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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New Mexico Gov. Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 6 on Saturday, which would have authorized the state to adopt a pilot industrial hemp program, NPR-affiliate KWRG reports. According to the report, the Republican governor offered no explanation for vetoing the measure, which passed both chambers of the legislature overwhelmingly. State Sen. Cisco McSorley, who sponsored […]

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Italian Farmers Using Hemp to Remediate Soil Polluted by Steel Mill

Farmers in Italy are planting industrial hemp in order to remediate the soil contaminated by a nearby steel plant; and while the farmers are unlikely able to return the farm to its former glory, they are hopeful that hemp will become their new cash crop, according to a CBS News report. Vincenzo Fornaro once had […]

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Considering Bill to Legalize Hemp Farming

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are circulating a bill to legalize industrial hemp production in the state, according to an Associated Press report. During World War II, Wisconsin produced three-quarters of the nation’s hemp, and the lawmakers are hoping to bring the industry back. The bill, sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Patrick Testin and by […]

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South Dakota Hemp Bill Passes Committee, Moves to House

The South Dakota Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee has approved a measure that would legalize full-scale hemp production in the state, designating hemp as an oilseed, according to a South Dakota Public Radio report.  The committee passed the bill 9-2. Proponents pointed to the success of North Dakota’s pilot hemp program, but opponents were concerned […]

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Bills Passed to Expand MMJ, Legalize Industrial Hemp in New Mexico

Two bills have moved their way through separate houses of the New Mexico Legislature that would expand the state’s medical cannabis program, and exempt industrial hemp from New Mexico’s Controlled Substance Act. The medical cannabis proposal, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Cisco McSorley, was approved by the Senate 29-11but only after an amendment was filed removing […]

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Arizona Industrial Hemp Bill Passes First Hurdle

Arizona’s Senate Committee on Commerce and Public Safety voted 6-1 to approve industrial hemp production, processing, manufacturing, distribution, and commerce by licensed growers and processors in the state, according to a Capitol Media Services report. The measure must be approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee before moving to the full Senate for a vote. The […]

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New Mexico Hemp Bill Passes Second Committee, Moves to House for Vote

A bill that would remove hemp from New Mexico’s controlled substance list has passed through the state’s House Labor and Economic Development Committee, moving it to the House for a full vote, according to a report from the Tenth Amendment Center. If approved, the measure, HB.166 sponsored by Republican Rep. Ricky Little, would allow full-scale […]

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Hemp CBD Companies Should Worry About FDA, Not DEA, Intervention

It’s been nearly two months since mainstream media outlets and several cannabis publications published headlines claiming that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was rescheduling cannabidiol (CBD) into a Schedule 1 substance and that some serious, Drug War-era crackdowns were coming. We reported then, and stand by our coverage, that this is not the case. The DEA […]

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Lawsuit: DEA Violating Court Orders by Regulating Hemp

The Hemp Industry Association has filed a lawsuit against the DEA seeking to hold the agency in contempt of court for failing to adhere to a previous Court of Appeals decision that prevents the law enforcement agency from regulating hemp-derived food products as Schedule I substances, according to a press release from the HIA. “Thirteen […]

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Oregon Commission Bars Cannabis-Infused Alcohol, Hemp OK

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will allow alcohol brewers and distillers to use hemp in their products but have declined to allow the use of THC-rich cannabis in alcohol production, according to an advisory document from the commission released today. The hemp used by brewers must meet the federal standards and the formulas and labeling […]

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Report: North American Cannabis Industry Could Experience 33% Annual Growth through 2021

According to a Market Research Future report, the North American cannabis market could grow at a compound annual growth rate of 33 percent through 2021, with the U.S. industry representing 95 percent market share. The North American market includes the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. “Rapid legalizing and growing awareness about the medicinal properties of marijuana […]

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Thailand Approves Hemp Cultivation as Part of Drug Reforms

Thailand’s cabinet has approved hemp cultivation for medicinal purposes under an Office of Narcotics Control Board plan, the Bangkok Post reports. The crop will be allowed in 15 districts in the northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Tak, Phetchabun, and Mae Hong Son. Narcotics Control Board Secretary-General Sirinya Sitdhichai indicated that the species […]

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Bill Removing Hemp from State Drug Schedule Pre-Filed in New Hampshire

A coalition of Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire has pre-filed a bill that would prohibit hemp’s designation as a controlled substance in the state, thereby legalizing full-scale commercial hemp farming and treating hemp just like any other agricultural crop. However, cultivators would still need to seek a federal permit if they wish to comply with federal […]

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DEA: Rule Change Prioritizes CBD Research

The DEA says that the rule change, published last week which changed the agency’s code for cannabis extracts, will make researching CBD easier, according to the U.S. News and World Report. Spokesman Russ Baer indicated that the DEA recognizes that some CBD studies “have been promising” and they “want to be able to support that […]

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Cannabis Sativa Inc. Buys California Property for Hemp Farm

Cannabis Sativa, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire a 49 percent ownership stake in a 9-acre property in Los Angeles County, California with plans to lease it to an industrial hemp farmer, the company announced in a press release. The operator will cultivate industrial hemp under the provisions of California’s Adult Use of […]

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Japanese Prefecture Ends Hemp Growing Program After Cannabis Arrests

The industrial hemp program in Japan’s Tottori Prefecture is being shuttered after the president and two employees of one of the permitted hemp processing companies were arrested on suspicion of cannabis possession, the Japan Times reports. The hemp program in Chizu was implemented in an effort to help revitalize industry in the region. This marks […]

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