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Paraguay to begin marijuana production for research and medical purposes

Paraguay will begin accepting applications for the domestic production of cannabis for medical and research purposes next month, according to an announcement made last week by the country’s health minister. Julio Mazzolini, the minister of public health and social welfare, said in a press conference in Asunción on Thursday that a resolution to establish the rules to apply for the country’s first commercial cannabis production licenses had been approved by the ministry.

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Hemp is back in Chile, and the market is ready for investment

 

INTERVIEW: Barbara Galletti is co-founder and CEO of Pronatura Ltda., and co-creator of Nutranabis, the first Chilean brand exclusively dedicated to the re-introduction and commercialization of organic hemp products in Chile. Galletti’s work has been crucial in opening Chile’s hemp market by regularizing the process for import and sales of hemp products. Galletti will be a speaker at the Latin American and Caribbean Hemp Summit, Montevideo, Uruguay Nov 8-9, 2019.

Hemp Today: How has the hemp industry developed in Chile to this point?

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Florida hemp cultivation permits to be issued by early 2020

Earlier in 2019, Florida lawmakers approved the state’s first industrial hemp program. This was a campaign priority of Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried, and expectations were high.

Branded as a savior for the slumping agricultural sector, the hope was crops could be planted this year, launching a multi-billion dollar industry.

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North Macedonia banks on medicinal cannabis growth to boost economy, exports

STIP, North Macedonia (Reuters) - Slave Ivanovski was among North Macedonia’s biggest exporters of tomatoes and peppers until two years ago he switched to growing cannabis for medical use.

The country legalised the growth of cannabis for medicinal purposes in 2016, joining a growing number of countries to have done so or be about to do so, such as Britain, Greece, Thailand and some U.S. states.

“This is a very profitable business, which does not require a lot of hard work and has a future,” Ivanovski told Reuters standing by a large cannabis plant in his greenhouse in Stip, south east of the capital Skopje.

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Medical cannabis: New State Law in Oklahoma

Cannabis laws are very clear in Oklahoma. The state legalized medical cannabis in October 2018. Since then, the medical marijuana industry has boomed in Oklahoma. Notably, the industry has brought in more consumers, growers, dispensers, processors, tax revenues, and patients in the state. However, there are some challenges. A new medical marijuana law hit Oklahoma. Let’s discuss the changes.

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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.

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House expected to vote on bipartisan marijuana banking bill this month

The House will vote later this month on a bipartisan bill that will allow cannabis businesses access to the federal banking system.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer intends to bring the SAFE Banking Act, introduced by Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, to the House floor for a vote this month, his office said.

Hoyer announced at the whip meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill that he would like to advance the legislation, according to his office.

“We’re discussing it with members, but it hasn’t been scheduled just yet,” Hoyer spokeswoman Mariel Saez said.

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Sep

Does overregulation drive black market marijuana?

A new study found that high taxes and cost of compliance keeps many small-time players within the black market in legalized states.

If you believe Donald Trump, you’d believe that all vaping is created equal. “People are dying with vaping,” he said in explanation of his administration’s decision to flavored e-cigarettes. “A lot of people think vaping is wonderful, it’s great. It’s really not wonderful.”

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California pledges $20 million to public awareness campaign against vaping

California will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the actions Monday as part of an executive order.

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Sep

Another warning shot from FTC on cannabidiol claims

Last week the U.S. Federal Trade Commission sent more warning letters to companies over claims it alleges have been made relating to cannabidiol (CBD).

This warning shot across the bows follows a round of letters sent in March this year by the FTC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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