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Nov

Production ramping up for legal cannabis in Illinois

In a non-descript building on the outskirts of downstate Dwight, production is ramping up for a revolutionary day in Illinois. Cultivators are trimming, prodding, and pampering cannabis plants, in preparation for marijuana legalization, January 1.

“We are cranking as hard as we can crank,” saidJeremy Unruh, director of regulatory affairs for Pharmacann, which operates the Dwight facility. “The state has given us authority to begin producing adult use products, now it’s just a matter of ramping up production to make sure that we come as close as we can to meeting the demand that we’ll see after January.”

Fri
08
Nov

Palm Springs cannabis cultivators up against “zero tolerance” odour emission policy

City council in Palm Springs, Calif. has unanimously approved a “zero tolerance” policy to appease local residents’ concerns about the pungent smell emitted by local cannabis cultivators.

Changers were also implemented with regards to the city’s zoning code that will limit cultivation of the plant to what is reported to be a relatively undeveloped area by the Interstate 10 highway.

Fri
08
Nov

High flyers: legal cannabis creates grey area for US airports

As US states continue to legalise cannabis for medical and recreational use, an awkward tangle of conflicting state and federal laws is proving confusing for airport passengers. What have been the unintended consequences of cannabis’s uncertain legal status in the US, and how have airports been affected?

Fri
08
Nov

Hemp sees resurgence in Pa. after 80 years — but there are roadblocks

The 2019 growing season was a painful, learning process for hemp farmer Steve Pugliese.

“We had major weed issues,” said Pugliese, who planted 255 acres of industrial hemp in Jefferson Township.

Before hemp stretched as far as the eye could see on Pugliese’s Berks County farm near Bernville, the fields were planted in corn, hay and soybeans.

Fri
08
Nov

Medical marijuana patients can buy vape products in Mass. again, starting Tuesday

Medical marijuana users are on track to regain access to vaping products starting next week after the Cannabis Control Commission did not uphold the Baker administration's ban, though that permission could be short-lived amid ongoing legal challenges and potential future regulations from the commission.

Thu
07
Nov

University of Florida’s secret hemp fields grow marijuana

Florida is likely just months away from officially allowing farmers to plant hemp in the Sunshine State. It would be the first time it’s allowed since the 1950s.

The hemp and CBD oil craze has swept the nation over the last few years, with claims the plant can be used for thousands of products and also help everything from anxiety to pain. As many as 8,000 farmers are expected to apply for a Florida hemp license. But for as popular as hemp is, early tests show it may be a big gamble.

Thu
07
Nov

Farmers say hemp could be ‘huge’ industry for Michigan

Hemp, the once-derided and still-stigmatized cannabis cousin of marijuana, could become Michigan’s next big cash crop.

Cannibidol, known as CBD, is a compound found in hemp that is in high demand as the market for CBD oil grows. Since it doesn’t contain the high-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that’s found in marijuana, CBD is legal and widely sold -- even at Family Video

Even though marijuana and hemp are the same species of plant, the federal government regulates them differently.

Thu
07
Nov

Marijuana legalization in Illinois won’t apply to people living In public housing

Once again, a major failing in the current model of state-by-state marijuana legalization has been exposed. In Chicago, the public housing agency has released a memo clarifying that residents may not partake in the state’s soon-to-be-legal cannabis industry in the comfort of their homes.

Chicago Housing Authority, which is the third largest agency of its kind in the country with over 20,000 households in its system, had this to say in a communication sent to housing voucher recipients:

Thu
07
Nov

New rules in New York to allow medical marijuana companies to use farmers’ CBD

Hemp farmers in New York are poised to get a boost from new rules allowing medical marijuana companies to use their crops to produce CBD products.

Further, the rules seek to reduce the costs for thousands of medical marijuana patients statewide who use CBD, or cannabidiol, state officials said.

The rules would allow the 10 licensed medical marijuana companies to buy the less expensive hemp and related extracts grown under the state’s Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program, which launched in 2015.

Previously, the medical marijuana companies had to rely solely on their own operations to produce CBD, which increased the costs for patients, state officials said.

Thu
07
Nov

Don't blame legal cannabis for the vaping health crisis, focus on black market THC

As health officials learn more about the cause of a nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illnesses and deaths, illicit-market cannabis products have emerged as a primary suspect. Unfortunately, many news reports continue to conflate these illegal products with the highly regulated and compliant products produced by state-licensed operators — sowing confusion that could ultimately strengthen the illicit market and drive more people to dangerous products. 

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