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After legalizing marijuana, NY seeks to ban Delta-8, A cannabis extract that gets you high like marijuana

6/25/21--Marijuana became legal in New York at the end of March, but Delta-8 THC resembles the high-inducing THC that most people are familiar with, called Delta-9. Some state lawmakers are urging Dr. Howard Zucker, the New York state health commissioner, to prohibit Delta-8, claiming that products containing the drug are dangerous because they can be marketed to children. Read

House Bill 3000 passes Oregon Legislation to help law enforcement against illegal cannabis operations

6/27/21--On Saturday, legislature passed HB 3000, a bill that Representative Lily Morgan (R-Grants Pass) says will provide better protections for minors and communities related to more harmful hemp products that contain THC. According to Rep. Morgan, the legislation was created with input from multiple resources, including both legal growers and law enforcement to better protect communities, especially in Southern Oregon. Read

Appropriations Committee releases fiscal year 2022 Agriculture-Rural-FDA funding bill

6/24/21--The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft fiscal year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation funds agencies and programs within the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Farm Credit Administration. Read

Department of Consumer Protection warns businesses that selling THC-Containing hemp products is now illegal

6/25/21--The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is warning businesses that, beginning July 1, 2021, they may no longer offer or sell products made using hemp or hemp-derived products with any Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration, including delta-7, delta-8, delta-9 and delta-10. Read

Inviting applications for socially disadvantages group grants

6/21/21--This notice announces that the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is announcing fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding for applications for the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Eligible applicants include cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers. Read

Policy statement on Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds other than Delta-9

4/28/21--Consistent with RCW 34.05.230, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has published a policy statement concerning tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds other than delta-9 and the conversion of CBD, hemp, or both to delta- 8 THC, delta-9 THC, or any other cannabis compound that is not currently identified or defined in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), or both. Read

Governor Polis celebrates release of CHAMP Report

3/29/21--Colorado Governor Jared Polis, in partnership with Colorado State University, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Division of Regulatory Agencies, and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, announced the release of the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan (CHAMP) report. The CHAMP report is the result of a collaborative effort that brought together top subject matter experts from the hemp industry, higher education, and regulatory fields to explore important questions regarding the economic advancement and regulatory management of the hemp industry in Colorado. Read

U.S. Hemp Authority announces it will not certify “hemp” products that are marketed for intoxication

3/25/21--The U.S. Hemp Authority®, the hemp industry’s initiative to provide high standards, best practices, and self-regulation, announced today that its nationally recognized certification program will not allow the participation of products that are sold under the guise of the hemp name, but that are marketed for their intoxicating effect. Read

USDA posts webinar outlining the domestic hemp production final rule

3/26/21--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted a recorded informational webinar to outline key provisions of the Final Rule establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, which went into effect March 22, 2021. Read

World’s first all-hemp plane is 10 times stronger than steel and fueled by hemp

2/24/21--Canadian cannabis firm Hempearth has designed a plane made from and fueled by hemp oil. The body and wings of the plane are made from composite hemp fibers that are 10 times stronger than steel, according to the company. Read

State AG regulators consider push for higher THC hemp

2/17/21--State agriculture regulators will vote next week on a major hemp policy change. Specifically, members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) will vote on whether to support an amendment to the “federal definition of hemp to increase the total THC concentration to 1% or less.” Read

Restrictions on shipment of vaping products could impact hemp industry

1/19/21--Companies selling vaping products online, including those with CBD cartridges, will be forced to find an alternative to the U.S. Postal Service to ship their products and will face additional regulations come this summer due to Congress approval of another appropriations bill prohibiting USPS from shipping vaping products. Read

USDA publishes final rule for the domestic production os hemp

1/15/21--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the final rule regulating the production of hemp in the United States. The final rule incorporates modifications to regulations established under the interim final rule (IFR) published in October 2019. The modifications are based on public comments following the publication of the IFR and lessons learned during the 2020 growing season. Read

Hemp Production

1/14/21--The 2018 Farm Bill directed USDA to establish a national regulatory framework for hemp production in the United States. USDA published a final rule on January 15, 2021, that provides regulations for the production of hemp in the United States and is effective on March 22, 2021. The final rule incorporates modifications based on public comments and lessons learned during the 2020 growing season. Read

