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Why is Mexico the number one country to watch for regulatory changes impacting the CBD industry? And what impact will the European parliament’s vote in favour of a 0.3% THC limit on hemp varieties have on the market? These and other critical issues are explored in our blogs, written by our in-house team of industry experts.

Does the Canopy CO2 extraction lawsuit pose a threat to others in the industry?

Written by CBD-Intel || 15th January 2021 || Blog |

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Canopy Growth’s quick action – filing a suit against GW Pharmaceuticals the day the patent was issued – coupled with the short time-frame for validity has left many worried that the company could go on an enforcement hunt...

What impact do Democrat victories in both of the Georgia senate seat elections have on chances for cannabis reform at the US federal level?

Written by CBD-Intel || 8th January 2021 || Blog |

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President elect Joe Biden still looks to be somewhat reluctant to too closely embrace cannabis reform as an issue. But effective control of the senate through victories by Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in special run-off elections in...

Do CBD firms expect much of a January uptick in sales?

Written by CBD-Intel || 18th December 2020 || Blog |

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It seems many of the firms CBD-Intel has talked to see a similar story for January sales, focused on resolutions or upticks in health and wellness – as was predicted for the holidays sales period stretching from Black...

How far-reaching an impact could the CJEU Kanavape decision have?

Written by CBD-Intel || 11th December 2020 || Blog |

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The Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) decision in the Kanavape case will have a tremendous impact on the CBD industry in the European Union (EU). However, the breadth of its impact is not yet fully realised. A...

What impact will Black Friday sales have on the CBD sector?

Written by CBD-Intel || 27th November 2020 || Blog |

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Overall it seems the industry – particularly in Europe – is not expecting much from Black Friday sales. European companies appear to consider CBD products more as health products that are requirement purchases throughout the year as opposed to lifestyle products that might be...

How important is the CJEU decision on the Kanavape case?

Written by CBD-Intel || 20th November 2020 || Blog |

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How important is the CJEU decision on the Kanavape case?  The judgement in favour of CBD from the Courts of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will almost certainly have significant long-term consequences for the CBD industry in Europe....

What can be referenced from cannabis victories in the US general election?

Written by JuditBach || 6th November 2020 || Blog |

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It looks like a clean sweep for pro-cannabis referendums in US states. But much work will still need to be done with state legislatures having to design and pass regulatory structures for each...

What impact does the delay in voting on the MORE Act have on the CBD industry?

Written by CBD-Intel || 25th September 2020 || Blog |

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The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act was, of course, always more about cannabis than hemp-derived CBD specifically. And, as previously stated, its chances of passing were slim to...

Why do bills related to cannabinoids keep getting pushed through the US Congress?

Written by CBD-Intel || 21st September 2020 || Blog |

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There does not seem to be much point in continuing to try to force through bills – particularly given that the Republican-controlled senate and presidency opposes any measures and the limited timeframe before the end of the legislative session....

How significant is Charlotte’s Web being denied a trademark?

Written by CBD-Intel || 27th August 2020 || Blog |

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The immediate impact of the decision is a reduction in certainty for CBD firms - not something they need at a time of significantly heightened uncertainty in other...

Now that novel food applications in Europe are delayed, what does enforcement look like?

Written by CBD-Intel || 10th July 2020 || Blog |

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Enforcement activity against food, drink and dietary supplement products placed on the market containing CBD continues despite the inability of companies to proceed with novel food applications due to the EC's questions over whether CBD constitutes a narcotic under...

How is the novel food status of CBD progressing in Europe?

Written by CBD-Intel || 3rd July 2020 || Blog |

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Several major developments have all happened at the same time for novel foods. Perhaps most importantly, one of the European Commission's departments - the  Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety - has said it is holding sending any further...

What inference can be drawn from the Italian enforcement action against EasyJoint?

Written by CBD-Intel || 11th June 2020 || Blog |

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The suspension of EasyJoint’s commercial activities and website pending a trial in the Italian province of Parma demonstrates that enforcement authorities intend to continue to police CBD retailers. In particular, it seems the Parma prosecutor’s office took exception to the marketing...

What impact does cannabis have on bankruptcy proceedings?

Written by JuditBach || 29th May 2020 || Blog |

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Businesses in the US should be aware of ongoing proceedings in bankruptcy courts related to companies that have been involved in cannabis. Bankruptcy filings and proceedings are unavailable to these companies as it remains an illegal substance at...

What implications can the industry draw from the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) opinion in the ongoing French Kanavape case?

Written by JuditBach || 15th May 2020 || Blog |

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France cannot stop the import of full spectrum CBD oils extracted from any part of the plant, including flowers, from other EU member states UNLESS it has scientifically established that CBD has psychotropic or toxic effects, and considered whether there were no alternative less-burdensome regulation to an outright...

Did COVID-19 have much of an impact on 4/20 sales?

Written by JuditBach || 8th May 2020 || Blog |

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The answer is not quite clear. A lot of companies reported no drop or even increases in sales compared to the previous year. There could be several reasons for this. Firstly, all cannabinoid-related products are still part of...

Will COVID lead to delays in regulatory procedures?

Written by JuditBach || 1st May 2020 || Blog |

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The ongoing pandemic lockdown looks to be ending in some areas with easing of measures in numerous jurisdictions. But the months lost – and continued social distancing measures which will not be entirely lifted in the near future...

What aid is available for US CBD firms affected by coronavirus?

Written by JuditBach || 24th April 2020 || Blog |

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CBD businesses in the US that have seen business impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and associated social measures could be eligible for a variety of state aid programmes. Extra funding for the programmes was just approved by both the...

How the COVID-19 crisis may impact the CBD market?

Written by JuditBach || 17th April 2020 || Blog |

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Closures of non-essential retail will be far and away the largest factor impacting on CBD markets across the globe. It is estimated that up to 90% of offline sales in markets such as the UK happen through channels...