HLG The Week In Review 10.8-10.12

A look at CBD drug policy, Hemp farming in Michigan, Media confusion over cannabis terminology

This Week in Review

A Sea Change In CBD Drug Policy?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced a shift Friday that clears the way for the first prescription drug derived from the marijuana plant to make its way to market where it will provide treatment for severe forms of childhood epilepsy.

The decision—the DEA's first major shift in its stance toward marijuana regulations in nearly half a century—comes in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of the drug Epidiolex on June 25. The drug treats epilepsy using cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in marijuana commonly referred to as CBD. Read more

Industrial hemp farming coming to Michigan?

Michigan farmers may soon be able to grow industrial hemp. State Rep. Dan Lauwers is spearheading the plan, which was approved by the Michigan House and now moves to the Senate for consideration. He said the hemp industry holds strong potential to improve local economies across Michigan. Read more

As marijuana goes mainstream, reporters wrestle with terminology

Since the beginning of this year, when licensed shops in California were granted permission to sell marijuana for recreational use, sellers have asked Gary Robbins, a science and technology reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, to be careful with his language. “They’ll send me an email saying, ‘Why did you use “pot” in that headline?’” Robbins says. Read more

U.S. Attorney Sues West Virginia Hemp Farm Over Seeds’ Origin

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart has sued Matthew Mallory of CAMO Hemp WV, and Gary Kale of Grassy Run Farms. Grassy Run Farms owns the land, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Saturday.

The lawsuit charges the farmers with manufacturing, cultivation, possession, and intent to distribute marijuana and not hemp, the newspaper said. Hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis sativa plant, but by state law hemp must be comprised of less than 1 percent THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. Read more