From February of 2022, subscribers will be able to view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our alerts compilations, visit our alerts Round-up section.

26th May 2022 - Australasia, Australia |
Australia: The Medicinal Cannabis Industry Australia (MCIA) has published a road map on the opportunities for the cannabis sector in the country. The document is a result of research conducted by the MCIA for the Victorian government Department of Jobs, Precincts, and Regions (DJPR), and it analyses the impact of the Victorian government’s Medical Cannabis Industry Development Plan (IDP). It sums up the current challenges and opportunities for growth of the sector.
26th May 2022 - Europe, Italy |
Italy: The Decree on Officinal Plants entered into force last week and it subjects cannabis flower and leaf extraction intended for the production of medicinal products to the Narcotics Law. The text of the decree is vague and open to different interpretations; in fact, authorities might interpret it in a way that would ban the sale of hemp flowers and/or the extraction of hemp flowers and leaves. However, the Hemp Law has more authority than the decree, making it difficult for authorities to interpret the decree in these ways.
26th May 2022 - Argentina, South America |
Argentina: The bill establishing a regulatory framework for medical cannabis and industrial hemp was published today (26th May) in the Official Gazette, entering into force. The government will now have 180 days to issue regulations that further develop the law, such as setting out the maximum allowed THC content in hemp. More detailed insights into the impact of said bill on Argentina’s legal framework can be found in our latest regulatory report.
26th May 2022 - Central America, Costa Rica |

Costa Rica: An amendment to the hemp and medicinal cannabis law, eliminating the need for a licence for cultivation, production and sale, has come into force, leaving only the need for authorisation as for any other agricultural crop. The country is still awaiting further cannabis regulations after former president Carlos Alvarado admitted they would not be ready as intended before the end of his term in office, which expired on 8th May.

US - California: Assembly Bill 1885 was passed by the Assembly and now heads to the Senate. It would allow veterinarians to recommend cannabis products for therapeutic use or as dietary supplements for animals. It would also require the Veterinary Medical Board to put forward guidelines for vets recommending cannabis by 2024.

US - California: Assembly Bill 1894, which would set out new requirements for the packaging and labelling of cannabis and cannabis products, was passed by the Assembly and now moves to the Senate.

US - Connecticut: House Bill 5329 has been signed into law by governor Ned Lamont. The bill makes several amendments to the state’s cannabis statute, including imposing advertising restrictions and imposing penalties for “gifting” cannabis in certain transactions.

US - Rhode Island: Rhode Island yesterday (25th May) became the 19th US state to legalise recreational cannabis when governor Dan McKee signed companion bills HB 7593 and SB 2430 into law, press reports. Recreational sales are set to begin on 1st December. Adults (21+) will be able to purchase and possess up to 1 oz of cannabis. They will also be allowed to grow up to six plants (three mature) for personal use. Recreational sales will be subject to the 7% state sales tax, a 10% excise tax, and a 3% local tax. To expedite the start date for sales, medical cannabis dispensaries will be able to start sales in December by applying for and receiving a hybrid retailer licence costing $125,000.

US - Vermont: Senate Bill 188 has been passed by the legislature and sent to the governor for final approval. It would allow the Vermont Cannabis Control Board to regulate hemp-derived cannabinoids, specifically including CBD, delta-8 and delta-10 THC, that are sold in medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries, among other things.

25th May 2022 - Canada, North America |

Canada: Aqualitas has recalled one lot of dried cannabis pre-rolls sold in Prince Edward Island as Green Harvest Organics Islander CBD and in Nova Scotia as Reef Organic CBD Chill Pack (Charlotte’s Angel). The product was incorrectly labelled with THC, and combined total THC and CBD, levels understated, and the level of CBD overstated.

US - Rhode Island: The legislature has passed companion bills House Bill 7593 and Senate Bill 2430 to legalise recreational cannabis, which now head to the governor, who is expected to approve. They would allow the adult (21+) purchase and possession of up to 1 oz of cannabis and allow home growing of up to six plants (three mature) for personal use. Recreational sales would be able to begin on 1st December 2022 and would be subject to the state 7% sales tax, a 10% excise tax, and a 3% local tax.

