Hello friends of CannaVigilance,
It’s time for your fortnightly cannabis news fix that seems to be dominated by the whole “what will happen next in Germany?” conversation that everybody seems to have – and that includes all major media players. But let’s kick off proceedings with a triple shot of Thailand, a place where the unexpected is being expected and everybody is waiting with bated breath to see how it will play out.
All eyes on Thailand
Thailand made some headlines when the country removed cannabis from the category 5 narcotics list, but it is still not clear what the long-awaited cannabis bill will look like. To understand the legal situation and the significance of cannabis in Thailand, you need to take a look at its history. This is what we did in the first part of our cannabis country report on Thailand while we continue to keep the entire Asian continent in our focus:
- Cannabis Country Report Thailand: Learn about the history and legalisation of cannabis in Thailand in the first part of our cannabis country report.
Read the report
- Interview with Note from Teera: What does it take to become compliant in Thailand? We talked to Note of Teera about the legal situation and how they use Cannavigia.
Find here the interview
- Cannabis Asian Report: Cannavigia’s Micheline Widler and Luc Richner gave an interview in the newest Asian Cannabis Report about our activities in Thailand and the ASEAN region.
Download the report
A vigilant eye on cannabis news
- With Thailand having opened the gates in Southeast Asia, Japan is set to dip their toes in the water. A Japanese health ministry panel recommended revising the nation’s drug laws to allow for the importation and use of medicinal cannabis products.
- In France the one-year medical cannabis experiment is set to be expanded after it worked its way through parliament. The move was widely condemned by patient groups who were not consulted on various changes in moving forward.
- After the German media network Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland published Health Minister Karl Lauterbach’s plan to legalise cannabis for adults nationwide last week, the minister today presented an updated key points paper. The purchase and possession of 20-30 grams of cannabis is now to be exempt from punishment, as well as the self-cultivation of three female flowering plants. More information can be found here. Additionally, Forbes Magazine published a very interesting article on how Germany has to circumvent international law to achieve legalisation.
- Hemp has the potential to make Scotland’s agricultural sector carbon neutral, a new report has found. Industrial hemp was once widely grown in Scotland, with its cultivation dating back more than 6000 years. The plant aids in offsetting carbon by acting as a natural carbon sink, absorbing carbon dioxide from the air as it grows.