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Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen – HERO!

Solidarity for abandoned cannabis patients.

Dr. med. Franjo Grotenhermen Employee of the nova Institute, Chairman of the Cannabis Association as Medicine (ACM)
Dr. med. Franjo Grotenhermen, photo: Archive

 

The well-known physician and chairman of the Cannabis Association as a medicine (ACM) Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen has made a moving decision. Although certain positive aspects could be felt in parts through the enacted cannabis-as-medicine law, there would be enough problems in the entire treatment area, which now led to a drastic measure. During the ACM Annual General Meeting in Frankfurt on May 12, 2017, the medical doctor, who has been advocating medical medicine for many years, declares his decision not to eat any food for the next one to two weeks as a result of solidarity with the many cannabis patients left alone.
Doctor Franjo Grotenhermen joins the hunger strike.

 


Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen at the ACM Annual General Meeting 2017 explains hunger strike.

 

The drug policy speakers of the parties were informed before Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen of the warnings – an honorary man.


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The German government finally passed its legalization framework for medical cannabis consumption in March 2017. The country’s market is expected to record modest growth with its high 82 million population and a policy that allows prescriptions to be paid through health insurance plans, …MOTLEY FOOL article

Which Top Marijuana Company Will Capture Germany?

The German government finally passed its legalization framework for medical cannabis consumption in March 2017. The country’s market is expected to record modest growth with its high 82 million population and a policy that allows prescriptions to be paid through health insurance plans, thus potentially encouraging patients to explore medical cannabis health benefits.

Local marijuana producers with vast experience in mass growing of high quality product and hungry to capture the lucrative €12 – €15 a gram (roughly C$17 – C$21.75 per gram) German medical cannabis market, have been taking positions in growing their international business portfolios.

Some of the top local growers have already established footprints in Germany, but which among the local players is likely to gain significant traction in the new market?

Canopy Growth Corp

The local market leader, Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) has already made a significant investment in Germany. The company acquired MedCann GmbH Pharma & Nutraceuticals (MedCann) back in November 2016. MedCann, a distributor, has successfully placed Canopy’s Tweed branded cannabis strains into German pharmacies.

The German distribution model strictly  confines cannabis sales to the pharmacy distribution model and no direct sales shall be allowed. Since all sales shall take the wholesale distribution channel, Canopy is already at a first mover advantage in this market.

Canopy has indicated that it is interested in producing cannabis locally in Germany with the expansion of the local program. With Germany expecting to launch a domestic cannabis cultivation initiative by 2019, Canopy is likely to try broadening its expansion program in the country.

Aphria Inc.

Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) has recently announced an international expansion program that is currently focused on the United States market, and has committed $25 million to an investment in Florida. Its not yet clear whether it intends to make serious investments in the new German market, but it has been eyeing this market for some time.

Although it had not yet made any formal engagements in Germany by January 2017, the CEO Vic Neufeld, in an interview with the Midas Letter openly stated that Germany has been very much on Aphria’s radar, and the company once engaged in dialogue with two different organisations pertaining the German market.

However, Aphria has been very cautious in their Canada and U.S. expansion programs so far. It seems the company has a slow-but-sure approach to doing business as its Canadian operations have shown, so I do not expect an overly vigorous and aggressive German expansion program from them.

Aurora Cannabis Inc.

One of the fastest growing and most aggressive marijuana producers, Aurora Cannabis Inc.(TSXV:ACB), has recently announced a $75 million convertible debenture offering which is likely to close on April 26, 2017, with a clear intent of using the funds to “aggressively pursue international expansion opportunities,” says CEO Terry Booth.

The company believes the $185 million cash position gives them the strongest cash balance “in the global cannabis sector,” and Aurora wants to play a leading role “in multiple emerging global cannabis markets.” 

Its most likely Aurora may attempt a German expansion route. Given the company’s growth style, it goes big on ventures and seeks aggressive expansion. These traits have seen it emerging to become a serious top contender in the Canadian marijuana space in a very short time.

