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Albania to Legalize Marijuana

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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:

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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

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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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CBD Based Covid-19 Treatment: Israeli Company Begins Trials

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Stero Biotechs, an Israel-based CBD company, is to start clinical trials this month of a steroid-CBD Covid-19 treatment on patients with the coronavirus, with the hope of mitigating the effects. A press release from the company states, “Steroid treatment is usually the first or second line of treatment for hospitalized patients. CBD enhances the therapeutic effect of steroid treatment and treats the bio-mechanism affected by the virus. The initial study will evaluate the tolerability, safety, and efficacy of the CBD treatment, for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 Infections.”

Covid-19 Treatment at the Rabin Medical Center 

Initially, the test will be carried out on just 10 patients hopefully rising to 50. Stero has already been granted an extremely wide covering patent in the US. It has extremely wide coverage, covering over 130 Autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Steroid treatment is more often than not the first or second line of treatment for hospitalized Covid-19 patients. CBD enhances the therapeutic effect of steroid treatment and positively affects the bio-mechanism affected by the virus.

Read the full Stero Biotechs statement here

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