Hello friends of CannaVigilance,
We all always look forward to summer, but too much of a good thing can be too much. Will someone please turn down the volume and send some cold air this way? Plus, we can’t wait for autumn because there are two exciting trade shows coming our way. So let’s get down to this week’s news!
Will technology reform cannabis cultivation?
Even though monitoring cannabis from seed to sale can be challenging, cannabis cultivation can benefit from good technological advances. Using cutting-edge technologies to reduce water consumption, control greenhouse gas emissions or reduce energy consumption and labour costs in cannabis cultivation: the list is almost endless.
In our latest article, we looked at technology and cannabis cultivation and what impact Cannavigia can have.
Read the article here.
Trade shows in September
We have two exciting trade shows coming up: On September 10-11, we will be participating at the CB Expo in Zurich and on September 15-16 we will be going to Lisbon for the Medical Cannabis Europe. Find an overview here of what will be happening there and contact us if you will be going to one or both conferences.
For those who still need a ticket for CB Expo in Zurich: Get a 10% discount with the code cb-expo-2022-vigia. You can buy your tickets here.
A vigilant eye on cannabis news
- France, one of the EU countries with the strictest cannabis laws and no ambition to change any of it seems to be on the cusp of a gear change. Citing health benefits, social discrimination and state finances as reasons, 31 “left wing” senators opened the doors by writing an op-ed in the influential French newspaper, Le Monde. The multi-party coalition is looking to get the ball rolling in bringing French cannabis laws into the 21st century.
- When it comes to the legalisation of cannabis, it’s not always just good news. In Ghana the Supreme Court has declared as unconstitutional law which permits licenses to be granted for the cultivation of cannabis for industrial and medicinal purposes, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court rejected a judicial review of the country’s narcotics law that would have paved the way for legalising marijuana for medicinal use and in Hong Kong the authorities have taken the first step in banning CBD. One of the reasons for the planned banning by 2023 is the fact that “high temperatures or direct sunlight can cause CBD to degrade into THC” according to Dr. Albert KK Chung, clinical assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong’s department of psychiatry.
- Winner of the prize for organizing the biggest party of the summer of 2022 seems to be Thailand, where a very large grey-area in the law and the dropping of Covid-restriction has led to a big draw for tourists. Hoping to imitate Amsterdam’s coffee shops (except the shop comes to you), there has been a big surge in food truck-type stores all over the country. In a country where narcotics offences have attracted the death sentence, and being caught with a joint at a full moon party has landed tourists in the infamous Bangkok Hilton, everything has changed.
- Quietly doing their thing down South is Uruguay who have defied all doomsday-predictors after being the first country in the world to legalise cannabis in 2013. Having dealt with some hiccups that needed sorting out, the growth of medical marijuana is currently huge, even though they are facing the same frustrations as others when it comes to treaties and UN laws. To see what else is happening in Uruguay read our country report here and an interview with a grower here.
- And finally, we bade a fond farewell to Dame Olivia Newton-John, pop culture icon and cannabis activist supreme. Her impassioned reasoning for the legalisation of medicinal marijuana and her clean-cut image gave her the opportunity to open doors to media that would not normally be receptive to these ideas, as this interview with Good Housekeeping illustrates.