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Fri
26
Mar

New Rules Go Into Effect For Michigan Industrial Hemp Growers

Two years ago, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) established the state’s first Industrial Hemp Ag Pilot Program so farmers, processors, and colleges and universities could grow, handle, process, and research industrial hemp. The program continued into the 2020 growing season, with 631 growers and 517 processor-handlers registered and/or licensed to grow, process, and market industrial hemp.   The bill, sponsored by Senator Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway Township) set a lot of parameters for hemp growers.

Fri
26
Mar

Delaware Advances Cannabis Legalization Bill for Full House Vote

A new cannabis bill, House Bill 150, just advanced out of a Delaware House committee and is headed to a full vote on the House floor. If this bill passes, it will mean legal cannabis is on the way for Delaware. 

Thu
25
Mar

Banking still a major hurdle for cannabis industry

While it could take several months or more than a year for marijuana and cannabis businesses to hit the ground running on sales of the product, there’s another challenge facing the industry that will take federal legislation to resolve.

Working with a bank remains one of the challenges for the industry.

Thu
25
Mar

Jamaica says yes to retail cannabis

Residents voted 51-37 in favor of allowing cannabis retail sales in town. 

Vermont is set to begin to allow recreational cannabis sales next year. The Select Board warned Wednesday's vote to see if the community would want to host the retailers and "integrated licensees," which covers growing packaging, distribution and lab work.

“I feel like this is the first step to lay the foundation and from here, there’s still a lot of building that needs to be done,” Select Board Chairman Greg Meulemans said during an informational meeting held remotely Monday. 

Thu
25
Mar

Illinois city said to be first in the U.S. to use cannabis tax money to offer Black residents reparations

The Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois has green lit what many others have said they want — and should — do: make reparations to Black residents for the effects of slavery.

Thu
25
Mar

New York Lawmakers Reportedly Reach Deal On Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis

With a legislative deal reportedly in place, New York is poised to become the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Thu
25
Mar

South Dakota Governor’s Office Introduces Decriminalization Bill

To the surprise of many, South Dakota’s Governor Kristi Noem is considering a bill that would decriminalize cannabis in South Dakota. While Noem has been unflinchingly strict on cannabis before, she is now starting to loosen up a bit, though not enough for some advocates.

Wed
24
Mar

‘It’s time’: Medical marijuana activists in Idaho fight uphill battle for 2022 initiative

In April 1990, Jackee Winters and her 2-year-old daughter, Autumn, were driving in their new black Mitsubishi truck when they got hit by a car.

Autumn died that day. Winters was in a coma for a few days and needed to relearn how to speak and walk. Doctors reconstructed her chest after the steering wheel damaged it and bruised her heart.

Winters, who now lives in Idaho City, was eventually diagnosed with depression, and the accident left her with disabilities, pain and nightmares that she has battled since then. She takes a variety of medications for her mental health and traumatic brain injury, according to medical documents.

Wed
24
Mar

Texas' odds for marijuana law reform? Depends on who you ask.

While proponents of marijuana law reform in Texas are hoping bipartisan efforts this session lead to greater access to recreational and medical cannabis, that may not be likely.

A report from the news site Marijuana Moment shows that top state lawmakers do not expect "sweeping reform" on legalizing recreational use because of skepticism in the Texas Senate. The website, which reports on developments and trends affecting cannabis, is tracking more than 900 cannabis and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year.

Wed
24
Mar

FDA Warns CBD Companies For Violations

The FDA said in a statement that the products that are the subject of the warning letters have not gone through the FDA drug approval process and are considered unapproved new drugs.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to two companies for selling products labeled as containing cannabidiol (CBD) in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). Specifically, the warning letters address the illegal marketing of unapproved drugs labeled as containing CBD. The companies are Honest Globe and BioLyte Laboratories.

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