Kentucky Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Congressmen partner to create Cannabis Caucus

U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, are reaching across the political aisle to form a caucus to help pass federal cannabis reform laws. Rohrabacher, a staunch marijuana industry ally and optimist when it comes to the incoming Trump administration, told DecodeDC the idea was to focus on the states’ rights argument in favor of […]

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Colorado hemp industry moves ahead after seed certification

Colorado’s hemp industry took a major step forward this week when the state’s Department of Agriculture announced that three industrial hemp seed varieties passed a statewide trial that confirmed the resulting plants contain THC levels under 0.3%. Being under the 0.3% threshold is important because plants with higher THC levels cannot be certified as hemp […]

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Rep. Rohrabacher optimistic on future of cannabis under Trump

California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is one of the marijuana industry’s staunchest allies in the U.S. House of Representatives, and while many in the cannabis trade may be fretting about the future, Rohrabacher predicted that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump will leave industry oversight to the states. That extends to Trump’s pick of […]

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Certified seeds and CBD help US hemp industry take root

By Omar Sacirbey America’s fledgling hemp industry recently got its latest boost when the Colorado Department of Agriculture submitted for potential state certification six varieties of hemp seeds that, if certified, U.S. farmers could buy to start their own crops. Hemp cultivation also is benefiting from rising demand for CBD products and new applications for […]

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Hemp industry facing barriers to commercialization

By Omar Sacirbey It’s been more than two years since President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing the limited cultivation of hemp, but the fledgling industry remains a long way from becoming a thriving business. Observers say commercialization of this potentially lucrative plant remains limited for legal, financial and technological reasons.

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Hemp farming escalating in KY, downsizing in TN

While hemp production is rapidly expanding in Kentucky, the number of farmers sowing the crop is being cut in half in neighboring Tennessee. In Kentucky, according to the Commonwealth Journal, the state has authorized 4,500 acres to be cultivated with industrial hemp in 2016, up from roughly 900 acres that were planted last year. Kentucky […]

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Virginia legalizes industrial hemp

A new hemp market was legalized last week, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 691 into law last Monday, which simply removes any criminal penalties for growing industrial hemp or for making any products from it, a local NBC affiliate reported. Virginia is just the latest state to get on […]

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Kentucky Entrepreneur Vows to Buy All the State’s Hemp

Grow it and he will buy it. John Roulac, the founder and CEO of a major hemp foods company, Nutiva, said he plans to buy all the organic hemp that Kentucky can produce, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. But labeling hemp as organic has been a controversial issue in recent weeks, as the U.S. Department […]

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Week in Review: Super Bowl Sales Spike, Facebook Marijuana Crackdown & a Win for Hemp

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey Marijuana vendors begin prepping for Super Bowl weekend, Facebook closes down social media pages for cannabis retailers across the United States, and the federal government certifies a hemp farm as “organic.” Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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10 Takeaways From the 2015 Marijuana Business Conference & Expo

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey Amid the hustle and bustle of the 2015 Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Las Vegas last week, cannabis professionals gained valuable insight into everything from competing in a mature market to battling pests in a commercial grow.

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Sanders Introduces Bill to Lift Federal Marijuana Ban

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced a bill Wednesday that would take marijuana off the federal government’s list of Schedule 1 drugs and effectively end federal prohibition against the plant, which would be a game-changer for the cannabis industry. This is the first time such a bill has been introduced in the Senate. The measure […]

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