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Wed
27
Nov

5 Problems Facing The Fledgling Hemp Industry

Cannabis activist Jack Herer once opined that hemp is the only thing that could save the world. So when the new Farm Bill was written into law last year, many believed it to be the birth of an industry with world-changing potential.   

While they might yet be correct in their beliefs, the national liberalization of hemp has not been without some hurdles. Tightening regulations, lack of infrastructure, and ‘hot’ crops have all contributed to a difficult year for those who have turned their hand to hemp farming. 

Here are some of the main problems plaguing the hemp industry today:

Wed
27
Nov

Marijuana Is Closer to No Longer Being a Schedule I Substance

One of the biggest hurdles for the marijuana industry is that marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration. As long as it's on that list, using and even researching marijuana will remain next to impossible in the U.S. and many companies, including banks, will continue to shy away from doing business with cannabis companies.

For there to be meaningful marijuana reform, it needs to first be removed from the Schedule I list. And there's optimism that the removal could happen a lot sooner than later. While that doesn't mean that full marijuana legalization will follow, it could, however, be the first step toward decriminalizing it.

Wed
27
Nov

Boston Green-Lights Independent Cannabis Board To Boost Diversity In Industry

Boston is overhauling its process of reviewing marijuana businesses to boost involvement of minority entrepreneurs in Massachusetts’ burgeoning pot industry.

The City Council on Wednesday approved an ordinance calling for the creation of an independent Cannabis Board to oversee local review of prospective marijuana businesses.

The proposal by Councilor Kim Janey also requires Boston to ensure that at least half of its marijuana licenses go to companies from communities affected by the war on drugs.

Wed
27
Nov

With legal weed on hold, N.J. leaders now discussing decriminalizing pot

Now that legal marijuana is on hold in New Jersey, state leaders are privately discussing a plan to decriminalize marijuana in the meantime and put an end to arrests for pot possession, NJ Advance Media has learned.

Three sources familiar with the issue said lawmakers are in talks about whether to move forward with a bill that would treat pot possession like a traffic violation in the Garden State — meaning you’d get a fine instead of jail time.

The sources spoke on the condition on anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Wed
27
Nov

Cannabis sales in EU raise $13 billion for crime gangs

Europeans spent at least 11.6 billion euros (£9.9 billion) in 2017 on illegal cannabis purchases, confirming marijuana as the largest drugs market in the 28-country European Union, the bloc's anti-drugs agency said on Tuesday.

In its annual report, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said the EU's overall narcotics market was worth at least 30 billion euros in 2017, up from 24 billion in 2013.

The global market for illicit drugs was estimated to be worth between $426 and $652 billion, the agency said, warning that its estimates about the EU market were conservative.

Wed
27
Nov

Wisconsin governor signs bill making hemp program permanent

Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday signed into law a bipartisan bill that makes Wisconsin's hemp-growing program permanent as it continues to surge in popularity in just its second year.

Hailed by supporters as Wisconsin's "comeback crop," hemp is seeing renewed popularity in large part because of the growth in the market for CBD, a legal, therapeutic compound extracted from the cannabis plant that marketers say can treat a range of ailments without getting users high. It's widely marketed in oils, lotions and foods.

Hemp is also used to make a variety of products, including rope, fabrics, lotions and granola bars.

Wed
27
Nov

Former Head Of The FDA Says CBD Is ‘Not Safe’

The former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  has aimed a shot across the bows of the CBD industry by declaring it ‘not safe’.

While the FDA has yet to pronounce on the status of CBD, at a federal level, the industry will resolutely hope that Scott Gottlieb’s latest pronouncement is not indicative of his former employer’s position.

Wed
27
Nov

Indiana May Consider Decriminalization in Next Session

Indiana is going to face a problem starting at the beginning of next year: It is about to be partly surrounded by states where marijuana is legal. Michigan is set to launch its recreational pot market next month, while Illinois will open one as of January. This means Hoosiers will be traveling across state lines for legal weed and doing their best to bring some home for later. State officials are already talking about the steps they might take to prevent an abundance of interstate drug trafficking from wreaking havoc. The powers-that-be want to take a tough on drugs approach, driving every law enforcement agency they have over the edge in pursuit of a pot-free Indiana.

Tue
26
Nov

Expansive Applications For Hemp Manufacturing

Read entire article here.

Q: With the holidays fast approaching, gift catalogs are already here: Is hemp just a fad, or a viable organic alternative for other materials like plastic, wood, and fabrics?

A: Earlier this month, the Home Textiles Today Material Changes Conference in New York focused on significant applications for CBD and hemp in the home good and textiles markets. Featuring some of the global leaders in textiles manufacturing, it highlighted numerous opportunities to integrate hemp into their product portfolios.

Tue
26
Nov

How legal weed will be problematic for police in pot-free Indiana

It has been said that Indiana will be one of the last states to legalize marijuana. But lawmakers may have no choice but to give the issue some serious consideration in 2020 now that two of the state’s neighbours are set to launch recreational sales starting next month.

While the Hoosier government is busy trying to uphold some unrealistic sense of morality for those who occupy the state, it’s the police forces that will suffer. There is about to be an uprising of interstate drug trafficking that will only serve to tax law enforcement resources and make their jobs harder overall.

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