Efficient casework policy to address emerging challenges in seized drugs

9/30/20--As reported by Jeremy Triplett, laboratory manager of the Central Forensic Laboratory in Frankfort, Kentucky, the substances tested in cases involving seized drugs are always evolving. By establishing policies on the most critical samples to test and maintaining ongoing communication with stakeholders, laboratories can more efficiently manage a backlog. Read

Texas smokable hemp ban takes effect next week

7/28/20--Officials in Texas have certified that the code banning the retail sale and distribution of smokable hemp products has been approved and becomes effective Aug. 2. Read

$8M worth of heroin, cocaine, pot seized in massive Atlanta drug bust

8/5/20--Authorities said they recently made the largest heroin bust in Georgia history, preventing 374 pounds of the illegal substance from making it to Atlanta’s streets. The DEA said agents believe the drugs were headed for “The Bluff,” a section of northwest Atlanta notorious for heroin availability. Read

Midwestern Hemp Database Project seeks grower participation

7/16/20--The goal of this project is to provide regional (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan) insight into agronomic performance and cannabinoid development of modern hemp varieties. This project will rely heavily on dedicated grower cooperation to provide useful information to experienced and new growers interested hemp production. Read

Hemp farming bill passes that would empower police, raise fees

6/16/20--Anyone transporting hemp plants in Georgia would have to carry documentation or risk arrest, according to a bill the Georgia General Assembly passed Monday. The state Senate voted 34-13 to approve the measure, which would set rules for Georgia’s new hemp farming industry. The legislation, House Bill 847, now advances to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature or veto. Read

Little-noticed hemp memo clarifies military’s ban on service members using CBD

6/22/20--Since hemp was federally legalized, various military branches have issued guidance, broadly prohibiting active duty members from using products derived from the crop despite the legal status change. But a little-noticed memo is helping to explain the trend. The memo states that regular use of lawful hemp products could result in a positive urinalysis test for THC. Additionally, the FDA does not certify THC concentrations in CBD products that are widely available in the marketplace, it says. Read

Hemp industry asks Congress to help on FDA guidance

6/4/20--The hemp industry, trying to regain ground lost to the pandemic, is asking the Agriculture Department to make it eligible for COVID-19 aid. Jonathan Miller, general counsel for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, said that the trade association wants lawmakers to require the Food and Drug Administration to start writing regulations for cannabidiol (CBD) products as dietary supplements and food additives. Read

Vermont Agency of Agriculture finalizes hemp rules

5/31/20--The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has finalized rules for growing hemp for the current growing season. The rules set standards for record-keeping, reporting, testing, and labeling. They also include provisions for disposal of non-compliant crops and products, and inspections and enforcement. Read

AG Yost announces quantitative analysis of marijuana at BCI

4/30/20--Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost recently announced that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has implemented the quantitative analysis of marijuana in drug evidence seized by law enforcement. Read

Colorado Ag Department Phytosanitary programs protect hemp farmers

4/21/20--The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s (CDA) Phytosanitary, Seed and Nursery programs facilitate export of hemp seeds and clones/transplants across the U.S. and the world and offer important protections for farmers. These regulatory programs mandate truthful labeling and freedom from pests and diseases. To facilitate movement of plants, CDA inspects the material and issues a phytosanitary certificate stating freedom of specific quarantine pests to meet the restriction. Read

The therapeutic effectiveness of full spectrum hemp oil using chronic neuropathic pain model

4/19/20--Few models exist that can control for placebo and expectancy effects commonly observed in clinical trials measuring ‘Cannabis’ pharmacodynamics. The Foramen Rotundum Inflammatory Constriction Trigeminal Infraorbital Nerve injury (FRICT-ION) model was used to measure the effect of “full-spectrum” whole plant extracted hemp oil on chronic neuropathic pain sensitivity in mice. Read

Texas Hemp law creates haze of confusion: ‘It Changed The Definition Of Marijuana’

3/12/20--While bills to decriminalize marijuana failed in the last legislation session, the state’s new hemp law passed unanimously. It was intended to allow farmers to cash in on a new crop, but the unintended effect is a big one. According to Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Dale Smith, it changed the definition of marijuana by defining legal hemp as the same plant, only with a concentration of less than .3% THC, marijuana’s euphoria inducing chemical. Read

Encouraging transparency in the hemp CBD product industry

3/1/20--Center for Food Safety's updated Hemp CBD Scorecard evaluates many of the top hemp CBD producers on their production methods, testing protocols, and transparency to consumers. Read

Georgia Hemp Processor Permit Application Available

3/3/20--Georgians interested in processing hemp can now apply for a Hemp Processing Permit. The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) requires any person processing or intending to process hemp to hold a valid Hemp Processor Permit before receiving, processing, handling or storing hemp. Read

Hemp industry continues to grow in KY; Could medical marijuana be next?

