Alaska Legislature Approves Industrial Hemp Law, Moves to Governor’s Desk

Alaska’s Legislature has passed an industrial hemp legalization bill, which moves next to Gov. Bill Walker’s desk for his signature. The measure, if signed, will allow farmers to register with the state to grow the crop under a pilot program. Bill sponsor Sen. Shelley Hughes has said that farmers in her district wanted to use hemp […]

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Kansas Senate to Vote on Industrial Hemp Legislation

The Kansas Senate is expected to vote today on an industrial hemp legalization measure that would create a pilot program allowing government agencies, institutes of higher education, and licensed individuals to cultivate the crop for research and development purposes, according to a Hutchinson News report. A less restrictive industrial hemp proposal passed the House 103-18 […]

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Alaska House Passes Industrial Hemp Bill, Moves to Senate

Alaska’s House of Representatives has passed legislation to allow industrial hemp production and to establish a pilot program for its cultivation and production, according to a KTUU report. The measure, introduced by Sen. Shelley Hughes, defines industrial hemp as containing less than 0.3 percent THC. Alaska is one of eight states that permits recreational cannabis […]

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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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Cornell University Study Finds Hemp-Oil-for-Dogs Product ‘Efficacious’ for Pain

A Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine study has found that a hemp oil product for dogs manufactured by ElleVet Sciences is “efficacious for pain in dogs with osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain and geriatric pain and soreness; with dramatic beneficial effects in our more geriatric patients.” The eight-month study, the first of its kind, was […]

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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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Canadian Cannabis-Centric Entrepreneur Collective Acquires Uruguay Hemp Producer

In their first foray into Latin America, British Columbia, Canada-based Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. is set to acquire Uruguayan hemp producer Inverell S.A. in a deal worth $15 million. Inverell is licensed in Uruguay to cultivate and harvest a proprietary hemp strain containing 0.5 percent THC and 8 percent CBD. Inverell also owns a genetic […]

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Missouri Legislative Committees to Consider Hemp Bills

The Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee is set to consider an industrial hemp pilot program bill today, which would allow the state to issue licenses for industrial hemp cultivation and allow the cultivators to market their products, according to a report from Missourinet. A similar measure was approved by the House […]

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New York Gov. Wants to Make State ‘National Leader in Hemp Production’

In his 2018 State of the State Budget proposal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has earmarked $650,000 for a hemp processing plant, $2 million for a state-run hemp seed certification program, and plans to import “thousands of pounds” of industrial hemp seed into the state to ensure farmers have “access to a high quality product” […]

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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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Hawaii Hemp Program Delayed by Noncompliant Jamaican Seed

Hawaii’s industrial hemp cultivation program has suffered a setback after seeds imported from Jamaica not only arrived late but also failed a basic inspection, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. The Department of Agriculture expected to begin accepting applications for the pilot program next month, but now estimate they might not open applications until February. Shelley Choy, the […]

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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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Pennsylvania Hemp Cultivation Could Reach 5,000 Acres in 2018

Pennsylvania hemp production is expected to increase from just 50 acres this year to possibly more than 5,000 in 2018, according to National Public Radio station 90.5 WESA. State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said that research at Penn State showed hemp crops could increase the productivity of existing farmland. “Research … at Penn State [showed] […]

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Canopy Growth Acquires Saskatchewan Hemp Cultivator

Canopy Growth Corporation, a licensed medical cannabis producer in Canada with interests and operations in seven countries, is set to acquire Saskatchewan-based hemp cultivator Green Hemp Industries Ltd. Following the completion of the deal, expected late next month or early January, Canopy will operate approximately 300 acres of existing hemp production and the company anticipates […]

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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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U.S. Hemp Production More than Doubled in 2017

Acreage of hemp crops in the U.S. more than doubled from 9,770 acres in 2016 to 23,346 in 2017, according to advocacy group Vote Hemp’s 2017 U.S. Hemp Crop Report. The report indicates that 32 universities conducted hemp research this year, and that 1,456 state hemp licenses were issued to researchers and cultivators. The largest […]

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Australian MMJ and Hemp Firm Expands into China

Australia’s Creso Pharma is expanding its reach into China, announcing the company has established a strategic partnership and commercial distribution agreement with hemp-producer Zhejiang Kingdom Create So., Ltd. Kingdom Creative will import hemp and cannabis-derived animal and human health products and invest in the marketing and distribution of the products. Dr. Miri Halperin Wernli, Creso […]

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Alberta, Canada Proposes Provincial Cannabis Industry Rules

Alberta’s provincial government has released proposed regulations for retail cannabis operations as Canada moves forward with their tax-and-regulate plan, which sets the legal age at 18 and permits private retailers to open up retail and online stores. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will oversee distribution, compliance, and enforcement. Notably, the rules allow citizens to […]

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Wisconsin Legislature Unanimously Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

Wisconsin’s legislature has unanimously passed a bill to implement an industrial hemp pilot program. The measure falls in line with other state programs and federal guidelines requiring that plants contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. The measure will require cultivators to undergo a federal background check and allows license denials for individuals who have […]

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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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UC Davis Partners with Colorado Biotech Firm to Decode Hemp DNA

The University of California, Davis has partnered with Front Range Biosciences, a Boulder, Colorado-based agricultural biotech company, on a project to create a genomic reference for cannabis – specifically industrial hemp. The project will be led by Dr. Dario Cantu, a UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology assistant professor and systems biologist. “A high-quality […]

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Kentucky Seeks Feedback, Accepting Applications for Hemp Pilot Program

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its 2018 industrial hemp research pilot program and seeking public comments on program’s preliminary draft rules. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles indicated that Kentucky farmers planted 3,200 acres of hemp this season – the most ever under the regime. In 2016, the state’s farms grew 2,350 acres […]

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Belize House Passes Decriminalization, Hemp Production Bill

Belize’s House of Representatives has approved a measure to decriminalize cannabis possession up to 10 grams and legalize industrial hemp production, according to a News 7 Belize report. If approved, the measure would also make cannabis consumption in private subject to non-criminal fines. The measure has received bi-partisan support, according to the report, with Opposition […]

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