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. […]

European Cannabis News Roundup 2017 And Predictions For 2018

Europe saw big developments on the cannabis front all year. This includes country-by-country developments that include legalization of medical use and even plans to begin domestic production, no matter how delayed such plans have turned out to be. By far the most interesting market developments were in Germany all year. […]

Digitalization Begins To Innovate Insurance Industry: What Does That Mean For Cannabis?

Munich, Germany- In a darkened movie studio on the east end of town, the Digital Insurance Agenda or DIA, the largest insurtech conference in the world, kicked off its annual event in mid-November. The sold-out event attracted about 1,000 top insurance executives from 40 countries and all six continents. CannabisIndustryJournal […]

Poland Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Poland has now legalized cannabis for medical purposes. That said, it will be some time before patients have access to the drug. While Poles can now technically access medical pot, the scheme approved by the Polish Parliament that went into effect on November 1st is regressive, to say the least. […]

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? Part 4: Banking & Tax Reform

To round out our federal reform review, we look at the bills introduced into the 115th Congress that attempt to resolve the banking and taxation problems faced by state-legal cannabis businesses. As this is perhaps the biggest thorn in the side of the cannabis industry, any movement by the feds […]

The Catalonian Crisis & Cannabis: The Quick Death Of A Newly Regulated Club Scene?

The politics of pot have always been strange. Everywhere. In the modern age of legalization, the battle lines around reform always seem to find expression in the faults if not flames of other highly divisive issues. It has certainly been true in the United States. And now that has come […]

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? Part 2: A Bill-By-Bill Review

Since the first session of the 115th Congress convened on January 3, 2017, twenty-four cannabis reform bills have been introduced, fifteen in the House and nine in the Senate. All of them address in varying ways the puzzles that have emerged as more and more states legalize cannabis in the […]

Massachusetts Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Cannabis Bill

On Election Day last year, voters in Massachusetts approved a measure to legalize recreational cannabis. With recreational sales beginning in July of 2018, lawmakers have tried to get a bill through the state legislature to settle on, among other things, a tax rate and regulatory framework. On Wednesday, multiple news […]

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill? Cannabis Reform Proposals and the 115th Congress

As CIJ readers are probably aware, last month Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017—the annual budget, in other words. Lying within this 1,665-page document is Section 537, which for one year restricts the Department of Justice from using any funds to prevent states from implementing their medical cannabis […]