On 25th April, EurActiv reported that, already the first country in the world to legalise recreational use of marijuana, Uruguay now aims to go further by becoming the first in Latin America to export it for medicinal purposes.  US company Fotmer — the only one currently licensed to export — are cutting and drying the plant before it is exported to Europe, Canada and Australia.  The list of medicinal marijuana exporters dominated by the UK, which according to UN data from 2016 had cornered more than two thirds of the market.  The Netherlands (16.4%) and Austria (8.7%) are the other major players although a growing number of countries are investing in producing medical marijuana, which is legal in around 30 countries worldwide.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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