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Portugal has 42 medicinal cannabis companies, but another 150 are already able to continue in the licensing process

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Portugal remains well positioned to be one of the main producers of medicinal cannabis in the world. There are currently 42 companies with licenses from the Infarmed IP to operate in activities related to medicinal cannabis in Portugal, 8 more than in 2022, a growth of 23,5%. However, there are another 150 entities with the documentation to continue in the licensing process, which could considerably increase the number of companies operating in the cannabis sector nationally in the near future.

* This news was updated on November 14th, see it at the end of the article.

This year, Infarmed issued 76 new authorizations to cultivate, manufacture, import, export and distribute cannabis, but has another 265 requests in the post-decision or suitability for inspection phase: 98 requests for inspection for cultivation, 38 for manufacturing, 115 for import/export and 14 for wholesale distribution.

Currently, 24 companies have licenses for cultivation, 15 for the manufacture and preparation of substances and preparations, 12 for wholesale trade and 32 have licenses for import and export. 17 already have EU-GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certification.

Portugal exported more than 5.4 tons of cannabis until August 2023, mainly for Germany, Poland and Australia, but doctors continue to prescribe very little in the country: only 524 packages were prescribed, of the only substance that is available to Portuguese patients: Tilray Flor Seca with 18% THC.

Os data were released this week by the National Authority for Medicines and Health Products IP and Cannareporter updated the map and lists of licensed companies with the latest numbers. See the English version of the map below.

The location of companies on the map corresponds to their tax headquarters and not necessarily to the place of cultivation or activity carried out. Some of these companies accumulate several types of licenses, for different areas of activity related to cannabis.

New companies operating with cannabis in Portugal
In 2023 there are new companies with licenses for medicinal cannabis in Portugal: Sun Light Greens, Belvedere Pharma, GBE Pharma, Canneurox Portugal (or Avextra) and Schroll Flavors are now also on the cultivation lists.

With regard to manufacturing, the entry into this specific area of ​​Somaí, Sociedade Agrícola Monte das Barrocas, Lda. (which already had cultivation in 2022), Bluestabil, Blossom Genetics, ISQ – Instituto de Soldadura, stands out. and Quality and Technophage.

In wholesale trade, Jazz Pharmaceuticals France – Sucursal em Portugal, Alliance Healthcare and Galaxiavertical entered the game.

Import and export were the sectors where the largest number of companies were licensed. This year, Blossom Genetics, Canneurox Portugal (Avextra), Somaí, Sun Light Greens, Belvedere Pharma, GBE Pharma, Schroll Flavors, Galaxiavertical and Jazz Pharmaceuticals France – Branch in Portugal entered.

Seven new companies managed to obtain EU-GMP certification: Bluestabil – Stability Studies Services, Sociedade Agrícola Monte das Barrocas, Somaí, Cannprisma, ISQ – Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade, Technophage and Blossom Genetics.

Companies that are no longer included in Infarmed* lists 
Last year, VF1883 was the company that stood out for having disappeared from the lists of companies licensed by Infarmed. This year, the absence of Clever Leaves is confirmed, which abandoned operations in Portugal and lost all licenses, but this company was not the only one to no longer appear on the lists of licensed companies.

Three other companies lost or did not renew their license for wholesale trade: Empifarma-Produtos Farmacêuticos, Medlog – Logística Farmacêutica and Cooprofar – Cooperativa dos Proprietários de Farmácia.

See here the updated lists of companies licensed by Infarmed IP in Portugal, as of today, November 5, 2023. We remind you that these lists are constantly updated on the Infarmed website.

Companies licensed to Cultivate Controlled Substances – Cannabis:
1 – Key Leaves Ltd.
2 – Qanali Ltd.
3 – MHI Cultivo Medicinal SA (Medicane)
4 – SMC Therapeutic Health Center Production, Ltd.
5 – RPK Biopharma, Unipessoal, Lda.
6 – Terra Verde, Ltd.
7 – Tilray Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.
8 – Sabores Púrpura, Lda.
9 – Sun Light Greens SA
10 – Grovida Ltd.
11 – Pure Healing Ltd.
12 – Canna Forest, Ltd.
13 – Agrivabe Produção Agrícola Lda.
14 – Cannexpor Pharma Lda.
15 – Cannprisma Pharma, Lda.
16 – Weez Garden, Unipessoal Lda.
17 – Sociedade Agrícola Monte das Barrocas, Lda.
18 – Symtomax Unipessoal Lda.
19 – Agrovete, SA
20 – Galaxiavertical – Unipessoal Lda.
21 — Belvedere Pharma SA
22 — GBE Pharma Unipessoal Lda.
23 — Canneurox Portugal Unipessoal SA (Avextra)
24 — Schroll Flavors Produção e Comercialização de Produtos Agrícolas Unipessoal Lda.

Companies licensed to manufacture preparations and substances based on the cannabis plant:*
1 – Infosaúde – Institute for Training and Innovation in Health, SA
2 – Somaí Pharmaceutical, Unipessoal Lda.
3 – Portocanna, SA
4 – QPLab Pharma Services, Lda.
5 – RPK Biopharma, Unipessoal Lda.
6 – Agrivabe Produção Agrícola Lda.
7 – Labialfarma Laboratory of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals, SA
8 – Iberfar Indústria Farmacêutica, SA
9 – Cannprisma Pharma, Lda.
10 – MHI Cultivo Medicinal, SA (Medicane)
11 — Sociedade Agrícola Monte das Barrocas, Lda.
12 — Bluestabil – Stability Studies Services, Lda
13 — Blossom Genetics Unipessoal Lda.
14 — ISQ – Institute of Welding and Quality
15 — Technophage, Research and Development in Biotechnology SA
16 — Tilray Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.

