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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Federal Spending Bill Grants Historic Support to MMJ and Industrial Hemp

The controversial federal spending bill passed by Congress last week grants historic support to industrial hemp cultivation and medical marijuana in states where such industries have been legalized. The $1.1 trillion spending bill will block the Department of Justice from using funds to target medical marijuana businesses operating within state laws, and also will prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration […]

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Brief: Hemp Bills Approved By Michigan Senate Committee

The Michigan Senate Agriculture Committee passed a pair of bills on Thursday to allow the cultivation and production of industrial hemp. Both bills passed through the House earlier this year. HB 5439, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Daley, sets up the necessary criteria for universities and other organizations to participate in the nationally-approved opportunities for pilot hemp […]

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Kentucky Hemp: First Crop Successfully Harvested, Industry’s Future Looking Strong

In May of this year, Kentucky sued the federal government for confiscating the state’s legally-acquired Italian hemp seeds, sparking a fiasco that enraged hemp supporters nationwide. The seeds were eventually returned and planted as part of a pilot crop for Kentucky’s industrial hemp industry. That pilot crop was harvested earlier this week and has been called a great success. “There’s a great […]

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Industrial Hemp Takes Root in Kentucky and Colorado

Amid the growing popularity of marijuana law reform, it is sometimes easy to forget about the other important cannabis revolution: the revitalization of a forgotten hemp industry. Recent pioneers of industrial hemp in the U.S. were granted licenses to grow pilot hemp crops in Kentucky, Colorado, and Vermont this year following the passage of the Farm Bill, which loosened federal restrictions on growing […]

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The Farm Bill’s Passage: Anticipating a Legal U.S. Hemp Market

Prospective hemp farmers are expecting a go-ahead soon from the federal government, which would allow pilot hemp-growing programs to be established in the 10 states around the country where its been legalized. Hemp is the sober strain of cannabis (containing less than 1% THC), and even though it has huge potential for becoming an industrial […]

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