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As the cannabis industry is growing across much of Western Europe and North America, businesses would be wise to familiarise themselves with the UAE framework to avoid any unintended consequences as seen in the recent case of Billy Hood (see here). The UAE maintains a strict zero tolerance policy on the use of cannabis as further explained below. UAE Framework: Federal Decree-Law No. 30/2021 On Combating Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (the “Law”). The Law prohibits the procurement, import, export, manufacture, extraction, separation, production, possession,…

There have been multiple headlines concerning the recent imprisonment of a British football coach (Billy Hood) in the UAE who was found to be in possession of CBD vape oil that contained elements of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. Whilst legal in the UK and other western countries it is strictly prohibited in the UAE. In connection with this case, the General Directorate for Drug Control (”GDDC”) stated that Mr. Hood was found to have ”quantities of cannabis…

We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of our Global Medical Cannabis Dashboard, a new interactive tool covering cannabis regulatory regimes in 112 countries (and counting) across the world. We reached out to our global network of healthcare regulatory specialist lawyers across 39 Baker McKenzie offices and 70+ of our correspondent firms and asked them to share their knowledge on this subject. Our resulting dashboard is unique in its scope and stretch and we invite you to explore it…

The prospective relaxation of cannabis regulations in jurisdictions around the world offers opportunities for investment for UK businesses. However, investors should be wary of potential exposure under UK anti-money laundering (“AML”) legislation and consider taking appropriate safeguarding actions prior to any transaction. Pot luck: cannabis law in different jurisdictions In the UK, it is a criminal offence to produce or supply cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, punishable by up to 14 years in prison and/or an unlimited…

Less than one year since medical cannabis was legalised in the UK and just two months since the first medical cannabis clinic opened in London (as reported in our last blog post), a cannabis-based drug has been approved for use in the UK. Its approval may herald the acceptance of cannabis-based drugs into mainstream medicine across the country. What is Epidyolex? Epidyolex is a cannabis-based medicine for children suffering from Epilepsy. Cannabis-based drugs contain cannabidiol (CBD) which is one of…

Welcome to the Global Cannabis Compliance Podcast Series. Because we have received so many requests from readers for more information about the topics we have been covering, we have decided to start a podcast series featuring in-depth discussions with experts. Like the blog, the podcast series will cover all aspects of cannabis compliance including existing laws and proposed legislation in various countries and U.S. states, significant court cases and judicial decisions, enforcement trends, and best practices in compliance. If you…

Many countries across the globe are in the process of decriminalising the medical and recreational use of Cannabis, and Africa is no exception to this growing trend. Governments across the continent are hoping that the decriminalisation of the plant will aid them in their quest to diversify their economies and generate transactions in hard currency. The Cannabis industry is one with a multi-billion-dollar footprint, and businesses are already benefiting from growing, distributing and exporting medicinal Cannabis. According to The Consumer…

The Netherlands’ “coffee” shops are retail stores where the Dutch government tolerates cannabis sales for personal consumption. In our prior post, we explained the basic legal framework around cannabis in the Netherlands. Here, we will discuss how the country has implemented its coffee shop system. Through the Tolerance Policy we previously described, the government allows coffee shops to sell cannabis under strict conditions and will not prosecute them if those conditions are met. In order to open a coffee…

The Netherlands is famous throughout the world for its trailblazing attitude toward cannabis consumption. However, despite its reputation in popular culture as an open cannabis haven, the Netherlands still criminalizes aspects of the cannabis trade and has a strict regulatory structure for its famous “coffee” shops. As other countries, states, and municipalities legalize aspects of cannabis sale and consumption, they may look to the Dutch experience for an example of an existing system that tries to balance some of the…

A draft law recently adopted by the Russian State Duma (lower house of the parliament), though not yet approved by the Federation Council (upper house of the parliament) or signed by the President would amend existing law to allow the cultivation of certain plants that contain narcotic and psychedelic substances. Significantly, the bill would not decriminalize recreational use, nor would it permit the development of private dispensaries. It also contains certain restrictions and limitations: First, cultivation would be permitted only…