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Hemp Opportunities Growing Like Weeds

While farmers and other businesses across the country are eager to break into the newly legalized hemp industry since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, Pennsylvania’s lawmakers are working diligently to ensure that their constituents are out in front of the rest of the nation. Section 10113 of the lengthy federal legislation may have gone unnoticed by some, but for those that can smell opportunity a mile away, widespread legalization of industrial hemp is a trigger for both celebration and elbow grease.

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3/25/2019

article Shut out of California’s legal marijuana market, Indian tribes pursue sales on their own land
(California) -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in California left American Indians out in the cold. Proposition 64, approved by voters in 2016, lets local...
article Tribes at odds with Calif. officials over the right to sell marijuana
(California) -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in California left ­Native Americans out in the cold. Proposition 64, which voters approved in 2016, lets...

3/24/2019

article Shut out of the legal pot market, Indian tribes pursuing cannabis sales on their own land
(California) -- The legalization of recreational marijuana in California left American Indians out in the cold. Proposition 64, approved by voters in 2016, lets local...
article Bingo and bongs: More seniors seek pot for age-related aches
(California) -- The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an...

3/23/2019

article What's South Dakota missing without legal industrial hemp?
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota is on track to become an island in a country with widespread legalized industrial hemp. Surrounding states are still figuring out how to...

3/22/2019

article Jamestown S’Klallam to open cannabis store in Blyn
(Washington) -- The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe plans to open a cannabis store this fall. The yet-to-be named operation, which will be located next to the Blyn Fire...
article Las Vegas won’t approve marijuana lounges — for now
(Las Vegas) -- The campaign to bring marijuana lounges to Las Vegas isn’t over, but it has been postponed until May at the earliest. The Las Vegas City Council...

3/21/2019

article Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- Hemp is back, and Washington lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pushing to make it easier for farmers to plant the long-outlawed cousin of...

3/20/2019

press release CBD Easter candy has arrived
(USA) -- Easter candy is getting the CBD treatment. David Klein, the maker of quirkily-flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans, is now infusing candy with cannabidiol (CBD),...
article So far, legalizing pot isn’t paying off in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Government leaders throughout Massachusetts envisioned dollar signs when marijuana legalization passed. Taxes would help fund the subway, police, and...

3/15/2019

article USDA Starts Process to Regulate Hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- USDA has begun the process of gathering information to create regulations for commercial production of industrial hemp. The regulations will include...
article Delta wants more restrictions on cannabis cultivation in ALR
(British Columbia) -- The City of Delta wants to see more provincial action on restricting cannabis cultivation on the Agricultural Land Reserve and a tough stance on...

3/14/2019

article Bipartisan Bill Shields Federal Workers From Being Fired For Marijuana
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies couldn’t fire employees in legalized states simply because they test positive for marijuana if a bipartisan bill that was...
article USDA Receives Hemp Legalization Feedback From States And Stakeholders
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave stakeholders in the nation’s hemp economy an opportunity to provide input on...
article Why GTI’s $290 Million Bet on Essence Cannabis Dispensary is No Gamble
(Las Vegas) -- Armen Yemenidjian gave up his gaming license to start Integral Associates in Nevada. Today, that company is recognized as Essence Cannabis Dispensary....

3/13/2019

article Hemp Opportunities Growing Like Weeds
(USA) -- While farmers and other businesses across the country are eager to break into the newly legalized hemp industry since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill,...

3/11/2019

article Bill Improving New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program Passes Senate Floor
(New Mexico) -- Yesterday Senate Bill 406 passed the Senate Floor (33-2). The measure, sponsored by Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Bernalillo) seeks to and expand access...

3/9/2019

article A viral video that appears to show police officers searching a cancer patient's hospital room for marijuana sparked outrage on social media
(Missouri) -- A Missouri cancer patient and local police are at the center of social media outrage after a video that appears to show officers searching his hospital...
article Hemp hangs on, Keystone XL protest bills fly through Legislature
(South Dakota) -- This week may have been South Dakota legislators’ last full week in session, but that didn’t mean activity in Pierre slowed down. Monday...
article Missouri Police Searching for Marijuana in a Stage 4 Cancer Patient's Hospital Room Incites a Viral Video
(Missouri) -- A stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient says he feels his rights have been violated after police search his hospital room for marijuana in a video that has...

3/7/2019

article Supervisor asks state for clarification on tribal pot laws
(California) -- County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob has sent a letter to the state asking if a recently opened cannabis dispensary inside the former...
article Las Vegas: Mega-Destination For Weed Lovers
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas, Nevada is set to become the next mega town for medical and recreational Cannabis lovers and fans alike. Since the legalization of MJ in the Sin...

