Wisconsin St. Croix Chippewa Suing State Attorney General Over CBD Policies

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin are suing state Attorney General Brad Schimel over whether the tribe has the authority to grow hemp for CBD production – a move blocked by Schimel, Wisconsin Public Radio reports. The tribe argues that while the federal Public 280 federal law gives states authority over criminal matters on […]

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Indiana Senate Approves Bill Allowing Broad Use of CBD

Indiana’s Senate has approved legislation to legalize CBD products in the state, according to an NWI.com report. The measure passed the chamber 35-13, while a similar bill was approved unanimously by the House last week. Both authorizes the manufacture, sale, and use of CBD products containing less than 0.3 percent THC but, in order to move […]

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Virginia Legislature Approves ‘Let Doctors Decide’ MMJ Expansions

Both chambers of Virginia’s Legislature have unanimously approved a measure allowing physicians to prescribe CBD or THC-A oil for anyone who may need it, according to a News Leader report. In the Senate, the measure was championed by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, a doctor, who said the decision to try the oil should be between a […]

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Texas Dispensary Delivers State’s First MMJ Product to 6-year-old Patient

Texas dispensary Knox Medical has delivered the state’s first medical cannabis products to a six-year-old suffering from intractable epilepsy, the Texas Tribune reports. The delivery comes more than two years after Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation creating the limited program. “For Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy, the wait for medical cannabis is finally over. This […]

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Indiana House Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

The Indiana House has unanimously approved a measure that would allow the state’s farmers to grow industrial hemp, the Indy Star reports. Additionally, the measure would exclude products derived from the crops containing 0.3 percent or less THC from the state’s controlled substance definition, allowing the products to be sold commercially. In November, state Attorney […]

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Kansas Attorney General: CBD Illegal in the State

In a Jan. 24 opinion, the Kansas Attorney General’s office said it is unlawful to sell CBD products in the state due to cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug under both the federal and state Controlled Substances Acts. “Our review of literature on the subject leads us to conclude that cannabidiol is derived from […]

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Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced in Indiana

Republican Indiana state Senator Jim Tomes has filed a bill to legalize CBD oil in the state after Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr., released an opinion declaring the extracts unlawful and Gov. Eric Holcomb told retailers in November that they had 60 days to remove the products from their shelves, according to a […]

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Utah Regulators Cracking Down on CBD Sales

Utah’s Bureau of Investigation and Department of Health is probing retail CBD sales in the state and has seized products from businesses throughout the state, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. Department of Public Safety Spokesman Lt. Todd Royce indicated retailers are required to have Health Department permission to sell CBD products. “It’s not […]

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WHO Report: No Evidence of CBD-Related Public Health Problems

The World Health Organization has released a report concluding that there is “no evidence” of “public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. … CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be […]

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Vermont Hemp Industry Takes Over Burlington City Hall for Holiday Market

The CBD and Hemp Holiday Farmers Market took over Burlington, Vermont’s City Hall – yes, City Hall – on Sunday in the latest Heady Vermont-organized effort to provide public exposure for the state’s burgeoning industry. The event featured 18 vendors and, according to the coordinators, drew at least 500 people interested in the hemp-derived CBD […]

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Indiana Gov.: Retailers Have 60 Days to Halt Sales of CBD Products with THC Content

In a statement on Tuesday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb weighed in on the ongoing CBD oil debate in the Hoosier State, concluding that retailers have 60 days to remove any products containing “any level of THC” from their shelves. “Applicable law and opinions guide me to direct the Excise Police to perform normal, periodic regulatory […]

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Indiana Attorney General: CBD ‘Unlawful’ in the State

In an official opinion released last week, Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr. said that CBD products “remain unlawful in Indiana” citing cannabis’ Schedule I status under federal law. “The state and deferral laws that place cannabidiol in the category of Schedule I controlled substances do not hinge on the degree or prevalence of […]

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DEA Spokesman: Agency Not Going to ‘Break Down Door’ of Parents Administering CBD to their Children

