitioners.

UNDERSTANDING MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGISLATION IN IRELAND

UNDERSTANDING MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGISLATION IN IRELAND

Saturday, 18th November marked a historic moment in the progression of medicinal cannabis treatment in Ireland. The Department of Health approved a three-month licence for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for the treatment of severe chronic pain.

EXPLORING THE NEW DANISH MEDICAL CANNABIS TRIAL

EXPLORING THE NEW DANISH MEDICAL CANNABIS TRIAL

With only a limited number of licences available for the recently announced Danish medical cannabis trial, the race is on to submit applications in advance of the deadline on the 31st of December. We explore the process and opportunity.

SCANDINAVIAN ATTITUDES MUST CHANGE IF THEY ARE TO CAPITALISE ON THE LEGAL CANNABIS MARKET

SCANDINAVIAN ATTITUDES MUST CHANGE IF THEY ARE TO  CAPITALISE ON THE LEGAL CANNABIS MARKET

There is currently a tide of cannabis reform sweeping throughout Europe, yet there is still a small number of states who have yet to make any effort on reform. This contrast in approach is reflected throughout Scandinavia - although there is still a long way to go before any of these countries become European forerunners. 

PORTUGAL’S CONFLICTING CANNABIS LAWS ARE HOLDING BACK ECONOMIC POTENTIAL

PORTUGAL’S CONFLICTING CANNABIS LAWS ARE  HOLDING BACK ECONOMIC POTENTIAL

Historically, Portugal is regarded as somewhat of a trailblazer when it comes to drug reform. Yet in the 15+ years that have followed, very little progress has been made and so Portugal seems set to remain rooted to its restrictive and inconsistent legal stance. 

IS THE ORIGINAL CANNABIS LEADER FALLING BEHIND?

IS THE ORIGINAL CANNABIS LEADER FALLING BEHIND?

The New Opium Act was implemented in the Netherlands in 1976, which was to lead the way for the so called ‘Policy of Tolerance’. Initially, the policy was meant as a first step towards full regulation of soft drugs - although here we are 40 years later with very little progress.

ISRAEL: A GLOBAL LEADER IN MEDICAL CANNABIS

ISRAEL: A GLOBAL LEADER IN  MEDICAL CANNABIS

Israel has been a pioneer in the research and development of medical cannabis for decades and now, it could become a major player in the global legal cannabis industry.