Governor Charlie Baker Declares Public Health Emergency, Announces Temporary Four-Month Ban on Sale of All Vape Products

By Hemp Healthy Staff Press Release from the Office of Governor Charlie Baker 9/24/19 GOVERNOR’S DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY WHEREAS, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state and local health departments nationally are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe lung disease associated with the use […]

Pennsylvania: Expedited Pardon Process Now Available for Those with Low-Level Cannabis Convictions

The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons has created an expedited process to review and grant pardon applications for those with marijuana-related records. “These people have done no harm to anyone else,” Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman said. “They shouldn’t continue to suffer with employment and housing issues because they were convicted of doing something that most Pennsylvanians don’t even think should be illegal.”

Hemp in California: Counties, cities remain divided on production

(Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on California’s hemp industry.) California’s county-by-county regulatory landscape for hemp production is as varied as its actual scenery. In some of its counties, California is one of the last strongholds against hemp production, while in others, efforts to grow the crop are underway or ordinances have […]

Early snow threatens Western hemp, sending farmers scrambling

(This story has been updated with details from Oregon.)  Hemp farmers in the Western states are frantically harvesting their crops an early-season storm threatens cold temperatures and severe wind chill, potentially dumping as much as 50 inches of snow on their fields. Jamie Fitterer, the owner of Montana Hemp Co., said farmers in Bozeman and […]

DEA added to list of agencies ordered to adapt to hemp legalization

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is the latest agency being ordered to accommodate hemp legalization using a budget maneuver. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced Thursday he is championing a requirement that the DEA “identify or develop on-the-spot field testing technologies” to distinguish hemp from marijuana. The need for speedier cannabis tests has bedeviled […]

The outlook for Uruguayan hemp: Q&A with Sergio Vazquez of Uruguay’s agriculture ministry

(Editor’s note: Sergio Vazquez will appear at the MJBizDaily Latin American Cannabis Symposium, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in Bogota, Colombia.) While Latin American countries generally have yet to see the formation of anything close to a real hemp market, some areas will begin to see an export stream next year. Even in Uruguay, the first country in […]

Hemp-banking protections pass US House as part of landmark cannabis bill

House lawmakers passed a historic cannabis banking bill Wednesday that also provides a safe harbor for financial institutions serving hemp and hemp-derived CBD businesses. Proponents believed that such provisions were necessary despite the fact that hemp became legal nationwide with the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. The hemp amendments in the SAFE Banking Act, […]

House Members Pass Historic Legislation Legitimizing Retail Cannabis Sales

Members of the House of Representatives voted 321 to 103 in favor of HR 1595: The SAFE Banking Act, which amends federal law so that explicitly banks and other financial institutions may work directly with state-legal marijuana businesses. Two-hundred and twenty-nine Democrats and 91 Republicans cast ‘yes’ votes in favor of the measure.

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