In an interview with Indiana’s WTHR, Drug Enforcement Agency spokesperson Rusty Payne admitted that while parents giving CBD oil to their children are violating federal law, it is unlikely they will face federal prosecution for their actions. “WTHR: What would you tell the mom and dad who are buying this stuff and giving it to […]

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Eli Harrington: Embracing a Small-Business Cannabis Landscape

Eli Harrington is the co-founder and managing editor of Heady Vermont, a cannabis news outlet dedicated to Vermont’s medical cannabis industry and culture, and host of the Vermontijuana Podcast. In this seonganjuk.com podcast interview, Eli joins our host TG Branfalt — who is currently a Vermont resident, as well — to discuss cannabis’ entrepreneurial culture […]

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FDA Sends Warning Letter to 4 CBD Companies Over Anti-Cancer Claims

The Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to four CBD companies demanding that they stop making claims that their products “prevent, diagnose or cure cancer” without evidence to back their claims. Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, the makers of Charlotte’s Web, are among the four companies to receive the letters, along with Greenroads […]

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Montel Williams Sues CBD Scammers Over False Endorsement Claims

Montel Williams and Montel Williams Enterprises Inc. are suing three Arizona-based CBD-marketing entities and one Scottsdale resident, Timothy K. Isaac, over their claims that the former talk show host endorsed their CBD products. The lawsuit claims that the defendants repurposed contents of a Forbes article on websites and social media, misappropriating Williams’ name and likeness, […]

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Texas’ First MMJ Dispensary Set to Open in December

Texas’ first medical cannabis dispensary is slated to open in December and according to a Houston Public Media report, there are already around 150,000 patients in the state registered to access the program. Despite the high patient count, the program is of the limited variety, offering low-THC, high-CBD oils for patients with intractable epilepsy. Under […]

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Indiana Excise Police Continued CBD Enforcement Actions After Announcing Policy Change

Indiana excise police – the state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission law enforcement arm – has at least twice cited stores selling CBD products despite saying in August they would back off the practice, according to a report from the Indianapolis Star. At that time, commission officials said they would no longer confiscate CBD products from […]

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Canadian Abattis Bioceuticals Strikes South Korea Distribution, CBD Product Development Agreement

Vancouver, Canada-based Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. is partnering with Global Damon Pharma to distribute and sell Abattis’ hemp-based product lines exclusively in South Korea. Abattis received approval to export hemp-derived products from Health Canada last year. Rob Abenante, president and CEO of Abattis, indicated that South Korea imported about “20 to 30 tons” of hemp seed weekly […]

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Anti-Doping Agency Removes CBD from Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency has removed CBD from its prohibited substances list for 2018 and added synthetic cannabinoids, such as “Spice.” However, according to the 2018 Prohibited List summary, athletes subject to the organization’s testing might want to be sure their CBD products are tested and accurately labeled as THC remains prohibited. “Cannabidiol is no […]

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Wisconsin Tribe Adopts CBD Program

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin have adopted a “comprehensive control program” for hemp-derived CBD and announced plans to open businesses selling CBD products in states where it is allowed. Elmer J. Emery, a member of the St. Croix Tribal Council said the tribe plans on producing and distributing CBD products on its tribal […]

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Nebraska Attorney General: CBD Sales Illegal

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol has sent a letter to county attorneys and law enforcement advising them that CBD products are not legal in the state, less than two weeks after some retailers began selling the products, according to a KETV report. “To date no drug products containing cannabidiol have received […]

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FDA Requests Public Comments on Therapeutic Value of CBD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put out a call for public comments regarding the therapeutic values and potential for abuse of several substances, including cannabidiol or CBD. According to a document released by the FDA, the agency will consider any submitted statements while preparing their response to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding […]

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Iowa Gov. Reynolds Makes Cannabis Board Appointments

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed eight members to the board that will oversee the state’s expanded medical cannabis program, known as the Medical Cannabidiol Act, which now permits cannabis to be grown and cannabis products produced in the state. According to the Quad-City Times report, Reynolds tabbed Dr. Ken Cheyne, a pediatrician; Dr. Lonny […]

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