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January 2020 and Dr Ganja Arrives in Thailand

Dr Ganja

Dr. Ganja arrives to entertain and educate. Thailand has come up with a novel idea with which to educate Thai children as to the beneficial effects of cannabis and the sensible promotion of the drug. Thailand’s medical marijuana business is expected to become a $660 million industry by the year 2024 and the Thai Prime Minister Mr. Prayut Chan-o-cha has been photographed promoting a new doll, Dr Ganja. Thailand’s stance on marijuana is set to change dramatically as the health Minister is championing cannabis as a new agricultural crop in the country.

Dr. Ganja Promotes Healthy Use of Marijuana Products

The new Dr Ganja doll,  a cartoon-like character based around a cannabis leaf, will be used to promote marijuana as a positive product in the coming months and years. Thailand is embracing the use of medical marijuana and sees the benefits to both health and the country’s economy all too well. 

Thailand has been moving steadily towards full acceptance of the drug in recent years and this is seen as a huge step in the direction for medical marijuana use. The country began allowing the use of certain medical marijuana products during 2019,  though full decriminalization has yet to arrive. Jail time and fines are still imposed for possession and trafficking. 

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Advocates 

A big champion for users has arrived in the Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. He is advocating cannabis as a cash crop for Thailand’s struggling farmers. He has also stated that he intends to create cannabis plantations and processing facilities. This in order to promote local hospitals in becoming pioneers of medical cannabis. Anutin has also openly canvassed the legalization of recreational marijuana, in what would be a major reversal of the government’s stance from just 12 months ago. For him to be seen promoting Dr Ganja so positively is a huge step.

The Bhumjaithai Party, of which Anutin Charnvirakul is a member, is a vital key in the coalition government as it attends to hold on to power.  This moderate stance on marijuana is contrary to the conservative views of both the Phalang Pracharat Party and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. It is, however, being tolerated for the sake of stability of the coalition,  which is seen as good for the country.

Also this week The Thai government opened the country’s first medical marijuana clinic. It will start by offering free cannabinoid oil and care to patients with a prescribed list of ailments. These have been deemed particularly suitable for treatment with marijuana products. The first day of opening saw hundreds of patients visiting the clinic. Many thousand more have shown interest via the clinic’s mobile app.

The Buriram Model

The move is seen as a huge boost for poorer areas like Isaan. In the Northeast,  Buriram’s communities groups are being actively encouraged to grow cannabis crops. It is now seen that the cultivation and marketing of marijuana in the state,  can be promoted sensibly.  Cultivated medical-grade marijuana will be delivered to a state-owned medical facility in order to monitor and control its use. Anutin Charnvirakul has entitled this initiative the “ Buriram Model.” It is intended to be the first of many, a blueprint for many more co-operatives involving the state, medical institutions, and farmers.

Thailand’s government has invested a healthy THB100 million ($3.3 million) in the first indoor growing facility. This opened its doors last year and expects to produce 1,000,000 bottles of cannabis oil by next month (Feb 2020).

Top Cannabis market research people,  Prohibition Partners say, “Thailand has shown itself to be a leader of legislative drug reform among Asian nations. Especially in relation to medical cannabis. This is likely to be the case with recreational cannabis also, particularly if there remains strong political will to do so.”

Summary

Whichever way you look at this it is great news for anyone involved in the Marijuana business in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The Country is moving towards the full legalization of the drug and it is hard to see how the other ASEAN countries will be able to resist following suit. It appears to be good news all round. Dr Ganja is here to stay.

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Albania to Legalize Marijuana

legalize marijuana

Long regarded as one of Europe’s biggest illegal trafficking hub, Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama has just announced plans to legalize marijuana.

Legalize Marijuana and Kill the Black Market

Albania has been one of Europe’s leading producers of illegal weed. It is hoped that by legalizing it,  it will be the end of the black market and all that goes with it.

The country has been taking on the illegal market for years and this is seen as a natural progression. As Prime Minister Rami puts it,  “Illegal cultivation is completely under control. This is the third or fourth year of consolidation. We plan to pass the bill in this session of parliament.”