Most noteworthy, Aurora is already listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany and raising expansion funds locally may be relatively easier.

Investor takeaway.

Its not yet clear who among these top marijuana companies may become a serious investor in Germany, but Canopy already commands a serious lead.

There are other serious Canadian contenders to the German market, like the soon-to-be-listed Maricann Group Inc, which is already trying to acquire an 800,000 square foot facility and likely seeking a cultivation license in Germany, and  CanniMed Therapeutics and the Cronos Group who already have distribution relationships in the European country.

However, there will be competition from Netherlands entities too, but the market may not be that big enough to support massive investment as yet. Canadian growers who manage to capture the infant German market may be rewarded though, as they will gain first mover advantages into the opening European market.

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Import & Export of Medicinal Cannabis Products…to and from Canada.

Blue Diamond Ventures, Inc. a Colorado Corporation ( OTC PINK : BLDV ) today announces that the company has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Alternative Medical Solutions Inc., to import & export Targeted Medicinal Cannabis Products and Advanced Cannabis Technologies, to and from Canada.

The recent CannaTech Conference in Israel provided the forum to secure the initial agreements required to pursue this effort. Blue Diamond Ventures is not alone; Jeffrey Friedland, noted author and cannabis thought leader, has announced that CannRX is taking a similar approach by partnering to bring Israeli Technologies into the U.S. and other countries. https://israel-cannabis.com/2017/03/22/cannrx-icanisrael-ican-sleep/

Alternative Medical Solutions (AMS) is in the final stage to gain a full license to grow, market and sell medicinal cannabis products via Health Canada. BLDV has been working with AMS over the last year to finalize funding for its Fifty (50) thousand square foot cultivation facility. “There has been recognition, by the Canadian Government, for the need to allow import and export in this industry,” says Joshua B. Alper, CEO of BLDV. “This new effort will ensure that AMS, when licensed, will be a Global Project, with their products being available worldwide and with access to the ingredients and technology that will continue to make AMS a leader in the Canadian market.”

“We are excited to launch this effort with BLDV,” said Joseph Groleau, VP Business Development for AMS. “With the specialized products and technologies coming into Canada from Israel, and access to global markets with our finished products, we see this as a separate profit center that could even outgrow our efforts in cultivation.”

Canada will be the home to the new joint venture, and the first market focus will be to bring Israeli Cannabis products and technology to Canada. “AMS is the perfect partner for this project,” said Joshua B. Alper, CEO of Blue Diamond Ventures, Inc. “They have a great team at AMS that has been challenged by the ever-shifting landscape of compliance and financial requirements, this project can create significant revenue even prior to AMS receiving the cultivation and manufacturing licenses from Health Canada.” BLDV senior project manager, Jonathan B. Alper, who is fluent in Hebrew and has been involved in import and export of products from Israel, to Canada, and the U.S. for over 25 years, will manage the effort in cooperation with a team of license and compliance experts in Canada.

In other news:

BLDV has filed its Annual Report on the OTC Markets and has recently secured employment contracts with all key personnel for common stock, without the need to raise authorized common stock levels, or issue special warrants, options and/or preferred stock.

About BLDV:

Blue Diamond Ventures, Inc. seeks to partner with individuals and companies that share a common synergy, mission, and vision to enable products/services that are produced, delivered and consumed utilizing fewer natural resources, providing a sustainable alternative to traditional products on the market today. As a diversified customer centric Management / Holding Company; Blue Diamond Ventures, Inc. seeks opportunities in various markets and is driven by critical thinking and the scientific method.

About AMS:

Alternative Medical Solutions (“AMS”) is in the process of becoming a Licensed Producer of Medical Marijuana in Canada and is led by a highly passionate team dedicated to being at the forefront of the growing Medical Marijuana industry.

