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A new way to commercialize cannabis in Canada: Q&A with Mark Spear of Wildfire Collective

Wildfire Collective is spearheading Canada’s first exclusively outdoor, multisite craft cannabis operation focusing on high terpene, full spectrum extracts. “This really is something that’s going to help differentiate us when margin compression comes in the near future,” said Mark Spear, founder and CEO of the Ottawa-area company. Unlike many  publicly traded cannabis companies in Canada, Wildfire […]

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Uruguay’s hemp exports could start next year: Q&A with Sergio Vazquez of the agriculture ministry

Editor’s note: Sergio Vazquez will appear at the MJBizDaily Latin American Cannabis Symposium, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in Bogota, Colombia.) Uruguay could see the start of an export stream for hemp as early as 2020, after a period of testing has been completed, marking a milestone for Latin American hemp industry. That’s according to Sergio Vazquez, head of […]

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Proposed overhaul of Australia’s medical cannabis framework ‘far too slow,’ industry officials say

Executives welcomed recommendations to improve the framework governing Australia’s medical cannabis scheme as a potential breakthrough, but some said the expected implementation of the proposals is “far too slow” for a sector in need of regulatory improvement today. The recommendations – made in a government-commissioned report authored by John McMillan, law professor at Australian National University in […]

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Ecuador moves closer to legalize medical cannabis and hemp

Ecuador is one of the few South American countries that still has not legalized medical cannabis nor hemp, but that could change soon. This week, the country’s Congress approved a major reform of the Organic Integral Criminal Code. If given the green light by the executive branch – which has the authority to veto proposed […]

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Mexico has over a month to legalize recreational cannabis, with 10 proposed laws in the mix

With a court-ordered deadline to legalize recreational cannabis in Mexico approaching next month, parliamentarians have no fewer than 10 proposed laws to scrutinize. It is anyone’s guess which one will come out on top. But the clock is ticking, with lawmakers facing a little more than a month to pass legalization legislation. Mexico would become […]

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Health Canada suspends British Columbia cannabis producer Evergreen’s licenses

(This story has been corrected from a previous version to reflect that CannTrust’s license has not been suspended.) Another cannabis company has been penalized by Health Canada for alleged regulatory violations. British Columbia-based Evergreen Medicinal Supply was sanctioned Aug. 9 over noncompliance with federal law and regulations, according to Health Canada, which did not list […]

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Paraguay to open application process for medical cannabis production licenses in October

Paraguay plans to open up the application process next month for businesses seeking to secure a production license for the country’s new medical cannabis industry. The nation’s health minister, Julio Mazzoleni, announced during a press conference on Thursday the approval of a resolution establishing the guidelines to apply for the first commercial production licenses. Five vertically integrated […]

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