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Akanda CEO Tej Virk Quits Over Canmart Cash Row

Akanda CEO Tej Virk Quits Over Canmart Cash Row

9 February 2023

After almost two months of being on paid leave pending an internal investigation, Akanda’s CEO Tej Virk has handed in his resignation, accusing the company of breaching a service level agreement. Akanda disputes this and has not accepted his resignation pending the outcome of an inquiry relating to CanMart.

Cannabis and Adolescents: Increasing Potency May Trigger Psychosis and Depression

Cannabis and Adolescents: Increasing Potency May Trigger Psychosis and Depression

9 February 2023

Cannabis has been touted as one of the safest psychoactive substances in the world, but that is not to say consumption is risk free. What are the effects of marijuana use on teenage brain development? Are there some people who should not use cannabis even if it’s legal? Dr Richard Friedman of Cornell University provides some cautionary advice.

AI and Drugs: ChatGPT on the Ethics of Cannabis, How to Make Crack Cocaine and Advice on Joining  a Cartel

AI and Drugs: ChatGPT on the Ethics of Cannabis, How to Make Crack Cocaine and Advice on Joining a Cartel

9 February 2023

Vice Magazine’s International Drugs Editor Max Daly spents time with ChatGPT’s asking all the really difficult questions skirting legality and illegality, and finds in some instances, the chatbot is just as confused as humans are about drugs.

What’s the Buzz? Honey Bees Respond Positively to CBD As Importance of Antioxidents in All Life Systems Becomes Apparent

What’s the Buzz? Honey Bees Respond Positively to CBD As Importance of Antioxidents in All Life Systems Becomes Apparent

8 February 2023

Bees are a crucial pollination agent and are in danger the whole world over. A study by Polish researchers has shown honey bees respond positively to CBD, but the implications go further than the health of our pollinators. It suggests that cannabis could be beneficial to antioxident systems in other species too.

Former White House Press Spokesperson Takes Charge of Akanda As Revenue Kicks In But Doubt Emerges About Its Future in Portugal

Former White House Press Spokesperson Takes Charge of Akanda As Revenue Kicks In But Doubt Emerges About Its Future in Portugal

8 February 2023

Akanda says it has achieved its ‘first significant revenue that is above our initial projections’ after successfully launching its initial supply to German customers. It ascribes this to the success of its Portuguese subsidiary Holigen, but at the same time hinted that it might dispose of the asset as it reconsiders its strategic options.

Who Won South Africa’s ‘War on Drugs’? Looks Like Apartheid Did as Cannabis Reform Highlights Racial Disparities

Who Won South Africa’s ‘War on Drugs’? Looks Like Apartheid Did as Cannabis Reform Highlights Racial Disparities

8 February 2023

Johannesburg University academic Thembisa Waetjen says cannabis reform favours the rich at the expense of the poor and asks how the stakes got so high, and so unequal. He finds the answer lies in apartheid-era attitudes towards cannabis which prevail to this day, in that policy still discriminates against black South Africans.

Instadose Canada Discovers DRC is Not For the Faint-hearted As It Tries To Recover 18 Tons of Medical Cannabis From National Intelligence in Kinshasa

Instadose Canada Discovers DRC is Not For the Faint-hearted As It Tries To Recover 18 Tons of Medical Cannabis From National Intelligence in Kinshasa

8 February 2023

Instadose Canada is reviewing its relationship with the Democratic Republic of Congo after officials seized 18 tons of medicinal cannabis bound for North Macedonia in June 2021. Cannabiz Africa understands that the consignment is being kept under guard by the country’s National Intelligence Agency while Instadose tries to “clear up outstanding paperwork”.

Malta Unveils Guidelines for Private Cannabis Clubs as it Prepares to Legalize Full Adult-Use

Malta Unveils Guidelines for Private Cannabis Clubs as it Prepares to Legalize Full Adult-Use

2 February 2023

Malta has introduced the concept of Cannabis Harm Reduction Associations as a Private Cannabis Club model. The Maltese Authority for the Responsible Use of Cannabis announced its guidelines that will determine the nature of the island nation’s adult-use market.

Labat’s Maasdorp: The Lack of a Cannabis Framework “An Absolute Indictment on Government” as R107 Billion of Value Waits to be Unlocked

Labat’s Maasdorp: The Lack of a Cannabis Framework “An Absolute Indictment on Government” as R107 Billion of Value Waits to be Unlocked

1 February 2023

Writing in The Mail and Guardian, the Labat director says the cannabis industry is touted as a potential saviour of South Africa’s ailing economy. He says unless Government urgently puts in place enabling laws, “we will run the risk of becoming the backyard of the global pharmaceutical cannabis industry.”

Ibogaine: Bio-Pirates Target Gabon’s Sacred Plant As Worldwide Demand Soars

Ibogaine: Bio-Pirates Target Gabon’s Sacred Plant As Worldwide Demand Soars

1 February 2023

Ibogaine’s healing properties are as yet to be thoroughly researched and Gabon’s sacred plant is classified as a Schedule 1 substance in the US because of its psychoactive effects. However, it increasingly being used by opioid detox clinics in Mexico, New Zealand and the Netherlands as its popularity grows rapidly, despite the dangers associated with it.

‘Momentous Occasion’ for Cannabis Destigmatisation as UN Recognises Hemp is a Catalyst for Growth

‘Momentous Occasion’ for Cannabis Destigmatisation as UN Recognises Hemp is a Catalyst for Growth

1 February 2023

Momentum is gathering pace within the United Nations to recognize the catalystic growth opportunities offered by hemp with all its multiple uses. The European Industrial Hemp Federation says that after 60 years of negativity and prohibition, the tide has turned for hemp at the highest levels of global governance. This will significantly help destigmatise cannabis in general.

Hong Kong Goes Backwards: Bans CBD as a “Dangerous Drug”, Forcing Scores of Businesses to Shut Down

Hong Kong Goes Backwards: Bans CBD as a “Dangerous Drug”, Forcing Scores of Businesses to Shut Down

1 February 2023

Hong Kong’s new Beijing-orientated administration has classified CBD in the same category as heroin and cocaine and has introduced harsh penalties for dealing and possession.

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