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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Mar 132015
 March 13, 2015
Four Marijuana Bills Advance In Missouri General Assembly

By Amber Iris Langston On Wednesday, Missouri legislative committees approved four separate cannabis law reform bills. We already wrote to you about HB 978, which would free Jeff Mizanskey, who is serving life without parole for a non-violent cannabis offense, and was approved by the House Corrections Committee on Wednesday morning. As the day progressed, so did three other pro-reform bills. The House Emerging Issues Committee approved HB 800, which would legalize medical cannabis and create a very tightly regulated system for its cultivation and distribution, with a “Do Pass” recommendation. Ten committee members voted in support, with only one

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Mar 042015
 March 4, 2015
New Mexico's Industrial Hemp Farming Act Passes Senate With A Super Majority

Yesterday, for the first time in history, the New Mexico Senate voted in favor of a measure allowing hemp cultivation.  On a vote of 33-8, New Mexico State Senator McSorley’s (D-16-Bernalillo) Senate Bill 94 (SB94) passed the Senate Floor. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. SB94 would allow for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to provide for the growing of industrial hemp for research and development purposes. And, upon passage of the legalization of hemp, the provision will permit growing of industrial hemp by New Mexicans issued a license by the department. “Today’s vote shows that

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Missouri House Holds Hemp Hearing

 Posted by at 8:41 AM on February 28, 2015  Hemp News And Information
Feb 282015
 February 28, 2015
Missouri House Holds Hemp Hearing

By Dan Viets A hearing on a bill to re-legalize the cultivation of hemp as an agricultural crop in our state, HB 830, was heard by the House Economic Development Committee on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 24. Caleb Rowden, Republican, of Columbia, chairs this committee. Half a dozen witnesses spoke in support of the bill including Amber Langston of SMC and me. The committee seemed very receptive to supporting the bill. There were questions asked, but they were reasonable and intelligent questions. Several speakers made the point that hemp has an amazing variety of important uses as a raw

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Feb 252015
 February 25, 2015
Petition Filed - Idaho's New Approach To Marijuana

A press release from my hardworking friends at New Approach Idaho: New Approach Idaho is pleased to announce that we submitted a citizen’s initiative petition named “Idaho’s New Approach to Marijuana” to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office on Friday, February 20th, 2015. It will be available for circulation at the beginning of April, 2015. Our petition includes: The Idaho Medical Marijuana Act, which will create a safe access program for Idaho’s qualified patients to utilize Marijuana as a beneficial medicine. The petition will allow for 12 plants, 3oz of usable marijuana, and medical marijuana organizations. Decriminalization of 3 oz

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Feb 232015
 February 23, 2015
The Growing Hemp Industry Worries Some Marijuana Growers

Marijuana reformers and hemp reformers have fought side by side for many years. In a lot of cases, people support both causes. But there is a battle brewing between both sides. It appears that a lot of people didn’t realize that hemp plants can ruin marijuana crops due to cross pollination. I own a movie called Hempsters, which is a great film that I encourage everyone to watch at least once. In the film hemp farmers point out that cross pollination from hemp can ruin half of a marijuana crop in the first generation, and that by the third generation, almost

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