Congressional Committee Approves Legislation To Expand Pool Of Federally Licensed Marijuana Growers

House Judiciary Committee

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Members of the US House Judiciary Committee last week voted in favor of legislation, HR 5634: The Medical Cannabis Research Act of 2018, to facilitate FDA-approved clinical trials involving whole-plant cannabis. The Act mandates the federal government to license multiple providers of research-grade marijuana, among other changes. The vote marks the first time that Read the full article…

‘Kettle Falls Five’ Members Get Prison Time In Federal Marijuana Case

IRice sentenced Rolland Gregg to 2 years and 9 months in prison. He gave Gregg’s wife, Michelle, and his mother, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, 1 year and 1 day in federal custody.

WASHINGTON: The marijuana grow that netted jail time for four members of a self-proclaimed medicinal farming family out of Stevens County may have started with good intentions, but ended as a “distribution center,” said the federal judge who handed down their sentences Friday. “Maybe that was a byproduct of being so successful,” said U.S. District Court Judge Read the full article…

Marijuana Growers Warned Not To Use Illegal Pesticides – Which Is Nearly All Of Them

OREGON: The Oregon Department of Agriculture is warning marijuana growers to stop using illegal pesticides, while the state scrambles to put together a list of acceptable chemicals. The federal government puts pesticides through tests that determine in what context a chemical may be used in agriculture and how much may be used. Those accepted uses are Read the full article…

Sonoma County Marijuana Growers Urged To Form United Front

Sonoma County marijuana growers came together Sunday to talk about how their industry can come out of the shadows, flex some political muscle and position itself for a day when its product becomes legalized for all adults.

CALIFORNIA:  Sonoma County marijuana growers came together Sunday near Sebastopol to talk about how their industry can come out of the shadows, flex some political muscle and position itself for a day when its product becomes legalized for all adults. About 200 people gathered at the Sebastopol Grange for the first fundraiser of the newly Read the full article…

Marijuana And Hemp Growers Duke It Out In Oregon Legislature

Marijuana and hemp growers duke it out in Oregon Legislature

OREGON:  Depending on who’s talking, a 20-acre hemp farm about 10 miles south of Grants Pass is either the harbinger of a new industry that could help save rural Oregon – or an existential threat to local marijuana farmers just as they’re anticipating boom times. Hemp, the non-intoxicating version of cannabis sativa, has long been Read the full article…

Uruguay’s Year In Marijuana: 3 Successes, 3 Burning Questions

Along with the successes of Uruguay's weed experiment are some notable hold-ups such as it's still impossible to buy marijuana legally.

URUGUAY:  It’s been just over a year since Uruguay‘s President Jose Mujica signed a law creating the world’s first nationalized market for the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana. The implementation of this historic law was part of a landmark year for cannabis. Recreational pot stores opened in Colorado and Washington State, while three other US states Read the full article…

The Government Wants To Buy 12 Acres Of Marijuana — For Research

National Institute on Drug Abuse is looking for growers since its existing marijuana-farm contract is set to expire next year.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Calling all pot farmers: Uncle Sam is looking to buy. An arm of the National Institutes of Health dedicated to researching drug abuse and addiction “intends” to solicit proposals from those who can “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” cannabis, according to a listing posted Tuesday night on a federal government website. A Read the full article…

Dutch Maker Of Medical Marijuana Considers Supplying Canada

"Offering more varieties is the first thing," Bedrocan director Tjalling Erkelens said this week from Veendam. "I think that's very important to patients, that they have this possibility to choose different varieties."

CANADA:  A Dutch company is interested in supplying marijuana to Canada’s medical pot users, a service currently provided by a Saskatoon company with an operation in Flin Flon, Man., near the Saskatchewan border. Bedrocan B.V. has been producing medical-grade marijuana for the government of the Netherlands for six years. The company is contemplating bidding for a Read the full article…

Connecticut City Offers Hand To Budding Medical Pot Business

CONNECTICUT: If all goes as planned, one of the state’s first legal marijuana farms will be growing and harvesting plants on Burr Court in buildings tucked between Fairfield Avenue and Interstate 95. And Councilwoman Susan Brannelly, D-130, who represents the neighborhood, isn’t just OK with the project. She’s enthusiastic about it. “It would be a real benefit for the Read the full article…