McConnell’s Bill Would Normalize the Hemp Industry

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the chamber floor and laid out his case for the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, calling hemp a cash crop for the nation’s struggling farmers, a modernization of federal law, a “new spark” for the U.S. economy. McConnell was also the driving force securing the […]

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Oklahoma Senate Passes Hemp Bill, Moves to Governor

Oklahoma’s Senate has passed a hemp legalization bill by a huge 39-1 margin, according to a KOKO5 report. The bi-partisan measure unanimously passed the House last month. Rep. Mickey Dollens, a Democrat, said hemp has the potential to be the state’s “next $1 billion industry.” Dollens, along with his colleague Republican Rep. Jon Echols, estimate […]

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Oregon Regulators Suspend Issuing of Hemp Growing Certificates While Rules are Developed

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has temporarily suspended issuing hemp cultivation certificates to Oregon Department of Agriculture-registered growers until the agency completes the rulemaking process. “The temporary suspension is because HB 4089 requires the OLCC to create and implement new rules for regulating hemp. All applications received prior to today have been processed; if the […]

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New York Hemp Research Expands to 3,500 Acres; Up From 2,000 Last Year

New York’s hemp research program is expanding to more than 3,500 acres throughout nine regions in the state following a $650,000 earmark in the state budget for a hemp processing plant and $2 million for a state-run hemp seed certification program. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced more than 60 new farms and businesses have received […]

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Bipartisan Hemp Legalization Bill Introduced in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) announced a bill on Monday that would legalize industrial hemp as an agricultural product, according to a report by The Hill.  The bill — dubbed the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 — has bipartisan support, with Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) both listed as co-sponsors for the legislation. […]

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Massachusetts Alcohol Regulators Block CBD Beer Claiming FDA Rules Violation

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission will not allow a local brewer to move forward with plans to roll out a CBD-infused beer, arguing that the cannabinoid is a Schedule I drug and the infusion would violate the Food & Drug Administration’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Boston Business Journal reports. “Even though retail […]

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Indiana Legislature Approves CBD Bill; Heads to Governor

Indiana’s CBD bill is finally headed to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk, FOX59 reports. The bill, which was unanimously approved by the House, allows CBD products derived from industrial hemp to be sold at retailers throughout the state. State officials had taken a hardline stance on the products. Last year, Indiana Excise Police confiscated CBD products […]

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Washington State Budget Includes $100K for Hemp Program

Washington state’s budget includes $100,000 to license hemp farmers and market hemp products, according to a Capital Press report. The funding – $187,000 less than requested by the Department of Agriculture – allows the program to continue for another year; however, the agency has not yet resumed licensing producers. The program has been on hold […]

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Arizona House Agriculture Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

Arizona’s House Land, Agriculture and Rural Areas Committee has approved a measure to legalize industrial hemp cultivation in the state, according to a report from Arizona Public Media. The measure has already been approved by the Senate. Sen. Sonny Borrelli, the Republican bill sponsor, indicated the measure would help boost the state’s agricultural economy, noting […]

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Oklahoma House Unanimously Approves Bi-Partisan Industrial Hemp Bill; Moves to Senate

Oklahoma’s House has unanimously approved an industrial hemp pilot program bill which would allow the state’s farmers to obtain a license to grow the crop, KOKH reports. The measure is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mickey Collens and Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, a Republican. “The potential provided in this bill is limitless. In the long […]

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Wisconsin Hemp Applications Now Open

Wisconsin citizens interested in farming industrial hemp can begin applying to grow the crop under the state’s pilot program unanimously approved by lawmakers in November. Applicants will need to include on the forms their intentions for cultivating the crop. “We know that many Wisconsin farmers see a great opportunity here,” “As we’ve been telling them […]

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Bill Refining Oregon Industrial Hemp Program Passes Legislature; Moves to Governor

The Oregon Legislature has unanimously passed a bill to classify hemp seed as an agricultural product, the Associated Press reports. Under the measure, the state Department of Agriculture must adopt rules for the new regime including identification documents. The program was initially launched in 2015 but was marked with slow progress at the onset. Later […]

