Week in Review 4.8 to 4.12

Research funds granted for Hempcrete; Arizona and Michigan able to plant hemp this year; Colorado makes big changes in time for World Autism Awareness Day

This Week in Review

EPA Awards Research Funds For Hemp Concrete Improvements

Hemp’s potential in sustainable construction has won some California researchers a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have been awarded more than $12,000 to study a new way to process hemp for hempcrete. Read more

Denver Officials “Condemn” DOJ Denial of Citizenship to Cannabis Industry Employees

On Wednesday, Denver officials denounced the denial of U.S. citizenship to two lawful permanent residents employed in the cannabis industry, calling on the federal government to reconcile its immigration policies with laws at the state level. Following a meeting with City Attorney Kristin Bronson, in which two Denver residents said that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services deemed them ineligible for naturalization due to their past or current employment in the cannabis industry, Mayor Michael Hancock issued a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Read more

Industrial Hemp Removed from Texas Controlled Substance List

Beginning today, industrial hemp is no longer a controlled substance in Texas, East Texas Matters reports, and Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller expects “more hemp to be grown” than the state “could ever process.”  Miller also indicated that the new industry wouldn’t be heavily regulated in the state, saying regulators would enforce only the minimum standards set by the federal government. Read more

Arizona Hemp Farmers Get Green Light To Plant In June

Hemp farmers in Arizona can now begin planting two months earlier than originally planned, thanks to a bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey.  Arizona became the 39th state to legalize hemp in May 2018 when Ducey signed a bill authorizing the cultivation of industrial hemp for experimental purposes. Read more

Where Are the Black Hemp Farmers?

Clarenda Stanley-Anderson will be the featured farmer of Hemp History Week, an educational campaign in June focused on a newly legal crop that’s at the center of a risky, potentially billion-dollar industry. Stanley-Anderson is considered a pioneer in the nascent hemp agricultural community, for educating others and encouraging young farmers to bring hemp back to the U.S. agrarian landscape, according to history week organizers. Read more

Medical Marijuana for Autism Law Approved on World Autism Day

Autism patients can use medical marijuana in Colorado now that Governor Jared Polis has signed a bill into law adding autism spectrum disorder to the state's list of MMJ conditions. It was no coincidence that the signing took place on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day. Read more

Hemp Trailblazer: R.I. Farm Looks To Capitalize On CBD Boom

Now Hodgson is transforming this field again, becoming Rhode Island’s first farmer to grow rows of 5-foot-tall industrial hemp in hopes of capitalizing on the CBD boom. “Our family has had the good fortune as the result of foresight and hard work to be a leader at two agricultural crop changeovers,” says Hodgson, 40, who is Sodco’s president. “And there is a chance this could be another major shift in Rhode Island agriculture.” Read more

Michigan Farmers May Be Able To Plant Hemp This Year

Farmers in Michigan may not have to wait until 2020 to plant their first crop of industrial hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp in December 2018 -- but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not yet written its industrial hemp program. State governments are now scrambling to react. Read more

A 145-year-old Tobacco Company Gets Into The CBD Oil Business In North Carolina

In a former tobacco warehouse in a city that once touted itself as the “world’s greatest tobacco market,” a company called Criticality has begun extracting CBD oil from hemp — a cannabis plant and variant of marijuana that until recently the federal government considered an illegal drug. Read more

New Mexico Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed the cannabis decriminalization bill, which decreases penalties for possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana to a $50 fine. Penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia are also reduced under the legislation. Read more