A legal roadmap for Cannabis 2019
In recent years cannabis trade and related activity has developed into a growth business area. In the life sciences and healthcare fields there have been increases in the numbers of patients having access to medicinal cannabis and more general acceptance of the potential medicinal value of cannabis for patients. The number of countries allowing its recreational use has increased. Additionally, there is growing awareness of the potential for and actual use of cannabis plants across a range of different industry sectors, not least in cosmetics and food.
Taking account of the evolving political and ethical implications of cannabis production, trade and use it is important to be aware of differences in approach across different countries to assess which businesses and activities are viable in 21 different (EU and non-EU) jurisdictions.
This guide provides high level information about the legal approach to regulating cannabis across a variety of jurisdictions in different regions. In each case the guide focuses on (i) medical use; (ii) recreational use; (iii) industrial use and (iv) the patentability of cannabis-based products.