Industrial Hemp Skateboards
Mar18

Industrial Hemp Skateboards

A cannabis business website called Ganjapreneur hosted Brian Westphal, founder of Lotus Boards.   Westphal also discussed his belief that the future of manufacturing will likely hinge on ecological, renewable practices and 3D printing. "Hemp offers many benefits to our current methods of manufacturing paper, textiles, houses, and of course, plastics. Saving the amount of energy used, reducing carbon emissions, and the amount of...

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Hemp Farming (Almost) Underway in Oregon
Feb18

Hemp Farming (Almost) Underway in Oregon

Oregon is ready to start licensing hemp farmers.   Oregon farmers could put in their first crop of industrial hemp this spring, the state Agriculture Department says. The department has finished making rules and is now accepting applications for licenses to grow. . . . The crop is still illegal under federal law, but eighteen states have removed barriers to production, said Lauren Stansbury of the Hemp Industries Association told...

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Congressional Update
Dec15

Congressional Update

At long last Congress is paying some attention to changing drug policy.   Language approved by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday restricts the Justice Department's ability to take criminal action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. The amendment, which states "None of the funds made available in this act to the Department...

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Hemp Update
Nov19

Hemp Update

You may recall last spring when the DEA seized a shipment of hemp seed bound for a research project.  Here's the harvest end of the story.   Hemp is grown in more than 30 nations, led by China. Even though it couldn’t be grown in the U.S., sales of hemp products, such as oilseeds and fiber, reached $581 million last year, up 24 percent from a year earlier, said the Hemp Industries Association, a trade group. “I see hemp’s future...

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Missouri To Grow Hemp for MMJ
Oct29

Missouri To Grow Hemp for MMJ

Some encouraging news from the nation's heartland.  Cannabis is being invited back into the house everywhere.   Cannabis growers of a different stripe can begin submitting applications to the Missouri government next month for licenses to cultivate hemp. Missouri is one of several states that passed legislation this year permitting the cultivation and use of high-CBD, low-THC cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy. On Nov. 3, the...

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Hemp Goes to College in Illinois
Sep08

Hemp Goes to College in Illinois

In Illinois, hemp is celebrating its' new image by going back to college.   [Illinois] Democrat Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation into law last week authorizing state universities to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The measure, House Bill 5085, mandates the state Department of Agriculture to adopt rules so that higher education facilities can develop pilot programs involving the cultivation of cannabis plants...

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