Political Winds Have Shifted In Favor Of Marijuana Legalization

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans reside in a jurisdiction where the adult use of cannabis is legal, and 33 states regulate medical marijuana access by statute. No state has ever repealed a marijuana legalization law, and two-thirds of adults – including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Republicans, and independents — endorse making the plant legal, according to the latest Gallup Poll. As more states amend their cannabis laws, public support for legalization continues to rise. Read more

Kansas Farmers Begin Planting Hemp

It’s a new era for Kansas farmers, as hemp is being planted for the first time in decades. After months of anticipation, farmers like Bobby Gabriel can start plowing the land to grow hemp on 80 acres of land. “This is something new right here, this whole hemp deal is something brand new,” Gabriel said. Read more

Maine Governor Signs Rules To Finally Allow Pot Sales

Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill Thursday setting up a legal framework for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults as early as next year. Her office said Thursday that the state’s Office of Marijuana Policy plans to accept applications for licenses by the end of 2019. The Democratic governor said her administration has worked quickly to implement the voter-approved law since she took office earlier this year. Read more

Colorado Agriculture Director Has Big Plans for Hemp

Marijuana might win Colorado points, but it’s hemp that will make the state a real winner in this game. As the country’s leader in acreage devoted to hemp farming over the past two years, Colorado has a real head start on the growing industry, and it’s Kate Greenberg’s job to keep us in the lead. Read more

CBD-Infused Food And Beverages Are Still Illegal Under US Law. So Why Are They Everywhere?

In 2017, no one knew what CBD oil was. In 2018, folks stumbled saying “cannabidiol” (that’s CBD oil) out loud. In 2019, it’s everywhere, and everyone wants in on it. Read more

Switzerland Aims To Legalise Medical Marijuana

The Swiss government aims to make it easier for patients to get medical marijuana, proposing on Wednesday to allow prescriptions for cannabis to treat people suffering from cancer or other serious conditions. Read more

The No. 1 Reason Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana

The vast majority of people who support marijuana legalization aren’t looking to just get high, a new poll finds. In fact, 86% of supporters cite the drug’s benefits to those who use it medicinally as a “very important” reason they favor legalization, according to a Gallup poll of more than 1,000 U.S. adults conducted between May 15 and May 30. Read more

Hemp’s legal. Tell That To The Financial Service Providers, Social Media Companies, Industry Officials Say

The 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp. Hemp products can be sent through the mail under certain guidelines. But Linda Main can’t find a credit card company willing to process transactions at her store in Fort Morgan, where she sells CBD merchandise. Read more

Nearly Half of All Major Canadian Pot Growers Have Entered the U.S. Hemp Market

It’s probably not much of an exaggeration to state that most investors’ eyes are “on the green.” Marijuana is arguably the hottest investment idea of this generation, with global legal sales potentially growing to between $50 billion and $75 billion by 2029/2030, up from around $12 billion in 2018. Given that most cannabis sales are still tied up in the black market, there’s ample opportunity for legalizations in the U.S. and around the world to push a steady stream of these illicit transactions into legal channels. Read more

New Mexico Governor Seeks Ideas for Recreational Pot Law

The first-year Democratic governor announced Friday her recruitment of health, legal and fiscal policy experts to serve in a new discussion group that provides recommendations on state legalization. Members of the group include Democratic and Republican legislators who sponsored unsuccessful legislation this year to authorize and tax recreational marijuana sales at state run stores. That proposal passed a House vote but stalled in the state Senate. Read more

Maryland Task Force Begins Work On Potential Legalization Of Marijuana

Should marijuana be legalized in Maryland? How should it be taxed? What impact would legalization have on crime rates and residents’ health? A Maryland General Assembly task force on Tuesday began its work on studying possible legalization of cannabis for adult use — a signal the legislature is getting serious about moving forward with legislation next year. Read more

Medicinal Cannabis Being Made Available Under Pilot Program

A pilot programme allowing access to cannabis-based products for medical use has been launched by the Minister for Health. Legislation giving the go ahead for the Medical Cannabis Access Programme to operate in this country was signed by Simon Harris today. Read more

“The Gold Standard”: Lessons From Illinois On Cannabis Legalization

Last week in Chicago, the cannabis sector experienced a series of firsts. Fulfilling his campaign promise to legalize adult-use cannabis, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the first bill to both legalize the sale and possession of cannabis and ensure that minority communities share in the economic and social justice opportunities legalization presents. Read more

Oregon Passes Interstate Cannabis Commerce Law

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) has signed a host of new cannabis bills into law, including one that contains language legalizing the inter-state trade of cannabis products. Other new laws expand upon the state’s cannabis expungement process, add protections for medical cannabis patients against discriminatory landlords, and add limits for the licensing of new cannabis operators. Read more

New Jersey Governor Signs Law Expanding Medical Marijuana Program

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Tuesday that broadens the state’s medical marijuana program, making it easier for the terminally ill to use cannabis, among other changes. The law, the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act, was named after Jake Honig, a Howell, N.J. boy who died at age 7 after battling brain cancer. Read more

Hemp Industries Association Launches Hemp Is Legal Campaign in Times Square

Although hemp was redefined as an agricultural commodity, explicitly removing it from the purview of the Controlled Substances Act and the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Administration with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the current Facebook policy still classifies hemp as an illegal, prescription or recreational drug. Read more 

France On Verge Of Launching Trial Medical Cannabis Program, Opening Door For Overseas Businesses To Supply New Market

A key government committee in France has set the stage for a two-year medical cannabis trial program that’s expected to kick off later this year, providing an opportunity for overseas companies to export product to the new market during its early stages. Read more 

Congress Weighs Measure To Stop Veterans’ Home Loan Denials Over Marijuana Work

Congress is considering an amendment this week that would end a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) practice of denying home loan benefits to military veterans solely because they work for a state-legal marijuana business. Read more 

Zenabis To Sell $23 Million Worth Of Marijuana To Tilray

Zenabis Global Inc. ZENA, +7.69% ZBISF, -4.96% said early Tuesday that it had inked an agreement with Tilray Inc. TLRY, -3.26% to supply it with C$30 million ($22.9 million) worth of dried cannabis. Zenabis stock fell 4.2% in morning trading. Read more

Tulsi Gabbard Files Bill To Study Hemp’s Uses For Just About Everything

Among other areas of investigation, it would mandate research into everything from the use of hemp food products for public school lunches to the potential therapeutic value of the crop’s extracts for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to even its ability to clear contaminants from nuclear sites. Read more 

Canadian Cannabis Companies Tapping U.K.’s Deep-Pocketed Family Offices For Investment

Over the past three years, while Canadian licensed producers were raising millions in investor dollars from boutique investment firms on Bay Street, Scott Boyes embarked on a different route in the hunt for capital, one that led him to family offices and high net worth investors parked in the U.K. Read more 

An ‘Exploding’ Industry Takes The Northland

What started out as a small operation has now grown into two locations of hemp crops. She estimates that she has fewer than 300 hemp plants growing in Minnesota, with some at a St. Louis County farm. And her sights are set even higher: Her long-term hope is to launch a destination dispensary. Read more 

Effort Underway To Increase Access To Medical Marijuana For Maine’s Veterans

It’s called the Veterans Cannabis Project, and organizers say marijuana can offer solutions that other medcations cannot. Watch here