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Welcome to this week’s lobsterpot< newswrap – a wee look at what’s happened in the...

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Jamie Bonthron
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Welcome to this week’s lobsterpot< newswrap – a wee look at what’s happened in the...

Welcome to this week’s lobsterpot< newswrap – a wee look at what’s happened in the world of cannabis over the past seven days.

The big news this week? MJBizCon. While we won’t be there in person, we’ll certainly be there in spirit. There’s a whole host of big events on tap around the biggest cannabis show of the year, if you’re interested, why not check out the GCNC C-Suite connector – it’s going to be a great night.

Missed our latest podcast? We caught up with Nick Kenny, a strategic advisor to large companies diversifying into highly regulated sectors, to better understand the challenges and opportunities of Big Tobacco entering the cannabis sector.#

Eastern Promise

Japan has *finally* taken baby steps towards establishing a legal domestic cannabis and hemp market. Though renowned for its hardline on all things cannabis, amendments to 75-year-old legislation could soon see changes to its stance on medical cannabis and CBD.

Safety First

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ruled that ‘occupational asthma’ was the official cause of death of a Massachusetts cannabis production facility worker, nearly two years after the unfortunate incident. It’s hoped that the ruling will bring about more stringent safety protocols moving forward. 

Driver Saliva

The state of Minnesota’s Office of Traffic Safety is launching a roadside cannabis impairment test for drivers – one that will be able to identify consumption from saliva, within a much shorter time frame (two hours) than other tests. 

NI High 

Northern Ireland’s first medical cannabis cafe is open for business. Stay Medicated currently has 227 members and is strictly limited to medical use patients only. Take a closer look at this BBC write-up. 

Drama On The High Seas

Carnival Cruises has banned a female passenger for life after she brought CBD gummies on board a Caribbean cruise liner. The passenger, a regular Carnival cruisegoer, was detained for over two hours before being released. She was in possession of gummies with 0.01% THC. 

Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ To Recreational Use

Hawaii is making plans to legalise adult-use cannabis – nearly 25 years after medical cannabis became legal in the island state. A bill put forward by the Attorney General would have rec sales start on 1st January 2026. 

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