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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Hemp and MMJ Bill Introduced in Costa Rica

Note: This piece was updated on 12/20/16. The previous version of the article did not mention prohibitionist stall tactics in the Committee of Legal Affairs. A bill legalizing hemp production and medical cannabis has been introduced in Costa Rica, and at first it appeared to have the necessary legislative support to pass, Costa Rica News reported. […]

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Applications Open for North Dakota Industrial Hemp Program

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for participation in its industrial hemp program, according to a Bismarck Tribune report. The request for applications comes at the urging of growers who cite their crop’s success under last year’s pilot program. According to the report, hemp yields in Benson County ranged from 895 pounds-per-acre […]

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Did the DEA Just Outlaw Hemp-Derived CBD?

A new rule published by the DEA today led many in the cannabis industry to assume the worst – that the agency had decided to crack down on hemp-derived CBD. Take a deep breath. This is likely not the case. What the rule actually does is create a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number for […]

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CBD Market Could Hit $3 Billion by 2021

According to some cannabis industry experts, the U.S. CBD market could reach between $2.1 billion and $3 billion by 2021, according to a Forbes report. The Hemp Business Journal estimates that hemp-based sales would represent $450 million of that figure — a 700 percent increase from 2016. In 2015, hemp-derived CBD products comprised $90 million worth […]

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CSU-Pueblo Launches Institute of Cannabis Research

Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Institute of Cannabis Research is now operational, according to a Colorado Public Radio report. The institute is the nation’s first-ever academically-based conference and research journal on cannabis. The goal of the ICR is to develop new and novel uses for cannabis. Using industrial hemp fibers for 3D printing and examining the effects […]

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Australian MMJ Producer Moving to Kentucky

Ecofibre, Australia’s largest medicinal cannabis producer, is moving its operations to Kentucky, according to a Business Insider report. The company has grown low-THC cannabis on 340 acres in New South Wales, which has been used by the University of Sydney for medical experiments. Barry Lambert, an Australian banker and adviser for Ecofibre, said the company […]

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Researchers Plant Nebraska’s First Legal Hemp Crop

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have planted 150 hemp plants on the college’s East Campus, according to a report by the Lincoln Journal Star. The plants are the first legal hemp crop in the state following a 2014 decision by Congress to allow the cultivation of the plant for research purposes. The UNL researchers […]

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New Zealand Grants License for Third Hemp Trial

New Zealand’s Hikurangi Enterprises has been granted a license from the Health Ministry to grow a trial crop of hemp in the eastern region of Ruatoria, according to a report from the Gisborne Herald. The trial aims to determine if the crop would benefit local farmers. According to Hikurangi chairman Panapa Ehau, the first plot, […]

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