Medical Cannabis

20 September 2021

Exploring cannabis regulations and investment in the UK

As the regulatory landscape around cannabis in the UK evolves, investors are looking toward cannabis companies as a socially conscious investment, but in the UK, the drug is a controlled substance, as such, careful considerations need to be borne in mind. Here, Shannett Thompson explains the legal landscape around cannabis and its implications for investing in cannabis as a UK national.

Shannett Thompson

15 July 2021

The FCA proposes new listing guidance for cannabis-related businesses – a positive step for investors concerned about the Proceeds of Crime Act

In September 2020 the FCA published a statement regarding the listing of cannabis-related businesses (CRBs) in the UK. Since then several CRBs have been admitted to the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and appetite for investments in the medicinal cannabis industry continues to grow.

Nicola Finnerty

30 October 2020

Cannabis and the UK investor – two years on

Headlines such as “Spain becomes cannabis hub as criminals fill tourism void” (The Guardian 9 October 2020) serve to remind us of the endemic demand for marijuana, the resultant profits to be made and enforcement agencies’ inability to control Europe’s illegal trade run by drug mafias. By contrast, Canada, on 17 October 2018 and following the example of Uruguay, elected to legalise adult personal possession, sharing and cultivation of recreational cannabis.

Nicola Finnerty

28 September 2020

The first NHS prescription for a child’s cannabis medicine - is the case of Billy Caldwell an outlier or the start of a trend?

For the first time, the NHS has agreed to fund a prescription for an unlicensed cannabis-based medicine product (CBMP) for a child. On 14 September 2020, the NHS announced its decision to fund the treatment of Billy Caldwell who is severely epileptic. This decision comes nearly two years after the law changed on 1 November 2018, allowing for CBMP’s to be prescribed by specialists for patients who cannot be helped by other available licensed drugs.

Shannett Thompson

17 June 2020

Canada versus the United Kingdom – an overview of the cannabis market

The medical cannabis market continues to grow in the United Kingdom (UK). However, the cannabis markets in other jurisdictions, and in particular Canada, are developing at a greater rate.  We take a look at new developments in Canada against a comparison of the current industry in the UK.

Shannett Thompson

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