Kentucky Hemp Farmers Chance Federal Prosecution

“I think it’s irresponsible for anyone to take the Department of Justice’s guidance, their guidance to prosecutors in states that have legalized marijuana, and to take that and contort it that suddenly industrial hemp is now legal in Kentucky,” Conway said. “That’s not the state of the law.”

KENTUCKY: Farmers who plant industrial hemp in Kentucky soil risk prosecution regardless of a U.S. Department of Justice memo on federal marijuana enforcement issued earlier this year, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway said Wednesday.

Congressional Research Service Declares Hemp Economically Viable

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.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Industrial hemp could be an “economically viable alternative crop” for United States farmers, according to a white paper published by the Congressional Research Service this summer. The CRS is the nonpartisan research arm of the United States Congress.

Hemp Seeds Promoted As The Next Superfood

As awareness about industrial hemp and its health benefits spreads — even Dr. Oz and Oprah have come out as hemp seed fans — more people are incorporating hemp into their everyday diets.

KANSAS: It seems like every few months a new superfood sprouts up and works its way into almost every aisle at the grocery store. Quinoa pasta, almond milk, chia-seed granola bars, flax cereal and kale chips are a few examples. One of the newest hot superfoods might surprise you. Hemp seeds are now used to make everything Read the full article…

Marijuana Group Kicks Off Petition Drive For Oregon Legalization Initiatives

If the trend toward legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could become larger than the organic food industry.

OREGON: Volunteers and paid petitioners have started gathering signatures for two 2014 initiatives that would work in concert to legalize and tax marijuana in Oregon.

Marijuana Group Kicks Off Petition Drive For Oregon Legalization Initiatives

OREGON: Volunteers and paid petitioners have started gathering signatures for two 2014 initiatives that would work in concert to legalize and tax marijuana in Oregon.

Kentucky To Move Forward With Hemp Regulations

Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole has made clear that properly regulated industrial hemp programs would not be prosecuted by the federal government.

KENTUCKY: The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted to move forward with writing regulations for a hemp farming permit program Thursday, as Attorney General Jack Conway considers the impact of a U.S. Department of Justice memo on recreational marijuana.