Companies licensed for Wholesale Trade in preparations and substances based on the cannabis plant:
1 – Canna Forest Lda.
2 – Smart Nature, Ltd.
3 – Sabores Púrpura, Lda.
4 – Alliance Healthcare SA
5 – Logistics, Transport, Forwarding and Pharma, Unipessoal, Lda.
7 – Jazz Pharmaceuticals France – Branch in Portugal
8 – Ferraz Lynce Especialidades Farmacêuticas, SA
9 – Plural – Pharmaceutical Cooperative, CRL
10 – Alloga Logifarma, SA
11 – Noidecs, Unipessoal, Lda.
12 — Galaxiavertical, SA

Companies licensed to import preparations and substances based on the cannabis plant:
1 – Key Leaves, Ltd.
2 – MHI Cultivo Medicinal, SA (Medicane)
3 – Smart Nature, Ltd.
4 – Qanali Ltd.
5 – Portocanna, SA
6 – SMC Therapeutic Health Center Production, Lda.
7 – Blossom Genetics Unipessoal Lda.
8 – Sabores Púrpura, Lda.
9 – RPK Biopharma, Unipessoal, Lda.
10 – Terra Verde, Ltd.
11 – Tilray Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.
12 – Grovida, Ltd.
13 – Canna Forest, Ltd.
14 – Pure Healing Ltd.
15 – Ferraz Lynce Especialidades Farmacêuticas, SA
16 – Cannprisma – Pharma, Lda.
17 – Weez Garden, Unipessoal Lda.
18 – Sociedade Agrícola Monte das Barrocas, Lda.
19 – Cannexpor Pharma, Lda.
20 – Agrivabe Medical Cannabis
21 – Symtomax Unipessoal, Lda.
22 – Agrovete, SA
23 – Iberfar Indústria Farmacêutica, SA
24 – Noidecs, Unipessoal, Lda.
25 – Galaxiavertical – Unipessoal, Lda.
26 — Canneurox Portugal Unipessoal SA (Avextra)
27 — Somaí Pharmaceutical, Unipessoal Lda.
28 — Sun Light Greens SA
29 — Belvedere Pharma SA
30 — GBE Pharma Unipessoal Lda.
31 — Schroll Flavors Produção e Comercialização de Produtos Agrícolas Unipessoal Lda.
32 — Jazz Pharmaceuticals France – Branch in Portugal

Companies licensed to export preparations and substances based on the cannabis plant:
1 – Key Leaves, Ltd.
2 – Ferraz Lynce Especialidades Farmacêuticas, SA
3 – Pure Healing Ltd.
4 – Qanali Ltd.
5 – Portocanna, SA
6 – SMC Therapeutic Health Center Production, Ltd.
7 – Somaí Pharmaceutical, Unipessoal Lda.
8 – RPK Biopharma, Unipessoal, Lda.
9 – Sabores Púrpura, Lda.
10 – Terra Verde, Ltd.
11 – Tilray Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.
12 – Canna Forest, Ltd.
13 – Sociedade Agrícola Monte das Barrocas, Lda.
14 – Cannexpor Pharma Lda.
15 – Cannprisma – Pharma, Lda.
16 – Grovida, Ltd.
17 – Weez Garden, Unipessoal Lda.
18 – Symtomax Unipessoal, Lda.
19 – Agrivabe Medical Cannabis
20 – Agrovete, SA
21 – Labialfarma Laboratory of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals SA
22 – Smart Nature, Ltd.
23 – Iberfar Indústria Farmacêutica, SA
24 – Noidecs, Unipessoal, Lda.
25 – Galaxiavertical, Unipessoal, Lda.
26 – MHI Cultivo Medicinal, SA (Medicane)
27 — Canneurox Portugal Unipessoal SA (Avextra)
28 — Belvedere Pharma SA
29 — Blossom Genetics Unipessoal Lda.
30 — GBE Pharma Unipessoal Lda.
31 — Sun Light Greens SA
32 — Schroll Flavors Produção e Comercialização de Produtos Agrícolas Unipessoal Lda.

Companies with EU-GMP certification:
1 – Infosaúde – Institute for Training and Innovation in Health SA
2 – Tilray Portugal, Unipessoal, Lda.
3 – Portocanna SA
4 – QPLab Pharma Services Lda.
5 – RPK Biopharma Unipessoal Lda.
6 – Agrivabe Medical Cannabis
7 – Labialfarma Laboratory of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals SA
8 – Iberfar Indústria Farmacêutica SA
9 – Blossom Genetics Unipessoal Lda.
10 – MHI Cultivo Medicinal SA (Medicane)
11 – Alloga Logifarma, SA
12 — Bluestabil – Stability Studies Services, Lda
13 — Sociedade Agrícola Monte das Barrocas, Lda.
14 — Somaí Pharmaceutical, Unipessoal Lda.
15 — Cannprisma – Pharma, Lda.
16 — ISQ – Institute of Welding and Quality
17 — Technophage, Research and Development in Biotechnology SA

*Editor's Note: This article and the respective maps were updated at 21:30 pm on November 14, 2023, with the re-introduction of Tilray Portugal in the list of licenses for the manufacture of cannabis-based substances and preparations. Due to an oversight, assumed by Infarmed, Tilray was not on the aforementioned list at the time of publication of this article. Cannareporter confirmed yesterday that Tilray had, in fact, returned to the manufacturing list and contacted Infarmed. On the phone, Vasco Bettencourt, from the Licensing Unit, confirmed that there had been a “technical error”, which was promptly corrected. Tilray also clarified via email that it “requested the renewal of this license on April 17, 2023” and that it never stopped having it. Although Cannareporter is completely unaware of this situation, we apologize to those affected by what happened.  

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