Safe Harbor:

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to several risks, assumptions, and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those projected in such statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and are not guarantees of future performance. We undertake no obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statements.


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The Cannabis Agency is a specialist area in the Department of Admission 4 (Special Therapies and Traditional Medicines) in the BfArM

http://www.bfarm.de/DE/Bundesopiumstelle/Cannabis/Cannabisagentur/_node.html

The Act on the Amendment of Drugs and Other Provisions, which entered into force on 10 March 2017, has expanded the scope for the prescription of cannabis medicines. The Act provides for the establishment of a government agency, the so-called cannabis agency, in accordance with the provisions of the United Nations Unity Treaty of 1961 on United Nations drugs. This will control and control the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes in Germany.

Until cannabis is available for medical purposes from German cultivation, the demand is still covered by imports, for which the cannabis agency is not responsible (further information – see Bundesopiumstelle ).

The Cannabis Agency is a specialist area in the Department of Admission 4 (Special Therapies and Traditional Medicines) in the BfArM . It controls cultivation, harvesting, processing, quality testing, storage, packaging as well as delivery to wholesalers and pharmacists or manufacturers. The cannabis agency will take possession of the cannabis for medical purposes after the harvest.

The harvest is not transported to the BfArM , it is not stored there, nor is it redistributed from there. These steps will be located spatially at the respective construction companies or other commissioned companies.

The cultivation is therefore not carried out in the BfArM or by the BfArM itself, but by companies selected in a Europe-wide tender procedure and commissioned by the cannabis agency. The procedure takes into account all drug and narcotic drug requirements.

The tender procedure has now been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The following link leads to the tender documents: Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union

Communication in connection with the tendering procedure takes place exclusively through the electronic award platform.

Cannabis will be grown exclusively for medical purposes. It is therefore a medicine. Only cannabis grown according to the guidelines of the Good Agricultural and Collection Practice (GACP ) will be used, which corresponds to the specifications of the Monograph “Cannabis Blossoms” ( DAB ) and the Requirements of the other relevant monographs and guidelines. This ensures the availability of cannabis for medical purposes in reproducible quality in accordance with drug laws. The cannabis for medical purposes is also subject to the provisions of the law on narcotic drugs.

The cannabis agency will set a manufacturer’s fee and sell the cannabis to cannabis drug manufacturers, wholesalers or pharmacies. The cannabis agency is not allowed to make any profits or surpluses. In the case of pricing, however, the personnel and material costs incurred by the BfArM are taken into account. However, the cannabis agency has no influence on the actual sales price in the pharmacy. The distribution channels of manufacturers and dealers will comply with the legal regulations and are thus identical with the regulations for the distribution of other drugs containing narcotic drugs.

Here you can find information about the cannabis agency and the cannabis cultivation of cannabis controlled by the cannabis agency for medical purposes:

Why must a so-called cannabis agency be established?
Where is the cannabis agency located?
What are the tasks of the cannabis agency?
What are the foundations of the tendering procedure?
How do I participate in the tender procedure?
Can you ask questions about the tender procedure?
How is the quality of the cannabis cultured in Germany to be used in the future?


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Germany now leads the world as Medical Marijuana for patients law goes into force today!

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE DHV IN BERLIN:

The law for Cannabis as Medicine was today in the Federal Law Gazette
published and thus enters into force tomorrow:
https://www.bgbl.de/xaver/bgbl/start.xav?startbk=Bundesanzeiger_BGBl&jumpTo=bgbl117s0403.pdf#__bgbl__%2F%2F*%5B%40attr_id%3D%27bgbl117s0403.pdf%27%5D__1489050024671

Press release of the German Hemp Association from 09.03.2017
https://hanfverband.de/nachrichten/pressemitteilungen/gesetz-fuer-cannabis-als-medizin-tritt-in-kraft

Law for Cannabis as Medicine comes into force

Doctors in Germany can from tomorrow for many diseases
prescribe cannabis flowers and extracts by prescription, in severe
Cases at the expense of health insurance. The German Hemp Association
welcomes this development, which for a real relief Affected
will be.