2/15/20--Kentucky is one of the top states for hemp farmers, and according to Kentucky CBD/Hemp Trade Show organizer Carmine De Santo, the success of hemp could be clearing the path for medical marijuana in Kentucky. House Bill 136 would legalize and regulate medical marijuana in Kentucky. It passed its first hurdle this week after it was approved by a committee with a vote of 17 to one. It’s expected to come up for a House vote soon. Read

Hemp rules give Minnesota farmers little room for error with law enforcement

2/17/20--Hemp farming drew heavy interest from Minnesota farmers as a fast-growing market for CBD oil emerged from nowhere. More than 500 growers and processors secured licenses under the state’s industrial hemp pilot program last year, but the business is perilous, and the rules give farmers little room for error. In fact, thirty growers in Minnesota were ordered to destroy their crops in 2019 after they tested too high for THC. Read

The German hemp market – hemp makes a comeback in Germany

2/11/20--While the demand for hemp products has been on the rise in Germany, hemp is still considered a niche product. Licensed German companies are now able to cultivate medicinal cannabis, though the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of marijuana for recreational purposes remains prohibited in Germany. This report provides an overview of the German hemp market, its opportunities, and the current legal status. Read

Hemp states running pilot programs in 2020 starting to ask for deadline extensions

1/16/20--Six state agriculture departments have opted to run their 2020 hemp production programs under the existing rules; however, state agriculture officials in several of those states say their pilot programs’ expiration dates could lead to serious problems. Recommendations to the USDA have been made to extend the agency grant deadline to state pilot programs through the end of the 2020 calendar year. Read

Cannabis confusion pushes states to ban smokable hemp

1/9/20--The rise of hemp products so similar to marijuana has caught some lawmakers by surprise, and some state lawmakers, alarmed by how difficult it is for law enforcement officers to tell the difference between hemp bud or joints and illegal pot products, are cracking down on smokable hemp. Read

Cross-pollination drives growing disputes between marijuana, hemp farmers

11/14/19--Marijuana growers say that cross-pollination from hemp farms can cost them thousands because it can render flower products unmarketable. Read

USDA Domestic Hemp Production Program

11/6/19--On October, 31, 2019, USDA formally issued an interim final rule establishing the USDA Domestic Hemp Production Program. The following video is a basic overview of the program. Read

Many farmers oppose Georgia’s strict hemp growing rules

9/25/19--While Georgians can buy CBD oil in nutrition stores and gas stations, the product is farmed, processed, and shipped from out of state. Forty-one states already have hemp farming programs, and Georgia farmers want to get in on the action now that the General Assembly allowed it, but they’re having to wait for regulations to be approved. Read

How Georgia’s CBD pioneers are changing minds

9/19/19--As Georgia’s laws have shifted, CBD entrepreneurs are vying to become the brands of choice among wellness-focused consumers who may never before have experienced this new breed of nutraceutical. Yet, while cannabis laws have loosened in many U.S. states, Georgia’s cannabis laws are among the most restrictive in the nation; focusing only on hemp and its byproduct CBD, which can be sold only under tight constraints and through a limited number of licenses. Read

Cannabis confusion over hemp, marijuana creates issues for Colorado law enforcement

8/23/19--It is increasingly becoming a more common case of confusion in Colorado involving two types of cannabis plants, marijuana and hemp. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants but hemp contains a much lower level of the psychoactive ingredient THC. Read

Alcovy Circuit will not file blanket dismissals of marijuana charges following state hemp law

8/23/19--District attorneys across Georgia have released varying opinions on the prosecution of marijuana cases. As it stands, law enforcement can test for the presence of THC, but are unable to test for the amount, meaning they would not be able to determine if a substance was illegal marijuana or legalized hemp. Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney Layla Zon says she still intends to prosecute the cases, but will individually review the evidence once testing becomes available if a defendant claims to possess hemp. Read

