German Public Health Insurer Takes First Look at Cannabis Coverage

Techniker Krankenkassen (or TK as it is also frequently referred to) is one of Germany’s largest public or so-called “statutory” health insurance companies. It is companies like TK that provide health insurance to 90% of the German population. TK is also on the front lines of the medical cannabis discussion. […]

German Health Insurer Issues First Look at Impact of Medical Cannabis

If anyone (read Auslanders) had any illusions that the German take on medical cannabis was going to be casual or unscientific if not painstakingly documented, think again. Techniker Krankenkasse (or TK as it is referred to by the locals) is one of Germany’s largest public health insurance companies. In other […]

Green Relief Enters European Market Via Switzerland

It is old news that Canadian companies are entering the European market. And it is also no stop-the-presses flash that Germany is a big prize in all of this. But there are other Euro markets to watch right now. Switzerland is one of them. Look for the Canadian influx here […]

German Court Stops Pending Cannabis Cultivation Bid On Technical Fault

In a move that seems to shed more doubt than certainty on domestic cannabis cultivation and the date that it will start auf Deutschland, the Higher Regional Court (or OLG) in Dusseldorf formally stopped the pending bid procedure for the first crop on March 28th. BfArM, the federal agency in […]

Q1 European Cannabis Industry Update Report

While the American cannabis industry deals with both unparalleled opportunity and new risks, Europe is setting itself up for a spring that is going to be verdant. The ongoing drumbeat for reform in countries across the continent is bringing both money and high-grade medical product into the market. Even if […]

Head of German Police Union Calls for Official Decriminalization of Cannabis

Facing the same conundrum as police everywhere after the start of a medical market only this time with federal authorization, the head of the German police union has called for recreational use of cannabis to also be decriminalized. On the first Monday of February, the head of the BDK – […]

Aurora Leads Cannabis Import Race in Italy by Winning (Mostly) Exclusive Rights

Just as the dust had settled on the news that Canadian LP Aurora had signed agreements to finance a major growing facility in Denmark, the company also added another European feather to its cannabis cap. On January 18, the company announced that it is the sole and exclusive winner of […]

German Media Reports Dramatic Increase in Cannabis Patients Covered by Insurance

German media is now reporting that in the first 10 months of medical cannabis reform, over 13,000 applications for medical cannabis have been received by the largest three public health insurance companies. Most of the applications were received (and processed) by AOK who received 7,600 applications. Barmer received 3,200 applications. […]

Did ABCann Lose The German Cannabis Bid?

In rather shocking news out of Germany on the cannabis front, it appears that Canadian LP ABcann has not been selected as one of the finalists in the country’s first tender bid to cultivate cannabis domestically. As reported in the German press, the company has not been invited to submit […]

What Is Going On With Germany’s Cannabis Bid?

Germany is proceeding down the path to officially grow its own medical cannabis crops. Medical use became legal this year, along with a federal mandate for cheap access. That means that public health insurance companies, which cover 90% of Germans, are now firmly on the hook if not front line […]