This week, we cover the growth of the Cannabis Industry Council in the UK, Argentina’s new Hemp Industry bill to provide jobs and healthcare and Amazon’s reaction to the US MORE Bill and its proposal to federally decriminalise cannabis in the USA.
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Cannabis Industry Council
According to its website, the CIC is a collective voice bringing together independent providers and organisations in the medical cannabis sector, together we will raise the profile of medical cannabis in the UK, improve patient access and ensure the highest standards.
Whilst originally proposed by members of the Executive Committee of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, the Cannabis Industry Council will be shaped by its members.
After announcing the Council already had over 60 organisations taking part during mid April, by the end of May the number that had signed up had risen to almost 100, collectively working towards priorities such as Standards, Hemp, Environmental and Social Responsibility, Research and lobbying.
Currently, some of the members include APPG on Drug Policy Reform, British Hemp Alliance, Cannabis Trades Association, Drug Science, Mackrells Solicitors, MG Health, Towergate Insurance & Unyte.
Argentina Hemp Industry Bill
In the last few weeks Argentina has been taking big steps to grow and develop its hemp and cannabis industry, with a new bill going through that will take steps to regulate the industry and develop new jobs and access to medicinal cannabis as a result.
Discussing the new bill titled Regulatory framework for the development of the medical cannabis and hemp industry” at a meeting with counsellors, academics, legislators, sector representatives and governors, the minister assured that the bill: “is the result of a long and coordinated effort.”
Matías Kulfas, Argentina’s Minister of Productive Development, said at the meeting: “Argentina has a global leadership in agricultural production, a scientific research network, a structure of laboratories, experiences of civil society organizations, incipient development of suppliers and 22 provincial and 80 municipal initiatives.”
According to MSN, In order to regulate, administer and oversee the entire cannabis and hemp production chain Argentina will begin creating a regulatory agency, known as ARICCAME, which would also be responsible for granting and administering licenses for production and commercialization of Hemp and Cannabis.
Amazon Reacts to US More Bill
Tech and retail giant Amazon has recently made changes to its drug testing policy for employees and will no longer screen some of its workforce for cannabis use. Currently under US federal law, cannabis is considered a schedule 1 drug, which covers substances with “high potential for abuse and little to no medical benefit.” It will continue to screen employees in any positions that are regulated by the Department of Transportation
According to CNBC, In a blog post Tuesday, Amazon’s consumer boss, Dave Clark, said the company supports the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, reintroduced in the House late last month. The MORE Act would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level, expunge criminal records and invest in impacted communities.
“In the past, like many employers, we’ve disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use,” Clark said. “However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we’ve changed course.”
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