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07
Nov

Gov. Noem again says no to growing hemp in South Dakota

Gov. Kristi Noem reiterated her opposition Tuesday to legalizing industrial hemp production in South Dakota, even in the face of new federal rules allowing the cash crop.

Hemp is seen as a possible boon by many farmers, but Noem said in a statement that legalizing it is akin to legalizing marijuana because it is difficult for law enforcement to distinguish between the two. But the governor also said South Dakota will allow the crop to be transported across the state in keeping with federal laws. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced new regulations that allow farmers to grow hemp and ship it across state lines.

Thu
07
Nov

Wyoming should move quickly to let farmers begin hemp production

Last year, Wyoming lawmakers wisely legalized industrial hemp growing. Since then, state leaders have encouraged the creation of a hemp industry here, and in April, a Casper summit attracted hundreds of potential growers.

There was just one problem. The federal government needed to craft rules for hemp production. That process wasn’t complete in time for farmers to plant hemp for the 2019 growing season.

Thankfully, that bureaucratic obstacle was eliminated last week when the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved interim rules for hemp growers. Now, the ball is back in the state’s court. Once the state has finished developing its own regulatory apparatus, farmers can begin planting hemp. And that can’t happen soon enough.

Thu
07
Nov

Does the Italian Mafia play a role in the cannabis trade?

While the global drug market may be heavily associated with Latin American cartels and violence south of the border, places like New York and Chicago have their own homegrown drug trade thanks in large part to the Sicilian-born La Cosa Nostra. This mafia organization had an iron grip on most illegal activity in major cities like New York and Chicago for entire generations, writes Danielle Guercio

Made men or Men of Honor, as they were called, were bonafide bloodthirsty operators, though because they assimilated into white culture-at-large, they escaped many of the harsh slurs that are thrown at Black and Latinx gang members with impunity.

Thu
07
Nov

Vermont hemp growers in a ‘panic’ over proposed federal regulations

Some Vermont hemp farmers are in a “panic” over hemp regulations proposed by the federal government this past week that would strictly regulate the amount of THC — the psychoactive chemical found in the plant when it’s harvested.

The rules, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday, Oct. 31, would bar farmers from harvesting hemp plants that have a THC concentration of more than 0.3%. Under Vermont law, farmers can cultivate hemp with a THC concentration under 1%.

State regulators, hemp farmers and processors are concerned that the stricter THC standard could hurt business in Vermont.

Thu
07
Nov

Weed-curious Politicians should look to Uruguay, where there's no fuss over legal cannabis

When Uruguay became the first nation in the modern era to legalize weed in 2013, most of its citizens were against it. Yet, despite deep public skepticism, none of the challenges or perceived failures of the law have been enough to generate momentum to try and reverse it. Instead, during the first round of national elections last month, cannabis legalization had all but been forgotten as an issue. It had retreated into the political background.

Thu
07
Nov

Reasons marijuana legalization seems to be failing

When it was first proposed, the concept of marijuana legalization seemed solid enough. Take the world’s most popular illicit substance, establish a taxed and regulated marketplace and watch all of the evil associated with the herb – the criminal activity, the youth consumption –fade away into a footnote of American history. And by all accounts, it was a plan that should have worked. After all, we weren’t dealing with a new idea or anything. It was one that advocates borrowed from a time when alcohol was once prohibited across the United States, causing an uprising in crime, death and a vast array of other debaucherous behavior that could only be tamed in a legal regime. So rather than reinvent the wheel, the cannabis community forged ahead along the same path.

Wed
06
Nov

Medical marijuana in Louisiana: Questions about cost arise

Three months after medical marijuana became available in Louisiana, doctors and clinics say some patients are finding the cost for therapeutic cannabis too high for treatment, pricing them out of a medication they waited years to obtain.

Nine pharmacies dispense medicinal-grade pot and set their individual prices. Dispensary owners say their charges reflect an industry with startup charges, small patient numbers and lengthy regulatory hurdles to meet.

Wed
06
Nov

Cannabis voter initiatives fall mostly short across Michigan

Municipalities across the state of Michigan voted yesterday on whether or not to allow recreational cannabis businesses within their respective borders. However, the results following yesterday’s votes were wildly disappointing for prospective marijuana businesses.

In November of 2018, voters across the state voted in favor of legalizing possession of recreational cannabis for personal use and to allow cannabis businesses including retail stores, producers testing facilities and processing operations by a 56%-44% margin. The catch: local leaders can decide whether or not they will allow cannabis businesses within their communities.

Wed
06
Nov

Wrong to right: U.S. company helps people overcome cannabis convictions and find jobs

A recruitment agency is turning weakness into strength for people with cannabis convictions on their record.

Miami-based HempStaff helps companies in Illinois and five other states locate potential employees who meet certain social equity requirements — such as having a non-violent marijuana conviction in their past. Under legalization law in Illinois, the more workers companies employ with cannabis convictions, the better their chances become of landing a coveted licence to grow and sell the drug.

Wed
06
Nov

California leading the way on regulating marijuana market

California has the largest legal marijuana market in the world, with licensed cannabis sales in the state expected to reach $3.1 billion in 2019, which is up from the $2.5 billion sold in 2018.

Keep in mind that 2018 was the first year of legal sales, so the legal marijuana market in California is still in its infancy. By 2024, it is expected to surpass $7 billion

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