HLG week in review 3.8

USDA announces timeframe for adopting hemp regulations; Hemp updates for Texas, Florida, Ohio and North Dakota; Whole Foods to start selling cannabis products?

This Week in Review

USDA announces timeframe for adopting hemp regulations

USDA on Wednesday announced its plans to promulgate regulations in fall 2019 regarding the commercial production of industrial hemp in the United States. Read more

Chart: Farmers and ranchers show interest in growing and using hemp

A recent Farm Journal survey of 950 farmers and ranchers across the United States found that although almost none of them currently grow any form of cannabis, about half would consider doing so – and many would consider using it. Read more

Martha Stewart, Canadian cannabis business in joint effort aimed at pets

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is joining Canadian marijuana producer Canopy Growth as an adviser to help develop and launch a line of pot-based products for humans and animals, it said on Thursday. Read more

Industrial Hemp Bill Filed In Texas

Hemp products are very popular in the Lone Star state – but those products are made with hemp grown outside it. Perhaps that could change relatively soon. Read more

New York's Cannabis Politics [PODCAST]

Alyson Martin, co-founder of Cannabis Wire and adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, discusses the politics behind legalizing marijuana in New York State. Read more and listen

Whole Foods CEO: If Marijuana Becomes Legal, Our Stores Might Sell It

If marijuana is legalized, expect Whole Foods Market to start selling cannabis products, the company's CEO said on Feb. 28, 2019. Read more

Froma Harrop: Why Canadians rule the cannabis business (Gazette Opinion)

President Donald Trump routinely waves his fist at alleged unfair trade practices, including at the hands of our good neighbor Canada. But what about playing fields that are uneven because the U.S. government makes them so? Witness the cannabis industry. It’s enjoying explosive growth worldwide, but Canadians are running away with the profits because Washington has shackled their American competitors. Read more

'A new cash crop': Florida readies for billion-dollar hemp market

Fresh from entering the medical marijuana market, Florida now envisions taking a healthy slice of the anticipated $22 billion market in hemp. The “no-high” variety of cannabis used to make “CBD,” oil and other products derived from hemp, became legal in the U.S. in December. Read more

Can Hemp Boost Ohio's Farm Economy?

This week, Senate Bill 57, sponsored by Republican legislators Brian Hill and Stephen A. Huffman, was introduced in the Ohio Senate. The bill aims to legalize hemp cultivation and processing in Ohio as well as legalize the sale of hemp-derived products like CBD oil. The state-level legislation follows on the heels of December’s signing of the 2018 federal farm bill, or the U.S. Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which removed hemp from its illegal classification under the Controlled Substances Act. Read more

North Dakota lawmakers look to regulate hemp

For more than 20 years, North Dakota Rep. David Monson, R-Osnabrock, has tried to pass legislation to regulate the production of hemp in the state. Read more