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Fri
15
Mar

Washington lawmakers give hemp room to grow

Nearly identical hemp bills have passed the Senate and House, giving Washington farmers the chance to catch up with growers in some other states.

The Senate voted 49-0 on Tuesday to lift restrictions on where hemp can be grown, where seeds can be obtained and how harvested plants can be used. The House last week embraced the same policies in a 95-0 vote.

“I’m excited. I’m still letting it sink in,” said lobbyist Bonny Jo Peterson of the Industrial Hemp Association of Washington. “I’ve been confident, but I’m still amazed it’s going the way it’s going.”

Fri
15
Mar

Banks don't want to work with marijuana companies. It's time for that to change

With thousands of cannabis businesses popping up in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, one important problem remains: banking access.
Since cannabis remains illegal under federal law — and the federal government oversees all US banks and credit unions — banks are often skittish about granting bank accounts to these businesses. The failure to find a policy solution at the federal level has created several economic challenges and costly unintended consequences. Congress needs to pass legislation that makes clear that banks can work with marijuana companies in states that have legalized it without fear of penalty or costly red tape.
Thu
14
Mar

Minnesota Gov. rips state republicans for rejecting cannabis legalization

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (Democratic–Farmer–Labor) said state Republicans need to actually look at cannabis legalization bills before they reject them, writes Calvin Hughes.

Thu
14
Mar

Hemp is a new opportunity for Massachusetts farmers -- but current state law is locking them out

Growing hemp is now legal in Massachusetts, and in the United States. But many Massachusetts farmers still cannot grow hemp due to a barrier posed by state law relating to the definition of agricultural land.

Lawmakers are considering whether to change that law through a provision that could emerge soon for a final vote.

“We see farmers very interested in trying to diversify their crops,” said Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, who introduced a bill to change the law. “This stands to be a profitable crop as well. It’s useful for the commonwealth and for farmers trying to make a living.”

Thu
14
Mar

The case for allowing interstate trade among marijuana-legal states

Although marijuana has been illegal under the Controlled Substances Act since 1970, that will inevitably change. With two-thirds of the country currently in favor of legalizing recreational use—a remarkable shift, rivaled only by polling trends on same-sex marriage—Congress is beginning to read the smoke signals. Late last month, for example, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Marijuana Justice Act, which would legalize cannabis as a matter of federal law and expunge federal marijuana convictions.

Thu
14
Mar

How the government's single licensed cannabis supplier is sabotaging research

With marijuana illegal under federal law, the red tape and bureaucratic hurdles facing American scientists who aim to study cannabis render the task nearly impossible, writes Madison Margolin. Some, however, like Dr. Sue Sisley from Scottsdale, Arizona, have persevered nonetheless, coming as far as to — almost — reschedule cannabis flower as a prescription medication for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In partnership with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Sisley has secured the FDA's blessing to pursue clinical research on veteran PTSD patients, who smoke cannabis to mitigate their symptoms.

Thu
14
Mar

In battle of hoop houses, cannabis wins

To the extent the battle over hoop houses is, in reality, a showdown between wine growers and a new wave of outdoor cannabis growers just now discovering the sublime virtues of the Santa Ynez Valley, Sara Rotman should be regarded as a warrior queen for Santa Barbara’s newest yet oldest industry ​— ​marijuana. In previous incarnations, Rotman had successfully invented herself as an icon of iconhood, a one-woman hi-glam fashionista branding machine. Over the years, she became world famous as the ass-kicking, globe-trotting, but brutally down-to-earth triple-A-plus personality marketing executive. Her company ​— ​My Own Damn Company (MODCo) ​— ​had offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Buenos Aires.

Thu
14
Mar

Cannabis Control Commission considering changes to recreational, medical marijuana regulations

Medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers gave state regulators plenty to consider as the Cannabis Control Commission sets out this spring to revise and republish the regulations governing both medical and non-medical marijuana sectors.

Thu
14
Mar

Determining how best to protect intellectual property essential for players in Canadian, U.S. cannabis space

Licensed producers (LPs), retailers and others already in the Canadian or U.S. cannabis industry—or looking to take the plunge—should be thinking about how they will distinguish their businesses, products and services from others. In what is quickly becoming a crowded and competitive marketplace, intellectual property (IP) could prove key and IP protection available under Canadian and U.S. laws should be an important part of any strategy moving forward.

Wed
13
Mar

Acreage Holdings fourth quarter revenue increases 380% as company enters California

Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTCQX: ACRGF) delivered fourth-quarter revenue of $10.5 million for an increase of 380% over the previous year’s $2.1 million. Acreage reported a whopping fourth-quarter net loss of $217.6 million. The pro forma revenue* for the fourth quarter was $22.9 million and the pro forma adjusted net loss*, which excludes certain non-cash charges and non-recurring items, for the fourth quarter was $10.8 million.

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