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Whether you are looking for insights into cannabis industry advancements, legislative changes, or updates from members, our latest news stories cover a wide range of topics, including collaborative projects, policy updates, and global trends that impact the legal UK and international cannabis sectors. By bringing together news from across the industry, we aim to keep you informed and engaged, supporting growth and innovation. 

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New CIC guide to cannabis marketing launched

A new guide to marketing and promotion in the cannabis space has been published by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). Entitled ‘Promoting cannabis: current rules & regulations’, the report aims to demystify the regulatory landscape around how prescription medicines and consumer CBD products can and cannot be promoted. A section

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CIC backs hemp licensing reforms

New Home Office proposals to increase the permissible THC levels in hemp seeds to “at least 0.3%” have been backed by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). Currently, THC levels in hemp seeds cannot exceed 0.2%. Due to increased temperatures in the UK, this can lead to stresses in the crop,

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CIC launches crowdfunder for public awareness campaign

An online crowdfunder has been launched to raise funds to kickstart a key campaign to generate awareness of prescription cannabis and cannabinoid therapy with the public. The crowdfunder, being run by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), aims to raise £20,000 initially to undertake public relations and promotional activity around the

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CIC becomes Secretariat for Hemp/CBD Parliamentary group

The Cannabis Industry Council (CIC) has taken on the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Industrial Hemp and CBD Products. The decision was formalised at the APPG’s annual general meeting, held today (13 March) in Parliament. CIC has succeeded Tenacious Labs as Secretariat, who had been in

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CIC launches Platinum Membership

We are pleased to announce the launch of CIC Platinum Membership, which is aimed at larger organisations (those in the higher two fees categories). Platinum Membership includes a range of benefits, such as free exhibition space, speaking slots, exclusive events, and much more. You will also receive the benefits of

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New report on extract market

A new report entitled ‘Extracting Opportunities’ has been published by SW4 Partners, in collaboration with CIC member Lawrence Stephens and Artemis Growth Partners. The report focuses on the evolving extract-based cannabis medicines market in Europe, and combines detailed analysis with engaging content to highlight the opportunities and complexities of this

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New CIC Advocacy Representative

The CIC is pleased to announce that Paul North has become our new Advocacy Representative. Paul will also sit on the CIC’s Executive Committee. Paul is the Director of CIC member Volteface, a leading organisation in the cannabis industry – which both provides commercial services, and manages one of the

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Cannabis flower monograph published

The new European Pharmacopoeia monograph on Cannabis flower (3028) has reportedly been officially published in Ph. Eur. Supplement 11.5, according to GMP-Compliance. The monograph had been pre-published in October 2023 on the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM), Council of Europe website. GMP-Compliance notes a number

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CIC signs Armed Forces Covenant

A commitment to supporting the UK’s military community and veterans – known as the Armed Forces Covenant – has been signed by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). The signed pledge states: “We commit to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant and support the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the contribution that

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Innovative business leader Stef Kulik joins CIC Board

Highly experienced and innovative business leader Stef Kulik has joined the Board of the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC) as a Non Executive Director. Stef is currently managing director of the health division of a well-known British brand. He has previously worked in the consumer goods industry, in private equity, venture

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Growing cannabis market helps women and minorities, says new report

Expanding the prescription cannabis market will lead to improved outcomes for ethnic minorities, women, and the LGBT community, according to a new report from the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). The report, entitled ‘ESG Benefits of an Expanded Medicinal Cannabis Market’, highlights how the current situation results in many potential patients

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Number of patients reaches 32,000

The total number of prescription cannabis patients has now reached 32,000, according to CIC Honorary President Prof. Mike Barnes. Prof. Barnes gave the latest estimate during his speech at this year’s Patient Conference, held on 3 November in London. Commenting later on X (Twitter), Prof. Barnes clarified the process for

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Complete our patient survey now

