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Newly enforced law might harm Italy’s medical cannabis market, pharmacies warn

Italian regulators have reminded pharmacies they are barred from shipping medical cannabis preparations to customers, a major departure from how patients have accessed the medicine for years in the southern European country. Business and patient groups…

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Flowr to buy Terrace Global amid tepid cannabis M&A market

Toronto-based cannabis producer The Flowr Corp. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Terrace Global, a Canadian company focused on the development of international marijuana assets. The all-share transaction, expected to close by the end of t…

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Applications open to supply France with free medical cannabis via pilot program

The French Minister of Solidarity and Health has signed a lengthy decree specifying how a small-scale pilot program will be supplied with medical cannabis that ultimately will be given to patients free of charge. That decree, signed Friday, was followe…

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Study: ‘Cannabis light’ used in Italy in place of sedatives, antidepressants

Sales in Italy of so-called “cannabis light” – low-THC and CBD-rich flowers derived from hemp – have been linked to a drop in purchases of different medications, indicating some patients chose to abandon prescription drugs in favor of self-medication w…

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Aphria’s record Canadian cannabis sales marred by weak EU revenue

Strong demand in Canada for Aphria’s recreational marijuana products failed to offset disappointing international revenue in the Leamington, Ontario-based company’s first fiscal quarter. The Canadian producer’s net revenue declined 4.5% from the March-…

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German patient wins court case to have cannabis covered by insurance

A German patient won a long legal battle against her statutory health-insurance provider involving medical cannabis reimbursement. The Social Court of Berlin and Brandenburg ruled that the health insurer must cover the cost of dronabinol drops for at l…

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France to distribute free medical cannabis, launch experiment in 2021

The French government published a long-awaited decree this week detailing how a limited medical cannabis experiment will be carried out. It was also confirmed that up to 3,000 patients will be able to participate. Companies participating will have to s…

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WHO cannabis recommendations still face uphill battle for adoption

The World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations appeared to have limited support at a United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) “intersessional” meeting on Thursday in Vienna. That means the proposals still face an uphill ba…

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Aphria joins crowded German cannabis flower market, sales to start in ‘weeks’

Canadian cannabis producer Aphria is joining the increasingly competitive German medical marijuana flower market. The company completed its first shipment of dried flower to its wholly-owned German subsidiary, CC Pharma GmbH, the company disclosed this…