HLG The Week In Review 11.30

Farm Bill Update; Hemp in Hawaii; Medical Cannabis in North Dakota, South Korea and Bermuda

This Week in Review

Farm Bill Update – Tentative Deal Reached!

Key lawmakers said Wednesday they have reached a tentative deal on a massive farm bill, breaking a months-long impasse over legislation that doles out more than $400 billion in federal funds for farm subsidies, food stamps and conservation efforts. Read more

Marijuana Money: No place to stash cannabis cash [video]

With over 20,000 pot pros in Las Vegas this week for the MJBizCon it's clear cannabis is here to stay. But 13 Action News, once again, is looking into a major link that's still missing in the industry, putting a lot of people's safety at risk. In 2015, three years ago almost to the day, I reported about a number of robberies at dispensaries across the country. Read more

North Dakota taps two more firms to open medical marijuana dispensaries

North Dakota’s Health Department selected companies to open medical cannabis dispensaries in Grand Forks and Williston, and those companies now are invited to move forward with the registration process. It’s the latest development in the state’s ongoing efforts to set up a system for medical marijuana, which voters approved two years ago. Read more

Some NC lawmakers meeting this week to talk about marijuana legalization

North Carolina state representative Kelly Alexander is in Raleigh this week. He said he's planning to meet with other lawmakers to talk marijuana. "It's time now for the legislators in North Carolina to catch up with the people," Alexander said. He hopes to work with others to work toward potential bills in 2019 focusing on cannabis reform. One of his ideas that came out of a public summer town hall is having a local option approach with cannabis. Read more

Slowly But Surely, Industrial Hemp Takes Root in Hawaii Soil

This morning we heard from farmers on Kauai and Maui in advance of an upcoming Hemp Conference this weekend. What is the way forward? What are the barriers in the way of success? What other states have pulled out in front of Hawaii in the search for an alternative crop here in the islands now that the sun has set on sugar? What are the downsides of growing hemp? Read more

South Korea Legislature passes medical cannabis law, first in East Asia

South Korea looks to became the first country in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis, marking a significant milestone in the global industry and a potential turning point in how the drug is perceived in traditionally conservative societies. The country’s National Assembly approved the Amendment to the Narcotics Control Act on Nov. 23 to allow for medical marijuana. Read more

Bermuda set to open door to medical cannabis investments

Bermuda plans to allow medical marijuana production and is inviting international companies to partner with local entrepreneurs to participate, according to recent statements by Premier David Burt. The government has tapped one of the biggest medical cannabis companies in the world to help it prepare regulations to guide the new industry. Read more

Battelle imports marijuana for Central Ohio research with publicly traded cannabis company

Battelle has imported four batches of processed marijuana products since early October to secure facilities in Central Ohio for a federally approved research project with the world's largest publicly traded cannabis company. Canopy Growth Corp., based in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, has contracted with the $5 billion nonprofit research giant to help develop standardization and clinical research for its medical marijuana products and other cannabinoids, the company's co-CEO Mark Zekulin said in a statement. Read more

Rep. Joe Kennedy III: It’s time to legalize marijuana at the federal level

The first recreational marijuana shops in the commonwealth of Massachusetts are opening their doors Tuesday, two years after Massachusetts resoundingly voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. It’s a familiar trend across the country, where popular support for marijuana has surged. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana in some form — three on Election Day just this month. Read more