Less Than 9 Weeks Remain For Local Governments To Act On Setbacks Before Applications Will Be Accepted

A public listening session in Kansas City Wednesday left potential medical marijuana facility license applicants uneasy, looking at a calendar with barely 8 weeks left for the town to act on reducing buffer zones from churches, schools, or daycares. Read more

CBD Products, Hemp Production Now Legal In Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a law legalizing hemp production and certain CBD products in the state of Texas. House Bill 1325 makes it legal to produce, process and sell hemp products, like CBD oil, in Texas. The products must contain no more than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, THC. The new law takes effect immediately. Read more

New York Legalization Is Coming Down to the Wire

Tensions are running high among legislators and activists alike. The state Senate has gathered almost enough votes to pass its adult-use bill, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), yet Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems more interested in shifting the blame of a potential failure away from himself than helping persuade hesitant senators to join the cause. Read more

Clearing Up the Haze Surrounding Cannabis Product Liability Risks

When a thriving cultivator purchased additional cannabis from a wholesale grower to meet the 5,000 pounds he was short, he was left holding the bag. A customer complained of a strong sulfur taste, and soon it was discovered that the wholesaler had applied the wrong pesticide concentration, rendering the cannabis unusable. The cultivator had to pull contaminated cannabis product from the shelves, a move that cost the company $3.5 million. Read more

With Legalization, Illinois Leaps Headlong Into The Industrial Hemp Market

Illinois is going all-in on cannabis. In becoming the first state to legislatively enact (rather than pass via ballot measure) both to legalize adult-use cannabis and create a state sales marketplace, Illinois has seen a surge in interest for industrial hemp. Prompted by the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized industrial hemp for the first time since World War II, the Land of Lincoln is on its way to establishing a dynamic hemp market. Read more

The USDA Legalized THC – But No One Noticed

It slipped under the radar on Thursday, but the United States Department of Agriculture just descheduled tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The USDA issued a bulletin on May 28 as a legal opinion for hemp production. It basically authorizes interstate delivery of hemp and legalized THC derived from hemp. First, let’s address the interstate transportation or shipment of hemp. Read more

RegTalk: Colorado’s 7 New Cannabis Laws Will Propel Industry Forward

The Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, signed seven (7) new cannabis laws into effect. The laws will propel Colorado’s cannabis industry forward by opening doors to public capital, allowing on-site consumption and delivery licenses, and making strides in the development of a robust hemp industry. Read more

Cannabis-Infused Beverages Are Coming, Will They Be Worth the Hype?

Next month, stakeholders in the cannabis and alcohol industries will gather at a conference centre in San Francisco to discuss the arrival of cannabis-infused beverages and its implications. In an article looking ahead to this first-ever Cannabis Drinks Expo, Forbes proclaimed that “the next frontier in cannabis is beverages.” Read more

Now That Hemp-Based CBD Oil Is Legal In Texas, Here’s What To Know

Hemp and hemp-derived products that have become increasingly easy to find in Texas are now legal, too, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill legalizing its production this week. Read more

Federal Reserve Official Pledges To Tell Banks They Can Service Hemp Businesses

A top official with the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that the department would clarify to banks that hemp is a legal crop and that they are allowed to provide hemp businesses with financial services without violating the law. Read more

What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD

You may have noticed that cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be available almost everywhere, and marketed as a variety of products including drugs, food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, pet food, and other animal health products. Read more

Hemp Is Hot, And Florida Farmers Hope To Cash In On Multibillion-Dollar Crop

South Florida consumers used to be able to buy fresh tomatoes and bell peppers at Publix that were grown at Whitworth Farms in Boynton Beach. But last year, the third-generation farming family was forced to lease its land because it was no longer profitable to farm it. Read more

Oregon State Launches Global Hemp Innovation Center in Corvallis

OSU will also begin certifying hemp seed for planting in Oregon. “Our faculty are already recognized internationally as the go-to experts for hemp research,” said Alan Sams, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. “The launch of this center signifies our commitment to continue to build upon that established expertise and grow our impact across the state, the nation and globally.” Read more

Nevada: New Law Bars Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed legislation into law prohibiting certain employers from refusing to hire a worker because he or she tested positive for cannabis. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2020. Read more

US Postal Service Unveils New Policy On Mailing Hemp-Derived CBD Products 

The US Postal Service confirmed in an expanded policy update last week that hemp products are legal to mail under certain circumstances because the crop is no longer a federally controlled substance. In a guideline published in the agency’s Postal Bulletin, USPS said that it has “received numerous inquiries from commercial entities and individuals wishing to use the mail to transport cannabidiol (CBD) oil and various other products derived from the cannabis plant” since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp. Read more

Connecticut OKs Dozens Of Hemp Grower Licenses For Pilot

With the new growing season underway, Connecticut’s Department of Agriculture has been busy processing applications from dozens interested in growing industrial hemp as part of the state’s new research pilot program. Read more

NY Lawmakers Make Last-Ditch Bid To Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana

New York marijuana proponents are hopeful about an 11-hour effort to legalize a billion-dollar-plus recreational market before the legislative session’s scheduled end on Wednesday. Lawmakers are making progress on a potential Senate-backed compromise that could be voted on before adjournment, the New York Post and other media reported. Read more