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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North Carolina Hemp Grower Secures Early Buyer for Next Year’s Crop

Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase the 1,000 acre-plus hemp crop planted by BioRegen Innovations Cooperative  in North Carolina, the company announced in a press release. The crop is among the first planted in the state and is expected to be harvested toward the end of 2017. Industrial Hemp […]

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Cannabis and Hemp Association Opens Upstate NY Chapter

The Cannabis and Hemp Association has opened a chapter in Albany, New York, according to a report from NPR-affiliate WAMC. During the first meeting, members reviewed the first year of the state’s medical marijuana program and discussed the impact of the Compassionate Care Act’s new regulations. Pamela Johnston, Electrum Partners’ senior vice president for strategy […]

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North Dakota Hemp Harvested Under Ag Department Pilot Program

North Dakota farmers are harvesting their first legal hemp crops under the state Agricultural Department’s experimental program, according to a Bismarck Tribune report. Just five growers are approved under the pilot program, which aims to research the growth, cultivation and marketability of industrial hemp. One farmer, Clarence Laub, yielded roughly 5,000 pounds from his 10-acre […]

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Kentucky Ag Commissioner Objects to New USDA Hemp Rules

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner has sent a letter to the USDA outlining his objections to the body’s new ‘Statement of Principles’ regarding the industrial hemp sector, local NPR station WKMS reports. He says the new rules contradict the original intent of the 2014 measure passed by Congress and “could hinder industrial hemp’s economic potential” in the state […]

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First Hemp Seeds to Consistently Produce Low Enough THC Levels Certified in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has certified its first domestic hemp seeds that reliably produce plants low enough in THC that it doesn’t qualify as marijuana, according to an Associated Press report. The seeds are tailored for the state’s high altitude so it’s unclear how much interest they will draw from out-of-state hemp producers. There […]

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Botanical Genetics Expands Hemp and Cannabis R&D Program

Botanical Genetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 22nd Century Group, has expanded its cannabis research program aimed at developing propriety medical cannabis strains, and hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, according to a report from the Buffalo News. Paul Rushton, vice president for plant biotechnology, said he hopes the research will lead […]

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Uruguayan Cannabis Company Diversifying with Hemp Crops

One of the two marijuana producers in Uruguay is betting that the hemp market will be more lucrative than the market for its psychoactive cousin, due to less government regulation of the plant and its overall manufacturing potential, according to a report from Bloomberg. Cannabis cultivated by International Cannabis Corp. will hit pharmacy shelves within […]

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Hemp Crop Planted at University of Louisville

Researchers at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research have planted a 40-by-40-foot plot of hemp in order to research its viability as a fuel source, according to a Louisville Business First report. The project is one of eight by Kentucky universities focused on using hemp as an energy resource. “Hemp is […]

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New York Gov. Signs Hemp Bill, First Farm Licensed

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill authorizing the sale, distribution, transportation, and processing of industrial hemp, which aims to help farmers in the state develop a new marketable crop. JD Farms in Madison County is the first, and currently only, farm licensed by the state to grow hemp, WGRZ 2 reports. It […]

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CBD Dabs Provide ‘Instant Relief’

Cory fires up a red Scorch Torch and heats up the quartz nail on his dab rig. On his stainless steel dab tool is a cherry red goo that resembles a cannabis concentrate, but he is not about to take a dab of highly potent THC — this product is 100% THC-free. This is a […]

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First Legal Cannabis Crops Harvested in Uruguay

International Cannabis Corp and SIMbiosys harvested the first legal marijuana crops in Uruguay earlier this week, reaping about 300 grams each, which will be sold at licensed pharmacies in the South American nation, according to a report from High Times. The plants were planted in February in the companies’ facilities in Montevideo under the authority of […]

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Nebraska Researchers Obtain Pilot Hemp Crop Permit

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have obtained a permit to begin doing tests on growing industrial hemp as a field crop. According to UNL Professor Ismail Dweikat, researchers plan to have a crop planted by the end of the year — though the university’s hemp seed importation requests are currently awaiting approval by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency […]

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Kentucky Hemp Farmers Expanding Operations, Tennessee Farmers Shying Away

Farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee are seeing vastly different results in their respective industrial hemp markets. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has authorized 4,500 acres of hemp production this year – the third year testing its viability as a cash crop in the state, according to an Associated Press report. Last year the pilot program […]

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Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Bills

Cannabis and its non-psychoactive cousin scored victories in the Pennsylvania legislature yesterday as the House and Senate passed medical marijuana and industrial hemp bills, respectively. The medical marijuana plan covers patients with 17 chronic conditions, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, AIDS and post-traumatic stress disorder. It does not allow for the plant to be smoked, […]

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Hemp Bill Vetoed in Washington State Over Budget Fight

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) vetoed 27 bills at the end of the legislature’s 60-day session last week, including one authorizing the state Agriculture Department to permit selected farmers to grow hemp for research purposes. The Seattle Times reported the vetoes were the governor’s effort to get lawmakers to compromise on a budget and plans for […]

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Virginia Legalizes Industrial Hemp Production

The governor of Virginia has signed into law a bill this week that will legalize the industrial production of hemp in the state. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the bill to the approval of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition (VIHC), which has lobbied for such legislation for years. The bill, which will go into effect on July […]

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