Apr 252015
 April 25, 2015
Missouri House Passes Industrial Hemp Bill, And Senate Passes CBD Expansion

By John Payne With the end of Missouri’s legislative session rapidly approaching on May 15, the General Assembly will pass bills very rapidly for the next few weeks. Yesterday, legislators gave cannabis law reformers two reasons to celebrate when each house of the General Assembly passed a reform bill. First, on Thursday morning, the Senate took up SB 386 to expand the state’s CBD oil program. Currently, CBD oil can be recommended in Missouri, but only by a neurologist for patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. This bill will allow all doctors to recommend CBD for a number of qualifying conditions,

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Apr 232015
 April 23, 2015
Missouri House Passes Bill To Legalize Hemp Cultivation

Hemp is a very versatile plant. Some estimates say that hemp can be used to make over 25,000 products. Importing hemp and hemp products is legal in the United States, but hemp cultivation is not allowed at the federal level. Even in states that have legalized hemp cultivation, farmers are having a hard time getting an actual crop started due to federal prohibition (such as in Oregon). Missouri used to be one of the top hemp producing states in America. Missouri’s House of Representatives passed a hemp cultivation bill this week. Per The Joint Blog: Missouri’s House of Representatives has

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Apr 112015
 April 11, 2015
Industrial Hemp Farming Act Vetoed By New Mexico Governor

Governor Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 94 sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley (D-16-Bernalillo) within the timeframe allotted for approving bills sent to her desk. This legislation would have legalized the research of the hemp plant and, when allowed by federal law, would enable New Mexico’s Dept. of Agriculture to license hemp cultivation and processing. SB 94, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, would have provided the statutory framework to permit growing of hemp. The bill named the Dept. of Agriculture as the agency responsible for regulation and gave the department the authority to promulgate hemp cultivation licensing rules when the regulations on

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Apr 072015
 April 7, 2015
Learn How To Make Hempcrete At The Next Portland NORML Meeting

Hempcrete is a truly fantastic thing. Hempcrete is a building material made from hemp. I have always wanted to learn how to make it. It can be used in a variety of ways, and since it can absorb carbon from the air, it’s extremely earth friendly. If you live in the Portland area, you can learn how to make hempcrete at the next Portland NORML meeting. Below are more details, via Portland NORML’s website: Our next Membership Meeting will be at the Tony Starlight Showroom at SE 12th and Madison from Noon to 2pm, where we held our first-ever meeting.

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Apr 062015
 April 6, 2015
Missouri Medical Marijuana And Industrial Hemp Legislation Move Forward

By Aaron Malin Last week was an excellent one for cannabis legalization efforts in the Missouri legislature. On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 255, which allows licensed individuals to grow industrial hemp. Along with HB 830, this bill represents the very real prospect that Missouri could return to its rightful place as a national — or even world — leader in hemp production and processing. A medical cannabis bill advanced in the House of Representatives, when HB 800 was approved by the House Select Committee on General Laws by a vote of 8-0 on Tuesday.

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Mar 262015
 March 26, 2015
Portland NORML Membership Meeting Moved To Oregon Hemp Convention

Below is a post from the Portland NORML Chapter. If you are at the Oregon Hemp Convention this weekend, make sure to stop by and tell them hello (I need to get one of those shirts!): Our regular monthly membership meeting is this Saturday at High Noon.  We’re excited to be holding our meeting at the Portland Expo Center at 2060 N Marine Drive as part of the Oregon Hemp Convention.  We will have some great speakers on the topic of industrial hemp and some updates on the latest bills at the legislature and our efforts regarding them, plus our

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Mar 232015
 March 23, 2015
Hemp Research Bill Heads To New Mexico Governor's Desk

Hemp reform is sweeping the country, with almost every state in America either allowing it now, or exploring the idea of allowing hemp cultivation in one form or another. New Mexico is on the list of states that are on the verge of passing hemp reform, albeit for research purposes. Both chambers of New Mexico’s Legislature have signed off on the hemp research bill, and the legislation now goes to New Mexico’s Governor where it’s expected to be signed into law. Per New Mexico Political Report: A bill that would allow research into the growth of industrial hemp passed the

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Mar 212015
 March 21, 2015
2014 Annual Retail Sales For Hemp Products Estimated At $620 Million

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has released final estimates of the size of the 2014 U.S. retail market for hemp products.  Data from market research supports an estimate of total retail sales of hemp food and body care products in the United States at $200 million.  Sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled seed, soaps and lotions have continued to skyrocket against the backdrop of the new hemp research provision in the Farm Bill, and increasing grassroots pressure to allow hemp to be grown domestically on a commercial

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Mar 212015
 March 21, 2015
Entrepreneur Plans To Produce World's First Hemp Plastic Skateboard

Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to cannabis industry business news and culture, recently published an interview with Brian Westphal, founder of Lotus Boards, a start-up looking to produce the world’s first hemp plastic skateboard. In the interview, Westphal discussed his goals to spread awareness about ecological manufacturing using biological composite materials and 3D printing. The piece was published as part of a series of interviews conducted via Ganjapreneur with business owners and investors who specialize in cannabis and hemp. Westphal discusses how he originally came up with the idea after learning about industrial hemp on the “Joe Rogan Experience” Podcast. “Joe

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Mar 192015
 March 19, 2015
Missouri Hemp Bill Advances To The House Floor

By John Payne The Missouri General Assembly has just recessed for their spring break until March 30. However, before they left, the House Select Committee on Commerce advanced H.B. 830 to legalize the production of industrial hemp to the House floor with a do-pass recommendation! Once again, only one representative voted against the bill, and six voted in favor, which is a margin that gives us some confidence about the bill’s odds on the floor. We don’t know for certain when the bill will be given time for debate and a vote on the House floor, and that decision rests

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