Illinois Hemp Farmers Face Risks With First Planting Of Newly Legal Crop

Thousands of young hemp plants dance in the breeze as fans blow through a loft on Trent Lawrence’s organic produce farm. And once a day, they dance to Bob Marley. “The plants have got to have a little tunes,” Lawrence said, bending down to an industrial Bluetooth speaker and turning up the volume. Read more

Mass. House Passes Bill To Help Grow Hemp Industry

Not too long ago, the only thing House Speaker Robert DeLeo knew about hemp was that as a kid growing up on the North Shore he and his friends used it to make bracelets. Times have changed, and so have Massachusetts laws. “I just discovered they’re now making clothing out of it,” the speaker said Wednesday, thanking Cambridge Rep. David Rogers, who he called “the hemp guy,” for bringing concerns about hemp cultivation restrictions to his attention. Read more

Senator Urges FDA To Speed Up CBD Regulations

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said on Tuesday that it is “fully unacceptable” for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to suggest it may take up to five years to issue rules on the lawful marketing of hemp-derived CBD in the food supply. Read more

Meet The 3 Biggest Industries Investing In Cannabis

With legalization in full-swing in six states and new legislation in the works, investing in cannabis has officially gone mainstream. And today, some of the most established industries in the world are turning their attention toward cannabis as investors, product developers, and more. These three major industries are investing in cannabis and could exert long-term influence on the market. Read more

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. Article XIV, created by Amendment 2 in November 2018, sets a 1,000-foot maximum limit statewide for facilities to be set back away from churches, daycares, and schools. Local governments can reduce the distance. Read more

Pennsylvania Launches Medical Marijuana Research Program

Pennsylvania is kicking off its medical marijuana research program, announcing that three of the state’s medical schools have received a green light to investigate the potential benefits and risks of using medicinal cannabis to treat health conditions. Read more

Industry Expects Hemp Revenue To Hit $2.6B By 2020

Industry estimates project hemp revenue to more than double by 2022 to $2.6 billion dollars — and that has people wanting to cash in on the cash crop. Farmer Kyle Owen has almost two decades of experience growing tobacco. “I can grow 500 acres of tobacco and feel more confident in myself than I can growing one acre of this hemp because it’s just new to me,” Owen said. “But we have to take the risk. We have to learn.” Read more

Hemp Ethanol Is About Five Times Cheaper Than Gasoline

According to biofuel expert Tim Castleman, hemp ethanol could be produced for 1.37 per gallon plus the cost of the feedstock, with technological improvements and tax credits reducing the price another dollar or so per gallon! Read more

‘There’s No Opposition Now’: How A Quiet Canada Town Became A World Leader In Growing Weed

Inside this nondescript warehouse – an abandoned Hershey’s chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, Canada – awaits the stuff of a stoner’s wildest dreams. Myriad rooms teem with row upon row of bushy marijuana plants at various stages of maturity, under intense lamplight, swaying in the breeze of dozens of fans. Read more

Switzerland Aims To Legalise Medical Marijuana

The proposal, separate from a Swiss government push to allow some cities to experiment with recreational marijuana, would replace the current system, in which those seeking medical cannabis must apply for an exception from the Federal Health Office to get what is otherwise an illegal drug. Read more

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

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