Kaine Introduces Bill To Allow Veterans To Access Medical Marijuana Through The VA

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VIRGINIA: U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, joined Senator Brian Schatz to introduce legislation to allow doctors at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discuss and potentially recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states that have established medical marijuana programs. The bill will create a temporary, five-year Read the full article…

U.S. Hemp Revenues 2nd To China’s: New Frontier Data Projects $5.7B In U.S. Hemp Sales by 2020

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: New Frontier Data, the authority in data analytics and business intelligence on the global cannabis industry, with sponsorship from Hoban Law Group, Shi Farms and Mary’s Nutritionals,  releases a new, first-of-its-kind report, The Global State of Hemp: 2019 Industry Outlook, stating the global hemp industry reached $3.7 billion USD in retail sales in 2018, Read the full article…

Report: Retail Cannabis Tax Revenues Surpass $1 Billion In 2018

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: State and local excise tax collections on retail adult-use cannabis sales surpassed $1 billion in 2018 — a 57 percent increase over 2017 levels, according to data compiled by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Annual excise tax revenues on adult-use cannabis sales ($1.04 billion) rivaled those for all forms of alcohol $(1.16 billion), Read the full article…

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Tweets His Support For Hemp Border Wall

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Tweets President Trump, Steve Bannon & Erik Prince: “A Hemp-Based Concrete Border Wall is a Win for USA” DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  ​​In a Tweet posted from his official Twitter account, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher urged President Trump to read and consider a plan created by the cannabis community for a southern border wall constructed from a hemp-based material, known as Read the full article…

Nominee For US Attorney General Will Not Take Action Against State-Sanctioned Marijuana Industry

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Trump administration’s nominee for US Attorney General, William Barr, during Senate testimony on Tuesday affirmed that he would not use the power of the Justice Department to target marijuana-related activity in jurisdictions where the plant is legally regulated. In response to a question posed by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Barr said, Read the full article…

Senators Wyden, Merkley Urge FDA To Update Regulations To Ensure US Producers & Consumers Have Access To CBD, Other Hemp Products

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update federal regulations governing the use of certain hemp-derived ingredients in food, beverages or dietary supplements. Congress legalized the production and sale of industrial hemp and hemp derivatives, including hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), when it passed Wyden Read the full article…

Blumenauer Announces Co-Chairs of Congressional Cannabis Caucus For 116th Congress

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), a leading advocate for cannabis policy reform and founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, today announced the launch of the Caucus for the 116th Congress. The Caucus leadership team includes Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), who will become the first woman of color to Co-Chair the Caucus; Representative Dave Read the full article…

Iowa Senator Quashes Floor Debate On Marijuana STATES Act

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on Tuesday blocked lawmakers from considering an amendment on the floor of the US Senate that sought to permanently remove the threat of federal intervention in states that regulate marijuana sales. The amendment, offered by Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, was largely identical to Senate Bill 3032: The STATES Act, which creates an Read the full article…

Farm Bill Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban Become Law

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: President Donald Trump today signed legislation into law that includes language lifting the United States’ decades-long prohibition on domestic, commercial hemp production. The provisions were included within The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka ‘The Farm Bill’), which takes effect on January 1, 2019. “The significance of this law change should not be underemphasized,” NORML Read the full article…

FDA Statement Statement From FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, On Signing Of The Agriculture Improvement Act And The Agency’s Regulation Of Products Containing Cannabis And Cannabis-derived Compounds

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Today (December 20, 2018), the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was signed into law. Among other things, this new law changes certain federal authorities relating to the production and marketing of hemp, defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.), and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low (less than 0.3 percent on a dry Read the full article…