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Wed
18
Sep

Kansas hemp growers experiencing struggles, successes in first year

The newest crop in Kansas is bringing mixed results for farmers. 2019 is the first year people in Kansas are allowed to grow hemp.

“Consistently lot of farmers having trouble getting growing to start,” said James DeWitt, co-founder of United American Hemp in Olathe.

Weather conditions and access to hemp seed have been a struggle for some growers.

Right now, the only people that are allowed to grow hemp are those that applied to perform research to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Research varies from types of seed, soil, to water usage.

DeWitt is researching how hemp reacts to different types of light.

Wed
18
Sep

The industrial uses and possible uses for Hemp

Everybody is talking about hemp. When we recently attended a family gathering in Vermont we talked to three of my young cousins, Heidi, Tammy and Debby, who had planted hemp. A change in the Vermont laws now makes it legal to plant hemp. Four-hundred-fifty or so farms are now doing just that. Dairy farming is not as profitable as it was, and hemp is now in demand. Please remember, industrial hemp does not contain THC, the compound in marijuana that makes you get high.

My cousins got their start with a friend who gave them about 1,900 baby cannabis plants in the spring. They had rototilled one and a half fertile acres of the old family farm. Then they set to planting in early May. There had been rain and their soil had good drainage.

Wed
18
Sep

Collaboration in cannabis testing to innovate research

Find out how Emerald Scientific is bringing together analytical scientists to advance cannabis scienc

As the regulatory framework for the cannabis testing industry evolves, there is a growing need to bring together analytical scientists working in this field to help implement quality standards, as well as provide a unified approach to the advancement of cannabis science.

Wed
18
Sep

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wants To ban flavored E-Cigs by emergency order

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has jumped in with other politicians to demand a quickly-enacted ban on flavored tobacco vaping products. His Sunday announcement came in the midst of a little-understood string of vaping-related deaths by severe lung disease, despite the fact that some of the dead were known to have smoked cannabis products.

Wed
18
Sep

Shopify agrees to hemp-derived CBD sales

Leading e-commerce platform Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP) has finally opened its internet doors to hemp-derived Cannabidiol or CBD. The company announced new features on its platform to help U.S. merchants sell these products online or in brick-and-mortar retail locations, as long as that state permits such sales.

Wed
18
Sep

Marijuana labs adding tests targeting Vitamin E acetate in response to vaping health scare

Cannabis testing labs around the country are adding more specific tests targeting an additive that’s been linked to the string of recent illnesses and deaths health authorities say are related to marijuana and tobacco vaping devices.

Although no definitive cause of the vaping-related issues has been identified, early reports have targeted the additive vitamin E acetate as a possible culprit, and several cannabis testing labs are working to develop methods to flag it if detected.

Cannabis laboratory officials also said the crisis surrounding vaping has underscored the need for industry-wide testing standards.

Wed
18
Sep

Legal pot isn’t villain in vape-disease epidemic, but it could be the solution

The Food and Drug Administration was created more than a century ago because for many years, the food and drugs Americans consumed were causing them to fall ill and die. As future generations discovered, product safety standards — just like speed limits, seatbelt laws, and public smoking bans — tend to save lives. Regulation, while often messy and imperfect, tends to work.

Tue
17
Sep

Confusion reigns as Maine rolls out its marijuana tracking system

The state marijuana industry didn’t like what it saw when it got its first look at Maine’s new track-and-trace system Monday: hundreds and hundreds of 25-cent tags required to catalog every plant’s path to pre-rolled joint, vape cartridge or infused candy.

“This will drive prices through the roof,” said medical marijuana caregiver Dawson Julia of Unity. “It’s going to put a lot of people out of business. It will make medicine so expensive that nobody will be able to afford it. It will guarantee the survival of the black market.”

Tue
17
Sep

As states legalize marijuana, pesticides may be a blind spot

The EPA would ordinarily evaluate pesticide safety, but it has never done so for marijuana because the plant is illegal under federal law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

People who consume marijuana medically or recreationally may be exposing themselves to unknown health risks from toxic pesticides.

The EPA would ordinarily evaluate pesticide safety but has never done so for marijuana because the plant is illegal under federal law. So, states with legalized marijuana industries have been tasking newly created cannabis regulators, health officials and others with setting testing standards for pesticide residues present on the plant.

Tue
17
Sep

Hemp Licenses quadrupled from 2018 to 2019, so will there be a CBD surplus?

In the first year since hemp has been legal for commercial cultivation on the federal level, people across the United States are jumping at the opportunity to try their hand growing the legendary plant.

According to new numbers from the hemp advocacy group Vote Hemp, this year, 16,877 farmers received a license from their state to grow hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) — for a total of over 500,000 acres of hemp licensed for cultivation in 2019.

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