Hawaii is another step closer to finding out whether industrial hemp
could be a major crop.
The state Department of Agriculture announced earlier this month that
it is accepting applications for state licenses to grow hemp.
This comes nearly two years after the state enacted a law to establish
a pilot program for commercial production.
"Many believe that industrial hemp can be an important crop in
Hawaii," Gov. David Ige said in a statement. "This pilot program is a
strong and prudent step in helping to determine the viability of this
crop in Hawaii."
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The number of hemp farmers in SC is growing fast. How high will it
Less than a year into the program, the number of farmers growing hemp
in South Carolina could double.
That's because the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is making
more permits available for farmers looking to participate in the
Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
The SCDA will select up to 40 farmers to receive permits to grow
industrial hemp. That's twice the amount of the 20 farmers chosen in
the inaugural year of the program.
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WASHINGTON - The massive farm bill that helps determine what farmers
grow and Americans eat is poised to get some major momentum thanks to a
not-yet-legal crop: Hemp.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has pushed hard to make
hemp a legal product in the United States, is asking for his hemp
legalization bill to be included in the sweeping farm bill. That would
help give the farm bill, whose prospects have been considered iffy,
more support in the Senate.
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The Senate's top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing
legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the first time that a leader
of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of one of the
country's oldest drug laws.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., in a statement called
the move "simply the right thing to do."
"The time has come to decriminalize marijuana," Schumer said. "My
thinking - as well as the general population's views - on the issue
has evolved, and so I believe there's no better time than the present
to get this done. It's simply the right thing to do."
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State Rep. Jim Neely's bill that would legalize medical marijuana in a
smokeless form for Missourians with terminal illnesses has been
criticized as too restrictive and narrow.
But the measure could jump-start the push to make Missouri the 30th
state to allow medical marijuana.
More than 20 lawmakers, including three Democrats, have signed on as
co-sponsors of the bill. It passed out of committee this week and
awaits consideration in the full House.
The legislation would permit the use of hemp extract for terminally
ill patients. The state's current "Right to Try" law allows patients
with terminal illnesses to try experimental drugs without approval
from the Food and Drug Administration. It doesn't include marijuana.
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WASHINGTON -- A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step
closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers
endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy.
If the Food and Drug Administration follows the group's
recommendation, GW Pharmaceuticals' syrup would become the first drug
derived from the cannabis plant to win federal approval in the U.S.
The 13-member FDA panel voted unanimously in favor of the experimental
medication made from a chemical found in cannabis -- one that does not
get users high. The panelists backed the drug based on three studies
showing that it significantly reduced seizures in children with two
rare forms of childhood epilepsy.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca on
Thursday called for the expansion of New Mexico's medical marijuana
program and for legalization of recreational use, saying the
poverty-stricken state is missing out on millions of dollars in tax
revenues and jobs that could be spurred by the industry.
Apodaca released his plan solidifying his position as a supporter of
legalization as the race for governor heats up.
Apodaca pointed to New Mexico's history as the first state to allow
for research and experimentation with marijuana as a therapeutic drug.
It was his father, then-Gov. Jerry Apodaca, who signed that
legislation in 1978.
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America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420
holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana,
according to a national advocacy group.
Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad
legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason.
Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this
Yet cannabis remains illegal under federal law, and it still has many
Here's a look at what some advocates and critics have to say about the
state of marijuana in the U.S. today:
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WASHINGTON - Embracing the hemp industry was a savvy political move for
Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the only Republican to win statewide in 2011
during an otherwise tough year for his party.
The political message got through. Now taking up the charge to make it
easier -- and completely legal -- for U.S. farmers to grow and market
hemp products, including trendy cannabidiol or CBD oil: Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell, R-Ky., who pledges to give the legalization effort
"everything we've got," is expediting the legislation and lining up
key support from across the aisle as backers seek to convince
otherwise tough-on-drugs Republicans to come along.
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Hemp, which was Kentucky's biggest cash crop for a century before
tobacco, is poised for a comeback thanks to bipartisan legislation
introduced Thursday in Congress. It's about time.
Regular hemp cultivation in this country was banned in 1937. That's
when federal law enforcement officials, who feared the repeal of
Prohibition would leave them nothing to do, launched the first war on
With a lot of "reefer madness" hype, the government banned marijuana.
Also swept up in that ban was industrial hemp, a botanical cousin in
the cannabis family that looks similar to pot but can't make you high
no matter how much you smoke.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Anne Armstrong, 58, knows exactly how many joints
she has smoked at Providence's Roger Williams National Memorial --
153, all rolled with "kosher" marijuana harvested in the backyard of
her West Greenwich home.