US - New York: Law enforcement in Nassau County has conducted raids on stores selling THC products, such as delta-8 products, and made several arrests, press reports. Delta-8 THC products are illegal in New York.

US - Minnesota: House File 3595 was passed by the legislature as an amendment to HF 4065 and now heads to the governor for final approval. The bill would prohibit the sale of hemp-derived cannabinoid products (including CBD) to under-21s but would explicitly allow hemp-derived edible cannabinoid products if certain testing and labeling requirements are met. It would also cap the amount of any THC in edible products at 5 mg per serving and 50 mg per package. HF 3595 would effectively ban vape products with more than 0.3% of THC (including delta-8) but would still allow delta-8 products in edible form within the THC cap.

US - Delaware: House Bill 371, which would legalise the possession and sharing of up to 1 oz of cannabis by adults (21+), has been vetoed by governor John Carney. However, the bill garnered enough votes to override the governor’s veto, and the bill’s sponsor is weighing up the next steps, press reports.

25th May 2022 - Europe |

EU: The European Commission has published an initiative to evaluate the EU’s legislative framework for tobacco, namely the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and the Tobacco Advertising Directive. The initiative, which will help the Commission decide whether the EU approach should continue or be amended, is open for feedback until 17th June. Although the initiative does not explicitly mention CBD or cannabis, CBD-Intel believes hemp flowers and CBD vapes will most likely be encompassed within the revised tobacco framework.

25th May 2022 - Argentina, South America |

Argentina: President Alberto Fernandez yesterday ratified a bill to establish a regulatory framework for medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp. The bill, which was approved by the Chamber of Deputies on 5th May, will be published in the Official Gazette in the next few days, after which the executive will have 180 days to issue regulations further developing the law. More detailed insights into the impact of the bill on Argentina's legal framework can be found in our latest regulatory report.

25th May 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The parliamentary Committee of Justice and Correctional Services yesterday held a public hearing on the amendments to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill, giving interested parties the chance to put their points across. A majority criticised the bill for poorly addressed medicinal and commercial clauses, while the issue of legalising cannabis for religious purposes was also addressed. The bill has been under consideration by the National Assembly since September 2020.

24th May 2022 - Australasia, Australia |

Australia: In a change of government, following the weekend’s federal election, Anthony Albanese is Australia’s new prime minister. His Labor Party now has 75 out of 151 seats in the House of Representatives and 26 out of 76 in the Senate. The party, which has historically been supportive of medical cannabis, said in its election manifesto: “Labor supports the use of medical cannabis regulated at the federal level, but considers the legalisation of recreational cannabis as a matter for state and territory jurisdictions.” The Legalise Cannabis party achieved remarkable success in the Senate election, with between 2% and 7% of the vote in most states and the Northern Territory amid a reported “surge in cannabis consumption in Australia”.

24th May 2022 - Asia, Indonesia |

Indonesia: The government’s attitude to the use of medicinal cannabis has been questioned in committee by a member of the United Development Party, part of the ruling coalition, press reports. Representative Arsul Sani said it was “undeniable” that cannabis could have a medical use and asked how far the government was willing to open up to it.

US - Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has recalled 99 products due to inaccurate results from a testing lab. Scale Laboratories passed more than 100 samples that contained elevated quantities of contaminants, press reports.

US - North Carolina: Senate Bill 762 has been introduced. The bipartisan bill would make permanent the removal of hemp and hemp products from the state’s controlled substances list and maintain the status quo on hemp. The state’s current hemp law is set to expire at the end of June. North Carolina has ceded oversight of hemp production to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and SB 762 would not change that.

24th May 2022 - North America, United States |

US - Federal: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that farmers of commodities, which includes hemp, who were hit by natural disasters in 2020 and 2021 will soon be eligible for relief payments totalling $6bn.Natural disasters include wildfires, hurricanes, floods, excessive heat, winter storms, freeze, smoke exposure, excessive moisture, and drought.

