Alberta, Canada Proposes Provincial Cannabis Industry Rules

Alberta’s provincial government has released proposed regulations for retail cannabis operations as Canada moves forward with their tax-and-regulate plan, which sets the legal age at 18 and permits private retailers to open up retail and online stores. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will oversee distribution, compliance, and enforcement. Notably, the rules allow citizens to […]

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Wisconsin Legislature Unanimously Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

Wisconsin’s legislature has unanimously passed a bill to implement an industrial hemp pilot program. The measure falls in line with other state programs and federal guidelines requiring that plants contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. The measure will require cultivators to undergo a federal background check and allows license denials for individuals who have […]

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DEA Spokesman: Agency Not Going to ‘Break Down Door’ of Parents Administering CBD to their Children

In an interview with Indiana’s WTHR, Drug Enforcement Agency spokesperson Rusty Payne admitted that while parents giving CBD oil to their children are violating federal law, it is unlikely they will face federal prosecution for their actions. “WTHR: What would you tell the mom and dad who are buying this stuff and giving it to […]

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UC Davis Partners with Colorado Biotech Firm to Decode Hemp DNA

The University of California, Davis has partnered with Front Range Biosciences, a Boulder, Colorado-based agricultural biotech company, on a project to create a genomic reference for cannabis – specifically industrial hemp. The project will be led by Dr. Dario Cantu, a UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology assistant professor and systems biologist. “A high-quality […]

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Kentucky Seeks Feedback, Accepting Applications for Hemp Pilot Program

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its 2018 industrial hemp research pilot program and seeking public comments on program’s preliminary draft rules. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles indicated that Kentucky farmers planted 3,200 acres of hemp this season – the most ever under the regime. In 2016, the state’s farms grew 2,350 acres […]

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Belize House Passes Decriminalization, Hemp Production Bill

Belize’s House of Representatives has approved a measure to decriminalize cannabis possession up to 10 grams and legalize industrial hemp production, according to a News 7 Belize report. If approved, the measure would also make cannabis consumption in private subject to non-criminal fines. The measure has received bi-partisan support, according to the report, with Opposition […]

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Indiana Excise Police Continued CBD Enforcement Actions After Announcing Policy Change

Indiana excise police – the state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission law enforcement arm – has at least twice cited stores selling CBD products despite saying in August they would back off the practice, according to a report from the Indianapolis Star. At that time, commission officials said they would no longer confiscate CBD products from […]

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Canadian Abattis Bioceuticals Strikes South Korea Distribution, CBD Product Development Agreement

Vancouver, Canada-based Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. is partnering with Global Damon Pharma to distribute and sell Abattis’ hemp-based product lines exclusively in South Korea. Abattis received approval to export hemp-derived products from Health Canada last year. Rob Abenante, president and CEO of Abattis, indicated that South Korea imported about “20 to 30 tons” of hemp seed weekly […]

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Wisconsin Tribe Adopts CBD Program

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin have adopted a “comprehensive control program” for hemp-derived CBD and announced plans to open businesses selling CBD products in states where it is allowed. Elmer J. Emery, a member of the St. Croix Tribal Council said the tribe plans on producing and distributing CBD products on its tribal […]

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Hemp Cultivation Applications Open in New York

Applications for farmers to participate in New York’s recently expanded hemp research program are now open until Nov. 22 after the state was granted a Drug Enforcement Agency permit to help cultivators import industrial hemp seed. Officials expect a 6,000 percent increase in the acreage in the state dedicated to hemp, from just 30 acres […]

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Inaugural Vermont Hemp Fest Hosts Thriving Industry Entrepreneurs

Some of Vermont’s finest hemp-derived products were on display at the state’s inaugural Hemp Fest – and the event surpassed the expectations of attendees, exhibitors, and the organizers alike. Featured were more than 20 exhibitors, from hemp cultivators to CBD producers to ancillary businesses — including the usual, such as web designers, and the not-so-usual, such […]

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House Committee Blocks All Cannabis-Related Budget Amendment Votes

The Republican-controlled House Rules Committee has blocked multiple cannabis-related amendments from receiving consideration by the full chamber, effectively preventing the House from offering the industry protection from the Justice Department. The quashed amendments include: protections for state-approved hemp programs and banks choosing to do business with the cannabis industry; the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which prevents the feds […]

