Hemp Businesses Can Bank with Credit Unions, Regulatory Agency Says

A federal financial agency released updated guidelines on banking in the hemp industry on Aug. 19, 2019, following up on requests from lawmakers to provide clarity on the issue. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) said in its interim guidance that providing banking services to hemp businesses is allowable since the crop and its derivatives […]

U.S. Postal Service Confirms You Can Legally Mail Hemp, CBD Products

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) confirmed in an expanded policy update in early June 2019 that hemp products are legal to mail under certain circumstances since the crop is no longer a federally controlled substance. In guidelines published in the agency’s Postal Bulletin, USPS said that it has “received numerous inquiries from commercial entities and […]

TSA Says CBD Made of Hemp Can Be Brought on Planes, But With Precautions

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its policy on cannabis over the 2019 Memorial Day weekend, changing the medical marijuana section of its “What Can I Bring?” webpage from reading “no” to “yes” (with “special instructions”). Specifically, the agency is clarifying that hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products may now be carried on planes under certain circumstances. […]

Study: U.S. Government Marijuana Has So Little THC, It's Closer to Hemp

Research-grade marijuana that’s supplied by the only federally authorized cultivation site in the United States is genetically closer to hemp than cannabis varieties sold at dispensaries in legal states, according to a new study. The revelation raises questions about how applicable the results of research using the government’s marijuana really are to understanding the effects […]

Concrete Made of Hemp Could Get EPA Funding as 'Green' Building Material

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is funding a research project looking into the sustainable production of hempcrete, a hemp-based mixture that’s better for the environment than traditional concrete. According to a notice published on the EPA website, the agency awarded a roughly $12,000 grant to a student-led research team at the University of California, Riverside, […]

DEA Calls for Machine that Can Detect Difference Between Hemp, Marijuana

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is actively looking for a device that it can use to determine whether a given cannabis plant is federally legal hemp or still-prohibited marijuana. In a “sources sought” notice published in late February 2019, the agency said that the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized industrial hemp and its derivatives, […]

It Seems Bees Like Hemp, Which is Great News for Sustainable Cultivation

Farmers (and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell) aren’t the only ones who are excited about hemp. According to a recent study, the crop also attracts a variety of bees — and that can help inform ecologically sustainable agriculture practices. For the study, published in February 2019 in the journal Biomass and Bioenergy, researchers at Colorado […]

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