Statement on Bernie Sanders Adding Safe Consumption Sites to His 2020 Platform

New York, NY – Below is a statement from Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Executive Director of Drug Policy Action, in response to 2020 presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders adding supervised consumption sites to his criminal justice platform. “Senator Bernie Sanders has rightly recognized the life-saving value of supervised consumption sites as a way to curb the […]

North Dakota retailer prevails in drug case over selling CBD vapes

A North Dakota vape shop owner who sells CBD has succeeded in getting criminal drug charges against him dismissed, after a two-year battle that went to his state’s Supreme Court. The retailer, Falesteni A. Abu Hamda, was charged with seven drug crimes in 2017, when police seized CBD vape pens and gummy bears from two of his Tobacco Depot shops. Hamda argued […]

USDA: National THC test for hemp ‘as challenging as you think it is’

Federal agriculture authorities are struggling to craft a nationwide THC testing standard so that state and local regulators can tell hemp from marijuana, complicating the release of standardized production rules, according to an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. William Richmond William Richmond, head of the Specialty Crops Program in the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing […]

MI creates emergency hemp testing rules while states await USDA direction

Michigan regulators have adopted rules that create testing standards for farmers’ first crop of industrial hemp. A pilot program was launched this year allowing for the growing and processing of hemp in the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced emergency rules that establish sampling and analytical testing methods for measuring […]

Beyond the Dispensary: 5 strategies CBD brands use to make deals with mainstream retailers

(First in an occasional series on the challenges and opportunities faced by CBD companies in getting their products to market.) Mainstream retailers are contributing to the validation of the CBD category as national store chains continue to join the movement, driven by consumer demand and interest. The trend snowballed when national pharmacy chain CVS announced […]

3 Reasons Seattle Hempfest Remains the Protest Festival to Attend

The Pacific Northwest’s largest cannabis-centric protest festival, or “protestival,” returns in 2019.  Hempfest welcomes more than 100,000 attendees to Seattle’s picturesque waterfront each year, making it one of the most well-known cannabis events around the world. From Aug. 16-18, 2019, Hempfest takes over Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park, both near the bustling Pike […]

‘The FDA is struggling’: Former US surgeon general Carmona on government’s approach to CBD

The booming CBD industry is eagerly waiting to see if U.S. health regulators change course and start allowing cannabinoid treatments in food and dietary supplements. Many are hoping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) will condone over-the-counter CBD products while setting production and purity standards to eliminate inferior CBD products from the market. Against […]

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