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Fri
02
Nov

Hemp's first harvest in South Carolina is 'a lot of trial and error'

Hemp. It's still pretty new to the Palmetto State. Growers just had their first harvest of it here since the 1930's.

"It was a lot of trial and error, a little bit of research. Hemp being brand new in South Carolina since World War II era, we're learning a lot," said Wyatt Sage, the growth supervisor for Palmetto Harmony.

Palmetto Harmony is one of the 20 hemp growers selected for South Carolina's pilot program. "Most surprising thing we've had happen here? Really just the problem of everybody thinking it's marijuana has been a pretty big surprise," said Sage.

Not only has Sage learned this first season growing hemp, he's been trying to teach about what it is. "It's really cool to talk to people who don't know much about hemp or the CBD," said Sage.

Fri
02
Nov

Three House candidates who could affect marijuana legalization

How exciting for Michigan and North Dakota to be voting on marijuana legalization and for Missouri and Utah to be voting on medical cannabis. What a time to be alive! In general, it’s a great election for marijuana–unless you live in a state that’s not voting to end marijuana prohibition, right?

Wrong! With help from our friends at NORML, we’ve identified three candidates who may be on your ballot for the US House of Representatives who could make a huge difference in state and federal marijuana policy.

Fri
02
Nov

Massachusetts: Are cannabis jobs risky business?

As the recreational cannabis industry gears up, it’s easy to see why people throughout the state might be excited at the prospect of working in the industry.

For these job-seekers, there is no shortage of opportunities. According to employment site ZipRecruiter.com, marijuana job postings across the country increased 693 percent from the last quarter of 2016 to last quarter 2017.

It’s exciting, I get it. I vividly remember the curious intoxication which flooded my veins the moment I walked inside a commercial-sized cannabis grow facility. But committing to a position in an industry still under a cloud of stigma may affect your future than many cannabis industry employers let on.

Fri
02
Nov

Canada: Medical cannabis patients anxious and fearful over supply shortages

Can't find any weed to buy for a party this weekend? Don't complain. Canadians who use cannabis for medical reasons are being hit by shortages in a far worse way.  

"It's actually more than a supply issue, really it's something of a health crisis now," says James O'Hara of the patient advocacy group Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana.

O'Hara says Canadians with cannabis prescriptions to help with seizures, anxiety and other serious health problems are emailing his organization, upset by "out of stock" signs at their regular provider's website or retail location.

"Unfortunately, there are no regulations in place to actually guarantee supply for the medical market," O'Hara points out. 

Fri
02
Nov

FDA-approved cannabis-based drug is officially available by prescription

The first FDA-approved, cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical drug is now for sale in the U.S.

After clearing all regulatory requirements, GW Pharmaceuticals’ CBD-based drug Epidiolex is now available in all 50 states.

Although the U.S. government is now allowing this drug to be sold, the federal government still classifies actual cannabis as a Schedule I illegal substance.

Fri
02
Nov

UK’s legalization of medical cannabis sparks talk of possible recreational laws

The United Kingdom announced today a relaxation of its cannabis laws that will allow specialist doctors to prescribe cannabis-based products for certain patients. It’s a modest change to the U.K.’s cannabis laws. But it’s one that has already sparked a conversation on the broader legalization of cannabis for adult-use. Recent surveys put support for adult-use legalization at 59 percent. Top officials within the U.K. government, however, are denying that the rescheduling of cannabis-based medical treatments is a step toward full legalization.

Fri
02
Nov

Pre-applications now being accepted for Kansas' Industrial Hemp Research Program

In April, the Kansas legislature passed Senate Bill 263 to enact the Alternative Crop Research Act and charged the Kansas Department of Agriculture with implementing the Industrial Hemp Research Program. This fall, KDA requests that individuals who are considering participation in the Industrial Hemp Research Program in Kansas in 2019, whether as a grower, distributor or processor, submit a Pre-Application and Pre-Application Research Proposal.

Fri
02
Nov

Cannabis executives, investors see Asia saying 'yes' to marijuana

The cannabis investor conference in Hong Kong this week started with some stern warnings against smoking pot in the city, which can land you in prison. Then folks got down to talking business.

The Hong Kong Cannabis Investor Symposium on Thursday drew executives from some of the world’s hottest cannabis firms together with more than 200 attendees to talk about the plant’s misconceptions and its investment opportunities. Pot stocks have returned 73 percent in the last 12 months, outpacing Bitcoin, gold and any major equity index. And, despite the prohibition in Hong Kong, many of the forum’s participants said they see attitudes in Asia changing.

Fri
02
Nov

Hemp may be next big legal cash crop in Tennessee

Who says money doesn't grow on trees? Just ask some of the growing number of hemp farmers planting in Tennessee.

Many believe hemp is on the verge of becoming the state's next big cash crop. Go to a hemp farm and the plants literally glisten in the warm, fall sun, swaying in the breeze. "This looks like marijuana. It's pretty, isn't it," said grower, Clint Palmer.

It's hemp, and at long last many believe this is heir apparent to Tennessee tobacco. The crop is mature and ready for harvest.  "Is this the next big cash crop?" NewsChannel 5's Nick Beres asked. "One hundred percent, no way around it," said Palmer.

Fri
02
Nov

Medical marijuana barriers to fall as Florida politicians from both parties back reform

In 2011, I made a relatively meek attempt at pulling together a campaign to place an amendment legalizing medical marijuana before Florida voters. I couldn’t raise enough money for a poll, nor could I find an individual of any stature or credibility who would serve as chairman of a political committee.

Two years later, after Colorado and Washington State became the first states to legalize marijuana for adult use, the environment was much different: a poll showed 71 percent support among Florida voters, and Orlando super-lawyer John Morgan decided to bring the full weight of his voice - and his checkbook - to the effort.

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