Indiana Seeks Federal Approval For Growing Hemp

The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

INDIANA:  Indiana‘s seed commissioner is seeking federal approval for the state’s farmers to begin growing industrial hemp under a newly passed state law. Seed Commissioner Robert Waltz said Thursday that he’s asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant the state permission to allow hemp to be grown for Read the full article…

NY: 32 politicians support medical marijuana in New York

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A sizeable number of elected officials representing Long Island who responded to a recent newsday.com survey said they support legalizing the use of medical marijuana in New York. Of Long Island’s 81 local, state and federal elected officials, 32 mostly Democratic respondents said they support legalizing medical marijuana, two said they would not support such Read the full article…

Colorado policymakers fire back at Gov. Christie over pot comments

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DENVER — Few people still take New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seriously as a presidential contender, which may explain the governor’s comments Monday derisively referring to this critical swing state as a land of “head shops popping up on every corner.” During a radio appearance Monday, Christie responded emphatically to a caller who asked about Read the full article…

To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot’s Stoner Image

Alison Ledden, marketing director for The Farm, a recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., says some customers come in thinking they're at a specialty grocer, not a marijuana store.

COLORADO:  From the outside, Jan Cole’s recreational marijuana store in Boulder, Colo., just feels welcoming. Big glass windows let in natural light, and the walls are painted in soothing earth tones. Cole used her background in spa management to build a “warm and inviting” pot shop that puts customers at ease. In fact, the store’s Read the full article…

Oregon Conference On Cannabis Therapeutics Explores The Endocannabinoid System and Aging

The baby boomers are reaching retirement age; this conference will promote understanding cannabis as beneficial not only as a medicine for the ill, but also as helpful in preventing many health problems, keeping systems in balance and protecting us from stressors.

OREGON: Patients Out of Time will bring their clinical cannabis conference series to Portland, Oregon, offering professional training and continuing education credits for doctors, nurses, other health care professionals. Pre-conference workshops take place on May 8th at Portland University Place Hotel, with separate tracks for doctors, for nurses, and, new this year, for lawyers (offering CLEs), aimed at those who are Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Companies Flood Florida Ahead Of Ballot Measure

Medical marijuana remains illegal after Amendment 2 received just 57 percent of the required 60 percent supermajority needed to pass the constitutional amendment.

FLORIDA:  The medical marijuana industrial-complex is in full swing in Florida. With the question of legalizing medical marijuana apparently heading to voters on the Nov. 4 ballot, entrepreneurs are popping up in an effort to get in on the ground floor of the movement. Eighteen medical marijuana companies have registered with the state this year. Read the full article…

Pot Luck: Could Marijuana Be Used To Treat Diabetes?

Marijuana users also had smaller waist circumferences and higher levels of HDL cholesterol than never users.

NEBRASKA: In research dubbed “remarkable” by an accompanying editorialist, US doctors describe how current users of marijuana appear to have better blood glucose control than never or former users. Existing cannabis smokers had lower levels of fasting insulin and were less likely to be insulin resistant than nonusers; this finding remained true even when patients Read the full article…

Stevia Enters Hemp Industry with ‘Real Hemp’

Fort Lupton's PureVision Technology wants to process hemp stalks for consumer-product manufacturing and plans large-scale biorefinery in Oregon.

INDIANA: Stevia Corp., a farm management company focused on the economic development of products that support healthy lifestyle, is expanding its business into legal hemp. In a press release, the  company announced plans to participate in the successful growth of the hemp industry and particularly hemp seeds, oils and related products which are growing in popularity. Read the full article…

Spokane City Council Passes Temporary Law Governing Marijuana

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WASHINGTON: The Spokane City Council voted unanimously Monday in favor of a temporary city law governing all things marijuana, from collective medical gardens to zoning for retail pot shops. The ordinance, which the council adopted ahead of the release of state laws governing marijuana, directs the city’s Plan Commission to conduct a public hearing on the Read the full article…