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1st December 2022 - Europe |

EU: In a move that may affect the packaging of hemp/cannabis-derived products, the European Commission yesterday issued a proposal to revise the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. It aims to prevent the generation of packaging waste, reduce it in quantity, and ensure that all packaging is recyclable as well as to increase the use of recycled plastics in packaging. The proposal will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council, following the normal EU legislative procedure.

30th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |

Germany: Health minister Karl Lauterbach is expected to commission a scientific report to convince the EU Commission that legalising recreational cannabis will push back the black market without increasing consumption, press reports. He said confidential talks with EU officials had shown that very good arguments would be needed to convince them of the benefits of legalisation. Lauterbach added that the draft law is expected to be ready by the end of the first quarter of 2023.

30th November 2022 - Czech Republic, Europe |

Czech Republic: Jindřich Vobořil, the national coordinator for drug policy, hopes to present a bill to regulate the recreational cannabis market at the beginning of next year, media reports. Vobořil estimates that the change could bring in about CZK4bn (€164m) a year to fund preventive programmes and treatment support.

29th November 2022 - Europe |

EU: EU negotiators hope to reach a compromise on the new Battery Regulation during a final session on 9th December, media reports. The new regulation seeks to regulate the whole life cycle of batteries, from design to disposal, repealing the current EU Batteries Directive. It would cover a wide range of industrial and portable batteries, potentially including those in cannabinoid vaping devices. However, it will provide only a general framework, leaving details to be provided in secondary EU legislation, such as delegated and implementing acts around 32 of which are expected to complement the Battery Regulation.

28th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: The federal government has introduced the Disposable Plastic Fund Bill, in which manufacturers of single-use plastic must pay an annual fee into a central fund administered by the Federal Environment Agency. The fee will depend on the quantity of single-use plastic products made available. CBD vaping devices that use single-use plastic may be affected. If approved, the first fee payment is due in 2025.
28th November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued clarifications of the rules regulating the manufacturing of cannabis-based medicinal products. Among others, it specified that at the moment of application, companies should have all necessary systems, equipment, and procedures in place and that all qualification and validation of the facility and equipment should be complete up to the point of at least operational qualification (OQ).
28th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: After receiving no response from the European Commission on the proposal to legalise recreational cannabis, members of the parliament from the coalition government parties – the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) – have asked health minister Karl Lauterbach to draw up a draft law. According to a joint statement from the three parties, "Waiting for the EU and remaining inactive is not an option".
25th November 2022 - Europe, Malta |
Malta: Parliamentary secretary Rebecca Buttigieg said yesterday that the Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC) will be in a position to start accepting applications for cannabis club licences by February 2023, press reports. These cannabis clubs will be allowed to grow cannabis and distribute it to members. However, skepticism has appeared over whether these cannabis clubs will ever be set up following the appointment of former director of Caritas Malta, Leonid McKay, as head of the ARUC.
24th November 2022 - Europe, Ireland |

Ireland: Dáil (parliament) member Gino Kenny of the left-wing People Before Profit / Solidarity party today introduced the Misuse of Drugs (Regulation of Cannabis) Bill. If passed, it will mean the possession of up to 7 g of cannabis or 2.5 g of cannabis resin for personal use by anyone aged 18 or over will no longer be a criminal offence.

24th November 2022 - Europe, Lithuania |

Lithuania: The parliamentary Rural Affairs Committee has approved Bill XIVP-2059 , which would allow the growing of hemp varieties with up to 0.3% THC from 1st January. The THC content in hemp-derived finished products must still not exceed 0.2%. The bill will be voted on by the full parliament in the next few weeks.

24th November 2022 - Europe, Spain |

Spain: The Ministry of Health has confirmed in answer to a parliamentary question, which was published on Monday, that the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS) could have the medical cannabis regulation ready by next month, meeting the six-month deadline set by the Subcommittee on Medical Cannabis. The regulation will allow the medical use of cannabis for patients suffering from epilepsy or from cancer-related pain.

