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U.S. hemp association names 2 new board members amid reset

The U.S. Hemp Industries Association (HIA) has appointed two new members to its board of directors. HIA named Tim Gordon, Chief Science Officer at CBD maker Functional Remedies, and Todd Runestad, an editor at the New Hope Network & Natural Products Insider website, to board positions, the Association announced in a press release.

“The addition of these two on our already stellar board creates the foundation needed as hemp industries expand globally,” said HIA President Rick Trojan of Colorado-based Hemp Road Trip.

Thu
02
Jul

West Virginia To Revisit Medical Cannabis Lab Applications

Monday, June 29, West Virginia officially announced the plan to reopen their application process for medical cannabis testing labs so that more labs can get registered and their medical cannabis testing program can get off the ground.

Thu
02
Jul

Cannabis Activists In Arizona And Nebraska Set To File Legalization Petitions

Activists in Arizona plan to submit petitions this week that would put a proposal to legalize the recreational use of cannabis on the November ballot, while in Nebraska a similar drive to legalize medical marijuana is also winding down. 

Thu
02
Jul

Jamaica To Allow Online Medical Cannabis Sales

Jamaica has a very long history with the cannabis plant. Cannabis is a big part of the culture in Jamaica, is used for religious purposes throughout the country, and grows very well there.

Some of the best cannabis on the planet is cultivated in Jamaica, and the island nation is home to an emerging medical cannabis industry.

Adult-use cannabis remains illegal in Jamaica; however, a growing number of suffering patients are able to find relief through Jamaica’s medical cannabis program.

Soon, patients in Jamaica will be able to purchase cannabis in a new way that harnesses technology.

Thu
02
Jul

Federal Judge Presses U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Transparency in Cannabis Policy

A federal judge is setting new deadlines for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to respond to an ongoing lawsuit seeking specific policy language on the agency’s approach to cannabis at the U.S-Canada border. For the past few years, Canadian cannabis industry employees and investors have been turned away at the border—and, in some cases, barred from the U.S. outright.

Thu
02
Jul

FDA Publishes New Updates For Healthcare Professionals

As of mid-June, there were more than 2.32 million COVID-19 cases and over 122,500 deaths in the U.S.. The need for updated information to fight the pandemic continues to rise daily. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA,) is upgrading information and providing new resources on an almost daily basis during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The FDA staff, researchers, and partners are working virtually around the clock to keep medical professionals updated with the absolute latest information. 

In earlier June, the FDA updated its site again with new resources for those on the front lines. 

The FDA published two new web pages to help healthcare professionals and the public access information:

Thu
02
Jul

Novel Food Consortium to protect Europe’s hemp industry

The European Industrial Hemp Association has launched an industry consortium to share the burden of Novel Foods applications.

Wed
01
Jul

Belgium Legalized Smokable CBD Flowers and Upped Its Medicinal Cannabis Game

Getting in on the new medical cannabis and CBD industries is all the rage globally. Countries that started out slow, like Belgium, are quickly picking up the pace as these markets expand very fast, opening new possibilities for self-production and global exportation.

When legalizing cannabis for medicinal use first became a thing, the idea of it was clearer and more direct than it is today; it meant legalizing cannabis for residents of a country with specific medical issues. And it still does a lot of the time, but it doesn’t have to anymore.

Wed
01
Jul

New York college students overwhelmingly support cannabis legalization

College students in New York have little doubt about whether or not cannabis should be legalized in the Empire State, with more than 90 per cent voicing support for such a move.

That preference was made clear as part of a new survey from Siena College Research Institute. The admittedly unscientific survey involving 250 undergraduate and graduate students reflected input from about a dozen of New York’s 13 state universities, according to Merry Jane.

Wed
01
Jul

Is Bill Barr and The DOJ Quietly Waging War On The Cannabis Industry?

Attorney General William Barr has recently come under fire from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and we expect him to be questioned by a House of Representatives committee on a number of topics.

Early last week, we learned more about Barr and his decision to conduct antitrust investigations into 10 cannabis companies. According to a high ranking official within the US Department of Justice, the investigations were solely based on Barr’s political opposition to cannabis legalization.

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