FridayFeb 28, 2020 9:00 am

Sussex Vegan Restaurant Focuses on Hemp Dishes

The hemp plant can be grown for fiber, hemp seeds, or CBD. Hemp is a Cannabis Sativa L variety, which is a cousin to marijuana, but it has close to zero levels of THC, and this makes hemp non-psychoactive. Hemp seeds are termed as a healthy superfood that has high protein content, and it is full of vitamins and minerals. Hemp is also popular because it is environmentally friendly. On Saturday, March 7, a new food and entertainment joint, The Hempist restaurant and lounge bar, will be opening along the Hastings seafront in the UK. The restaurant will serve vegan…

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ThursdayFeb 27, 2020 9:00 am

USDA Approves Wyoming’s Hemp Plan

The 2018 Farm Bill introduced what some say will be the new era of American agriculture. The legislation decriminalized hemp after decades of prohibition, giving farmers across the country the go-ahead to cultivate the crop. States and tribes interested in growing hemp were instructed to create their hemp programs and submit those plans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval. The bill defined hemp as cannabis sativa L. with less than 0.3% THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). It's the chemical that creates marijuana's psychoactive high. In line with federal law, the USDA recently approved Wyoming's industrial hemp growing regulations, putting…

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WednesdayFeb 26, 2020 4:00 pm

Virginia Lawmakers OK Smokable Hemp for Adults

On Monday, Virginia legislators approved the use smokable hemp within the state, even though they said that they do not understand why a person would want to smoke hemp. Hemp is legal under federal law, but Rep. Danny Marshall said that he wanted to clear up any confusion surrounding smokable hemp. Although hemp is similar to marijuana in terms of smell and appearance, their only difference is in THC concentration. Hemp contains minute traces of THC, which makes it non-psychoactive, while cannabis is psychoactive. THC induces the high effect. Marshall introduced the bill on smokable hemp to make it clear…

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FridayFeb 21, 2020 4:00 pm

Proposed Georgia Law to Allow Police to Arrest People for Hemp and Marijuana Possession

On Tuesday, a bill that passed a Georgia House committee would give police in the state the power to arrest people found possessing small amounts of green leafy substances, even when they cannot differentiate if it is legal hemp or illegal marijuana. The legislation would consider it a crime to transport hemp plants without documents showing that the hemp was produced under a farming or processing license. The violators would be given the same punishment as that of misdemeanor marijuana crimes, such as a year in jail or a fine of $1,000. The bill was approved through a voice vote…

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WednesdayFeb 19, 2020 9:00 am

Study Finds That Hemp Legalization Has Boosted Bee Numbers

Scientists have discovered that since the legalization of industrial hemp took place in 2018 under the Department of Agriculture Farm Bill, the newly green fields of Cannabis Sativa L. have had unexpected benefits upon the bee population as it is helping boost their numbers. Hemp is exclusively pollinated via wind and therefore creates a lot of pollen for a variety of bee species. And since legalization, and the whole of 2019, growers have been cultivating industrial hemp outdoors instead of hiding them in house basements like it was years before legalization. The journal Environmental Entomology published the study that found…

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TuesdayFeb 11, 2020 4:00 pm

Oregon Raises THC Limit for Some Hemp Products

For the last few years, the health, sports, and wellness industries have been shaken up by the emergence of a group of unique chemicals called cannabinoids. These chemicals are produced by the cannabis plant, and even though most of the research into their abilities is in its preliminary stages, we can conclusively say they have medical properties. In December 2018, Congress passed the Farm Bill, effectively making the cultivation and sale of hemp and its derivatives legal. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the cannabinoids produced by cannabis, and the legislation kick-started the CBD craze that's currently gripping the U.S.…

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TuesdayFeb 04, 2020 4:00 pm

North Dakota Opts to Continue With Old Hemp Rules in 2020

At the beginning of 2019, North Dakota and Montana submitted their hemp plans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency rejected North Dakota’s proposal since it was submitted before the interim final rules were released, but it is reviewing Montana’s revised plan irrespective of the stringent THC testing measures stipulated by the agency. Hemp and marijuana are almost similar, except that hemp contains close to zero levels of THC. THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana. Hemp is fibrous and can be used to make a wide range of products such as paper, clothing, rope, and cosmetics. It is…

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MondayFeb 03, 2020 4:00 pm

Genetics, Not Cultivation Conditions, Cause Hemp to Become Hot

Despite the rapid growth of the hemp industry, hemp growers are facing the risk of the crop having more than the stipulated level of THC, which renders the plant illegal if it’s more than 0.3%. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Researchers from Cornell University have found that the propensity of the plant to have more than 0.3% THC is not because of the growing conditions, but because of seed genetics. The horticulture professor and senior author of the study, Larry Smart, said that people thought that the crop was found hot because of the way the farmers cultivated…

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