23rd November 2022 - Europe, Lithuania |

Lithuania: The parliamentary Law and Order Committee has approved bills XIVP-1766, amending the Code of Administrative Offences, and XIVP-1767, which will be discussed in the Seimas (parliament) in the coming weeks. Both seek to decriminalise the possession of “small quantities” of cannabis, which would otherwise be punishable by a fine of between €30 and €250. The amount to be considered as “small” would remain to be determined by an order from the minister of health.

23rd November 2022 - Europe, Netherlands |

Netherlands: The European Court of Justice has ruled that a Russian cancer patient currently being treated in the Netherlands cannot be deported because he uses medicinal cannabis, which is illegal in Russia. The person submitted several asylum applications in the Netherlands, the last of which was rejected in 2020. Following this a return decision was issued, denying him the right to remain in the Netherlands. He appealed to the District Court of The Hague, which referred the question to the European court.

23rd November 2022 - Europe, Romania |

Romania: The Chamber of Deputies was today debating the regulation of medical cannabis, press reports. In a conference organised by the Health Committee, some doctors and representatives of medical associations highlighted the benefits of medical cannabis. However, no agreement was reached to unblock a bill on medical cannabis that was introduced in 2019, or to introduce a new one.

23rd November 2022 - Czech Republic, Europe |

Czech Republic: The Government Council for the Coordination of Addiction Policy yesterday approved the Report on Illegal Drugs in the Czech Republic in 2022, media reports. National coordinator for drug policy Jindřich Vobořil told a meeting chaired by prime minister Petr Fiala that “long-term trends show the need for a different control system for addictive and psychotropic substances. For less risky substances such as cannabis, we tend to go down the path of decriminalisation and strictly controlled availability.”

22nd November 2022 - Europe, France |

French Polynesia: With 33 votes and 20 abstentions, the Assembly has approved a law legalising the medical and industrial use of cannabis. Cultivation of hemp with up to 0.3% THC will be allowed for the production of non-ingestible products, and cultivation with higher amounts of THC will be allowed for the manufacture of medicines.

21st November 2022 - Europe, France |
France: The Senate has approved a resolution on hemp sector economic development and hemp-derived product regulation. Among other things, the Senate is calling on the government to support research on the hemp and CBD sectors, develop uniform and standardised procedures to test CBD concentration, and define a non-binding acceptable daily intake of CBD.
17th November 2022 - Europe, Sweden |
EU: The Swedish Medical Products Agency (SMPA), the representative for Sweden in the Working Group on Cosmetic Products of the European Commission (EC), told CannIntelligence that a meeting of the working group took place on 8th November 2022. According to the same source, the EC was expected to present a revised paper encompassing all the feedback provided by member states on a previous draft non-paper that examined the potential consequences of the Kanavape case on the cosmetics sector. However, the SMPA said that the EC did not present the revised paper, and that “it is still under process”.
17th November 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: Bill 168, which aims to ban the recreational use of hemp flowers, was assigned to the competent committee of the Senate. The bill was presented by senator Maurizio Gasparri of Forza Italia, part of the ruling coalition. Though the proposal is unlikely to be approved, it could demonstrate the new government’s approach towards the sector.
17th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: Bavaria's health minister, Klaus Holetschek, advocated in Brussels for the European Commission to object to Germany's recreational cannabis legalisation planlocal media reports. Holetschek claimed that it goes against international conventions and the EU framework for EU members to manufacture, sell or distribute narcotic drugs, such as cannabis, for recreational purposes. He added that "Bavaria is strictly against the legalisation of cannabis and will also pull out all the stops at the federal level to prevent the law from getting that far".
15th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |

Germany: The Federal Joint Committee, responsible for determining what medical care is covered by statutory health insurance, has proposed new regulations for the prescription of medical cannabis. Proposals include allowing prescriptions only by doctors with additional qualification and prescription of cannabis as a last resort. Comments from selected organisations only will be accepted until 30th November.