23rd May 2022 - Canada, North America |

Canada (Ontario): Ontario Liberals and New Democrats have criticised the current system that has led to a concentration of cannabis retailers in some areas, media reports. Liberal Steven Del Duca said: “There’s no way you can cluster any type of business beside each other. It’s like putting six convenience stores together.” He added that the party would pursue a policy of insisting on a minimum distance between shops. Conservative Party leader Doug Ford said the clustering was a temporary problem and that he would leave it up to municipalities to solve it. The Ontario election will take place on 2nd June.

23rd May 2022 - Canada, North America |

Canada (Yukon): The Yukon territorial government has announced that licensed private cannabis retailers may engage in online sales to people aged over 19. Delivery staff will be required to verify that a person receiving cannabis products is of legal age and not intoxicated.

US - Colorado: Senate Bill 22-205 has been passed by the House and now heads to the governor for final approval. The bill originally would have cracked down on intoxicating hemp-derived products by setting THC caps. However, the amended and passed version would form a task force to study intoxicating hemp products and make legislative recommendations, and would allow the Department of Public Health and Environment to prohibit such products.

20th May 2022 - Europe, Luxembourg |
Luxembourg: A bill that would legalise the cultivation of a limited number of cannabis plants for personal use is expected to be introduced in June, press reports. The bill would also reportedly allow for possession of up to 3 g of cannabis without criminal penalty and would reduce fines for possession of higher amounts. The government released its initiative to legalise cultivation and possession of small amounts of cannabis in October 2021, but enacting legislation has not yet been passed.
US - Delaware: House Bill (HB) 372, a bill to legalise sales of recreational cannabis, fell short of the votes needed to pass and has failed. Although the vote was 23 in favour of passage, 15 against, and 3 abstentions, it fell short of the three-fifths necessary for passage. HB 371, a separate bill that would legalise the possession of up to 1 oz of cannabis by adults (21+) and would allow for gifting among adults if no form of remuneration is paid, has passed both chambers already and is awaiting the governor's signature.
20th May 2022 - North America, United States |
US - Federal: Robert Califf, head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told a congressional subcommittee that he believes congressional action is likely required before the FDA can regulate CBD products. "I don’t think the current authorities we have on the food side or the drug side necessarily give us what we need to have to get the right pathways forward,” Califf said. “We’re going to have to come up with something new. I’m very committed to doing that.”
20th May 2022 - North America, United States |
US - Federal: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which interprets federal law in districts that cover nine western states including California, has ruled that delta-8 THC products are legal under federal law and are therefore trademark protectable if their delta-9 THC content is 0.3% or less. "[The plaintiff] is likely to succeed on its trademark claim because its delta-8 THC products are not prohibited by federal law, and they may therefore support a valid trademark," the court found in granting a preliminary injunction for a delta-8 producer. It rejected claims that delta-8 products are illegal due to congressional intent in enacting the 2018 Farm Bill and interpretations made by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The Ninth Circuit's ruling is only binding on federal courts within the states it covers and does not interpret nor have any effect on state law. However, the ruling is significant as the first federal appeals court to rule on the legality of delta-8 products.
20th May 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: As part of the legalisation of recreational cannabis, Carmen Wegge, a spokesperson for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) – which is a part of the coalition government – told the press that the coalition government wants to set a maximum personal cannabis limit of between 20 g and 30 g. Currently, federal law does not limit the tolerable amount for possession, and thus the amounts vary regionally, usually between 6 and 15 g.
20th May 2022 - Colombia, South America |
Colombia: The Ministry of Justice will hold the International Forum on Medical, Research and Industrial Cannabis, press reports. The forum, to be held on 1st June, is aimed at providing information on the recent legislative changes in relation to the cultivation, production, and manufacture of cannabis. The forum will have Israel as its guest country.
20th May 2022 - Guyana, South America |
