Germany imported a record amount of medical cannabis in 2020, but its relationship with exporters is shifting

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A new report notes that Germany set a record by importing nearly 10,000 kilograms of medical cannabis in 2020, but its relationship with exporters is beginning to change as more countries sign supply agreements and domestic production ramps up. From 2018 to 2019, the amount of medical cannabis imports grew by 100 per cent, but increased only 37 per cent in 2020, according to new analysis from Prohibition Partners , a global cannabis market intelligence firm. Germany contemplates legalizing recreational cannabis Germany’s largest online drugs dealer shut down, 11 arrested Germany’s cannabis-using drivers will no longer instantly lose licences Germany has relied on the Netherlands and Canada for much of its cannabis in recent years, but importation from the Netherlands fell by five per cent in 2020, as additional countries, including Uruguay, Spain, Austria and Israel, began exporting medical cannabis to the country. In its analysis, Prohibition Partners predicts that the balance of supply will continue to shift away from the Netherlands and Canada in favour of countries with lower production costs. Domestic cultivation is also a factor, with Germany expected to supply at least 2,600 kg of cannabis per year, and potentially much more than that, in the future. Some of Canada’s largest licenced producers have supply agreements in place with Germany, including Canopy Growth, Aphria, Aurora, Cronos Group and others. Earlier this month, Aphria announced it was on track to be the first licensed producer to grow medical cannabis in Germany, with its first harvest expected to occur in the coming months. “In Germany , we are leveraging our strong medical platform and our multifaceted international operation, which combines in-country cultivation, import permits and large distribution infrastructure to increase access and availability to high-quality, consistent medical cannabis for patients,” Aphria chairman and CEO Irwin Simon said in a…

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