USDA Publishes “Economic Viability Of Industrial Hemp In The United States: A Review of State Pilot Programs”

USDA Hemp Viability Report

BY TYLER B. MARK, JONATHAN SHEPHERD, DAVID OLSON, WILLIAM SNELL, SUSAN PROPER, AND SUZANNE THORNSBURY After a hiatus of almost 45 years, the 2014 Farm Bill reintroduced industrial hemp production in the United States through State pilot programs. This study documents outcomes and lessons learned from the State pilot programs and examines legal, agronomic, and economic Read the full article…

Illinois: Pritzker Administration Announces Revenue Figures For First Month Of Adult Use Cannabis

Marijuana is big business

ILLINOIS: The Illinois Department of Revenue announced that adult-use cannabis sales generated $7,332,058 in cannabis tax revenue during the month of January, with an additional $3,147,928.29 generated in retail sales tax revenue. Governor Pritzker’s recently released budget conservatively estimated the state would collect $28 million in cannabis tax revenue during the remainder of the fiscal Read the full article…

Governor Cuomo Announces He Will Visit States That Have Legalized Cannabis Programs to Help Inform His Efforts to Pass Legislation as Part of Budget

Cuomo Talks Legal Cannabis

Builds on Regional Cannabis Regulation and Vaping Initiatives Previously Announced With Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts Governor Cuomo: “I’m going to visit Massachusetts, Illinois and California or Colorado, which are three states that have legalized it and have different versions, and bring my team to meet with them, discuss what they’ve done, Read the full article…

Washington And Oregon Marijuana Regulators To Discuss Impact Of Hemp On The Northwest’s Marijuana Market


Oregon Liquor Control Commission Policy Experts at Hemp-CBD Connex Conference to Meet with Hemp Industry OREGON: The top regulators from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Washington Liquor & Cannabis Board will discuss how hemp is influencing the legal cannabis industry in their respective states at the Hemp-CBD Connex conference. On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11 Read the full article…

Global Cannabis Sales Grow 48% To $15 Billion In 2019


COLORADO: Global cannabis sales rose 48% to $15 billion in 2019, driven by growth in sales in Canada and seven U.S. states that saw sales more than double. Continued consumer adoption in maturing markets such as Colorado and new adult-use markets including Massachusetts contributed to 45% growth in adult-use sales to $8.9 billion. However, medical-only states Read the full article…

USDA Extends U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program Interim Final Rule Comment Period To January 29, 2020


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the comment period for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule until Jan. 29, 2020, to allow stakeholders additional time to provide feedback. USDA published the interim final rule on Oct. 31, 2019, as authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). Read the full article…

Congressman Riggleman Sends Letter To Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, On Hemp Production


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congressman Denver Riggleman sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to discuss potential changes to the implementation of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.  The letter suggested improvements to benefit farmers and align the rules with the realities that hemp farmers face while growing. “Virginia and the 5th District are uniquely positioned Read the full article…

Ohio State Board Of Pharmacy Seeking Input On Proposed Rule Amendments


OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy is seeking public input on proposed medical marijuana: (1) dispensary, (2) patient and caregiver and (3) form and method of administration rules. To view the proposed rules, including instructions on how to provide comments, visit:

Booker Marijuana Provisions Pass House Judiciary Committee

Cory Booker

2017 Booker bill provided framework for MORE Act DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Three key marijuana provisions designed to reverse decades of failed drug policy and first introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) passed the House Judiciary Committee today: record expungement, reinvestment in the communities most harmed by the War on Drugs, and removing marijuana from the list Read the full article…

Chairman Nadler Statement For The Markup Of H.R. 3884, The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment And Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019

Chariman Nadler

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following opening remarks during the markup of H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019: “H.R. 3884, the ‘Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019,’ or the ‘MORE Act of 2019.’ This bill would make three important changes to Read the full article…