Manhattan DA's office drops more than 3,000 open marijuana cases. Canadians entering US risk lifetime ban for marijuana use.

This Week in Review

Congress is about to legalize cannabis. Just not the kind that gets you high.

Lawmakers are poised to fully legalize hemp after a decades-long campaign, setting the stage for the resurgence of a once-common crop that disappeared during the war on drugs. The legalization provision, championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and included in the Senate’s farm bill, would officially classify hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the federal controlled substances list. Lawmakers are also expected to advance the measure when they meet next month to draft the final, bicameral version of the legislation. Read more

'It saved our business': Italy's farmers turn low into high with cannabis

Italian farmers are in crisis as low prices of wheat, desiccated land and big companies importing grain take their toll. But some have found a solution: growing cannabis. Hemp cultivation has been legal in Italy since 2016, and over the last few years the amount of land dedicated to the plant has increased from 400 hectares (1,000 acres) in 2013 to 4,000 hectares today. Read more

Manhattan DA's office drops more than 3,000 open marijuana cases

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Wednesday dropped more than 3,000 open marijuana smoking and possession cases dating back to 1978, saying the action would serve justice and address racial disparities in the prosecution of marijuana offenses. Read more

Border official: Canadians entering US risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

Canadians who use marijuana or work in and invest in the marijuana industry risk a lifetime ban on travel to the United States, a U.S. official said this week. Todd Owen, the executive assistant commissioner for the Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Office of Field Operations, told Politico for a report published on Thursday that Canadians who work in the industry and travel into the U.S. could face a lifetime ban. Read more

Utah Officials Give Green Light For Industrial Hemp Production

Utah Farmers now have the rules and regulations in place to grow industrial hemp. Lawmakers in this year’s legislative session passed two bills giving the Department of Agriculture and Food the task of organizing an industrial hemp program for local producers. Read more