Washington Passes Bill for Industrial Hemp Research Plots

The Washington state Senate passed SB 6206 last week, which authorizes certain individuals to grow pilot crops of industrial hemp for research purposes. The bill passed on a vote of 48-1. Though Washington was among the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, it has remained behind the times in regards to industrial hemp cultivation, until now. SB 6206 is inspired […]

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Hopeful Industrial Hemp Farmers Pushing Forward in North Dakota, Oregon

Hopeful hemp farmers in North Dakota and Oregon are stepping forward to join their states’ experimental hemp programs. The two states are expected to issue licenses for experimental hemp plots — hemp is the non-psychoactive sister plant to cannabis, and is extremely useful in the creation of various textiles, bio-fuel, paper, and construction materials. Both […]

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First Lady of Japan Considers Hemp Farming

In an interview with the Japanese magazine Spa!, First Lady of Japan Akie Abe said that studying the history of hemp has gotten her interested in cultivating the plant, which is strictly limited in Japan. Hemp, specifically cord and clothing made from hemp fiber, plays a key role in traditional Shinto ceremonies. The plant traces […]

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India Legalizes Industrial Hemp Production In Northern State of Uttarakhand

A state in northern India will become the first in the country to legalize the cultivation of hemp. Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, announced that farmers throughout the state will be allowed to cultivate industrial hemp. Only two regions in the state–the Terai and Bhabhar regions–are exempted from legalizaiton. […]

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U.S. Hemp Sales May Reach $500M This Year

U.S. citizens are expected to purchase up to $500 million worth of hemp products during 2015, a preliminary analysis by the Boulder-based Hemp Business Journal recently revealed. Americans bought $400 million in such products during 2014, indicating a rapid expansion (25% over one year) in the demand for hemp-based products. Items purchased range from simple clothing and cosmetics […]

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CBD Biosciences Gets $8 Million From Pueblo, CO to Open Hemp Processing Plant

The city council of Pueblo, Colorado voted 5-1 on Monday to direct $8 million in incentive money to help a hemp-oil company get its processing plant up and running. The Pueblo Development Foundation is giving $3 million to transform a former Boeing rocket assembly plant into a hemp processing plant for CBD Biosciences. The company, […]

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North Dakota Ag Department Looking for Industrial Hemp Research Participants

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it’s looking for participants for an industrial hemp program. In a press release, state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the department was seeking applicants to participate in the program “for the purposes of agricultural or academic research.” “Industrial hemp may only be grown in North Dakota […]

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Wild Minnesota Hemp Harvested for First Time in 60 Years

Researchers at the University of Minnesota legally harvested Minnesota hemp for the first time in more than 60 years this week. Under the Industrial Hemp Development Act of 2015, researchers are allowed to collect wild hemp for research purposes. Dr. George Weiblen and Jonathan Wenger have studied hemp for more than ten years, but “until […]

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Researchers Publish First Genetic Study of Marijuana and Hemp

Canadian researchers have published the first large-scale genetic study of marijuana and hemp. The study examines the genotypes of 81 cannabis and 43 hemp samples. The researchers were concerned with examining the differences in the genomes among the plants. “Knowledge about cannabis is lacking because of its status as a controlled drug,” said Jonathan Page, […]

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Big Results for Hawaii Hemp Researchers

An industrial hemp research team in Hawaii is seeing very encouraging results with a certain varietal planted in Oahu. Dr. Harry Ako, the lead researcher on UH Manoa’s industrial hemp project, said that several plants have shot to heights of nearly 10 feet in just ten weeks. “It’s crazy. It’s crazy fast,” Dr. Ako said. […]

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Oregon Hemp Farming to Continue After Senate Blocks Moratorium Bill

The Oregon Senate put a stop to a bill Monday that would have suspended hemp growing operations in the state for two years. The bill had passed the House by a vote of 53-6, and had strong support among marijuana producers, which worry that nearby hemp operations could result in cross-pollination. Hemp, which typically contains […]

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Connecticut Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

The Connecticut State Senate has approved a bill that would allow the launch of hemp pilot programs and research plots in the state. The Senate’s unanimous approval of the bill follows the House’s 142-2 approval of the same legislation. The bill, HB 5780, would strike hemp from Connecticut’s list of controlled substances, and would allow farmers […]