14th November 2022 - Europe, Slovenia |
Slovenia: MP and vice-president of the National Assembly Nataša Sukić submitted a parliamentary question on 10th November asking the minister of health whether she believes that regulated access to cannabis for recreational use, together with a clear declaration of allowed varieties, THC content, age limits, advertising bans and the introduction of a special dedicated tax could contribute to a more responsible use of cannabis and less negative consequences of its abuse. Sukić also asked the minister whether she thinks recreational cannabis would bring worse negative effects than tobacco, alcohol or sugary drinks. The period given to answer the parliamentary question is 30 days.
14th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: The Federal Social Court has decided that health insurance companies may only approve the prescription of medical cannabis in the case of serious illnesses and when the doctor has made a careful and comprehensive assessment, analysing alternative therapies, chances of success and risks. The doctor must also carefully weigh up in each individual case whether drug addiction conflicts with the prescription of cannabis.
14th November 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: Answering an inquiry from the opposition MP Tino Sorge about the submission to the European Commission of the key points on the legalisation of recreational cannabis, the federal government stated that it is in contact with the European Commission in order to obtain an initial assessment of the compatibility of the planned regulation with European Law. A Commission spokesperson said last Friday (11th November) that they have not yet received the document, press reports.
14th November 2022 - Europe, Ireland |
Ireland: On 11th November, the Irish High Court published the ruling we previously reported on concerning the case contesting the zero-tolerance policy for any THC in CBD products in the country. The case was brought by a company that had products imported from Slovenia containing small amounts of THC seized in October 2020. The company argued that, according to the European Court of Justice ruling in the Kanavape case, products with less than 0.2% THC can be manufactured and sold within the EU and cannot be completely banned by member states. The court has rejected the case on the grounds that THC is a controlled drug in Ireland. The judge also said evidence demonstrates the dangers associated with the products and that the present regulatory regime is justified.
14th November 2022 - Europe, Slovenia |
Slovenia: Nataša Pirc Musar won the second round of the presidential elections yesterday with 54% of the votes in favour, becoming the first female president of Slovenia. Pirc Musar, who ran in the elections as an independent, positioned herself in October 2022 in favour of cannabis legalisation: "so many scientific studies and researches have been done to date, in which it has been concluded that marijuana is not as evil as they said in the old days", she said.
11th November 2022 - Europe, Malta |
Malta: The head of the Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC) Mariella Dimech has been let go from her position as executive chairperson, press reports. Dimech said that "Over the last 10 months, I have worked with no functional office, no staff, no budget and a political strategy and decision strategy I disagreed with". The ARUC is responsible for enacting cannabis policies and for issuing licences to cannabis organisations, which would be allowed to cultivate and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. Leonid McKay, former Caritas director and current housing authority chair, will be appointed as the new executive chairman.
10th November 2022 - Europe, Ireland |

Ireland: The Irish High Court has rejected a case contesting the zero-tolerance policy for any THC in CBD products in the countrypress reports. The case was brought by a company which had products imported from Slovenia containing small amounts of THC seized in October 2020. The company argued that, according to the European Court of Justice ruling in the Kanavape case, products with less than 0.2% THC can be manufactured and sold within the EU and cannot be completely banned by member states. The court rejected the case on the grounds that THC is a controlled drug in Ireland. The judge also said the company was “not entitled to an order requiring the Minister for Health to revisit the current restrictions on substances that contain any amount of THC”.

9th November 2022 - Europe, Finland |

Finland: The government yesterday submitted a TRIS notification to the EU seeking to classify ten new substances as psychoactive substances banned from the consumer market. They include exahydrocannabinol (HHC) and other synthetic cannabinoids, such as ADB-B-5Br-INACA.

