HLG week in review 2.8

Congress to consider broad changes to federal marijuana laws; WHO changes position on medical cannabis; Updates on New Jersey, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Louisiana

This Week in Review

The First Marijuana Hearing Of The New Congress Has Been Scheduled

Congressional Democrats are already moving ahead with plans to consider broad changes to federal marijuana laws in 2019. Whereas the Republican-controlled House for the past several years had blocked votes on most cannabis-related measures, the chamber's new Democratic majority on Wednesday announced it has scheduled a hearing for next week to examine the difficulties that marijuana businesses face in opening and maintaining bank accounts. Read more

Breaking news: WHO changes position on medical Cannabis after 60 years.

For the first time since Cannabis was included in the Single Convention drug treaty,  the scheduling status of Cannabis within International law is being updated. The World Health Organization (WHO), the only agency mandated to do so, has officially assessed all available evidence and is issuing scientific recommendations on the therapeutic value and harms related to Cannabis sativa L. Read more

World Health Organization Recommends Reclassifying Marijuana Under International Treaties

Global health experts at the United Nations are recommending that marijuana and its key components be formally rescheduled under international drug treaties. Read more

New Jersey Mayors Demand Automatic Marijuana Expungements If State Legalizes

New Jersey mayors launched a forceful call on Wednesday for automatic expungements of low-level marijuana possession and distribution convictions. Read more

BBB begins accrediting Colorado cannabis companies

Count it as one more step toward the normalization of a multibillion-dollar Colorado industry: Greater Denver's Better Business Bureau is now accrediting cannabis companies as it does businesses in any other industry. Read more

Industrial Hemp Cultivation Exploded In The U.S. Last Year, Report Shows

​​​​​Industrial hemp production significantly increased in the U.S. in 2018, with farmers cultivating three times as many acres of the crop as compared to the pervious year, according to a report released on Monday. Read more

Cannabis could be cash crop for Vermont colleges

As economic opportunities involving hemp and marijuana open up in Vermont, higher education institutions are getting in on the young industry. The Vermont State Colleges and the University of Vermont both have created certificate programs related to cannabis. Read more

These 10 States Are Most Likely To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bills In 2019

The number of states with legal marijuana is expected to jump significantly in 2019, and a slew of already-filed bills offers a look at what those new legal cannabis systems might look like. Read more

Israeli cabinet approves law to allow medical cannabis exports

Israel's cabinet approved on Sunday a law to allow exports of medical cannabis in a move expected to boost state revenues and the agriculture sector, and which frustrates critics who fear it could lead to more recreational use of the drug. Read more

In a surprise reversal, Pennsylvania throws door wide open for industrial hemp production

State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said Tuesday that Pennsylvania submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that allows for the full commercial production of industrial hemp. Read more

Progress Report: 2018 Farm Bill

With the recent passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — the 2018 Farm Bill — these are exciting times for many in the cannabis industry. Read more

Half of Canada’s cannabis cultivation applicants in limbo

More than half of the cannabis site applications in Canada had not transitioned to the new licensing system as of the end of 2018, meaning their applications are effectively in regulatory limbo and not being scrutinized by the country’s cannabis regulator. Read more

79 applications received for 13 contracts to cultivate medical cannabis in Germany

German officials report high interest in domestic cultivation, with 79 applications submitted for the 13 contracts to be granted. Read more

Kentucky's hemp revolution multiplying

In December, the U.S. government removed industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances through the passage of the 2018 farm bill. Mere moments after the pen hit the paper, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles submitted the Bluegrass' plan for cultivating hemp. Read more

Industrial hemp bill could be introduced in the Louisiana legislature this spring

The Louisiana legislative session doesn’t start until April 6th but already there’s talk of a bill to legalize industrial Hemp. Hemp is a cousin to marijuana but you can’t get “high” off hemp. Read more