Kristen Nichols

Four arrested in Nebraska CBD case

A vaping shop in Nebraska has been shut down and the owners and two employees charged with crimes for selling cannabidiol, which Nebraska considers a controlled substance. The arrests in Herman, about 35 miles north of Omaha, come two months after Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson declared CBD products illegal because they haven’t been approved by […]

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Week in Review: CBD’s global nod, Ohio MMJ developments & Denver social use

An international health organization determines that CBD shouldn’t be a scheduled drug, Denver see its first applicant for a public consumption club, and Ohio’s medical marijuana licensing process comes under fire. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Big CBD endorsement CBD got its most important […]

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Hawaii taking another look at hemp in 2018

Hawaii may expend its limited hemp program dramatically in 2018, when state lawmakers join policy makers in other states and consider allowing farmers to sell the plant. Hawaii already allows hemp production thanks to a 2016 law allowing limited research plots and seed development. But the state’s hemp farmers aren’t permitted to sell what they […]

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World Health Organization gives CBD initial boost, plans to look at cannabis overall

Cannabis got a big boost from international health authorities Wednesday when the UN’s World Health Organization said that CBD should not be scheduled as a controlled substance, an initial finding that comes about a month after the agency reviewed cannabidiol therapies. The WHO also said that it wants to take a closer look at cannabis […]

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Hemp State Highlight: New York has a $5 million plan to become hemp processing hub

New York typically goes big, and when it comes to hemp, the Empire State is writing the nation’s fattest check yet to promote its new crop. After a late start authorizing hemp production and a program that is relatively small compared to bigger agricultural producers, New York hopped to the front of the nation’s hemp line in July, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited hemp entrepreneurs to compete for $5 million in development grants.

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Colorado certifies more hemp seeds, boosting approved cultivars to seven

Colorado has approved four more hemp cultivars, bringing the nation’s top hemp-producing state to seven varieties of certified seed. The new varieties, like the previously approved seeds, are intended for fiber and seed production. Colorado, the only state to certify hemp seeds, does not have any certified seeds suited for indoor cannabidiol production, currently the most […]

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Denver gets first marijuana social-use applicant

More than a year after Denver voters approved marijuana social-use lounges, the city has its first applicant – a coffee shop that plans to allow vaping and the consumption of cannabis edibles. The Coffee Joint’s application comes more than five months after Denver finalized rules for social-use clubs. The rules are so restrictive that some […]

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Utah Republican starts CBD research company

A former GOP congressman from Utah has started a CBD company, where the Republican plans to conduct studies on the possible medical benefits of cannabidiol. Former U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon told the Standard-Examiner he created the company after his state passed a 2017 law expanding cannabis research under the direction of a physician. “We realized a long […]

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Week in Review: Michigan MMJ rules, WA halts hemp licensing & Maryland supply shortfall

Michigan sets emergency rules for its medical marijuana program, Washington state stops issuing hemp licenses, and Maryland MMJ businesses encounter a supply shortage after sales begin. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Michigan making progress Michigan is one of the latest state medical cannabis markets […]

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CBD manufacturer buys stake in Canadian maker of hemp, MJ pharma products

A CBD manufacturer with offices in Canada and California is moving further into the Canadian cannabis market, acquiring a 25% stake in a company in the final stages of licensing to make hemp and marijuana pharmaceutical products. Isodiol International said it’s acquiring 25% of Canadian National Pharma Group, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. Isodiol also has […]

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Pennsylvania boosting available hemp licenses by two-thirds for 2018

Pennsylvania’s hemp production is poised to expand dramatically after Gov. Tom Wolf announced plans this week to increase the number of available hemp licenses by 66% – and the total acreage by even more. Wolf said Pennsylvania’s first year in the modern hemp market, 2017, was a “learning experience.” Pennsylvania authorized hemp in 2016, with the first […]

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CBD sales spike in Indiana ahead of feared crackdown

Stores selling CBD in central Indiana are seeing a spike in sales after the state’s attorney general declared the products illegal with one limited exception. Kokomo store owner Joan Johnson said sales and interest in CBD increased after Attorney General Curtis Hill issued his opinion last month, the Kokomo Tribune reported. Hill said that CBD products are […]

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