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Post-Brexit labor shortages deal blow to UK cannabis production

Post-Brexit labor shortages deal blow to UK cannabis production

The company that owns the UK’s largest production base for cannabis for pharmaceuticals is calling for changes in immigration policy following a labor shortage after being excluded from the visa system for agricultural workers. Peter Watson, agricultural director of British Sugar, who grows cannabis for epilepsy in Withington, Norfolk, raises the issue of recruitment. Labor problems arise as an investment in cannabis companies surges after several countries, including the United Kingdom, have legalized the use of medicines using extracts from plants. The British Sugar business, which supplies ingredients for antiepileptic drugs approved by the US company Jazz Pharmaceuticals, is one of many agricultural businesses that have been locked out of seasonal workers’ plans because they do not grow food. It is the only one of all the cannabis businesses.

420 Intel – Marijuana Industry News, 06/20/2021 20:00:00

Open article: https://420intel.com/articles/2021/06/21/post-brexit-labour-shortages-deal-blow-uk-cannabis-production

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Senators Publicly Pressure Key Chairman For Vote On Marijuana Banking Bill

Senators Publicly Pressure Key Chairman For Vote On Marijuana Banking Bill

The sponsors of a Senate bill to protect banks that service state-legal marijuana businesses from being penalized by federal regulators are publicly urging a key chairman told to put the legislation to a vote. In a letter sent to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Thursday, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) urged a markup of their Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, arguing that it would help address an urgent public safety issue. “This is not simply a matter of banking. The inability of these state-legal entities to bank their significant cash reserves is an issue of public safety,” they wrote, citing cases of robberies and armed burglaries at dispensaries in both of their home states. “We owe this to our constituents to hold a markup on this bill and further the legislative process,” the letter, which was also addressed to the panel’s ranking member, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), continues. “To foster success rather than gridlock, we believe this markup on S. 910 is necessary and should focus on policies with robust bipartisan support.” What’s notable about the letter, which comes three months after the bill’s reintroduction, is that the sponsors feel it’s necessary to communicate their request in such a public manner—perhaps signaling that Brown has been unresponsive to conventional behind-the-scenes requests among colleagues.

Tom Angell, Marijuana Moment, 06/21/2021 06:15:00

Open article: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/senators-publicly-pressure-key-chairman-for-vote-on-marijuana-banking-bill/

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Trucking Industry Mulls Implications of Cannabis Legalization

Trucking Industry Mulls Implications of Cannabis Legalization

A new voice in the cannabis legalization debate is America’s trucking force, which counts an estimated 3.5 million drivers in the United States, according to Census reports. At a May Senate Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports Subcommittee hearing titled “Freight Mobility: Strengthening America’s Supply Chains and Competitiveness,” lawmakers and those who testified addressed the “current challenges facing the freight industry, and the ways in which Congress and stakeholders can enhance our nation’s transportation infrastructure and supply chains to ensure the continued competitiveness of American freight movement.” It was through this lens that cannabis came up. Witnesses included Chuck Baker, the president of the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association; Lamont Byrd, the director of the Safety and Health Department for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Chris Connor, president & CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities; and Chris Spear, the president & CEO of the American Trucking Associations. Spear testified that changing cannabis laws — 18 states and D.C. have now legalized cannabis for adult use, and dozens of states have medical cannabis programs — “have uniquely challenged our industry, and have exposed critical issues related to workplace and highway safety.”

Alyson Martin, Cannabis Wire, 06/20/2021 20:00:00

Open article: https://cannabiswire.com/2021/06/21/trucking-industry-mulls-implications-of-cannabis-legalization/

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Amatheon Agri Receives Regulatory Approval to Cultivate Medical Cannabis in Zimbabwe

Amatheon Agri Receives Regulatory Approval to Cultivate Medical Cannabis in Zimbabwe

The Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe has approved Amatheon Agri’s license to produce cannabis for medical and scientific use The company now embarks on an assessment and planning phase for growing and producing an assortment of cannabidiol (CBD) products The global medical cannabis industry was estimated to be worth around US$21 billion in 2020, with very high estimated annual growth rates over the next five years as an increasing number of countries approve its use Amatheon Agri’s subsidiary in Zimbabwe was established in 2014 and seeks a first-mover advantage as the country reengages with the international community and promotes agricultural investment This extremely high-value crop supports Amatheon Agri’s strategic expansion into export markets and diversified offerings to achieve additional contribution margins Amatheon Agri Holding N.V. (the “Company”), the Euronext listed agribusiness and farming group, today announces that its subsidiary, Amatheon Agri Zimbabwe (PVT) Ltd., has secured a license to produce medical cannabis in Zimbabwe. This is the first and important regulatory step and allows the Company to enter a detailed planning phase.

Sean Hocking, Cannabis Law Report, 06/18/2021 21:24:00

Open article: https://cannabislaw.report/amatheon-agri-receives-regulatory-approval-to-cultivate-medical-cannabis-in-zimbabwe/

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Japanese Company In Discussion With Cambodian Government To Grow Cannabis

Japanese Company In Discussion With Cambodian Government To Grow Cannabis

The Phnom Penh Post reports and it looks like the discussions may go on for some time and we’d suggest a need for the Cambodians to legislate if it is a path they decide to go down The notion was explored at an informal meeting between Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon and Yamato Green CEO Katsuhito Nabeshima on June 14 at the ministry. Yamato Green highlighted the untapped potential of medical marijuana seeds, pointing out that many other companies are also interested in cultivating Cannabis sativa, importing seeds from the US, and bringing finished products to the US and Japan, according to the minister. “We will take things into consideration first. We’ve requested the company to work with the relevant ministries – especially the agriculture ministry – to test the plant on a proper designated area in a station or agricultural research centre, as scientific evidence, before submitting a proposal to the Royal Government for approval,” Sakhon said.

Sean Hocking, Cannabis Law Report, 06/18/2021 21:07:00

Open article: https://cannabislaw.report/japanese-company-in-discussion-with-cambodian-government-to-grow-cannabis/

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Legislation Introduced in Senate to Authorize CBD Interstate Trade

Legislation Introduced in Senate to Authorize CBD Interstate Trade

Last month, a bill that would make certain that CBD products derived from hemp fell under the domain of the FDA in the same way as other legalized products added to beverages, foods and dietary supplements, was introduced in the Senate. The legislation, dubbed the Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act, was tabled by Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Wyden stated that CBD products were legally being produced and used across the country. However, because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hadn’t updated its regulations, producers and consumers remained in a gray zone. Wyden added that it had been more than two years since he’d collaborated with his colleagues to call for Congress to legalize products obtained from hemp as well as hemp itself. He noted that the time had come for the federal regulator to update its regulations, for the good of farmers and consumers in America.

CannabisNewsWire, 06/21/2021 04:20:00

Open article: https://www.cannabisnewswire.com/420-with-cnw-legislation-introduced-in-senate-to-authorize-cbd-interstate-trade/

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