Georgia: Governor Signs Legislation into Law Expanding Access to Low-THC Medical Cannabis

Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation into law last week, Senate Bill 195, permitting the establishment of up to 30 state-licensed retailers of high-CBD/low-THC oil products to qualified patients.  The new law takes effect on July 1, 2021. Under a 2015 state law, qualified patients are exempt from criminal prosecution for the possession of oil extracts containing […]

New horticultural alliance aims to build stable supply chain for CPG manufacturers seeking hemp-derived ingredients

Big manufacturers need big suppliers, and a new hemp production and distribution alliance is planning to dominate the supply chain. The concept is simple: Be ready to cater to global manufacturers looking for reliable cannabinoid supply as soon as regulators provide the green light to jump into the market. The hemp alliance is gambling that, […]

Michigan clarifies its position on hemp-derived CBD in food and dairy products

State agriculture regulators in Michigan provided guidance in an e-mail to food manufacturers, distributors and retailers this week, clarifying rules around using hemp seeds and extracts including CBD in foods. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Food and Dairy Division, which oversees food manufacturers, distributors and retailers through routine inspections and sampling, updated […]

Weekly Legislative Roundup 5/7/21

Welcome to the latest edition of NORML’s Weekly Legislative Roundup! This week, lawmakers in three states advanced medical marijuana legislation: Kansas, Tennessee, and Alabama. The latter two are headed to Governors’ desks. Senators in New Hampshire defeated a bill that would have allowed medical cannabis patients to grow a limited number of plants at home. […]

Kansas: House Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

Members of the Kansas House of Representatives approved legislation, Senate Bill 158, which would regulate medical cannabis access for qualifying patients with their physician’s recommendation. The measure was approved by House lawmakers by a 78 to 42 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it must receive approval before being sent to the […]

Alabama: House Lawmakers Approve Senate-passed Medical Marijuana Bill

Members of the Alabama House of Representatives approved legislation, Senate Bill 46, which would provide regulated medical cannabis access to qualifying patients with a physician’s recommendation. House members approved the bill with a 68 to 34 vote. The measure already passed the Senate initially last month. Before being sent to the desk of Republican Governor […]

California update: Hemp regulation bill remains a political hot potato dividing industry

This story first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily. Two bills in the California Legislature that would establish a new regulatory framework for hemp-infused goods – including CBD-laced foods and drinks – are poised to become law this year, which could jump-start the state’s nascent hemp industry and potentially give marijuana businesses an opportunity to expand […]

Tennessee: House and Senate Lawmakers Approve Narrow Medical Marijuana Bill

Members of the Tennessee House and Senate have given final approval today to a measure that will slightly expand the state’s limited low-THC medical cannabis access law. Currently, only those with intractable seizures are allowed to use and possess medical cannabis products containing no more than 0.9 percent THC. Senate Bill 118 would expand that […]

Better Business Bureau warns of CBD ‘free trial’ scams

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of CBD “free sample” offers because they could be covers for unscrupulous subscription sales. The national consumer-advocacy group said in its alert that it has received “dozens of reports from frustrated consumers who thought they signed up for a free trial offer but ended up getting […]

Pros and cons of using a white-label service for hemp products

(Editor’s note: This story is part of a recurring series of commentaries from professionals connected to the cannabis industry and first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily. Raquel Origel is the founder and CEO of Inanna Manufacturing, a cannabis labeling and packaging company based in California.) In every hemp product’s journey to market, business owners will […]

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