HLG week in review 11.9

Hemp Is Used Across Several Industries, SIU Creates New Industrial Hemp & Medical Marijuana Programs, 3 More States Relax Cannabis Laws

This Week in Review

The Age Of Hemp: Global Advanced Industrial Applications

Hemp, the non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis sativa plant, is already being integrated into several mature markets such as food, textiles, construction, personal care and nutraceuticals. This relatively quiet cannabis relative is emerging as a potential commodity ripe to not only impact, but possibly revolutionize, tech-driven markets and economies around the world. Read more

'The next canola': Alberta hemp farmers see bright future in wake of Cannabis Act

Alberta hemp farmers are betting that cannabis legalization will be a windfall for their industry, with some going so far as to draw comparisons between the distinctive jagged-leafed plant and one of Canada’s biggest agricultural success stories. “This will be the next canola,” said Danny Fieldberg, who grows industrial hemp on his certified organic farm outside of Medicine Hat. “Once it gets going, there will be no stopping it.” Read more

Hemp Legalization Amendment Bans People With Drug Convictions From Hemp Industry

A hemp legalization amendment in the 2018 Farm Bill prevents anyone with a felony drug conviction from growing hemp. Some existing hemp entrepreneurs could even find themselves shut out. “I have a very successful business, I’ve been in this from the get go,” said Veronica Carpio, an experienced hemp producer and president of Grow Hemp Colorado, at a hemp conference in New York last month. Read more

Southern Illinois University to create medical marijuana certificate program, launch new research into industrial hemp

Southern Illinois University is creating new programs to study industrial hemp and medical marijuana with the hope of offering a new certificate for students and farmers, school officials announced Friday. The interdisciplinary program in cannabis science is spearheaded by researchers in SIU's colleges of science and agricultural sciences, school officials said. Areas of study would blend agriculture and plant biology with courses in chemistry, engineering, business and ecology. Read more

Waiting to exhale: Though legal, Oregon’s pot industry still struggles for acceptance

Marijuana has been legal in Oregon since 2015, but that doesn’t mean it’s been fully accepted into mainstream society. Trevor Griesmeyer, the manager of Beaver Bowls Cannabis House, found that out this summer, when he filled out a membership application for the dispensary with the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. Read more

Voters Relax Marijuana Laws In 3 More States: Michigan, Utah, Missouri

Voters in Michigan approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday, and two other states — Missouri and Utah — endorsed medical marijuana laws. Voters in North Dakota didn't partake, rejecting a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use. Read more

Weed Wins On Election Day. So What Comes Next?

AND SO A few more dominoes fall. Michigan voted to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, while Utah and Missouri legalized it for medical use, according to projections made late Tuesday night. (A recreational measure in North Dakota failed, though medical cannabis remains legal there.) They join 31 other states that have already gone the medical route, and nine others that have gone fully recreational. Read more