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House of Representatives Votes to Protect State MMJ And Hemp Programs

The U.S. House of Representatives reauthorized an amendment that prohibits the Justice Department from interfering with medical marijuana programs in states where such programs are legal. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R.-CA) and Sam Farr (D.-CA) attached the amendment to the 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill. It passed 242-186. Rohrabacher defended the amendment […]

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Kentucky Hemp Production Sees Dramatic Increase In 2015

Agriculture officials in Kentucky stated that hemp production in the state will exceed 1,700 acres in 2015, up from just 33 acres last year. The increased investment is from processors aiming to create new products from the newly-legalized plant. One such investor, Andy Graves, said his company, Atalo Holdings, has invested $1.5 million in hemp. […]

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Texas Hemp Bill Appears Before Agricultural Committee

Both of Texas State Representative Joseph Farias’ (D) bills relating to industrial hemp in the state were heard by the Committee on Agriculture & Livestock on March, 18 – the possible first step to the bills being moved from the committee and to the floor for a vote. HB 557 would allow hemp cultivation for […]

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North Dakota Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp

Lawmakers in the North Dakota Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill allowing the farming, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. House Bill 1436 passed the Senate by a vote of 46-1, with the one dissenting vote coming from Republican Sen. Oley Larsen. The bill passed the House last month by a vote of […]

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New Hampshire House Committee Unanimously Approves Hemp Bill

Lawmakers in a New Hampshire House committee unanimously approved a bill to remove a ban on the industrial cultivation of hemp. The bill, which was sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth Edwards (D-Hillsborough), Laura Jones (R-Strafford), Robert Cushing (D-Rockingham), and Michael Sylvia (R-Belknap), would regulate hemp like any other farmable crop. The bill will now be debated […]

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Texas Industrial Hemp Bill Moving Through Legislative Process

The industrial hemp movement could have a powerful new ally in the state of Texas if Rep. Joe Farias’ (D) bill (HB1332) can gain approval by the state legislature. The bill, currently in the Agriculture Committee, would allow farmers to get a one-year license to grow the plant, according to the bill text. The license […]

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Jamaica’s MMJ, Hemp, and Decriminalization Law is Approved

Jamaican lawmakers on Tuesday passed the country’s first decriminalization and medical marijuana law, the result of a 38-year Parliamentary push for marijuana policy reform. The law dramatically alters criminal penalties for “ganja,” as it’s locally described, with possession of up to two ounces warranting only a small fine and no longer resulting in a criminal record. Beyond decriminalization, the law also […]

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Southern Oregon Marijuana Farmers Voice Concern Over Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp is coming to Oregon, but — due to the biological interaction between hemp and marijuana plants — not everyone in the cannabis industry is excited about the particulars of where and how that’s going to happen. In fact, according to the Oregonian, a group of outdoor marijuana farmers in southern Oregon are arguing that Oregon’s hemp industry should […]

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Oregon Hemp Industry Making Slow Progress

Progress toward industrial hemp farming in Oregon has been slow. Just two people have applied and federal drug laws have dogged the state’s attempts to get any seed into the hands of the would-be farmers. “There are a whole lot of hoops to get through before we actually have seed on the ground in Oregon,” […]

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DEA Allows University of Hawaii to Import Hemp Seeds from Australia

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has allowed officials from the University of Hawaii to import Australian hemp seeds to kick off the state’s Industrial Hemp Research Project. “This project is just the first step in establishing Hawaii as a leader in the growth and production of industrial hemp and its products,” University Representative Cynthia Thielen explains. […]

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Medical Marijuana Inc. to Buy Hemp Startup Company for Between $120-$243 Million

Medical Marijuana Inc. — a San Diego company that’s been acquiring startups in the hemp and CBD industries — has announced its intention of buying a startup hemp products company called Kannaway.Medical Marijuana Inc. intends to purchase Kannaway from General Hemp LLC, the company that invested seed money into Kannaway last year to help it get off the ground. Kannaway was recently valued at […]

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Bipartisan Bill Filed In Senate to Legalize Hemp Cultivation Nationwide

A bill to legalize hemp cultivation and production nationwide has been filed in the U.S. Senate by Oregon’s Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). The bill is co-sponsored by fellow Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley — also a Democrat — Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Oregon and Kentucky are two of twenty states that have […]

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