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Industrial hemp is now legal: Can I grow it at home?

Before anyone goes spending their hard-earned money or retirement savings on supplies to kickstart their hemp garden, there are a few things everyone should know.

It is true that industrial hemp is now legal at the federal level for the first time in more than eight decades. Last year, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it his mission to pull what Popular Mechanics called a “billion-dollar cash crop” back in 1938 out of the pits of prohibition.

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Residents in Michigan cities to receive incentives to enter cannabis industry

Residents of 19 Michigan cities are gearing up to take part in the state’s cannabis social justice program. The business licensing discount system is designed to prioritize entrepreneurs in the new industry who are longtime residents of economically underprivileged areas, who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs, and who have a demonstrated interest in facilitating access to cannabis.

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Here's how shockingly low the odds of U.S. marijuana legalization really are

Americans support legalizing marijuana in record numbers. A Hill-HarrisX survey released in April found that a whopping 84% of respondents support the legalization of pot. Half were in favor only for legalizing medical cannabis, with the other half supportive of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana as well.

With this widespread support, you might assume that U.S. marijuana legalization is a shoo-in. Think again.

By my rough calculations, the odds of marijuana being legalized in the U.S. within the next few years is less than 1 in 300. That's right: The chances that you would flip a coin and have it land on heads eight times in a row are much better than the country legalizing pot anytime soon.

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Maryland Court rules pot smell not enough for police to search person

Bob Dylan wrote his indelible classic “The Times They Are a-Changin’” at a moment of enormous political and cultural upheaval in the country. Nearly 60 years later, the lyrics have been invoked—in a court of law, no less—to capture the winds of change in marijuana policy.

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Could marijuana stocks be hurt by the US - China Trade War?

The writing would appear to be on the wall: A recession may be coming.

Earlier this week, researchers at Goldman Sachs lowered their forecasts for fourth-quarter U.S. GDP growth by 20 basis points to 1.8%, while economists at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch announced the odds of a recession hitting the U.S. economy within the next 12 months at 1-in-3. Though all Wall Street firms have certain metrics they eye to offer clues on the health of the U.S. economy and the path the stock market may take, there's clear worry that the U.S.-China trade war is bad news for both economies. 

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1 in 7 Americans use CBD products, Gallup poll says

CBD, or cannabidiol, has received a lot of hype this year, and now there is a sign it may be paying off for companies.

A new Gallup poll shows one in seven American adults, or 14 percent of the population, use CBD products.

CBD is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis that is claimed to be useful in treating a number of ailments, from anxiety and stress to inflammation and sleep.

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American Bar Association endorses ending cannabis prohibition

The American Bar Association (ABA) has passed a resolution in support of ending federal marijuana prohibition and removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

In language that does not mince words, the proposal reads: FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges Congress to enact legislation to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act

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Colorado joins New York and Illinois in allowing doctors to prescribe weed for pain

Marijuana advocates have long supported the use of cannabis for the treatment of pain. State lawmakers, at least in Colorado, New York and Illinois, have finally decided to give the people what they want giving the green light to doctors to prescribe marijuana for the management of pain. Doctors can do the same in Illinois through a state pilot program that focuses on using cannabis to lower opioid use.

It’s a substantial change from the laws in most states, which allow medical marijuana use for a narrow list of conditions. Typically, they include epileptic seizures and the discomfort and pain associated with treatment for cancer or AIDS. 

One of the main drivers behind the change is the opioid epidemic.

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Nevada hemp farming booming : Department of agriculture

Harvesting of hemp crops has already begun in southern Nevada – the fourth year of harvest in the state.

The state’s hemp sector has come a long way since it began as a research and development program under the 2014 Farm Bill, Nevada Senate Bill 305 and Senate Bill 396. In its first year in 2017, there were only 26 growers.

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Hawaii will decriminalize cannabis possession by January 2020

After significant controversy and a failed bid to legalize recreational cannabis, Hawaii will be decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug. But it’s by no means a tropical free-for-all.

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