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Nebraska Attorney General: CBD Sales Illegal

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol has sent a letter to county attorneys and law enforcement advising them that CBD products are not legal in the state, less than two weeks after some retailers began selling the products, according to a KETV report. “To date no drug products containing cannabidiol have received […]

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Utah Demands Retailers Stop Selling Pet Food Containing Hemp

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has sent warning letters to 27 Utah companies asking them to stop selling pet food containing hemp, according to a KSL TV report. The letters asked the producers for “voluntary compliance in recalling previously distributed products and refraining from future sales of hemp and hemp products in the […]

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Vermont Brewers Partner with Hemp Farm for CBD-Infused Beer

Vermont-based Long Trail Brewing Company is partnering with local hemp cultivators Luce Farm on an infused beer using the farm’s CBD-infused honey. The yet-to-be-named small-batch brew is set for a Labor Day weekend release. Ian Harbage, co-head brewmaster for Long Trail, said that while “there might be a bit of public learning curve” around the […]

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Queensland, Australia Advances Plan to Allow Hemp Products for Human Consumption

The Queensland, Australia government has introduced legislation to amend the Drugs Misuse Act of 1986 to allow the cultivation of hemp seeds for human consumption. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said the reforms “would provide investment and trade opportunities for Queensland producers.” “By allowing industrial cannabis seed to be grown for human consumption, there […]

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Report: Hemp-Derived CBD Market Could be $1B Industry by 2020

Hemp-derived CBD sales reached $170 million in 2016 and the market is estimated to hit a billion dollars in the next three years, according to a Brightfield Group report outlined by Forbes. Brightfield estimates the industry will experience a 55 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five years. Bethany Gomez, Brightfield director of […]

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CBD Store Opens in West Virginia

The Appalachian Cannabis Company, which specializes in CBD products, has opened in West Virginia – the first store of its kind in the state, WCHS/WVAH reports. The shop is owned by Chris Yeager, who spent a few years in Colorado learning about CBD and the cannabis industry. “We wanted to bring the knowledge, we wanted […]

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Nation’s First Hempcrete Public-Use Building Opens in Idaho

The first public-use building constructed from hempcrete has opened in Ketchum, Idaho, according to a KOMO News report. The Borah Basin Building was designed by Hempitecture who partnered with non-profit Idaho BaseCamp for the project. The construction took three years to complete, financed largely by $27,000 raised through Kickstarter. Hempitecture founder Mattie Mead said he […]

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Indiana Excise Police Backtrack on CBD Confiscations

Indiana State Excise Police will no longer confiscate CBD products so long as they fall under the federal definition of hemp with THC limits less than 0.3 percent, WTHR-13 reports. The decision comes after the agency confiscated thousands of dollars of CBD products from Fresh Thyme grocery stores and other retailers. “After a review of […]

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Survey: 80% of Respondents Report Success with CBD Therapies

The largest-ever survey conducted on cannabidiol (CBD) users found 80 percent of respondents reporting the cannabinoid “very effective” or “extremely effective” in treating their respective conditions, with 42 percent reporting they actually stopped using traditional prescription and over-the-counter medicines and replacing them with CBD-based products. The study was conducted by HelloMD, one of the nation’s […]

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Federal Lawmakers Introduce Measure to Treat Hemp Like Traditional Agricultural Crop

A bi-partisan bill has been introduced in Congress to exempt industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act and allow the further commercialization of hemp crops. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced by Republican Congressmen from Kentucky James Comer and Thomas Massie, Virginia’s Bob Goodlatte, and Colorado Democrat Jared Polis. “I […]

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Hemp-Based ‘Cannabis Car’ is Carbon Neutral, Stronger than Steel

Recently, much attention has been given to the negative impact that cars have on the environment, especially their carbon footprint. Each car can represent up to 10 tons of carbon emissions. In an effort to address these concerns, former Dell executive Bruce Dietzen has made a high-performance car using hemp materials that is both carbon neutral […]

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House Republicans Block Veterans Equal Access and Hemp Water Rights Budget Amendments

According to a report from MassRoots, The House Rules Committee is blocking two cannabis-related budget amendments from floor consideration, ruling the amendments are not in order. The affected amendments include the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which would allow military veterans to access state-approved medical cannabis programs, and the Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act, which would […]

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