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Nov

Medical marijuana patients can buy vape products in Mass. again, starting Tuesday

Medical marijuana users are on track to regain access to vaping products starting next week after the Cannabis Control Commission did not uphold the Baker administration's ban, though that permission could be short-lived amid ongoing legal challenges and potential future regulations from the commission.

Thu
07
Nov

University of Florida’s secret hemp fields grow marijuana

Florida is likely just months away from officially allowing farmers to plant hemp in the Sunshine State. It would be the first time it’s allowed since the 1950s.

The hemp and CBD oil craze has swept the nation over the last few years, with claims the plant can be used for thousands of products and also help everything from anxiety to pain. As many as 8,000 farmers are expected to apply for a Florida hemp license. But for as popular as hemp is, early tests show it may be a big gamble.

Thu
07
Nov

Farmers say hemp could be ‘huge’ industry for Michigan

Hemp, the once-derided and still-stigmatized cannabis cousin of marijuana, could become Michigan’s next big cash crop.

Cannibidol, known as CBD, is a compound found in hemp that is in high demand as the market for CBD oil grows. Since it doesn’t contain the high-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that’s found in marijuana, CBD is legal and widely sold -- even at Family Video

Even though marijuana and hemp are the same species of plant, the federal government regulates them differently.

Thu
07
Nov

Marijuana legalization in Illinois won’t apply to people living In public housing

Once again, a major failing in the current model of state-by-state marijuana legalization has been exposed. In Chicago, the public housing agency has released a memo clarifying that residents may not partake in the state’s soon-to-be-legal cannabis industry in the comfort of their homes.

Chicago Housing Authority, which is the third largest agency of its kind in the country with over 20,000 households in its system, had this to say in a communication sent to housing voucher recipients:

Thu
07
Nov

How hemp quietly became legal in Belgium thanks to its ‘unique’ situation

A legal loophole that allowed Belgium to enjoy hemp flowers for the past year and a half has led to the legalization of the product — and other countries are following suit.

Once budding entrepreneurs realized that there was no law forbidding them from selling hemp products — as long as they contained less than O.2 percent THC — hundreds of shops popped up across the country, providing access to a wide range of products.

Once the country’s finance department realized the potential for profit, however, it quickly legalized dried hemp flower, classified it as a tobacco product and taxed it at 31.5 percent in addition to a 21 percent value-added tax.

Hemp products can now be sold wherever tobacco is, opening up over 100,000 new potential points of sale.

Thu
07
Nov

Gov. Noem again says no to growing hemp in South Dakota

Gov. Kristi Noem reiterated her opposition Tuesday to legalizing industrial hemp production in South Dakota, even in the face of new federal rules allowing the cash crop.

Hemp is seen as a possible boon by many farmers, but Noem said in a statement that legalizing it is akin to legalizing marijuana because it is difficult for law enforcement to distinguish between the two. But the governor also said South Dakota will allow the crop to be transported across the state in keeping with federal laws. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced new regulations that allow farmers to grow hemp and ship it across state lines.

Thu
07
Nov

Vermont hemp growers in a ‘panic’ over proposed federal regulations

Some Vermont hemp farmers are in a “panic” over hemp regulations proposed by the federal government this past week that would strictly regulate the amount of THC — the psychoactive chemical found in the plant when it’s harvested.

The rules, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday, Oct. 31, would bar farmers from harvesting hemp plants that have a THC concentration of more than 0.3%. Under Vermont law, farmers can cultivate hemp with a THC concentration under 1%.

State regulators, hemp farmers and processors are concerned that the stricter THC standard could hurt business in Vermont.

Thu
07
Nov

Weed-curious Politicians should look to Uruguay, where there's no fuss over legal cannabis

When Uruguay became the first nation in the modern era to legalize weed in 2013, most of its citizens were against it. Yet, despite deep public skepticism, none of the challenges or perceived failures of the law have been enough to generate momentum to try and reverse it. Instead, during the first round of national elections last month, cannabis legalization had all but been forgotten as an issue. It had retreated into the political background.

Thu
07
Nov

Medical cannabis could boost Barbados economy

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley today touted the proposed medicinal cannabis industry as a boost to he economy, as a new bill to set it up went before lawmakers.

As the House of Assembly debated the Medicinal Cannabis Industry Bill, the Minister of Finance said that if managed correctly, the trade could prove to be extremely lucrative.

Thu
07
Nov

Reasons marijuana legalization seems to be failing

When it was first proposed, the concept of marijuana legalization seemed solid enough. Take the world’s most popular illicit substance, establish a taxed and regulated marketplace and watch all of the evil associated with the herb – the criminal activity, the youth consumption –fade away into a footnote of American history. And by all accounts, it was a plan that should have worked. After all, we weren’t dealing with a new idea or anything. It was one that advocates borrowed from a time when alcohol was once prohibited across the United States, causing an uprising in crime, death and a vast array of other debaucherous behavior that could only be tamed in a legal regime. So rather than reinvent the wheel, the cannabis community forged ahead along the same path.

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