Guyana: The government has presented the Industrial Hemp Bill to the National Assembly, who will discuss and vote on it soon, press reports. Although a draft of the bill has not been posted yet on the National Assembly website, the bill will reportedly allow for hemp cultivation and the manufacture of hemp-derived products. It would define hemp as "any plant of the genus cannabis and any part thereof, and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis".
19th May 2022 - Asia, Thailand |
Thailand: Withit Saritdeechaikul, deputy secretary-general of the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA), explained that people will be allowed to grow their own hemp and cannabis without prior approval when the delisting of cannabis takes effect on 9th June 2022, press reports. People will only be required to inform the FDA of how many plants they are growing through an app called "Pluke Gan". This would also apply to those wishing to grow cannabis for commercial purposes, but that could be changed by regulation. The Cannabis and Hemp Act being circulated by the Bhumjaithai Party, whose leader Anutin Charnvirakul has led cannabis reform efforts, would require those wishing to grow cannabis for commercial purposes to obtain prior approval and pay THB50,000 ($1,450) to cultivate and another THB50,000 to process the plants, according to a separate report.
19th May 2022 - Australasia, New Zealand |
New Zealand: Three new medical cannabis oral products from Cannasouth Bioscience Ltd have received approval from the Health Ministry. All of them are full-spectrum extracts that combine THC and CBD.
19th May 2022 - Europe |
EU: The EU Commission regularly reviews the list of hazardous substances restricted in electrical and electronic equipment. Following a technical assessment, an EU initiative "proposes adding tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A) and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs)" – which are used as flame retardants in electronic devices – "to the list of restricted substances", following feedback on the draft act recently published. The Commission expects to publish a final proposal in Q4 2022.
18th May 2022 - Europe |
EU: This morning, the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) of the European Commission held a stakeholder event on tobacco taxation to receive feedback on the upcoming impact assessment for the review of the Tobacco Excise Directive (TED). Officers stated that the Commission will adopt a proposal in “the first part of Q4 2022” and the impact assessment will be presented “soon”. In addition, they reiterated that the revision is triggered by the “the emergence of new products, such as e-cigarettes, heated tobacco products and new addictive products that reveal the limits of the current legal framework”, as well as the EU’s market fragmentation, illicit trade and low cigarette taxes. Officers also stated that the review intends to be guided by the need to preserve the integrity of the internal market and citizens' health. In CBD-Intel's opinion, it is likely that some hemp-derived products such as CBD vapes and hemp flowers may be included in the revised version of the EU's tobacco excise directive.
US - New York: Assembly Bill (AB) 9282 was passed by the Senate. The bill would require that the commissioner of agriculture and markets consult with the state hemp workgroup and industry representatives with respect to the business development and promotion of hemp for uses such as "food, fiber, packaging, cannabinoid content, and construction materials". AB 9282 was already passed by the Assembly, but the legislative actions state that it has been sent back there for reasons that are not readily apparent.
17th May 2022 - Europe, Germany |
Germany: After the health minister announced the intention to present a draft law for the legalisation of recreational cannabis by autumn, the Budget Committee, during negotiations on the 2022 Federal Budget, decided that an amount of €1m would be blocked from the health ministry’s public relations work fund until the cannabis legislation draft is presented later this year, local press reports. The Federal Budget is expected to be published in summer 2022.
17th May 2022 - Europe |
EU: The European Commission representative who attended today’s meeting of the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee said: “The Commission is taking account of the views that were expressed in the non-paper draft and will come back with a revised paper in November that will hopefully provide the position moving forward: if, how, and under what circumstances the Cosmetic Products Regulation needs to be amended to accommodate the increased use of hemp ingredients and hemp by-products in cosmetics.” During the meeting, there was an overall common position on the need to further support the hemp sector and the potential uses of CBD in a wide variety of sectors, because “there is where the real potential lies”.
US - Oklahoma: House Bill (HB) 3439 has been signed into law by the governor. The new law loosens remediation and retesting requirements for hemp, and amends its definition of THC in its controlled substances list to include “all substances that have been chemically synthesized to emulate the tetrahydrocannabinols of marijuana, specifically including any tetrahydrocannabinols derived from industrial hemp (addition to definition emphasised). HB 3439 will, therefore, provide clarity that hemp-derived THCs that have been synthesised will not be permitted in consumer products.
