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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 for certain specified purposes: medical and veterinary use and /or industrial needs not related to the production of narcotic and…

New private clinics offering medical cannabis in the UK The Medical Cannabis Clinic has revealed that it will be opening its flagship clinic in London, in Harley Street, this summer. The opening of London’s first such clinic follows the opening of Britain’s first medical cannabis clinic in Greater Manchester earlier in the year. As reported in the Guardian, Analytical Cannabis emphasises the importance of this for those suffering from conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy and neurological and psychiatric disorders who have long been seeking access to what they hope is a transformative medicine. Access is clearly in demand from…

On May 20, the Ukrainian parliament agreed to consider a bill which would legalize medical cannabis. If the bill is passed, Ukraine would become only the second post-Soviet country to significantly reform its cannabis laws. (In 2017-18, the Constitutional Court of Georgia eliminated both criminal and administrative liability for private marijuana use, but left in place prohibitions on selling and public use). The bill was the result of a campaign by Ukrainian NGOs and is supported by the Acting Minister of Health, Ulyana Suprun, a Ukrainian-American native of Detroit who received an MD from Michigan State. Upon introduction of the…

Throughout Europe, cannabis remains broadly illegal and, in most European countries, selling the plant is a criminal offense. However, many countries have adopted their own laws to permit cannabis purchases, sales, and use for medicinal purposes. The current state of European law is similar to the United States – each country (state) has taken its own path to legalize aspects of cannabis, resulting in a complex regional set of laws and rules that apply to the cannabis business. Fortunately for companies doing business in Europe, unlike in the United States, there is no overarching federal criminalization of cannabis that creates…