USDA Green Lights Another Three State Hemp Plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the latest states to have their plans approved under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

Delaware, Nebraska and Texas all scored a guernsey, adding to the original state plans approved late last year ā€“Ā  those for Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.

As well as states, a number of Indian tribes have also had their plans approved:


Nebraska plans to issue 270 hemp growing licenses

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture officially submitted its state plan for the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.Ā 

The plan, if approved, calls for 270 cultivator licenses, 30 processor-handler licenses and 15 brokers licenses, according to theĀ Lincoln Journal Star.

It also calls for 400 total cultivation sites.Ā 

The USDA has 60 days to review the state's hemp plans and the plan, in its current form, would cost about $230,000 to implement.Ā 

Currently, Nebraska has just 10 licensed growers, one of which had to shred their crop in November because THC levels were too high.Ā 


One of 10 Nebraska-approved hemp crops was destroyed last month after tests reveal too much THC

One of 10 growers granted hemp licenses this year from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture was forced to shred their crop Nov. 26 because of the too-high THC level it produced.

The licensed growers, Justin and Hilari Courtney, are from Richardson County.Ā 

The department reported that of the other nine licensees, six completed the harvest, one did not plant a crop this year, one donated the plants to a university to finish the project and one was given an extension to finish up.

The Richardson County growers grew a crop focusing on hemp that produces CBD oil near Rulo in southeastern Nebraska, and also farm in Kansas and Missouri. The family also has a hemp permit in Kansas.Ā 


Marijuana Legalization Could Be Coming To These States In 2020

This yearĀ has beenĀ momentousĀ for cannabis reform, fromĀ theĀ IllinoisĀ General Assembly becoming the first state legislature toĀ pass a bill toĀ regulateĀ cannabisĀ like alcoholĀ to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the SAFE Banking Act and forging ahead with the MORE Act.Ā 

Itā€™s important to celebrate these victories, but with the end of 2019 comes the beginning of 2020, which is already shaping up to be the biggest year ever forĀ marijuana-policyĀ reform.Ā 


9 States that could Vote to legalize marijuana in 2020

The numbers 11 and 33 come up quite often when the topic of marijuana legalization is discussed. Currently, 11 U.S. states allow the legal use of recreational marijuana, while 33 states have legalized medical cannabis. But those numbers could soon change.

Nine states could be on track to hold key votes on some form of marijuana legalization in 2020. Here are the states that could be next on the marijuana map -- and the stocks that could be poised to profit the most.


Only 3 U.S. States have no medical marijuana

For all cannabis legalizationā€™s progress, and all the excitement drug-policy reform and a booming CBD and cannabis market make, much of the United States remains outwardly hostile to marijuana ā€” in some cases, outwardly so.

Against this backdrop, a few states stand out for soldiering on with the drug war.


Nebraska industrial hemp legislation signed into Law

Just half an acre of industrial hemp was (legally) cultivated last year in Nebraska ā€“ that should increase exponentially in the not too distant future.

Late last week Governor Pete Ricketts signed a bill into law allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp as an alternative crop.

Championed by Senator Justin Wayne, LB 657 adopts the Nebraska Hemp Act, which will align state law with federal law regarding the cultivation, handling, marketing, and processing of the crop ā€“ and products made from it.


Nebraska lawmakers kick off debate on medicinal marijuana

Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a debate on a proposal to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes as activists push a much broader ballot measure that would place the issue before voters next year.

Supporters argued Wednesday that the legislative bill is narrowly tailored, with restrictions on how much users can possess and a ban on marijuana smoking.

Senators who oppose the measure say the drug is still illegal at the federal level and argue that its benefits and dangers haven't been fully studied.

The sponsor, Sen. Anna Wishart, of Lincoln, says the bill is intended to address the concerns of many groups who raised concerns about it.


Marijuana reform is gaining momentum in the American Midwest

Marijuana reform is gaining momentum in the American Midwest as Nebraska and North Dakota have recently taken steps toward changing their outdated cannabis policies, writes Calvin Hughes.

Earlier this week, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (R) quietly made a small but important change to the Roughrider State's marijuana policies. On Wednesday, he signed a bill that will see small amounts of cannabis decriminalized in the state come August 1.


Nebraska Lawmaker Justin Wayne pushes for reform of drug laws

A Nebraska lawmaker is pushing for a change in the stateā€™s drug laws that he says are outdated, according to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star. Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha has introduced two bills that would adjust penalties for some drug possession and distribution offenses. At a meeting of the legislatureā€™s Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Wayne said current laws were putting people who were not involved in the distribution of drugs in prison for trafficking and creating overcrowding in state prisons and county jails.


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