Not only pain patients, but also many other affected
Patients who, for example, from sleep disorders, ADHD or depression
suffer, can thus in the future prescription cannabis from the pharmacy
receive.

This step is a milestone for all parties concerned and the
whole movement is to legalize cannabis in Germany. After
decades of ignoring the suffering of patients in
Germany, the government finally relented. this happens
but not out of pure humanity. The government also wanted to
prevent the right to self-cultivation of patient of them always
more German courts were given because of their emergency.

Given Georg Wurth, director of the German Hemp Association:

“The government has clearly stated that the law of the home-grown by
to prevent patients. For us, this is unacceptable. Of the
German Hemp Association continues to call for the possibility for affected
Patients to grow their cannabis themselves. ”

The reasons for the self-cultivation are manifold:

“In addition to cost savings for the health insurance is the huge
Varieties in cannabis an issue. Some patients may have positive
Experience with a particular variety and want to continue
use “, Georg Wurth continued.

Nevertheless, today dawns a new era in Germany. In the
next few years is very likely the general picture,
which prevails in Germany on cannabis, massively change. From
the drug to drug, from harmful devil for healing
Natural product of the risk for young people a blessing for the sick.

The director of the German Hemp Association also believes that
Need for education in society:

“Especially in southern Germany, the people have to get used to it,
to experience cannabis users in everyday life. The police will
have advised that patients consume public Cannabis
allowed.”


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Republican Congressman Introduces Bill That Would Resolve the Conflict Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws, Allow States to Determine Their Own Policies – CBE

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Respect State Marijuana Laws Act exempts marijuana consumers and businesses from federal criminal penalties if they are acting in compliance with state marijuana laws

By Robert Capecchi

WASHINGTON — Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would resolve the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and allow states to determine their own marijuana policies.

The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act exempts individuals and entities from certain provisions of the Controlled Substances Act if they are acting in compliance with state marijuana laws. This is the third time Rohrabacher has introduced the bill. Twenty of his colleagues in the House, including seven Republicans, co-sponsored the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015, which was introduced in the 114th Congress.

“This is commonsense legislation that is long overdue,” said Robert Capecchi, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “It is time to end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and give states the authority to determine their own policies.

“States throughout the country are effectively regulating and controlling marijuana for medical or broader adult use,” Capecchi said. “Federal tax dollars should not be wasted on arresting and prosecuting people who are following their state and local laws.”

Eight states and D.C. have enacted laws making possession and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older. Four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — have established systems for regulating the production and sale of marijuana for adult use. Four additional states that adopted such laws in November — California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada — are in the process of setting up similar systems. Twenty-eight states, D.C., and the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have adopted comprehensive medical marijuana laws that allow seriously ill patients to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. Eighteen additional states have adopted limited and/or unworkable medical marijuana laws.

“Nine out of 10 Americans now live in states that have rejected federal marijuana prohibition by adopting some sort of marijuana policy reform,” Capecchi said. “This legislation would ease the tension between state and federal laws to ensure these state-level reforms are successful. It would also help states address the public health and safety priorities shared by state and federal authorities.”

A national Gallup poll released in October shows public support for making marijuana legal in the U.S. has reached a record high of 60%, up from 58% in 2015 and 50% in 2011. The Pew Research Center also released a national poll in October showing support at 57%, up from 53% in 2015. In August 2015, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved a resolution urging the federal government to allow states to determine their own marijuana policies.

“The call for federal marijuana policy reform is growing louder and louder,” said Don Murphy, MPP director of conservative outreach. “Congress needs to listen to their constituents and to state lawmakers, most of whom agree marijuana policy is an issue best left to the states. This is a bipartisan solution that ought to find support on both sides of the aisle.”