CCE Podcast Helps Navigate Industrial Hemp Issues

An estimated 10,000 acres of industrial hemp will be harvested this fall in New York state – triple the number of acres planted in 2018. In addition to farmers, the emerging crop has found a following among consumers, as products such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil gain more space on retail shelves. Read more

Thailand’s Allowances For Low-THC Cannabis, Hemp Extracts Signal Global Aspirations

While Europe and North America scramble toward unleashing the potential of the hemp industry, other regions of the world are making small, but substantial, steps towards joining them in the marketplace. Earlier this month, Thailand’s Public Health Ministry announced that seeds and oils extracted from hemp would be removed from its list of controlled substances, i.e., Category 5 of the Narcotics Act. Read more

Feds To Propose Boost In Marijuana Quota For Research, Cut To Opioid Manufacturing Limit

Federal drug enforcement officials want to boost the amount of marijuana that can be legally produced for research in the United States while cutting the number of opioids that can be manufactured in the country. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a press release Wednesday that it will propose to boost the amount of marijuana produced for research next year by nearly a third, to 3,200 kilograms. That would be almost triple the amount produced in 2018. Read more

Massachusetts Approves Cannabis Social-Use, Home Delivery

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted 4-1 to allow cannabis home delivery and social consumption with just Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan dissenting, MassLive reports. Flanagan said she was concerned about the potential public health implications, including the rise in vaping-related illness. The state has just issued a 4-month ban on sales and distribution of vaping products after 61 people in the state have fallen ill with the pulmonary illness related to vaping. Read more

USDA Submits Draft Hemp Rules to White House

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has submitted its hemp regulations to the White House Office of Management and Budget for approval, according to a UPI report. The rules are expected to designate hemp as a commodity crop and allow tribal councils and U.S. territories to cultivate hemp crops. Read more 

DEA Wants 3.2 Million Grams Of Marijuana Legally Grown In 2020

The proposal is part of DEA’s annual quota for the manufacture of controlled substances “to provide for the estimated medical, scientific, research, and industrial needs of the United States, lawful export requirements, and the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks.” Read more

Cannabis Companies Eye Latin America For Global Expansion, But Process Slow

One of the few commonalities across South America, for example, is that most countries that legalized medical marijuana still have nonexistent or dysfunctional markets – sometimes even years after their cannabis laws were approved. Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Antigua and Barbuda already approved laws and regulations to allow for medical cannabis cultivation and sales. And more countries have laws in the legislative pipeline. Read more

Illinois to Lead by Example With New Cannabis Cultivation Energy Standards

Illinois will begin adult-use cannabis sales Jan. 1, 2020—a major Midwest story in its own right—but industry observers are pointing to the state’s suite of new energy standards as narrative to watch, a bellwether for what’s to come in the business. Read more

US Government Funds $3M In Research On CBD Pain Relief

The U.S. government is set to find out, as it will spend $3 million on scientific research of the compound, according to The Associated Press. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health announced Thursday nine research grants to research “the potential pain-relieving properties and mechanisms of actions of the diverse phytochemicals in cannabis, including both minor cannabinoids and terpene.” Read more

2019: A Year Of Cannabis M&A Deals

Anyone who closely follows the cannabis industry knows that it is experiencing unrivaled growth. The year is set to end with a 31.7% increase in annual legal cannabis sales, bolstered by new regulation, improved policy and an overall strive for entrepreneurship, according to a New Frontier Data study. Read more

Colorado Aims To Promote Economic Development Via Ambitious Hemp Plan

In the Centennial State, representatives from academia, government and industry are collaborating on an ambitious initiative to develop a blueprint for how the state will manage the hemp market through a thorough examination of the supply chain. Read more

Get Ready To Wear Hemp

Move over, cotton: Hemp is here to challenge your throne. Now that hemp is no longer considered an illicit drug, fabric manufacturers are figuring out how to turn this notoriously scratchy fiber into soft, ultra-comfy clothing. It’s showing up in T-shirts, shorts, fleeces, jackets, hats and even shoes. Even better? Hemp’s sustainability scorecard makes it one of the most environmentally friendly options for apparel. Read more

UK Farming Union Urges Growing Hemp For Building Materials

The report, “Achieving Net Zero: Farming’s 2040 Goal,” urges farmers to grow hemp for the production of hemp hurd (shivs) for hempcrete construction. Hemp absorbs CO2 as it grows in the field, and continues the absorption process even after its straw is chopped up and installed in walls made of a hemp, lime and water mixture for hempcrete. Read more

Colombian Cannabis Cultivator PharmaCielo Enters US Market

The CBD isolate shipments, compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill requirements, are part of a non-exclusive sales agreement between the two companies. As per the deal, PharmaCielo will provide bulk medicinal CBD isolate to be sold and distributed by General Extract across the U.S. Read more

Canberra Becomes First Aussie City To Make Cannabis Legal

The ACT Legislative Assembly has passed a bill legalizing possessing and growing cannabis for personal use in the nation’s capital. The private member’s bill on Wednesday from Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson allows Canberrans over 18 to possess 50 grams of cannabis and grow two plants. Read more