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Fri
06
Dec

Recreational marijuana is inevitable in Maryland, we should make sure we’re prepared

While Maryland lawmakers have signaled they likely won’t legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the 2020 legislative session as some had hoped, it’s only a matter of time before they eventually do. A dozen other states already have, roughly two dozen — including Maryland — have decriminalized small amounts of the drug, and three dozen states (again, including Maryland) and U.S. territories have paved the way through comprehensive public medical cannabis programs.

Fri
06
Dec

Report Calls Out Dangers of Cannabis Branding Practices

Accurate and honest cannabis branding should be the next best step for the budding industry if it wishes to stave off false advertising and product liability lawsuits, according to the one of the authors of a new report on the industry.

The report out this week from Prohibition Partners, a U.K.-based cannabis intelligence and data firm, WELCOME TO THE NEW NORMAL, lays out the industry drivers that have “paved the way for a new form of cannabis consumer as well as the brands and businesses that are embracing this change.”

Fri
06
Dec

Arkansas May Revoke Retailers’ Inactive Medical Cannabis Licenses

Arkansas may consider revoking medical marijuana licenses for dispensaries that aren’t open by June, officials said.

Fri
06
Dec

Washington State Readies Legislative Response To Vaping

Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials are working on a firmer response to a rise in vaping as Washington’s 120-day ban on flavored vaping products reaches its halfway point.

Fri
06
Dec

Further Clarification On Hemp Banking In The USA

New guidance published this week states banks are no longer required to file suspicious activity reports (SARs) in relation to customers involved in the legal cultivation of hemp.

The guidance is based on the fact hemp is no longer a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, thanks to the effect of the 2018 Farm Bill. However, banks are still expected to file a SAR if suspicious activity warrants it.

The joint statement was issued by the following federal agencies state bank regulators.

Fri
06
Dec

Major League Baseball Calls For Rehab, Not Suspension For Players On Opioids

Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball’s drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players’ association, according to union head Tony Clark.

Talks to add testing for opioids began following the death this year of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Players have been tested for performance-enhancing substances since 2004 and for banned stimulants since 2006.

Fri
06
Dec

Is the Polish medical cannabis market becoming more open?

Will the Polish medical cannabis market set itself ahead of the game in Europe as the medical cannabis industry evolves?

The Polish medical cannabis market is becoming more and more open. Does this mean that Poland, step by step will move towards further changes in legal regulations and in the future will become a leader in the medical cannabis market?

In order to answer the aforementioned question, one should consider such issues as how current Polish legal regulations affect the possibilities of placing medical cannabis on the market.

Thu
05
Dec

‘This is going to put me out of business:’ New York police still haven’t returned legal hemp to owner of CBD shop

A case of mistaken identity might end up costing a Brooklyn, N.Y. man his livelihood.

Oren Levy, the owner of Green Angel CBD, was waiting on a shipment of legal hemp from his producer in Vermont last month when New York police came swooping in and confiscated the 106-pound delivery upon arrival at a FedEx outlet.

Police proudly posed with the massive seizure before realizing the US$20,000 shipment was not marijuana, but rather its non-intoxicating cousin, hemp.

Thu
05
Dec

Maine Ag Officials Say New Hemp Rules Could Hurt Growth

State agriculture officials have sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expressing concerns that parts of the long-awaited federal hemp rule are too restrictive and could slow the growth of Maine's hemp industry. 

Nancy McBrady, director of the Maine Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, says that the federal limits on trace amounts of THC allowed in hemp are too rigid, since levels fluctuate in many hemp varieties.

“Depending on, really, where they're grown and stress factors, etc. and, instead, USDA is requiring that the THC be assessed in a manner that is very stringent,” says McBrady.

Thu
05
Dec

Farm Bill Pushback Over Hemp Testing and THC Rules

The push back on the recently-released U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hemp industry regulations is underway a number of fronts.

One of the main concerns is on the strict rules governing the levels of THC in industrial hemp plants. The new guidelines, which follow the introduction of the Farm Bill last year, are intended to establish common cultivation and processing regimes across all 52 states.

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