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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FridayJan 31, 2020 4:00 pm

Thai Government Legalizes Industrial Hemp

After hemp was removed from the list of controlled substances under Section 5 of the Narcotic Act in 2019 by the Public Health Ministry, the cabinet approved a ministerial regulation permitting production, importation, and exportation of hemp. The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) defines hemp as a Cannabis sativa L plant, which contains less than 0.5% of THC in its flowers and stem and not more than 0.3% of THC in the buds. CBD is the main active ingredient found in hemp, and it is non-psychoactive. It is believed to possess healing potential as it can be used…

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ThursdayJan 30, 2020 4:00 pm

British Architects Build Sustainable Home Using Hemp

Hemp is slowly but surely carving a spot for itself as one of the most versatile raw materials we've seen in recent times. The plant has had a complicated history due to its close resemblance to marijuana, but attitudes are slowly changing. Although the two cannabis varieties look identical, the major difference between the two cannabis cousins is in their THC levels. THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is a chemical produced by cannabis, and it is responsible for the psychoactive high marijuana is famous for. Hemp produces reduced amounts of this chemical. Extremely versatile in application, hemp has been said to…

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ThursdayJan 30, 2020 9:00 am

New eSchool Seeks to Educate Financial Service Providers About Cannabis Businesses

The road to mainstream acceptance hasn't been easy for cannabis. The industry has made a lot of steps in the right direction, but there's still a long way to go. For decades, the crop was classified as a controlled substance, right next to hard drugs like heroin and cocaine, and this has cast a shadow that cannabis hasn't been completely able to shake off. As 2018 drew to a close, Congress passed the Farm Bill, legislation that legalized industrial hemp and allowed farmers to grow it under state and tribal programs. One condition was that the hemp had to have…

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WednesdayJan 29, 2020 9:00 am

Hemp Prices Plummet as Supply Exceeds CBD Demand

According to the CEO of PanXchange, Julie Lerner, hemp prices are on a downward turn due to the oversupplied hemp markets, and regardless of highly-priced CBD products such as $70 foot cream. In July last year, before the 2019 harvest hit the market, hemp biomass was selling at $40 per pound. However, a pound of hemp biomass is now going for $10, which is triple the drop from 2018 to 2019, said Lerner. The CBD consumer market is limited because the United States Food and Drug Administrations has prohibited the infusion of food or dietary supplements with CBD, but some…

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