Arkansas Plant Board Holds Historic First Hemp Meeting

Arkansas State Plant Board

ARKANSAS: The Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB) embarked upon two historic firsts for the state on Tuesday. After eighty years of prohibition, the ASPB held the first meeting of the Industrial Hemp Committee where the committee voted on and passed a draft of proposed regulations. These historic firsts mark the beginning of the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Read the full article…

Gov. Hutchinson Announces New Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission

Arkansas Gov To Appoint MMJ Commission

ARKANSAS:  Governor Asa Hutchinson today, joined with Senator Jonathan Dismang, President Pro Tempore, and Representative Jeremy Gillam, Speaker of the House, announced five appointments to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. They are as follows: Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., Little Rock, to the Medical Marijuana Commission. (Hutchinson Appointment) Dr. Stephen J. Carroll, PharmD, Benton, to the Medical 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…

Trees And Marijuana Lead Salem City Council Agenda

The proposed ordinance includes numerous suggestions including a renaming of the city code, the streamlining and clarification of the appeal, notification and variance processes.

OREGON: Trees and commercial marijuana production top the agenda for the Monday, Sept. 28, Salem City Council meeting. There will be a first reading of Ordinance Bill 22-15, which would amend city code to restrict the commercial production of recreational marijuana to indoor production sites, or outdoor sites within exclusive farm use zone.  The council Read the full article…

Washington Marijuana Compliance Checks: 4 Of 22 Recreational Marijuana Stores Sell To Minors

Sales to minors are considered the most serious violations because they present a threat to public safety. Businesses cited for Sale to a Minor face a 10-day suspension or $2,500 fine. Businesses who receive three public safety violations within three years face license cancellation.

WASHINGTON: Four Western Washington recreational retail marijuana businesses recently failed compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Officers, working with underage investigative aides, checked 22 businesses for sales of marijuana to minors. The first checks represent an 82 percent no-sales-to-minors compliance rate. The four businesses will be cited for selling marijuana to Read the full article…

Arkansas Governor Plans To Pardon Son For 2003 Marijuana Conviction

The outgoing Governor plans to pardon his own son for a felony conviction for marijuana possession.

ARKANSAS:  Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon his own son for a 2003 felony conviction for marijuana possession. Matt DeCample, a spokesman for the Democratic governor, told the Associated Press that the pardon would be among a set issued by Beebe next month. Kyle Beebe, now 34, served three years of supervised probation, Read the full article…

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Wording Of Marijuana Ballot Item

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Friday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text.

ARKANSAS: The Arkansas attorney general’s office has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in the state. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel‘s office on Friday said the measure by Arkansans for Medical Cannabis contains ambiguities in its text. McDaniel’s office says the proposal doesn’t clearly define the term “legal residents” and is Read the full article…