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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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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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Report: Cannabis prescribing can cut NHS waiting lists and crime

Allowing GPs to prescribe medical cannabis can drive down NHS waiting lists and reduce crime, according to a new report from the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). The report, entitled ‘Why GPs should be able to prescribe cannabis medicines’, assesses the state-of-play in the UK, where NHS waiting lists have now

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Early day motions

Urge your MP to back GPs prescribing

An ‘early day motion’ (EDM) has been tabled in Parliament, which calls for GPs to be allowed to initiate prescriptions of medical cannabis (in the same manner as specialists can). Please send the template letter to your MP today to encourage them to sign EDM 1410. Before sending, we encourage

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MCAW event

CIC event set for 2 November

The CIC is to hold a member conference on Thursday 2 November in London, during Medical Cannabis Awareness Week. The first part of the event will include presentations and updates from the CIC, members, and guest speakers. This will be followed by a networking reception for the industry and medical

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CIC co-signs Home Office CBD products letter

The CIC has co-signed a letter to the Home Office, alongside the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), the British Hemp Alliance (BHA), and the Cannabis Trades Association (CTA). The letter, prepared by EIHA, discusses THC limits on finished consumer CBD products in the UK. It proposes that the Home Office

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Services and Training

Additional member benefits launched

CIC Members can now receive free training and access discounted third-party professional services, such as legal, insurance and finance. The first offering available is from CIC Member The Tax Credit Company, who offer a 15% discount across a range of tax credit and grant services. Find out more here. CIC

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CIC calls for overhaul of ‘discriminatory’ cannabis driving laws

The current rules for prescription cannabis patients who drive are potentially ‘discriminatory’, according to a new report from the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). The report, entitled ‘Cannabis & Driving’, found that current driving legislation has not kept up-to-date with the legalisation of medical cannabis in 2018. Cannabis is on the

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Jamie Bartley and Callie Seaman New CIC Chairs

Industry leaders elected as new CIC Co-Chairs

Industry leaders Dr. Callie Seaman and Jamie Bartley have been elected as the new Co-Chairs of the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), taking on the baton from Professor Mike Barnes. Industry pioneer and consultant neurologist Professor Barnes supervised the first NHS prescription for medical cannabis back in 2018. He founded the

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‘Protect our Patients’ campaign launched

A new campaign calling for GPs to be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis to their patients has been launched by a group of leading industry organisations. The campaign, led by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (MCCS), Volteface, and Maple Tree Consultants, is calling for GPs

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First CIC Student Ambassador announced

The Cannabis Industry Council has announced Libby Furminger as its first Student Ambassador. Libby is a final year psychology student at Swansea University, and recently completed her dissertation on cannabis research. She also volunteers as an honorary research assistant for Drug Science, and is Co-chair of the Drug Science Student Society Network.

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Support 4/20 parliamentary debate

A parliamentary debate is being held on Thursday 20 April on the economic contribution of medicinal cannabis, which the Cannabis Industry Council is proud to support. Use this link to contact your MP, asking them to speak out in support our industry. Doing so will take just two minutes, and

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New additions to CIC Executive Committee

The Cannabis Industry Council can confirm three new additions to our Executive Committee. They are as follows: Hamish Clegg, Finance representative Ricardo Geada, Legal representative Pierre van Weperen, Supply chain representative CIC Chair Professor Mike Barnes commented: “The Cannabis Industry Council is very pleased to welcome three highly experienced and

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CIC introduces new supporter categories

The Cannabis Industry Council is pleased to announce two new categories for individuals – Supporter and Student Supporter. Individuals supportive of the CIC’s work can join today to receive a number of benefits, namely: Receive the monthly CIC newsletter Attend selected CIC events Attend the CIC annual conference Opportunities to

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Drugs advisory council urged to back rescheduling of cannabis

The Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is being “strongly urged” to support the rescheduling of cannabis “to help patients in need”. In an open letter, the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC), a leading membership organisation for medical cannabis businesses, has called on the ACMD to formally recommend

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Industry events schedule 2023

The Cannabis Industry Council is pleased to be partnering on or supporting a number of industry events being held in 2023, as follows: Future Cannabis Strategies – 25 – 26 January, London, UK CT Cann 2023, 15 – 16 February, London, UK Cannabis Europa, 2 – 3 May, London, UK

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Speakers confirmed for CIC event on 4 May

The CIC is pleased to confirm a number of guest speakers for our all-member meeting being held in London on 4 May 2023. The speakers are as follows: David Badcock, Drug Science Dr Lydia Smith, NIAB Kostya Turchak (Magonova) and Nazariy Sovsun (Cannabis Stands with Ukraine) David will be discussing

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All-member event set for 4 May

The Cannabis Industry Council is delighted to confirm our next all-member meeting (and AGM) will be held on Thursday 4 May. The event will be held from 1.30 – 5pm at Etc Venues, 8 Fenchurch Place, London, EC3M 4PB. Those unable to attend in person can also participate virtually, via

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New research library for members

The Cannabis Industry Council has compiled a member-only library of cannabis research and reports. Initially, the library holds 24 publications, including peer-reviewed medical research, policy reports, and hemp publications. The Council hopes that by making these publications more accessible, it will boost the capability and knowledge of the industry. Members

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Cohort of new members join CIC

We are pleased to welcome a number of new members to the Cannabis Industry Council. They are as follows: Botanical Health Dispensary Celadon Pharmaceuticals Cicada (Jersey) Kloris CBD Medicine Woman Global Medisonal Sanskara The Cannabis Pages TMG Technologies We look forward to collaborating with our newest members, as we seek

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Irish Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use could boost medicinal cannabis

The Cannabis Industry Council (CIC) has welcomed the establishment of a Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use in Ireland, and the appointment of former Health Service Executive CEO, Paul Reid, as its chair. A CIC spokesperson said: “The Cannabis Industry Council very much hopes this development will unlock the stalemate on

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Treasury should “unlock” cannabis economic benefits, says CIC

The Treasury has been urged to ”unlock the very significant economic potential” of the medical cannabis, hemp, and CBD wellbeing sectors by the Cannabis Industry Council (CIC). To achieve a £2 billion boost to the economy, the CIC has called on the Treasury to “deliver cross-government coordination” of cannabis policy,

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New members welcomed to CIC

The Cannabis Industry Council is delighted to welcome a number of new members to the organisation. They are as follows: CatSci Ethypharm Glass Pharms Rua Bioscience TheraKann Pharmaceuticals Vega Product Solutions We look forward to our newest members bringing their expertise and insight into the CIC, as we seek to

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Key NHS cannabis project to kick off

A key project developing a flexible health economics analysis tool to evaluate the potential of cannabis prescriptions on the NHS is set to kick off, after funding was secured from a range of backers. Supporters of the project are Glass Pharms, Ethypharm, and Rua Bioscience. Additional funding was also secured

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Work for the CIC: Membership Assistant

UPDATE: This role has now been filled An exciting opportunity to work for the Cannabis Industry Council, a leading membership organisation within the UK cannabis sector. Reporting to the CEO, the Membership Assistant will support the implementation of the Council’s strategic plan and day-to-day activities. Role specification Utilising Xero for

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UN Hemp Report

UN calls for hemp regulatory reform

A new report from the United Nations has highlighted the benefits associated with hemp, as well as calling for regulatory reform to enable these opportunities to be realised. The report, entitled ‘Commodities at a Glance: Special issue on industrial hemp‘, says hemp cultivation should be allowed in every country. It

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