As "deaconess" to The Healing Church, a cannabis-centered Catholic
sect that boasts about a dozen members, Armstrong believes smoking in
the park is a religious obligation, the equivalent to a sip of wine at
Anointing members with hashish-infused oil and blowing a shofar so it
billows marijuana smoke are, likewise, ceremonial duties. (It should
be noted that Armstrong refuses to use the word marijuana, which she
calls racist slang. She prefers to refer to the plant as cannabis,
spice, or hemp.)
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As one of the first lawyers in Pennsylvania to venture into the legal
world of medical marijuana and hemp, I have had the pleasure to work
and assist with the development of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana
program. I could not be happier to see these dispensaries opening and
helping the sick get relief.
However, a problem has developed that will make it very difficult for
many of the patients who most need the medicine to receive it.
The problem stems from the law's requirement that a medical marijuana
dispensary cannot be located within 1,000 feet of a school or day-care
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Veterinarian Katherine Kramer remembers an 18-year-old cat she
recommended be put on hemp-based cannabidoil (CBD).
"It had heart disease and pancreatitis so painful the traditional
amount of pain medication knocked him out and he had no quality of
life," says Kramer, a veterinarian at Vancouver Animal Wellness
Clinic. "So, I contacted the [medicinal marijuana] Compassion Club."
Kramer says with not much to lose, the owner agreed to work together
and very soon the cat was eating and playing again.
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Medical marijuana cleared a key committee on Thursday and headed to
the floor of the S.C. Senate.
But the 8-6 vote by the Senate Medical Affairs Committee came as
enforcement leaders are hardening their opposition, saying it is
another step toward legalized recreational marijuana in the Palmetto
"That's what we've seen in every state," State Law Enforcement
Division Chief Mark Keel told The State after the committee vote.
"There's not a state that hasn't (gone) in steps. And we've seen our
state go through the same steps. From CDB oil to hemp to medical
marijuana to recreational marijuana. And that's what we've seen in
every state . So I have no reason to think its going to be any
different in ours."
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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The U.S. Senate's top leader said Monday he wants to
bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the
controlled substances list that now associates it with its cousin
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told hemp advocates in his home
state of Kentucky that he will introduce legislation to legalize the
crop as an agricultural commodity. The versatile crop has been grown
on an experimental basis in a number of states in recent years.
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GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida could start growing
industrial hemp as soon as the fall.
But the project still has to pass some hurdles before planting begins,
said Rob Gilbert, chairman of the UF/IFAS agronomy department.
The university's board of trustees approved the project Friday, and
now the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration must approve importing
industrial hemp seeds. Then the project needs to secure the $1.3
million it needs and the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services must approve a planting permit.
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When Mack Hudson of Lexington was 16 years old, he was paralyzed when
he fractured his skull, broke his neck and shattered a key vertebrae
in a car wreck.
Over the past 10 years, he's been prescribed increasing doses of
opioids -- Percocet and Roxycodone to alleviate the pain.
"It messes with my head," he said. "I can't think straight. I can't
function straight. I'm just not myself."
So Hudson traveled to California and Colorado to experiment with
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Is a marijuana dispensary an "unlawful" business? A federal judge in
Philadelphia will decide.
This arcane dispute over language in the deed of a marijuana
dispensary in Northeast Philadelphia could carry outsized
implications: A ruling by U.S. District Judge Gene Pratter could
affirm the superiority of federal law, which considers marijuana
illegal, over state law, where in Pennsylvania and 29 other states, it
Pratter's decision came Thursday in a strongly-worded memo that
described the case as "a fundamental clash between state and federal
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Police are "picking and choosing " when it comes to marijuana
enforcement, says a Whyte Avenue medical cannabis dispensary owner
charged after a bust last month.
The Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Section (EDGE) executed search
warrants Feb. 2 at two commercial addresses and a residence, turning
up cannabis products with a combined street value estimated by police
Paul Olson, owner of Whyte Cross dispensary, one of the businesses
raided Feb. 2, said it was "a little bit of a surprise" when police
entered his store and seized his products.
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The amount of industrial hemp cultivated in Pennsylvania is about to
The Department of Agriculture this month approved 39 research projects
that will allow cultivation of about 1,000 acres of marijuana's
non-psychoactive cousin. Last year, 14 growers produced a total of 36
acres of hemp statewide.
In the southeastern region of the state, permission to grow hemp was
granted to farmers in Bucks, Chester, Lancaster, and Montgomery
Counties. Those cultivators will be required to pay a $2,000 permit
fee. After the paperwork has cleared, the state Bureau of Plant
Industry will submit orders for hemp seed to the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Agency which must approve importation of the seed into the U.S.
Industrial hemp is grown for fiber and seed. It must maintain a
concentration of the psychoactive compound THC below the 0.3 percent