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Thu
31
Oct

Kansas takes a step toward medical marijuana as lawmakers recommend having a look

As a growing number of states legalized some form of medical marijuana — now up to 33 — Kansas always remained a firm opponent.

Legislation to end prohibition never seemed to get very far before opposition from law enforcement and parts of the medical community brought it to a halt. Any change would have faced a near-certain governor’s veto, anyway.

That’s beginning to change.

Thu
31
Oct

Israel: Investment in security for medical cannabis is on the rise

Globally, a preference for medical cannabis on the market has increased over the last few years, even in places where generalized use and sale of cannabis has been legalized. This trend has continued as the more and more consumers recognize the merits of medical cannabis increases, especially when compared to unregulated crops.

However, adhering to regulations all the way down the line – from the grower to the consumer – also requires increased investment in security measures.

Thu
31
Oct

US Department of Agriculture rolls out hemp cultivation guidelines

As consumer interest in CBD products in the United States continues to surge, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) released interim draft rules for growing hemp this week.

The guidelines for hemp cultivation will be subject to a 60-day public comment period, after which the USDA will start reviewing proposed regulations from states and tribes.

“At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, and we hope the ability to grow hemp will pave the way for new products and markets,” Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement.

Wed
30
Oct

Bahamas “sitting” on $1 billion cannabis industry

Billing the country’s potential cannabis industry as a “billion dollar” business, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper said the nation continues to miss out on the substantial stimulus of a regulated sector to countries such as Canada and the United States.

Addressing PLPs at the party’s headquarters on Farrington Road, Cooper said a PLP-administration, once elected, would be guided on the issue, like others facing the nation, by research, experts and public sentiment, and not any one view, including his own.

Wed
30
Oct

What do marijuana stocks & Mexico have in common?

The Latest Initiative By Mexico Could Expand Cannabis Across All Of North America

While some may focus on China, others are looking at Mexico. The reason why could have a direct impact on marijuana stocks. Mexican Senate committees have come to the table on a marijuana legalization bill to submit for approval. The initial thought: the bill goes straight to the floor for a vote. However, the proposal is now referred to a multi-party panel for further investigation.

Wed
30
Oct

Cannabis industry’s lobbying hits record as Banking Bill hangs in the balance

The cannabis industry has set a fresh record for its annual lobbying spending in Washington, with its outlay of $3.77 million through this year’s third quarter topping 2018’s full-year total of $2.76 million.

The increased spending comes as the industry and its allies go to bat for a bill that would protect financial institutions that work with the marijuana industry.

Wed
30
Oct

The polemic of cultivation and consumption of cannabis in Costa Rica

From The Costa Rica News (TCRN) we have emphasized all relevant information that has come to light regarding the issue of “Cannabis in Costa Rica” since it continues to be a conflictive debate in this Central American country.

Let´s recall that in August 2018, the Costa Rican Supreme Court determined that a person is allowed to grow cannabis in their home for personal consumption and not trafficking and the State will not consider it as a danger to public health.

Wed
30
Oct

Los Angeles Cannabis Equity Program under scrutiny

As frequently happens with many selection processes that aren’t conducted blind, the integrity of Los Angeles’ Social Equity Program for cannabis companies has recently been called into question. The equity program is intended to give entrepreneurs hit the hardest by the War on Drugs a head-start in the world’s most lucrative cannabis industry. However, at a recent Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission meeting, many of those equity applicants packed the city council chamber to allege that they haven’t been granted fair consideration.

Wed
30
Oct

Farmers with a license can grow hemp but cannot sell hemp products to the public

Monday, the Alabama Political Reporter talked with Gail Ellis with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries about industrial hemp and complaints from hemp farmers that their state licenses are too restrictive.

Ellis told APR that it is illegal in Alabama for a farmer to sell hemp material to the general public or to anyone without a hemp license.

The Alabama Political Reporter asked about the legality of smokable hemp products being widely marketed in the state.

Wed
30
Oct

Getting hemp across State lines just got easier thanks to a new Law that just passed

The Trump administration has announced a long-awaited rule on domestic hemp production that could help relieve legal snags for trucking companies and drivers hauling the crop across state lines.

The U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, announced today (Oct. 29) by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, creates "a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States," as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the list of controlled substances.

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