Hemp Channel

Fri
15
Jun

Legal hemp: coming soon nationwide?

Senator Mitch McConnell introduced a bill that will allow states to regulate hemp production.

Thu
14
Jun

Senate agriculture panel passes farm bill with hemp legalization

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday passed the massive farm bill by a 20-1 vote and overcame an attempt to tighten subsidy payments to farmers.

The draft farm bill, officially known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, contains more than 1,000 pages and covers everything from farm subsidies and food stamps to trade and rural development policy. Farmer assistance includes commodity payment programs, as well as subsidized crop insurance.

Mon
11
Jun

The hemp revival: why marijuana's cousin could soon be big business

The useful crop has seen renewed interest alongside legalized weed – and there are signs that US officials are warming to it.

Long associated with the hoariest hippie stereotypes, hemp is now chic.

The crop – which is a cannabis plant very similar to marijuana, but lacking its best-known property: getting you high – is a versatile raw material, and like its more notorious relative, it could once again become very lucrative.

Thu
07
Jun

Senate says hemp farming is important to the United States, but won't legalize it

For years hemp farming was an important part of the United States economy, but that ended in the 1930's when Congress outlawed marijuana and other related plants. And while Congress is now acknowledging how important hemp is, they still won't do anything about its status, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Wed
06
Jun

Hemp bill approved unanimously by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate has given approval to a resolution acknowledging the “growing economic potential of industrial hemp”.

The resolution was passed in commemoration of Hemp History Week, which is the largest national grassroots effort to restore strong support for industrial hemp farming in the United States.

“Despite the legitimate uses of hemp, many agricultural producers of the United States are prohibited under current law from growing hemp,” states the resolution. “Because most hemp cannot be grown legally in the United States, raw hemp material and hemp products are imported for sale in the United States.” The resolution makes notes of the “historical relevance” of hemp, as well as its “growing economic potential”.

Fri
01
Jun

Could hemp be a lifeline for struggling farmers?

Hemp, which produces valuable CBD oil, is set to become recognized as an agricultural crop this year, and could provide a much needed influx of revenue for Western agriculture.

Amid all the excitement around marijuana legalization in America, another newly legal crop has received comparatively little attention: hemp. And yet hemp may prove to be even more transformative, especially in the West's arid landscapes.

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant that is not psychoactive. Whereas marijuana plants can produce both the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) extracts, hemp produces only the latter.

Thu
31
May

Hemp planting could bring 'economic and environmental benefits' to Jersey

More hemp farming is going ahead in Jersey following a successful first trial season. The Environment Department has been looking at diversifying the island's crop pattern, due to the heavy reliance on potato and dairy farming.

Following the move, 2.5 vergees of hemp were grown in a secret location, which has now been revealed as Warwick Farm. The hemp harvested was of good quality, while the crop also gave a seed and oil yield which was "beyond expectation", according to the Environment Department.

Now farmers have started to plant around 260 vergees of hemp across the island. Scott Meadows, who is the Acting Director for Rural Economy, says hemp can be valuable to the island due to its pharmaceutical benefits.

Thu
31
May

Medical cannabis payment solutions announces acquisition of 40 acres to grow hemp

Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions (OTC:REFG), a Nevada corporation specializing in state-of-the-art financial services structured to serve the medical cannabis and banking industries, announced today that it has acquired 40 acres of agricultural land to cultivate hemp as part of Utah’s recently passed law, H.B. 302. 

The company will seek a license to grow hemp as part of the state’s Department of Agriculture and Food licensing program. In 2014, Utah passed H.B. 105, which allowed legal possession and use of CBD oil by registered patients with a doctor’s recommendation and intractable epilepsy. 

Wed
30
May

Senate committee approves $500,000 in funding for national database of hemp genetics

Agriculture experts argue that a strategic seed bank would help bring hemp cultivation further into mainstream farming, where crops are grown not as an experiment, but as an economic investment.

If a handful of U.S. Senators have their way, a treasure trove of cannabis seeds could soon be on its way to the federal government.

Mon
21
May

Australia: Northern Territory to green-light industrial hemp industry as hopes for medical marijuana continue

The Northern Territory Government is set to green-light the industrial hemp industry, and moves are afoot to commercially cultivate medical marijuana.

Draft legislation to legalise the growing of industrial hemp has gone to Cabinet, a Government spokesperson said, with new laws that would bring the Territory into line with other Australian states expected to pass by the end of the year.

A trial crop in Katherine has proven successful, with the region's climate conditions expected to give the NT a "big commercial advantage".

"Following a successful department trial, the Territory Labor Government believes there is serious potential to grow industrial hemp as a new job-creating industry," a spokesperson said.

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