A patient survey has been launched by the Cannabis Industry Council, to coincide with Medical Cannabis Awareness Week (1-7 November). Both current and former prescription cannabis patients can complete the survey here. The survey results will better enable the Cannabis Industry Council to understand the challenges patients face, and to

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UK medical cannabis imports triple in size

Drugs Minister Chris Philp MP has stated that the amount of medical cannabis imported into the UK in 2023 has more than tripled, when compared to last year. Responding to a Parliamentary question, Mr Philp said that up to 19 September this year, the UK had imported 23,890 KG of

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CIC publishes Bill to enable GPs to prescribe cannabis medicines

A draft Bill to enable general medical practitioners (GPs) to initiate cannabis medicine prescriptions has been published by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). The CIC and its lawyers believe that the most straightforward process would be to make three simple amendments to section 4 of The Misuse of Drugs (Amendments) (Cannabis

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Exclusive medical cannabis training

The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society is now offering CIC Members access to their exclusive monthly CPD-accredited medical cannabis training for just £99. In this 3-hour online session led by Prof Mike Barnes, clinicians and non-clinicians alike can deepen their understanding of the treatment. Topics covered include the history of CBMPs,

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CIC responds to new FSA CBD guidance

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has released new guidance recommending consumer CBD dosage limits of 10mg / day in foods and food supplements. FSA announcement – https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/news/food-standards-agency-and-food-standards-scotland-update-consumer-advice-for-cbd Position paper from FSA subcommittee – https://acnfp.food.gov.uk/JointpositionpaperfromACNFP%26COTonestablishingprovisionalADIforpureformCBDinfoods CIC CBD (wellness) Working Group Chair Damien Bove commented: “The Cannabis Industry Council will review the

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Cannabis industry ‘debanking’ survey launched

A survey to understand the scale of UK cannabis industry banking challenges has been launched by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). This follows ongoing anecdotal concerns across the industry about accessibility issues for bank accounts and other financial services. Without a business bank account, not only are company operations impacted,

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EDQM pre-publishes Cannabis flower monograph

The new European Pharmacopoeia monograph on Cannabis flower (3028) was pre-published last week on the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM), Council of Europe website. The monograph will be officially published in Ph. Eur. Supplement 11.5 in January 2024, and is due to come into effect

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Medical Cannabis Awareness Week approaches

The fifth anniversary of the legalisation of prescription cannabis is being marked at Medical Cannabis Awareness Week (#MCAW) on 1 – 7 November 2023. Started by PLEA in 2020, during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week we remember what we are all ultimately fighting for: improved quality, better regulations, and wider access

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New role: Non-Executive Board Director

Role Overview:The Non-Executive Director (NED) will play a crucial role in the strategic direction, oversight, and governance of Canindcou Ltd (trading as Cannabis Industry Council). As a key member of the Board of Directors, the NED will contribute their extensive experience, insights, and independent perspective to support the organisation’s growth

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Employers risk breaching Equality Act over cannabis patients

Employers are currently at risk of breaching the Equality Act over their approach to prescription cannabis patients, according to a new report from the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). Entitled ‘The Use of Prescription Cannabis at Work’, the report notes that employers must provide reasonable adjustments to accommodate those with disabilities.

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CIC responds to Home Affairs Committee drugs report

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has just published their latest report on drugs policy. Responding to the report, Co-chair of the CIC Research Working Group, Melissa Sturgess, said: “The Cannabis Industry Council welcomes the Home Affairs Committee recognising the fact that cannabis medicines can help those with chronic

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Register now for CIC Conference

The CIC is holding a member conference on Thursday 2 November in London, during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. The first part of the event will run from 1.30 – 5pm, and will include updates from the CIC team and working groups. It will also involve a workshop session to discuss

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CIC holds parliamentary campaign launch

The CIC launched our latest report, ‘Why GPs should be able to prescribe cannabis medicines’, on Monday 17 July in Parliament. Thank you from the CIC to all who attended the event, including various MPs and Peers.   Speakers on the day were as follows: Crispin Blunt MP, Chair of

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