Industrial Hemp Gaining Traction In Agriculture Industry

Colorado Cultivars hemp

COLORADO: Two years ago, Rick Trojan and his team at Colorado Cultivars found a wild hemp plant growing on the side of the road. It looked kind of like a Christmas tree, he said. They brought it into their greenhouse and began doing research, cultivating different strains of hemp so they could plant each section Read the full article…

NY Launches Medical Marijuana Program Thursday

New Hampshire Cannabis Dispensary Approved

NEW YORK: New York is the latest state to allow its citizens to use medical marijuana. The Empire State kicked off its medical marijuana program Thursday with eight dispensaries opening for business.  The program comes 18 months after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act. It makes non-smokeable forms of medical marijuana available to New Read the full article…

Italian Ice Cream Maker Creates Hemp Gelato

The hemp-flavored gelato they created is both tasty and nutritious, but it will not get anybody high.

ITALY: An Italian ice cream parlor decided to put together a Bob Marley tribute ice cream this year, and they say the hemp-flavored gelato they created is both tasty and nutritious, but it will not get anybody high. According to The Local, the ice cream parlor in a resort town in Liguria decided to team up with a local Read the full article…

North Carolina Farmers Free To Grow Hemp Again

Back in 1900, hemp was the biggest crop in the state, Price said.

NORTH CAROLINA: While cooking oil was the main topic of Dean Price’s presentation to the school board, another key component to biofuel would be the growth of farm crops that could supply fresh oil. Price said two products that could be grown here in North Carolina are canola and hemp. Back in 1900, hemp was the biggest Read the full article…

Hemp Crops Coming To New York As Early As Spring?

Two state lawmakers from the Southern Tier sponsored bills to get trial plantings started: Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, and Sen. Tom O'Mara, R-Elmira.

“We are on the frontier of a major new industrial crop, and that’s why I’ve been pushing New York to get out in front of it,” Lupardo said.

Federal law was changed in the 2014 national farm-policy bill to allow states to permit hemp research. Lupardo and O’Mara sponsored bills in New York to do just that. The measure was adopted with near-unanimous support, but rules governing the experiments were not adopted in time for the 2015 growing season.

NEW YORK: The state Department of Agriculture and Markets has developed proposed regulations to govern experimental growing of a cultivar of cannabis, the plant most known today as the source of marijuana. Industrial hemp, as it’s sometimes known, has too little of the active ingredient  tetrahydrocannabinol, often referred to as THC, to produce a recreational Read the full article…

Legalizing Weed: Key Players In Utah’s Legalization Of Industrial Hemp Farming

The federal government removed some of the restrictions on industrial hemp farming with the 2014 Farm Bill.

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UTAH: For decades, it was illegal to grow hemp in the United States because of the plant’s relationship to the marijuana drug. However, hemp is not itself a drug, and many states, including Utah, have begun legalizing hemp production because of the benefits offered to farmers, manufacturers, and the economy. The federal government removed some of the Read the full article…

Menominee Tribe Files Lawsuit Over Hemp Raid

The DEA has said the tribe wasn't growing industrial hemp.

WISCONSIN: Less than a month after its land was raided, the Menominee Indian Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the DEA and Department of Justice. The tribe wants to clarify whether it’s legal for it to grow industrial hemp on its reservation, which the tribe considers to be equal to a state. “We still stand Read the full article…

Pennsylvania House Could Take Up Bill Allowing Research Into Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp production stopped in 1937 when the Marijuana Tax Act was passed. Hemp has been illegal since 1970 when the Controlled Substances Act passed, as hemp comes from the cannabis plant.

PENNSYLVANIA: A state House panel moved a bill that paves the way for research into industrial uses of hemp research After approval by the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, the bill now moves to the House floor. The measure would allow university researchers and programs administered by the Department of Agriculture to study industrial hemp Read the full article…

Will Pennsylvania Farmers Be Allowed To Grow Hemp Again?

Diamond introduced House Bill 967 to create a pilot program for industrial hemp research. The plant could be grown in special programs under the Department of Agriculture and at universities.

PENNSYLVANIA: A black and white picture from Hanover, Pennsylvania circa 1908 shows a farmer harvesting his field of hemp. Thirty years later, it was illegal to grow the plant. “Hemp was grown in Pennsylvania for hundreds of years and all of sudden, in the reefer madness craze of the 1930s, it got taken off the availability Read the full article…

South Dakota Tribe To Open Nation’s First Marijuana Resort

"We want it to be an adult playground," said tribal President Anthony Reider. "There's nowhere else in American that has something like this."

SOUTH DAKOTA:  The Santee Sioux tribe has proven its business acumen, running a casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. Now the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation’s first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a money-making Read the full article…