4th November 2022 - Europe, Malta |
Malta: During an interview, the president of the Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC), Mariella Dimech, said that the authority plans to issue the first licences for cannabis organisations "soon, but not before the end of the year", as the authority is still finalising the whole regulatory system. She added that everything will "probably" be postponed to 2023. The ARUC is the responsible institution for enacting cannabis policies and for issuing licences to cannabis organisations, which would be allowed to cultivate and sell cannabis for recreational purposes.
3rd November 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |
UK: Yesterday (2nd November) Steve Brine was newly elected as chair of the Health and Social Care Committee. Brine was a junior minister at the Department of Health and Social Care from 2017 to 2019 when cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs) were legalised.
2nd November 2022 - Czech Republic, Europe |

Czech Republic: Drugs commissioner Jindrich Voboril is to present a first draft of the bill to legalise recreational cannabis in March 2023, media reports. Voboril reportedly said work on the bill was being carried out in consultation with Germany, with the prospect of mutual supply between the two countries.

27th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) issued a ruling yesterday ordering the removal of advertorials promoting Blessed CBD in the media. The ASA upheld several claims about product health claims and paid editorials. It said companies must ensure that ads don’t make medicinal claims for unlicensed products and that any general health claims are accompanied by a specific authorised health claim no health claims have been authorised for CBD products. In addition, companies must ensure that marketing communications are clearly identifiable to avoid misleading consumers.

27th October 2022 - Europe, Ireland, Sweden |

EU: The Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs has told CannIntelligence that some EU member states expressed concerns during the 1st March meeting of the Working Group on Cosmetic Products over the fact that the draft non-paper presenting the European Commission’s preliminary views on the impact of the Kanavape case on the cosmetics sector establishes THC limits. They were worried that existing national legislation might conflict with the establishment of THC thresholds for cosmetic products. Ireland commented during the meeting that “there is no approach to have THC thresholds/limits at national level”, a view supported by Sweden.

26th October 2022 - Europe |

EU: The reform of the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation is expected to be postponed until the end of 2023, according to the European Commission’s work programme, media reports. The delay means the reform is unlikely to be adopted before the next European Parliament elections in May 2024. The REACH regulation already applies to the cannabis and hemp-based vapour industry, but the revision may lead to enhanced reporting and evaluation of chemicals. It is already considered to be one of the strictest laws to date regulating chemical substances and will affect industries throughout the world; its revision could mean tighter restrictions on some problematic chemicals or even the banning of some.

26th October 2022 - Europe, Germany |

Germany: The Ministry of Health has today published its key issues paper on the legalisation of recreational cannabis. Major points are: cannabis no longer to be classified as a narcotic; possession allowed up to a maximum of 20 g to 30 g; limited private cultivation; sales at licensed special shops and pharmacies (if necessary); an age limit of 18 (with a possible THC cap up to 21); a ban on advertising; and introduction of a cannabis tax. A preliminary assessment suggests international trade will not be possible. The German government will issue an interpretative declaration to the other parties to international treaties and submit the draft law as part of a notification to the European Commission.

26th October 2022 - Russia |

Russia: A Moscow court yesterday dismissed US basketball player Brittney Griner’s appeal against a nine-year prison sentence for drug smuggling and possession, press reports. Griner was sentenced in August after she was arrested in February at Moscow airport when she arrived to play for a Russian side and was found to be carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil.

25th October 2022 - France |

France: Different political parties have put forward various amendments (181755104628662879 and 2893) to the 2023 Social Security Financing Bill that would require the government to produce a report analysing the impact of the medical cannabis experiment. Two other amendments (AS688AS1650), both with the aim of extending the experiment, were adopted last week.

21st October 2022 - Europe |
EU: The European Pharmacopoeia has opened a comment period for draft standards on cannabis flowers for medicinal purposes. The draft standards cover the herbal drug defined as dried, whole or fragmented, fully developed shoot apices of female cultivars of Cannabis sativa L,  employed as a raw material for the production of extracts or prescribed as it is, to be taken by patients by inhalation or oral administration. If eventually adopted, these standards will be mandatory for manufacturers who wish to market their products in the signatory states of the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia. The feedback period will be open until 31st December 2022.
21st October 2022 - Europe, Finland |
Finland: According to the new citizens’ initiative “Cannabis to be legal, regulated and taxed” published yesterday, the cannabis prohibition law should end in Finland. The initiative proposes to begin the preparation of a law for the legalisation, regulation and taxation of cannabis in Finland. If the initiative collects at least 50,000 declarations of support it can be submitted to the parliament. The initiative has collected almost 8,000 so far.
20th October 2022 - Europe, Germany |

Germany: The supposedkey points” of the forthcoming cannabis legalisation bill, allegedly leaked to the press yesterday, have been denied by health minister Karl Lauterbach, press reports. Lauterbach said there was neither a key points paper from the Ministry of Health nor a coordination paper with other ministries. He said a number of issues remained unclear, including obstacles in European law.

