What the heck is hemp? with Joao Gama
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When João Gama started practicing law in the cannabis space, working on regulation in the Portuguese and European markets, “to be honest, no one around knew a lot about it other than criminal lawyers that would defend drug dealers.”

“So I started and soon I became very immersed in the drug policy debates in Portugal and abroad,” Gama says on The Cannabis Enigma Podcast.

Gama breaks down the difference — or lack thereof, depending on whether you’re talking law or botany — between hemp and marijuana, what needs to change before patients have access to standardized CBD in Europe, and looks ahead at what the future of global cannabis law looks like.

“I believe we are reaching the tipping point where cannabis will be legal in most of the Northern hemisphere at least,” he predicts. “And when that tipping point is achieved, there is no turning back.”

Produced by Elana Goldberg and Matan Weil, edited and mixed by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man. Music by Desca.

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