US - Nebraska: Organisers for a ballot measure to legalise medical cannabis have filed a lawsuit claiming that the state’s signature-collecting procedure is unconstitutional, press reports. Specifically, the organisers object to a requirement that signatures must come from at least 5% of registered voters in two-fifths of counties, claiming that this requirement gives too much power to sparsely populated counties.
US - California: Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for 2022-2023 would eliminate the cannabis cultivation tax, press reports. Growers are currently paying a cultivation tax of $10.08 per oz of flower. The proposal must first be approved by the legislature, and if it is, it would take effect on 1st July.
US - Ohio: A ballot initiative to legalise recreational cannabis in Ohio will not reach the November 2022 ballot but could reach the ballot in 2023 after organisers and lawmakers reached a settlement, press reports. Organisers of the initiative had filed a lawsuit after a dispute arose over whether signatures had been submitted on time in accordance with the state constitution. Under the agreement, the previously submitted 100,000+ signatures turned in can go toward 2023, so that if the legislature does not enact law to legalise cannabis by 3rd May 2023, then more signatures can be raised to reach the November 2023 ballot.
16th May 2022 - Europe |
EU: The Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) has scheduled a meeting, “Stakeholder event on tobacco taxation”, for 18th May to “give interested parties the opportunity to present their views on the latest developments in the area”. Although primarily geared towards tobacco-containing products, we expect tobacco- and nicotine-free CBD e-liquids and hemp flowers (wherever they are legal) are likely to be included in the new tax scheme currently being negotiated in the EU.
16th May 2022 - Mexico, North America |
Mexico: President of the Senate Olga Sánchez Cordero and Senate majority leader Ricardo Monreal have agreed that legislation to regulate cannabis should be accelerated after a recent Supreme Court ruling that allows more than 5 g of cannabis for personal use, press reports. Lawmakers have worked for years on regulating recreational cannabis but have never been able to come to an agreement since the Supreme Court ruled that a blanket cannabis prohibition is unconstitutional. A timeline for such regulation remains unclear.
16th May 2022 - Asia, Thailand |
Thailand: Public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated that citizens will be allowed to cultivate cannabis plants at home for personal use starting 9th June when cannabis is removed from the narcotics list, press reports. Cannabis regulations might not be approved before then, but this will not affect home cultivation, Charnvirakul said.
16th May 2022 - North America, United States |
US - Federal: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a consumer warning about food products containing THC that mimic popular cereal and candy products. Citing over 100 reported adverse events in the last 16 months, the agency stated: “The FDA is actively working with federal and state partners to further address the concerns related to these products and monitoring the market for adverse events, product complaints, and other emerging cannabis-derived products of potential concern.”
16th May 2022 - Europe |
EU: meeting of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament will be held tomorrow. Views on hemp within the framework of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform will be exchanged with a representative of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG-AGRI). The meeting is expected to be publicly broadcasted via the European Parliament website.
16th May 2022 - Europe, Slovenia |
Slovenia: Medical cannabis – production of which is expected to be state-organised – is among the plans in the programme of the new coalition government formed after the parliamentary elections of 24th April, according to local press. Slovenia currently allows medical cannabis, but lacks a specific regulatory framework that addresses the production and sale, which is governed by rules on medicinal products.
13th May 2022 - Europe, Netherlands |
Netherlands: Yesterday, the parliamentary Justice and Security Committee met to discuss, among other things, the progress of the closed coffee shop chain cannabis experiment, the start of which was recently delayed to 2023, media reports. In the meeting, Ernst Kuipers, minister of health, welfare and sport, said that until now they had assumed the experiment would start with all municipalities at the same time, but perhaps that would change. It is likely that the municipalities of Breda and Tilburg will be the first to start the experiment, but no decision has yet been taken on this. The ministry also said it is in conversation with an eleventh grower.