Stay Ahead Of The Curve With Global Cannabis News: Africa, Thailand, Austria, Japan & India

Morocco's First Legal Cannabis Season Takes Root With Swiss Seeds

Morocco has officially begun its first legal cannabis growing season, two years after the country's parliament legalized the activity. The initial batch of cannabis seeds was imported from Switzerland and distributed to farmers and agricultural co-operatives in the northern provinces of Al Hoceima, Chefchaouen and Taounate, per The National News.

Thai Legalization Of Hemp Sparks Tourist Industry Potential, But Comes With New Regulations

Thailand is blazing the trail in Asia as the first country to legalize hemp consumption for select purposes, presenting a huge potential windfall for the tourism industry but it also brought about new rules and regulations. According to the Bangkok Post, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has published guidelines to inform and warn tourists about smoking in public, as a number of foreign tourists have been caught possessing or using cannabis without being aware of the harsh penalties they could face.

Overview Of Austria, Japan, & Luxembourg Regulatory Landscape For CBD, Hemp & Cannabis

Austria: A new report provides a comprehensive overview of the current regulatory landscape for CBD, hemp, and cannabis in Austria. From the cultivation and processing of hemp to finished products and extracts, as well as medical and recreational cannabis policies, the "Austria: CBD and Cannabis Regulation 2022" report covers it all, per a press release. Also, it delves into import and export requirements, relevant laws, and relevant bodies involved in the industry, and offers valuable insights for investors and companies seeking to enter the Austrian cannabis market.

Japan: published a "Japan: CBD and Cannabis Regulation 2022" report, which provides a detailed overview of Japan's regulatory framework for cannabis, CBD and hemp. Although it is currently illegal to produce, sell or possess medical and recreational cannabis in Japan, THC-free products with hemp extracts derived from mature stalks and seeds, as well as synthetic or stalk/seed-derived CBD, are legal. However, the government is considering criminalizing cannabis use (as possession is already illegal) to curb its increasing usage, especially among young people, per a press release.

Luxemburgo: "Luxembourg: CBD and Cannabis Regulation 2022" report, also provides a detailed summary of the regulatory framework for CBD, hemp, and cannabis in Luxembourg. The report also covers potential future changes in the country's laws on cannabis, which could depend on neighboring Germany legalizing it. Additionally, Aurora Cannabis Inc. ACB recently announced the expansion of its portfolio in Germany.

India Explores Hemp's Potential 

Meanwhile, officials in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh are intensifying their study of hemp's potential for various medical, health, and environmental applications. A government committee is exploring cannabis policy and assessing the market and revenue potential for a robust hemp program, which could create job opportunities. According to Hemp Today, it is also reviewing the impact of hemp regulation in neighboring states with advanced hemp programs, with a goal to attract investment and improve the economic prospects of impoverished rural areas.

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