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The value of the European Cannabis Market is €240 million:

European cannabis market

Unbelievable figures are coming out of the European cannabis market. Sales for 2019 are an amazing €240 million ($260 million). This means that it is feasible that the European market could in the near future overtake the American market.

Alfredo Pascual an International Analyst for MJBizDaily states in his report “This report provides industry leaders and investors interested in the European markets with a realistic estimate of current market sizes and a detailed analysis of the countries where the most opportunities exist.”

Exciting Figures For the Cannabis Market in Europe.

The signs are that the initial market trends are mainly medical but recreational cannabis use is bound to follow. Pascual again, “While the long-term expectation of Europe being a massive medical and, eventually, recreational the cannabis industry continues to show promise, this report highlights the reality of the market today, including the actual sales and the regulatory frameworks that exist in the main European markets.”

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Dr Jane Goodall Launches CBD Range

Dr Jane Goodall

In quite amazing news the legendary anthropologist, Jane Goodall is so convinced of the benefits of cannabis that she is launching her own CBD brand. Her 60-year career has helped to change the way in which people view nature. Her message of love and hope is a beacon to all on how to treat animals. 

Jane Goodall was born in London some 86 years ago and has made primatology and anthropology her life’s work. Now she has joined forces with Canadian Neptune Wellness Solutions who are based out of Quebec. They originally were known for Antarctic krill oil production. However, they now operate a huge licensed cannabis processing plant in Quebec, CA, and a hemp processing facility in the U.S. in the state of North Carolina.

Dr. Jane Goodall and Neptune Wellness Solutions

Jane Goodall and Neptune have joined forces to co-develop a range of CBD products from which parts of the proceeds will do towards rainforest conservation work. One of the products they are marketing is a range of hand-sanitizers to help limit the spread of Covid-19. 

In a press release issued on April 21st, Dr. Goddall says, “I am very pleased to partner with Michael Cammarata and the team at Neptune Wellness Solutions to develop natural, plant-based products that support health and wellness in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. This marks my third partnership with Michael and reflects our mutual goal of enabling consumers to make ethical purchasing decisions to create a better world for all living things.”

Jane Goodall and Michael Cammarata

Dr. Jane Goodall and Michael Cammarata

Michael Cammarata, of whom she spoke is the Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Wellness Solutions. He added in the press release, “In light of COVID-19, we believe there will be a renewed focus and emphasis on personal self-care. The purchasing decisions consumers make to support their health and wellness will have a lasting impact on the environment and our collective health and wellness. I am delighted to partner with Dr. Goodall again to bring natural health and wellness products to market that will support our mutual goals of environmental conservation and reforestation, while at the same time delivering healthier consumer solutions.”

Donations to Environmental Causes

Neptune made an initial donation of $25,000 and will further donate 5% of all sales from the products to the Jane Goodall Institute. Anyone purchasing products will be able to further direct an additional 5% to help Jane Goodall’s work. They can do this by entering a promotional code “DrJaneGoodall” as they purchase. 

Speaking of our relationship with animals Dr. Goodall made this very timely point, “The health of people, animals, and the environment are interconnected; this pandemic demonstrates this. However, if we all make ethical choices, every day, our collective power for change is great.” 

The partnership between Dr. Goodall and Neptune is through the Forest Remedies™ brand DNA and ongoing support of One Tree Planted. This is a non-profit business that focuses on global reforestation. For every item in the product range that is sold, Forest Remedies will contribute to the planting of a tree. The aim is to assist in the rebuilding of the world’s forests to create a much more sustainable environment in the future.

Cattle raising alone has led to the earth losing an unbelievable almost 20 million acres of rainforest each year. This is why hemp production is so important. Hemp accounted for 128,000 acres of land throughout the United States in 2019. That is just 0.6% of the amount of Amazon rainforest that we lose each and every year. We all know the importance of our rainforests, they not only support a myriad of wildlife they help to control entire weather systems. 

Summary

This is a hugely significant partnership for the further acceptance of cannabis products. Jane Goodall is one of the most important figures in the world of environmental understanding. Her approval of CBD products will have a massive impact on how they are viewed across the globe.

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