United Kingdom

Cannabis products sold on UK high streets face tighter restrictions amid concerns about the amount of THC they contain.

UK minister for policing Kit Malthouse

Police minister for Kit Malthouse wants to ensure CBD products contain no more than ‘an unavoidable trace level’ of THC and other psychoactive compounds.

Writing to scientists on the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), Malthouse said: “The Government is minded to amend the regulations to permit CBD products that contain no more than a defined trace percentage of certain controlled cannabinoids.”

He urged the ACMD to help set a legal cap on the percentage of THC and other controlled cannabinoids in CBD products. Currently, they can contain up to 1mg per pack, regardless of pack size.

France

A doctor in France has written the country’s first prescription for medicinal cannabis, kicking off a two-year trial involving 3,000 patients.

Earlier this month, Little Green Pharma (LGP) announced the delivery of its first shipment of medicinal cannabis oils as part of the trial.

New Mexico, US

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has called back legislators to the Statehouse to hammer out an agreement on tax rates on cannabis sales, precautions against child access and court procedures for reversing past convictions.

Attempts to legalise the sale of cannabis to adults aged 21-plus faltered during the regular annual session ending on March 20 after legislators failed to agree on proposals for government oversight of the market. The special session will begin on Tuesday (March 30, 2021).

Virginia, US

Adults in Virginia could legally possess and grow small amounts of marijuana from July under changes proposed by Governor Ralph Northam to legislation passed by the General Assembly in February. The original bill would not have legalised marijuana until 2024.