Bill Allowing Use of Federal Water for Hemp Cultivation Approved as Part of Spending Measure

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2018 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill which includes the Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act. This measure would allow federally-controlled water to be used for hemp cultivation, according to a Westword report. Currently, the Bureau of Reclamation prohibits water under its jurisdiction from being used for […]

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CBD Laws Are Convoluted Enough Without DEA Interjections

In a recent interview with the Cannabist, the DEA took aim at CBD production, specifically naming Charlotte’s Web – a low-THC cannabis strain produced and trademarked by CW Hemp oft used to treat children with epilepsy. In the statement, the federal law enforcement agency contends that the product, along with all other CBD products, is […]

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NY Gov. Signs Hemp Expansions into Law; State Earmarks $10M for Industry Investments

During a ceremony at Cornell University, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an expanded hemp bill into law, categorizing the crop as an agricultural commodity, giving it the same protections as any other crop grown in the state, the Ithaca Journal reports. The measure will permit industrial hemp research and hemp companies access to the […]

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Utah Ag. Department Considering Expanding Hemp Research to Farmers

Utah’s Agricultural Advisory Board has given initial approval for a new rule that would allow some farmers to grow hemp for research purposes, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The state Department of Agriculture and Food still needs to approve that program, which would allow farmers to submit a research plan for state approval and obtain […]

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DEA Doubles Down: CBD Illegal

The Cannabist has published a series of statements by the Drug Enforcement Agency that further muddy the waters of the legality of CBD products, claiming that the products are “being illegally produced and marketed” in violation of the federal Controlled Substances, and Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Acts. “However, it is generally believed that the material […]

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West Virginia Hemp Cultivation Now Open to Private Citizens

Private citizens in West Virginia can now apply to the state Agriculture commissioner for a license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes, according to a Charleston Gazette-Mail report. Previously, licenses were only available to members of research institutions, such as colleges and universities. The amended law was signed by Gov. Jim Justice in April. […]

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$9.1M DoD Contract Awarded to NY Firm Utilizing Hemp Materials

An eco-friendly building material company in New York that utilizes hemp in its products has been awarded a $9.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to create new living building materials, according to a report from NPR-affiliate WAMC. Ecovative Design has been using a variety of products in its building supplies since it […]

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Florida Gov. Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed the Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects bill, allowing hemp-growing plans by the University of Florida and Florida A&M to move forward, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. The universities plan to partner with private companies to conduct and pay for the research, which must be registered with the state Department of Agriculture […]

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Governor-Backed Hemp Bill Introduced in New York

At the behest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a bill that would treat hemp more like other agricultural products has been introduced in New York. The measure would allow industrial hemp seed to be considered an acceptable crop seed so long as it doesn’t contain more than .3 percent THC – the allowable federal limit for […]

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Kentucky Home Becomes First to Use Hempcrete Insulation

For the first time in Kentucky, a home is being insulated with hempcrete. According to an ABC36 report, the Lexington home, on York St., is being designed by the North Limestone Community Development Corporation. “Basically what we are doing here is demonstrating how hemp can be used as a building material, specifically as an insulation,” […]

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DEA Seeks to Have Lawsuit Against ‘Marijuana Extract’ Rule Tossed

The DEA is moving to have a lawsuit dismissed that challenges their December rule change which applies a Controlled Substances Number for “marijuana extract,” according to a report from the Cannabist. The lawsuit contends that the change moves hemp-derived products into the definition, running afoul of the 2014 federal Farm Bill. The lawsuit was filed on […]

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Industrial Hemp Coming to South Carolina

Shortly after the close of South Carolina’s legislative session earlier this month, Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill legalizing the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, according to a report by The State. Next, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the State Law Enforcement Division must issue the state’s 20 hemp licenses — these will allow […]

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Colorado Gov. Signs Bill Permitting Hemp Farmers to Use Federally Stored Water

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the bill to protect hemp farmers registered with the state who use water stored in federal reservoirs, according to a report from The Journal. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Republican state Sen. Don Coram after an Arkansas Valley farmer informed him he was barred from using […]

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North Carolina Farmers Begin Planting Pilot Hemp Crops

The North Carolina Hemp Commission has received an opinion from the state attorney general’s office to allow them to license farmers who want to obtain industrial hemp seeds from another state, according to a report from Southeast Farm Press. The memo allows farmers approved under the state’s pilot program to source domestic seed for their […]

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Australia and New Zealand Approve Hemp Food Sales

The Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has approved the sale of hemp as food but also imposed strict guidelines around the products’ marketing and labeling, according to Grain Central, an Australian grain industry publication. The guidelines ban any references to the presence of CBD in the product and prevent any branding […]

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MMJ and Hemp Program Protections Included in Federal Budget Resolution

State-legal medical cannabis and hemp programs are safe until at least September as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment – which prohibits the Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with codified medical and hemp regimes – was included in the federal budget resolution. Rep. Earl Blumenaur, a Democrat who heads the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said in […]

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West Virginia Gov. Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill opening up the state’s hemp production by expanding the availability of licenses, the Register-Herald reports. The measure allows the Commissioner of Agriculture to approve a license for any individual rather than just state colleges and universities. The application process requires first-time license applicants to submit their […]

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Hemp Oil Regulations Are More Complicated Than You Might Think

Legal cannabis sales in the U.S. last year reached $6.7 billion, a growth of 30 percent, according to an ArcView Group market research report outlined by the International Business Times. The growth is faster than the dot-com boom of 2000. However, most of those jumping in are doing so without first seeking competent cannabis counsel, without […]

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Big Pharma Positioning for Federal Approval of Cannabis Drugs

In my most recent publishing, I wrote that our hemp/CBD industry was being hijacked from us. “Us,” being those who have fought against the establishment (Government, the law, Big Business, corrupt officials, and those who have financial gain in opposing any cannabis resurgence) to legalize a plant that is embedded into the very fabric of […]

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Amendment to Bill in West Virginia Would Explicitly Legalize Hemp-Derived CBD in the State

West Virginia lawmakers have clarified language in a bill adding substances to the drug schedule that would allow the sale, distribution, and prescription of hemp-derived CBD oils, according to a Herald-Dispatch report. The amendment differentiates between CBD products derived from hemp and CBD derived from cannabis plants containing more than the .3 percent THC allowable […]

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Vermont’s Lax Industrial Hemp Rules Driving Cottage Industry

A hemp cultivation permit is easy to come by in Vermont – for an annual fee of $25, anybody can register with the state to grow the crop so long as they verify that the plants fall below the 0.3 percent THC federal government threshold defining the plant as “hemp.” These loose restrictions, codified in […]

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Colorado Ag Dept. Could Begin Hemp-as-Feed Research if Gov. Signs Bill

The Colorado Department of Agriculture will soon begin researching the use of hemp in livestock feed if Gov. John Hickenlooper signs a bill that passed the state legislature unanimously, the Greeley Tribune reports. Using hemp in animal feed is barred by the Food and Drug Administration because it considers hemp to be an adulterating substance. […]

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New York State College’s Hemp Society Industrial Hemp Proposal Waitlisted

A proposal to grow hemp by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Hemp Society has been waitlisted by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets because other institutions applied for licenses before the group had an opportunity, according to the Daily Orange, Syracuse University’s student newspaper. Under the state’s […]

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North Carolina Greenlights Industrial Hemp Program

Farmers in North Carolina can now apply to grow industrial hemp as part of a pilot program in the state, the Virginian-Pilot reports. The program allows hemp to be cultivated for both research and commerce purposed and officials hope it will help the state’s farms cope with low prices on more conventional crops. “There has […]

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