Apr 162014
 
Hawaii Legislature Overwhelmingly Passes Hemp Bill

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Hawaii’s full Legislature has overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 2175, a proposal to establish a two-year hemp research program. The measure now heads to the governor for consideration. If signed into law by the governor, or allowed to become law without his signature, Senate Bill 2175 would “authorize the dean of the college of tropical agriculture and human resources at the University of Hawaii to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel research program.” The dean would be permitted to “submit a final report to the legislature prior [...]

Apr 112014
 
Tennessee: Lawmakers Approve Reclassifying Hemp As An Agricultural Commodity

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director State lawmakers have signed off on legislation, Senate Bill 2495/House Bill 2445, to reclassify and regulate industrial hemp. The legislation now goes to Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature. The measures reclassify cannabis possessing less than 0.3 percent THC as an industrial crop rather than a controlled substance. The legislation calls on the state Department of Agriculture to develop rules and regulations governing the licensed production of industrial hemp by Tennessee farmers. Regulators have up to 120 days following the bill’s passage to enact these licensing guidelines. Lawmakers [...]

Apr 102014
 
Hemp Bill Signed Into Law By Nebraska Governor

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has signed Legislative Bill 1001, a proposal to legalize the cultivation of hemp for research purposes, into law. The measure takes immediate effect. Under the new law, the University of Nebraska and the state’s Department of Agriculture can now legally cultivate hemp for research purposes. Given the federal government recently legalized hemp research in states that have done the same, Legislative Bill 1001 is in compliance with federal law. According to recent congressional research, the U.S. imports roughly half a billion dollars in hemp from other countries, primarily Canada and [...]

Apr 082014
 
Medical Marijuana And Industrial Hemp Bills Heard In Missouri Legislature

By John Payne Last Tuesday, April 1, committees in the Missouri state legislature heard testimony on both medical cannabis and industrial hemp. Both hearings generated a great deal of interest and support from legislators, and they represent major progress for cannabis law reformers in Jefferson City. First, the Senate General Laws Committee heard S.B. 951, which would allow Missourians to vote on a medical cannabis referendum this November. Senator Jason Holsman (D – Kansas City), who sponsored the proposal, began the hearing by condemning prohibition and advocating for a legal, regulated [...]

Apr 012014
 
California Cannabis Hemp Act Of 2014 Needs Your Help!

California still has time to gather signatures to make the 2014 ballot. It’s my understanding from talking with someone from the campaign California Cannabis Hemp Act of 2014 that the original deadline was missed, but that the campaign filed for an extension. April 17th is now the deadline to gather enough signatures to make the ballot. That is no easy task, especially without a huge funder. If you have deep pockets, and believe in legalizing marijuana in California, please, please contact the campaign and donate asap. The California Cannabis Hemp [...]

Mar 282014
 
Two Bills Legalizing Industrial Hemp Introduced In Michigan House

LANSING- Two Republican House Representatives have introduced bills to allow research on industrial hemp in Michigan. One problem: they’ll have to redefine marijuana to get the proposed program to pass. HB 5439 and HB 5440, were just assigned bill numbers and are not on the Michigan government’s website yet. One bill will enact a new definition of marijuana that separates non-intoxicating industrial hemp from standard strains of medicinal marijuana; the other will adjust the agriculture laws to remove prohibitions on research and cultivation of the multi-purpose plant. Sponsored by Reps. [...]

Mar 262014
 
Hawaii Lawmakers Give Unanimous Approval To Studying Hemp

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Hawaii’s House Committee on Agriculture, and the state’s House Judiciary Committee, have both voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 2175, a proposal to establish a two-year research program to study the effectiveness of using hemp for remediation and biofuel. The measure has already passed the Senate unanimously. If approved into law, Senate Bill 2175 would “authorize the dean of the college of tropical agriculture and human resources at the University of Hawaii to establish a two-year industrial hemp remediation and biofuel research program.” The dean would be permitted to “submit a [...]

Mar 202014
 
Indiana Lawmakers Vote To Reclassify Hemp As An Agricultural Commodity

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director House and Senate lawmakers have signed off on legislation, Senate Bill 357, to reclassify and regulate industrial hemp. Members of the Senate had initially approved the legislation by a vote of 48 to zero. House members then voted 93 to 4 in favor of a slightly amended version of the measure. Lawmakers in both chambers agreed last week on a final version of the bill — sending it to Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who must either sign the measure into law or veto it. As passed, the measure [...]

Mar 072014
 
Indiana Legislature Approves Hemp Legalization, Measure Heads To Governor

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Indiana’s legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 357, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp. The measure was approved unanimously through the Senate last month, and was approved with a 93 to 4 vote through the House of Representatives earlier this week; given that the House amended the bill, the Senate needed to sign-off on it one more time, which they did today. The measure now heads to Governor Mike Pence for consideration. Under the proposed law, the cultivation of industrial hemp would be legal for those who become licensed with [...]

Mar 062014
 
Medical Marijuana Bill And Hemp Bill Introduced In Missouri Legislature

By John Payne Last Wednesday, February 26, state Senator Jason Holsman (D – Kansas City) introduced a medical marijuana bill (S.B. 951). The bill would give patients with a “debilitating medical condition” access to medical cannabis and allow for the creation of regulated dispensaries and the ability for patients to grow up to seven plants (four immature, three mature). This bill would put the question before the voters of Missouri this year, so it is our best shot at placing a reform measure on the ballot this November. The very [...]