Category Archives: Asia & Oceania

Though a ‘positive step,’ WHO recommendations on cannabis fall short for some

The World Health Organization (WHO) made great strides in its recommendations on how cannabis should be scheduled, but the global industry believes there’s more work to be done. Martin Jelsma, drugs and democracy program director, at the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute, emphasized to Marijuana Business Daily that there are “very positive elements in the WHO recommendations,” including: Recognition […]

In unusual move, Thailand to revoke foreign patent requests on marijuana

Thailand’s military government ordered the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) to revoke within three months foreign companies’ patent applications that include cannabis. The move is unusual, according to one analyst, but would be concerning only if other countries follow Thailand’s lead. Concerns have persisted for months that international companies could use patents to squeeze out […]

New Zealand sets ‘binding’ cannabis legalization referendum

A week after approving medical marijuana, New Zealand’s government announced that a binding referendum on ending cannabis prohibition will be held alongside the general election in 2020. If the prohibition is struck down, New Zealand would be the first Group of Twenty nation in Oceania – and the second in the region – to legalize […]

Medical marijuana firm raises $15M ahead of Australian Stock Exchange listing

An Australian medical marijuana company raised $20 million Australian dollars ($14.6 million) in its initial public offering and will begin trading Friday on the Australian Stock Exchange. Melbourne-based Althea Group will use the proceeds to fund a cannabis production facility, the Australian Associated Press reported. The company sold its shares for 20 Australian cents apiece, giving […]

‘Global paradigm shift’: International cannabis business opportunities will accelerate

Hours after Constellation Brands announced its marijuana-industry-record investment of 5 billion Canadian  dollars ($3.8 billion) in Canada’s Canopy Growth, experts told cannabis entrepreneurs and investors at MJBizConINT’L in Toronto on Wednesday that global cannabis business opportunities will rapidly accelerate. The move by Constellation – which owns, distributes and markets 100 beer, wine and spirits brands, including Corona and Robert […]