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Importing “Drug Paraphernalia” after Eteros and Keirton

Many thanks for all who attended our December 1 webinar on “Cannabis and International Trade Issues 2022.” The event was hosted by the National Customs Broker and Freight Forwarders Association of America Educational Institute (NEI). We received many questions from the audience that we were not able to get to. We plan to cover some of

Cannabis and International Trade CLE: Join us December 1st!

Register here! We are excited to announce that Harris Bricken lawyers Adams Lee, Fred Rocafort and Vince Sliwoski will present on Cannabis and International Trade on Thursday, December 1 from 12pm to 1pm EST. This presentation is hosted by the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) by and through the NCBFAA Educational

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Brazil’s Elections and Cannabis

Brazil’s elections recently took place, with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva voted into a third term as Brazil’s president. To learn what the results mean for cannabis, we sat down with Rafael Arcuri of Brazil’s National Association of Industrial Hemp (ANC). While some challenges lie ahead, overall Lula’s return to power augurs well for cannabis

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Colombian Cannabis Legalization Ahead

Colombian legalization of adult-use cannabis is on track, following the Chamber of Representatives’ overwhelming vote of support for a bill introduced by a multiparty group led by Liberal Party deputy Juan Carlos Losada. Back in June we held out some cautious optimism regarding Colombian legalization prospects, following the election of Gustavo Petro as president. As

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A Peek at German Marijuana Legalization

Some of the details of German marijuana legalization were given over to the German press last week. Yesterday though, the government’s plan for German marijuana legalization was approved by the Federal Cabinet. We’ve blogged about Germany’s steady progress to legalization a few times now (see here and here), and it appears that the Germans are

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Cannabis and Novel Food Authorizations in the EU: Q&A

We recently got to ask Kai-Friedrich Niermann of KFN+ Law Office some questions about EU Novel Food authorizations. His answers are a must-read for cannabis food businesses interested in the EU market. 1. What is an EU Novel Food authorization? Novel foods are regulated in the European Union by the so-called Novel Food Regulation (Regulation


Court of International Trade OKs “Drug Paraphernalia” Import to Washington

The U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”) issued a recent opinion that indicates the import or export of “drug paraphernalia” to or from states where cannabis is legal represents an exception to the federal ban imposed by the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”). Under 21 U.S.C. § 863(d), “drug paraphernalia” is broadly defined as: any equipment,

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Czech It Out: Cannabis Legalization Trend Continues in Europe

Czechia, officially known as the Czech Republic, may soon the join the growing list of European countries with legal adult-use cannabis. Czech National Anti-Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil is drafting the requisite legislation, which could be in place by 2024. As to what the new law might look like: The new measures should establish the level

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Medical Marijuana in Japan

Yes, medical marijuana could finally be coming to Japan. Last week, a panel made up of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare pushed for an update to the country’s laws and rules to permit the importation of medical marijuana products. Japan is very conservative when it comes to marijuana: there is a strict ban

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Government Owned Cannabis: Better or Bust?

Government owned cannabis is gaining speed. At least, it is in Canada. This week, I saw a tweet from MJ Biz Daily business journalist, Matt Lamers, that said: The most profitable cannabis businesses in Canada are owned by the government. Provincial monopoly cannabis wholesalers profit/loss (most recent FY): Ontario: $70.2 million; Quebec: $66.5 million; BC: