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Thu
11
Feb

New legislation introduced to legalize industrial hemp in Idaho

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At the behest of the Idaho Farm Bureau, the House Agriculture Committee has voted unanimously to introduce new legislation to legalize industrial hemp in Idaho, for production, processing, transportation and research. The vote clears the way for a full hearing on the bill, which supporters said they hope will settle years of debate about how to allow for industrial hemp production by Idaho agricultural producers without running afoul of concerns about hemp’s psychoactive cousin, marijuana.

Wed
10
Feb

US Bipartisan CBD Legislation Re-introduced

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New legislation introduced in the US last week seeks to create a clear legal pathway for hemp-derived cannabidiol and other hemp extracts, while also assuring quality.

The status of cannabidiol is still a bit of a no-man’s land in the USA while the FDA tussles with developing regulations. Last month, the FDA published an update regarding its efforts to “CBD” (Collect Better Data) on the use of the cannabinoid and its safety profile. What was clear is regulations are still some way off.

Wed
10
Feb

Medical marijuana for Idaho? Cancer patient’s bill would decriminalize prescription pot

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Jeremy Kitzhaber, a retired senior master sergeant of the U.S. Air Force with Stage 4 terminal cancer, on Monday morning showed up to an Idaho Legislature committee meeting with a draft bill and a bag of pills.

He demonstrated to state legislators the medication he needed on a daily basis to keep him alive — hydrocodone, oxycodone, pills to help with the bowel obstruction caused by the opioids, and a cancer inhibitor drug, to name a few.

He presented to state legislators a bill he crafted to decriminalize medical marijuana.

Wed
10
Feb

Medical marijuana is back on the table in Alabama

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Medical marijuana sales bring in tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue each year to states where it is has been legalized and many doctors say it can treat a variety of conditions.

Alabama Senator Tim Melson (R-District 1) authored Senate Bill 46 which aims to find a place for medical marijuana in the state. If passed, it would allow residents to get cannabis cards for a variety of conditions.

Some of those conditions are: Anxiety or panic disorder, autism, Crohn's Disease, epilepsy or a condition causing seizures, Fibromyalgia, symptoms related to cancer or HIV/AIDS and many more.

Wed
10
Feb

Maine Lawmakers Propose More Flexible Cannabis Advertising

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Maine may revise its current regulations on cannabis advertising, as many feel the current restrictions are too stringent, and arbitrary, to work well for the industry.  

Rep. Colleen Madigan, D-Waterville, has proposed “An Act To Amend the Law Regarding the Advertising and Marketing of Adult Use Marijuana.” This act would allow businesses to appeal to use their logos and branding on a case-by-case basis, to try and get around some of the stricter language of the current laws. 

Wed
10
Feb

Bill aims to separate Montana's hemp industry from legal marijuana

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With marijuana now legalized for recreational use in Montana, a Fort Benton lawmaker is advancing legislation intended to protect the state’s industrial hemp crop from running afoul of federal law.

Republican Rep. Josh Kassmier told a Senate panel that his bill would automatically align the definition of hemp in Montana with that of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ensuring the state’s hemp farmers retain access to interstate commerce and banks.

 

Hemp is a close relative of marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law and is thus excluded from those opportunities.

Wed
10
Feb

Congress Reintroduces Bill to Legalize CBD in Dietary Supplements

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As millions of Americans are using cannabidiol (CBD) in dietary supplements, thousands of producers are still waiting on a clear pathway to market hemp-derived CBD through various sales channels. They have yet to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but Congress could help open that avenue.

Tue
09
Feb

Wisconsin Governor Plans To Include Cannabis Legalization In Budget Proposal

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The next stop for the legalization bandwagon might be the Badger State. 

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers unveiled details of his budget proposal on Monday, which included a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana that he says will produce a windfall of revenue for the state.

“My 2021-23 budget proposes regulating and taxing marijuana much like we do alcohol,” Evers said in a post on Twitter. “States across the country have moved forward with legalization, and there’s no reason Wisconsin should be left behind.”

Tue
09
Feb

Deadline On NJ Marijuana Legalization Delayed

Gov. Phil Murphy

Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers continue to struggle to strike a deal that will allow New Jersey to begin the process of selling marijuana in New Jersey. But they're also raising hopes that some agreement could be reached soon.

Lawmakers extended a Monday deadline for Murphy to act on legislation that would begin the process of selling marijuana, signaling that all sides may be able to work out issues that have prevented a deal from happening.

Tue
09
Feb

Homegrown? New York’s recreational marijuana debate includes growing at home

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While most state lawmakers have voiced support for the legalization of recreational marijuana there remains some significant points of difference over what legalization should look like.

For example, there are two camps on the issue over whether it should be legal for people to grow up to six marijuana plants in their home.

The state assembly supports growing at home claiming it will prevent people who don’t have easy access to a dispensary from buying on the black market.

“Just like you can brew beer in your home, you can develop wine in your home, those kinds of things, we want to afford citizens the opportunity to do the same thing with growing marijuana,” said Assemblymember Harry Bronson, a Democrat who represents the Rochester area.

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