HLG week in review 3.29

Cannabis is the fastest growing job market in the U.S.; Nursing home with a medical cannabis program; 2018 Farm Bill webinar; Alabama looks at legalization

This Week in Review

Marijuana is the fastest-growing sector in the U.S. job market

The fastest-growing industry in the U.S. right now is not tech. The marijuana industry added 64,389 jobs in 2018, an increase of 44% from the year before, according to a new report from the cannabis website Leafly and Whitney Economics. Read more

The Nursing Home With A Medical Cannabis Program The Feds Can Live With

In hospitals and nursing care facilities across the country, patients are systematically denied access to medical cannabis, even if they are located in states where it is legal. The reason behind this is simple. As long as the vast majority of these institutions rely on funding from Medicare and other federal sources, they opt not to put those funds at risk by allowing a Schedule 1 controlled substance onto their premises. Read more

2018 Farm Bill Webinar on the Domestic Hemp Production Program

More than 2,120 connected to the webinar and 46 individuals shared their perspectives and ideas on hemp production with USDA officials. Watch the recorded webinar here

Watch Live: Key Congressional Committee To Vote On Marijuana Banking Bill

A major congressional financial committee is scheduled to vote on a series of bills this week, and that includes bipartisan legislation that would protect banks from being penalized by federal regulators for working with marijuana businesses. Read more

Alabama lawmaker looks to legalize marijuana

Rep. John Rogers from Jefferson County wants to put Alabama on the map by becoming the first state in the South to legalize marijuana. Read more

FDA Chief Warns CBD Rulemaking Could Take Years Without Congressional Action

The outgoing head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested on Tuesday that it would take several years for the agency to come up with rules around allowing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) in food products—unless Congress steps in. Read more

About 340 farmers from western Kentucky complete training, earn hemp growing licenses

About 340 western Kentucky farmers became licensed hemp growers last week by signing grower licensing agreements with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program. Read more