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Uruguay continues Latin American cannabis leadership with hemp industry

Uruguay, often recognized as the pioneer in legalized recreational marijuana, is also building a solid foundation to support its hemp industry. “Uruguay is an agricultural country with a clear regulatory framework that offers attractive conditions for large-scale outdoor cultivation (of hemp),” said Maria Belen Algorta, who oversees Uruguay operations for Australia-based Ecofibre. “As far as […]

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CBD boom goes bust in Austria as officials ban the extract in food, cosmetics

Austria’s Minister of Health ordered businesses to immediately stop selling CBD food and cosmetics because the products fall under the European Union’s definition of “novel food.” Cannabidiol is explicitly included in the EU’s novel food catalog, which means individual member countries may limit the marketing and sale of it without specific authorization. Business Association Cannabis Austria CEO Stefan Wolyniec […]

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Canada cannabis giant ups stake in Italian CBD manufacturer

A subsidiary of Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth is increasing its investment in an Italian hemp company. Canopy Rivers announced that it will spend 17.4 million Canadian dollars ($13 million) to increase its ownership in CanapaR Corp., the parent company of CanapaR SrL, a hemp-derived CBD manufacturer based in Sicily. The deal gives Canopy Rivers 49.9% […]

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New Zealand legalizes hempseed as food, issues guidelines

A regulatory change in New Zealand has opened the doors to hemp as food in the island nation. “Hemp seeds are safe to eat and nutritious,” Bryan Wilson, head of New Zealand Food Safety, said in the announcement about the changes that now allow the sale of hempseed foods. The new guidance is being embraced by […]

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Canadian cannabis company adds Polish hemp grower to European portfolio

A Canadian cannabis company has bought a Polish hemp firm to expand CBD production in Europe. ICC International Cannabis Corp. announced Tuesday that it has acquired Polannabis Holdings, which includes a company that grows 850 acres of hemp and has licenses to extract CBD. ICC is paying 2.5 million Canadian dollars ($1.9 million) and 26.5 […]

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Polish petroleum firm inks deal to produce biofuel from hemp

A government-owned petroleum firm in Poland has struck a deal to produce bioethanol from hemp. Grupa Lotos, one of the 10 largest fuel companies in Central Europe by sales, entered the agreement with the state-owned Institute of Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants, Hemp Today reported. The Institute grows and researches natural fibers such as hemp […]

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GW Pharmaceuticals poised to raise $300 million in stock offering

Cannabis biopharmaceutical company  GW Pharmaceuticals is setting out to sell $300 million worth of U.S. depository shares. The London-based company’s announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s move to take some cannabidiol products off the most restrictive class of controlled substances. That change will allow Epidiolex – a CBD drug manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals […]

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Australian CBD maker raises $29 million, ups investment in Japan

Australian CBD company Elixinol Global raised 40 million Australian dollars ($29 million) in a new share placement to ramp up sales and marketing efforts in the United States and Europe. The capital raise comes less than a week after the company announced its wholly owned subsidiary, EXL International Holdings, increased its stake in Hemp Foods Japan, from […]

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Aurora makes big move into European hemp, CBD market

Continuing its global acquisition spree, Aurora Cannabis acquired two Lithuanian hemp companies for 6.3 million euros ($7.3 million) in cash and stocks. Edmonton, Alberta-based Aurora acquired hemp grower and processor Agropro UAB, which has some 4,000 acres growing hemp, and Agropro’s sister company, Borela UAB, which processes and distributes organic hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein, […]

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