19th October 2022 - Europe, Germany |

Germany: The Ministry of Health has made available to the media some of the key points that it says should guide the new recreational cannabis legalisation bill. These include: the right to purchase and possess up to 20 g; self-cultivation of up to two cannabis plants; a general advertising ban; taxation; and sale through licensed shops, pharmacies and online. Cannabis would no longer be classified as a narcotic. The paper is still being discussed with other ministries and has not yet been officially published.

19th October 2022 - Europe |

EU: Two new CBD-rich hemp cultivars developed in the US have been added to the EU Common Catalogue of Plant Varieties. The Bulgarian company marketing the cultivars, named Midwest and Northwest, claims their CBD levels can reach around 15%.

18th October 2022 - Europe |
EU: Today, 18th October, is the last day to submit comments on the European Commissions published draft Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 regarding hazard classes and criteria for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation). The amendment seeks to “insert new hazard classes and their criteria into the CLP Regulation for its adaptation to technical and scientific progress”, which may impose additional obligations on the producers of e-cigarettes in relation to additional chemicals that may be contained in a device or delivery mechanism. Feedback will be taken into account to finalise this initiative.
18th October 2022 - Czech Republic, Europe |
Czech Republic: Yesterday, the national anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil held a press conference about a new action plan in the field of addiction, media reports. The new plan has several priorities, including a regulated market for cannabis, and future state revenues from the sale of cannabis products and licences in particular. The government should receive the finished document with individual plans and implementation dates by the end of the year.
17th October 2022 - Europe, Spain |

Spain: Asked about industrial hemp-derived cannabinoids (IHDCs) such as delta-8 THC and HHC, the Ministry of Health told CBD-Intel that any use other than cosmetic or medicinal, authorised by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Sanitary products, of cannabis-derived substances is not allowed. The ministry said although it was aware of the situation in other countries, where cannabis derivates with a THC content below 0.2% can be manufactured and sold, Spain had no such regulation. It said any product with psychotropic effects was illegal in Spain, regardless of how it had been extracted or what molecule it came from.

17th October 2022 - Europe, Italy |

Italy: Senator Gasparri of Forza Italia, part of the ruling coalition, has proposed a bill to introduce into the Hemp Law a ban on the recreational use of hemp flowers. Though the proposal is unlikely to be approved, it could demonstrate the new government’s approach towards the sector.

17th October 2022 - Europe |

EU: An updated version has been published of the minutes of the 1st March meeting of the Working Group on Cosmetic Products, at which the European Commission presented for discussion a draft non-paper setting out its preliminary views on the impact of the Kanavape case on the cosmetics sector. The Commission’s view “points to the direction that most of the hemp and cannabis derived ingredients should not be prohibited a priori in cosmetic products”. Member states’ input is also set out in the minutes of the meeting, which essentially replicate the information provided in our regulatory report “EU CBD cosmetics regulation: updates on EU and member state positions”.

17th October 2022 - Czech Republic |

Czech Republic: National anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil will present a new action plan on addiction to government officials and interested members of parliament and senators today, media reports. According to Vobořil, priorities include the regulated cannabis market. Voboři believes the proposal will pass and could apply as early as mid-2023.

13th October 2022 - Europe, United Kingdom |

UK: The government has no plans to change the scheduling of cannabis, following reports that home secretary Suella Braverman was considering making it a Class A drug, the BBC reports. The prime minister’s official spokesman said there were no plans to change the laws around cannabis and that the priority was on “cracking down on illegal drugs and the crime they drive”.