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Hemp launch opens new era in Missouri agriculture

Bryan Kurz fields several phone calls each day from farmers across Missouri interested in the state’s newest cash crop: hemp.

A relative of marijuana, hemp was illegal for decades under tough-on-drugs laws. This year is the first Missourians can grow the crop commercially. Kurz, a sixth-generation farmer, grew small amounts for research last year under a state pilot program, and has become something of a mentor for farmers interested in the new field.

“I can’t even tell you how many people I talk to each day,” said Kurz, 24, of Garden City, in western Missouri. “I bet I get five phone calls a day, minimum.”

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10
Jan

Ohio governor says legalizing marijuana would be a mistake

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio shouldn't legalize recreational marijuana despite the legalization movement in neighboring states. But one state lawmaker from Cincinnati says it's only a matter of time before legalization comes to Ohio.

Amy Wolfinbarger says it's time for Ohio to legalize recreational marijuana. Wolfinbarger founded Sensible Norwood, which helped author an ordinance that decriminalized small amounts of marijuana.

“The state of Ohio is definitely being left behind, and not just the state of Ohio; the citizens of Ohio are being left behind as well,” said Wolfinbarger.

This week, DeWine told Ohio Public Radio, "It would really be a mistake for Ohio, by legislation, to say that marijuana for adults is just OK."

Fri
10
Jan

N.H. House Passes Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana would be available to more patients under a pair of bills approved by the New Hampshire House, but a more expansive bill has died in the Senate. 

House voted Wednesday to add insomnia and opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions, though the latter would carry significant restrictions.

An earlier version of one of the bills also sought to add anxiety and Lyme disease to the list, but those provisions were removed.

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10
Jan

Mississippi Voters Will Decide Whether To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Mississippi became the latest state this week to add a medical marijuana question to its 2020 ballot.

Voters there will have the opportunity to decide on Ballot Initiative 65, which, if approved, will grant access to medical cannabis for patients suffering from various conditions like cancer and epilepsy. 

Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group that spearheaded the ballot initiative, announced the news Wednesday on its Facebook page, saying that the Secretary of State in Mississippi certified the signatures submitted.

Fri
10
Jan

First medical cannabis Exchange Traded Fund in Europe launched

The Medical Cannabis and Wellness UCITS ETF (CBDX) is the first medical cannabis Exchange Traded Fund to be listed in Europe.

European company, HANetf, has announced that Canadian based asset manager, Purpose Investments, has launched its first UCITS Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) through HANetf’s unique white-label ETF platform – The Medical Cannabis and Wellness UCITS ETF (CBDX).

Thu
09
Jan

Italian government approves marijuana home growing

Over the holidays, the Italian Supreme Court ruled that it was legal to grow small amounts of marijuana at home for personal use. The court declared that narcotics laws should exclude “small amounts grown domestically for the exclusive use of the grower.”

According to the Independent, the ruling was approved on December 19, but it wasn’t announced until after Christmas. It has predictably caused outrage from conservative political parties and support from cannabis advocates.

Thu
09
Jan

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Initiative Certified for 2020 Ballot

A proposed measure legalizing medical cannabis access in Mississippi has qualified for the 2020 ballot.

Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office notified lawmakers on Tuesday that petitioners, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, had gathered a sufficient number of signatures to place Measure 65 before voters this November.

Thu
09
Jan

2020 could be a defining year for the cannabis industry

2019 was a momentous year for the cannabis industry: Hemp-derived CBD had a heyday, Illinois made history, California got sticky, vapes were flung into flux, and North American cannabis companies received some harsh wake-up calls.

Thu
09
Jan

The Future Looks Green for Marijuana in Texas

It was only five years ago that Governor Greg Abbott was firmly against legalizing marijuana in Texas, even for medicinal purposes. However, a change of heart appears to have come over the governor and the Republican majority, signaling that an end to a key fight in the War on Drugs may be nigh.

Thu
09
Jan

Can We Blame Senate Republicans for Dispensary Robberies Now?

The effort to get banking access for legal cannabis businesses seems to have lost the wind in its sails for a moment, and while we wait for a new breeze in Congress, a wave of crime is targeting the legal cannabis industry’s fat stacks of cash.

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