HLG week in review 2.22

Farm Bill Listening Session; U.S. No. 3 for growing hemp; Congressional cannabis banking discussions continue; Hemp updates for Georgia, Arizona and Mississippi

This Week in Review

Listening Session: 2018 Farm Bill Implementation

The public is welcome to attend a USDA listening session for the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. The listening session will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their thoughts about how USDA can streamline and improve program delivery, as well as enhance customer service. Read more

U.S. jumps to No. 3 among top hemp growing nations

The USA has jumped into the top ranks of global hemp growing nations, recording a tripling of land under hemp to reach a total 78,176 acres (about 31,000 hectares) in 2018, according to the American hemp advocacy group Vote Hemp. Vote Hemp had recorded about 25,000 acres of hemp fields across the USA in 2017. Twenty-three states grew hemp in 2018, Vote Hemp said. Read more

CBD Is Just the Beginning of the Limitless Opportunities of Legal Hemp

Industrial hemp became a lawful agricultural commodity nationwide for the first time since 1937 when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20th of last year.  Expectations are high for the legal cannabis industry, which could grow from $800 million in 2019 to $20 billion by 2022. Read more

Congressional Hearing on Banking Access Erupts into Broader Legalization Debate

Anyone who hoped that a narrow cannabis banking fix might skirt past a broader debate over cannabis legalization was quickly realigned Wednesday during Congress’ first hearing on cannabis-related banking reform. Read more

Georgia hemp regulation proposal among most restrictive in the nation

Last week, Georgia lawmakers drafted legislation that would allow for the growing of hemp and processing of hemp in Georgia, but the bill has already been met with public pushback due to the heavy regulation, barriers to entry, and high costs to participate in the program. Read more

Farmers in Italy fight soil contamination with cannabis

Farmers in a region of Italy once known for cheeses have turned to cultivating a type of cannabis -- not to smoke or sell -- but to decontaminate polluted soil. Read more

New York City Council Members File A Dozen Marijuana Proposals In One Day

As New York State gets closer to establishing a commercial marijuana market, members of the New York City Council are introducing numerous cannabis-related resolutions to shape that program. Read more

Arizona's next cash crop? Lawmaker pushes for rush on hemp bill

Hemp is on the horizon for Arizona, and now thanks to a bill that is being fast-tracked through the state legislature, the first seeds could be in the ground by early June, instead of August. Read more

New life breathed into #msleg industrial hemp proposal

As originally written, House Bill 1547 would have reclassified certain controlled substances, keeping drugs like the opioid fentanyl in line with federal standards. Industrial hemp was not originally included in the proposed change, but a successful amendment from Rep. Dana Criswell, R-Olive Branch, would remove industrial hemp from Mississippi’s list of controlled substances. The bill passed 96-15 despite objections from the committee chairwoman who presented it. Read more