High stakes: What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

8/22/19--Early in May, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Georgia Hemp Farming Act, which legalized hemp production in the state to help farmers get into this industry and promote economic development. However, since hemp and marijuana are so similar in look and smell, a growing number of prosecutors across the state are putting a pause on marijuana charges. Marijuana is still not legal in the state, but law enforcement cannot accurately tell the difference between the substances right now. Read

Ohio legislators accidentally legalized pot, say law enforcement experts

8/10/19--State contortions to legalize hemp in Ohio got so complicated that it now looks like misdemeanor marijuana charges won’t be prosecuted — in effect legalizing pot for the time being. Columbus officials have already declared they’re dropping prosecution of pot misdemeanors. Read

With new hemp law, ‘sniff and search’ goes up in smoke

7/13/19--"Sniff and search" has long resulted in many arrests for law enforcement in Palm Beach County. But, apparently, nearly all sniff-and-search cases just went up in smoke. According to State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office via an emailed memo from his intake division, it is imperative for police departments to determine whether seized cannabis is marijuana or hemp from a 1 percent test kit, and a commitment from the agency that it will pay for quantitative testing by a private, accredited lab before charges can be filed. Read

LA law firm Margolin & Lawrence help Georgians with hemp licensing process as new law goes into effect

7/10/19--Los Angeles law firm Margolin & Lawrence, a longtime leader in marijuana licensing and compliance, is now working in Georgia with a farmer in Candler County and others to help them efficiently navigate what can be a fraught licensing process. Read

Marijuana manufacturers flock to CBD e-commerce amid ongoing legal confusion

3/20/19--The dominant sales channel for CBD – e-commerce – is becoming a major draw for marijuana manufacturers, who are using hemp-derived CBD to tap into new revenue and a wider consumer base. They’re doing this despite repeated warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is illegal to include CBD in food, cosmetics or dietary supplements. Read

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue issues warning for hemp farmers

3/20/19--As the hype around hemp ramps up and states issue record numbers of licenses to farmers wanting to capitalize on opportunities the new crop may offer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said he isn’t so sure hemp will be the cash crop everyone is hoping for. Perdue also predicted that hemp farmers would likely avoid further pursuits into the cannabis market. Read

Hemp testing confusion snarls Farm Bill interstate commerce guarantee

3/5/19--The 2018 Farm Bill promised protection for hemp transportation but left states with no uniform way to test THC content. As the industry awaits a national testing standard to determine what is hemp and what is marijuana, some states are talking about updating outdated testing methods for themselves. The updated tests won’t eliminate the problem of varying state testing methods, but they would eliminate the simple yes-or-no on whether the plants contain THC. Read

‘Everybody’s wanting seed’: Hempseed market heats up after Farm Bill passage

1/8/19--The 2018 Farm Bill guarantees interstate commerce for all hemp products, removing requirements that viable hempseeds require approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Plant breeders now have a huge new market open to them as barriers to national hempseed distribution are removed. Read

Colorado company behind Charlotte’s Web CBD strain generates nearly $100 million through Canadian IPO

9/11/18--Charlotte's Web Holdings Inc. is the latest U.S. marijuana firm to launch an IPO on the Canadian Securities Exchange. The CBD company, known formerly as Stanley Brothers Inc., began trading Aug. 30 at $7. The stock price has nearly doubled in its first two weeks on the market, and the IPO generated more than $93 million. Read

Trump administration cautions against hemp expansion

2/21/18--The Trump administration doesn’t want to see hemp expanded nationwide in the next Farm Bill because of concerns about overproduction, according to an official. Greg Ibach, undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said current hemp regulations are “fairly narrow” and that the Trump administration doesn’t necessarily want to see that change when the Farm Bill is rewritten this year. Read

Hemp producers in North Dakota holding back amid CBD controversy

6/19/17--As North Dakota’s hemp industry grows, legal questions have kept producers from making one of the crop’s most desirable products. Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive substance derived from cannabis plants, but the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers most cannabidiol to be a Schedule I illegal drug. The hemp industry argues that cannabidiol derived from hemp is legal because of the 2014 Farm Bill, which allowed for states to set up industrial hemp production. Read