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Colombian medical marijuana producer approved to export topical CBD products

Blueberries Medical, a Bogota, Colombia-based medical cannabis producer, has been cleared to produce and export CBD products from Colombian food and drug surveillance regulator Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (INVIMA). The five-product suite is Blueberries’ initial entry in the CBD market and includes creams, lip balm and shampoo. The company plans to […]

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Canadian CBD firm expands in Europe with Polish hemp grower

A Canadian company focused on CBD extraction in Europe has bought a Polish hemp grower. StillCanna acquired Olimax, which grows about 3,700 acres (1,500 hectares) of hemp, in a deal valued at more than 25 million Canadian dollars ($18.6 million). The cash-and-stock deal includes a cash payment of $2 million, plus 24 million common shares […]

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Europe’s hemp definition, ‘novel foods’ designation cloud region’s potentially booming CBD market

European hemp producers and manufacturers are struggling to capitalize on the global CBD boom and compete with U.S. manufacturers as they navigate the continent’s thorny regulations – but they’re optimistic that upcoming changes will open new CBD opportunities. The hemp and CBD industry wants the European Union to change its Common Agricultural Policy, which governs food […]

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Canadian cannabis firm MPX International to acquire Swiss CBD brand for CA$13.4 million

Another Canadian company is looking to Europe for expansion – this time in CBD. A large, vertically integrated Canadian company plans to buy up the remaining shares of a Swiss organic CBD company to expand into the global market. MPX International, a vertically integrated CBD company based in Toronto, has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares […]

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Confusion, enthusiasm combine at Hemp Investor Forum

Uncertainties surrounding regulations – both at the state and federal levels – and a lack of recent historic data in the United States are factors that could discourage investors in the American hemp industry, attendees at a Denver forum heard last week. However, savvy investors can still find opportunities in “one of the most unique […]

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Australian farmers in Tasmania increase hempseed production for food

The number of hemp producers in the Australian state of Tasmania, which produces 66% of the nation’s commercial hemp crop, has nearly doubled – and it’s projected to continue growing because drought is causing supply shortage in other regions, according to Australia’s ABC News. Tasmania has produced hemp for fiber and cosmetics since the 1990s, but […]

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GW Pharma denies supply issues with cannabis-based drug Epidiolex after stock falls

GW Pharmaceuticals, the British maker of epileptic seizure-control medication Epidiolex, said it was not aware of any supply issues related to the cannabis-derived drug after a tweet from a patient’s father complained he could not source the medicine. GW’s stock was down more than 3% on Wednesday on the Nasdaq after the tweet from San […]

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FSD Pharma reveals hemp purchase agreement after Auxly deal collapses

Ontario-based FSD Pharma has agreed to buy 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of hemp on a contractual basis from a farmer in the province for CBD extraction at the company’s Cobourg facility. The move comes after the breakdown last week of an agreement between FSD and marijuana company Auxly for the purchase of 49.9% of the […]

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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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