Rhode Island’s Governor Supports Cannabis Expungements
On Friday, Governor Daniel Mckee stated that he’ll back the removal of past marijuana-related criminal records as a component of marijuana legalization efforts. But that aspect wasn’t incorporated into his recently unveiled proposal.
Pakistan’s Denim Makers Begin Using Hemp
Three Pakistani textile makers announced that they will be making denim fabrics by blending cotton with hemp. The South Asia Investor Review reports that Farooq Spinning Mills, AM (Artistic Millers), and US Denim have all asserted that they’re working on producing denim, including hemp.
Hemp Growers Expect Changes as the Agriculture Department’s Regulations Take Effect
Twenty-four months ago, when Congress passed the 2018 Farm bill (calling hemp a lawful agricultural commodity), cultivators finally received federal hemp cultivation rules. These regulations will formally be in effect starting Monday. Earlier last month, the USDA stated that its final production regulations were already evaluated and will be in effect as planned.
Kansas Legislators Commence Efforts on Medical Cannabis Reform
Early this week, a Kansas House Caucus began drafting a bill to legalize Medicinal Marijuana across the state. They talked about a plethora of amendments as members moved toward an expected ballot vote later this week. The policy change was unveiled last month in the House State and Federal Affairs Committee.
Italian Hemp Varieties Advance in the Recertification Process
The Italian hemp fiber strains (fibranova, Camargnola, and Camarganola Selezionata) have been reinstated in the country’s National Plants Catalog, an essential step before hemp species are recategorized at the EU class. The Kentucky-based Schiavi Seeds currently retail Caramagnola and CS.
FDA Sends Two Additional Cannabidiol Warning Letters
Two firms, one headquartered in California and the other in Michigan, have recently received CBD-related warning letters from the United States Food and Drug Administration. The warnings were published early this week and accuse Honest Globe and Biolyte Laboratories of selling over-the-counter cannabidiol relief products.
Two Organizations Selected to Supply Marijuana Flowers
Ethypharm Group (based in France) and the Berlin-based Aurora Europe will provide flower to France’s pilot clinical cannabis program. A Medical Cannabis Network’s post reports that the two companies were permitted high-THC dried flower lots and CBD-rich cannabis products to all participants of the pilot research program.
Colorado’s Governor Signs Cannabis Social Equity Reform
Colorado State is among American territories with the oldest long-standing marijuana markets. Most recently, the House passed a legislation to raise the legal cap on cannabis possession. Also, the governor Polis signed the legislation to create a finance program on social equity for the cannabis space.
South Dakota’s Governor Floats Cannabis Decriminalization
Noem Kristi, South Dakota Governor plans to strike a deal with state lawmakers regarding measures to implement clinical marijuana in the area. But advocates believe a policy change that she’s s floating doesn’t go far enough. In November, the area’s residents ascended a disparate ballot measure despite Kristi’s opposition to clinical and adult-use cannabis legalization.
USDA Unveils $6 million-plus Coronavirus Relief Program for Growers
Federal agriculture officials are providing more financial aid to cultivators facing the adverse effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic and related disruptions in the market. Tom Vilsack, the United States Agriculture Secretary, stated that the department would allocate nearly $6 billion to the USDA Producers Pandemic Assistance program.
Minnesota’s Cannabis Legalisation Reform Ascends past 4th House Commission
A proposed legalization bill ascended past the fourth House caucus on Wednesday, advancing it closer to a floor vote. In February, Winkler Ryan the House Majority Leader, Speaker Melissa Hortman, and other lawmakers filed the proposal. It would allow 21 and older folks to possess and buy less than 1.5 ounces and cultivate less than eight crops.
Michigan Currently Square With State Hemp Regulations
Currently, Michigan has an updated industrial hemp regulation after enacting a bill that goes in tandem with the area’s USDA final rules. Yesterday, Gretchen Whitmer, the area’s governor, approved the SB186 reform, which adjusts the territory’s Industrial Hemp Growers Act.
A German Court Gives Verdict on Hemp Tea Sellers
The German BGH (Federal Justice Court) has cleared court charges against an association of Braunschweig tea hemp retailers. It has also cleared the path for selling food commodities derived from hemp leaves and flowers on Germany’s market.
North Dakota’s Senate Rebuffs House-approved Cannabis Legalization Reform
The North Dakota Senate snubbed an Marijuana authorization reform on Thursday. This makes the proposed legislation approved by the House last month be in vain.
Connecticut Legislators Approve Cannabis Legalization Reform
The Connecticut House caucus approved a cannabis legalization reform on Thursday. This comes as the legislature harmonizes their proposals with the governor’s reform plan. Activists have appreciated the bill’s aim at social equity in the marijuana sector.