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Alaska Legislature Approves Industrial Hemp Law, Moves to Governor’s Desk

Alaska’s Legislature has passed an industrial hemp legalization bill, which moves next to Gov. Bill Walker’s desk for his signature. The measure, if signed, will allow farmers to register with the state to grow the crop under a pilot program. Bill sponsor Sen. Shelley Hughes has said that farmers in her district wanted to use hemp […]

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Kansas Senate to Vote on Industrial Hemp Legislation

The Kansas Senate is expected to vote today on an industrial hemp legalization measure that would create a pilot program allowing government agencies, institutes of higher education, and licensed individuals to cultivate the crop for research and development purposes, according to a Hutchinson News report. A less restrictive industrial hemp proposal passed the House 103-18 […]

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Alaska House Passes Industrial Hemp Bill, Moves to Senate

Alaska’s House of Representatives has passed legislation to allow industrial hemp production and to establish a pilot program for its cultivation and production, according to a KTUU report. The measure, introduced by Sen. Shelley Hughes, defines industrial hemp as containing less than 0.3 percent THC. Alaska is one of eight states that permits recreational cannabis […]

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Wisconsin St. Croix Chippewa Suing State Attorney General Over CBD Policies

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin are suing state Attorney General Brad Schimel over whether the tribe has the authority to grow hemp for CBD production – a move blocked by Schimel, Wisconsin Public Radio reports. The tribe argues that while the federal Public 280 federal law gives states authority over criminal matters on […]

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Indiana Senate Approves Bill Allowing Broad Use of CBD

Indiana’s Senate has approved legislation to legalize CBD products in the state, according to an NWI.com report. The measure passed the chamber 35-13, while a similar bill was approved unanimously by the House last week. Both authorizes the manufacture, sale, and use of CBD products containing less than 0.3 percent THC but, in order to move […]

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Cornell University Study Finds Hemp-Oil-for-Dogs Product ‘Efficacious’ for Pain

A Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine study has found that a hemp oil product for dogs manufactured by ElleVet Sciences is “efficacious for pain in dogs with osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain and geriatric pain and soreness; with dramatic beneficial effects in our more geriatric patients.” The eight-month study, the first of its kind, was […]

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Indiana House Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

The Indiana House has unanimously approved a measure that would allow the state’s farmers to grow industrial hemp, the Indy Star reports. Additionally, the measure would exclude products derived from the crops containing 0.3 percent or less THC from the state’s controlled substance definition, allowing the products to be sold commercially. In November, state Attorney […]

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Canadian Cannabis-Centric Entrepreneur Collective Acquires Uruguay Hemp Producer

In their first foray into Latin America, British Columbia, Canada-based Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. is set to acquire Uruguayan hemp producer Inverell S.A. in a deal worth $15 million. Inverell is licensed in Uruguay to cultivate and harvest a proprietary hemp strain containing 0.5 percent THC and 8 percent CBD. Inverell also owns a genetic […]

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Missouri Legislative Committees to Consider Hemp Bills

The Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee is set to consider an industrial hemp pilot program bill today, which would allow the state to issue licenses for industrial hemp cultivation and allow the cultivators to market their products, according to a report from Missourinet. A similar measure was approved by the House […]

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New York Gov. Wants to Make State ‘National Leader in Hemp Production’

In his 2018 State of the State Budget proposal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has earmarked $650,000 for a hemp processing plant, $2 million for a state-run hemp seed certification program, and plans to import “thousands of pounds” of industrial hemp seed into the state to ensure farmers have “access to a high quality product” […]

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Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced in Indiana

Republican Indiana state Senator Jim Tomes has filed a bill to legalize CBD oil in the state after Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr., released an opinion declaring the extracts unlawful and Gov. Eric Holcomb told retailers in November that they had 60 days to remove the products from their shelves, according to a […]

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Hawaii Hemp Program Delayed by Noncompliant Jamaican Seed

Hawaii’s industrial hemp cultivation program has suffered a setback after seeds imported from Jamaica not only arrived late but also failed a basic inspection, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. The Department of Agriculture expected to begin accepting applications for the pilot program next month, but now estimate they might not open applications until February. Shelley Choy, the […]

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