3/6/2019

article Akwesasne challenged by developing cannabis economy
(Ontario) -- The Mohawks of Akwesasne have never shied away from economic opportunity, even if it involved risk. When the Canadian government legalized medical cannabis...

3/5/2019

article Are Weed Churches Legitimate Houses of Worship, or Just Another Way Around Marijuana Law?
(California) -- When I arrived for Sunday services at the Hundred Harmonies Church near Los Angeles, on a chilly morning last November, I was immediately handed a joint...

3/1/2019

article Santa Ysabel tribe opening new marijuana dispensary
(California) -- From an old casino to new marijuana dispensary. The Santa Ysabel tribe is the first tribe in the county to enter the lucrative marijuana business with...
article Colville tribes to explore CBD production
(Washington) -- When the federal government removed industrial hemp from the Schedule 1 Narcotics List with passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, they gave...
article GOP Congressman Files Bill To Protect Native American Tribes That Legalize Marijuana
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribes that choose to legalize marijuana would be protected from federal intervention under a bill introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-...
article Trump Administration Wants More Input On Marijuana Rescheduling
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is asking the public to submit comments to help inform the U.S.’s position on the potential global reclassification...
article Colville tribes to explore CBD production
(Washington) -- When the federal government removed industrial hemp from the Schedule 1 Narcotics List with passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, they gave...
article Trump Administration Wants More Input On Marijuana Rescheduling
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is asking the public to submit comments to help inform the U.S.’s position on the potential global reclassification...

2/28/2019

article Gottlieb to Talk to Congress Regarding Approaches to CBD
(Washington D.C.) -- Hemp and CBD are making the news again, this time thanks to potential legal and regulatory movement. Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of FDA, gave...
article H.R. 1416: To protect the legal production, purchase, and possession of marijuana by Indian tribes, and for other purposes.
(Washington D.C.) -- This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on February 27, 2019. It will typically be considered by...
article Saskatchewan First Nation files claim in court over cannabis dispensary
(Saskatchewan) -- A First Nation operating a cannabis dispensary without a provincial permit has laid the groundwork for taking the federal and Saskatchewan governments...
article USDA starts process to regulate industrial hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun the process to create regulations for a program for commercial production of industrial hemp in the U.S...
article Planet 13 near Las Vegas Strip building café, pizzeria
(Las Vegas) -- A marijuana dispensary near the Strip has started building a café and a pizzeria on-site. Planet 13 announced Thursday that it kicked off construction of...

2/27/2019

article Gambling sponsorship now allowed in new PGA Tour endorsement policy
(USA) -- The PGA Tour unveiled a new endorsement policy for members during a mandatory meeting on Tuesday at the Honda Classic that covers a dramatically changing...
article LETTERS: ‘Mini-casinos’ for pot are dangerous
(Massachusetts) -- I’m amazed at how fast all the ‘mini-casinos’ are popping up just in Massachusetts. President Trump, you better get that wall up...

2/26/2019

article Clash, torching of Akwesasne police SUV was a message to band council, says Mohawk sovereigntist
(Montreal) -- A raid by Akwesasne Mohawk Police of a cannabis shop on Cornwall Island triggered a confrontation Friday night that ended with a police vehicle on fire on...
article Clash, torching of Akwesasne police SUV was a message to band council, says Mohawk sovereigntist
(Ontario) -- A raid by Akwesasne Mohawk Police of a cannabis shop on Cornwall Island triggered a confrontation Friday night that ended with a police vehicle on fire on...

2/25/2019

article Tribe opens dispensary in former Santa Ysabel casino
(California) -- The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel last month opened a marijuana dispensary inside what once was the tribe’s casino off state Route 79 south of Lake...
article Many tribes say billion-dollar cannabis business is a gateway to economic development
(Indian Country) -- The way that Ely Shoshone Tribe Chairwoman Diane Buckner sees it, cannabis is indeed a gateway to economic development, health programs, housing, and...

2/22/2019

article CBD Business And Regulation Focus - The 2018 Farm Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- So, can you ship hemp across state lines now? Not without risk. The 2018 Farm Bill makes it possible to produce hemp in some states without...

2/16/2019

article ICYMI: Could cannabis be the new casinos for Southern California Native Americans?
(California) -- At the end of a road off scenic Highway 79, in rural San Diego County, a building that once let visitors try their hand at slot machines and poker tables...

2/15/2019

article Trafficking charges dropped against former Tribal ReLeaf dispensary workers
(New Brunswick) -- Trafficking charges against two former employees of Tribal ReLeaf, an on-reserve cannabis dispensary, were dropped Thursday. Co-accused Gerald Bear...
article Farm bill: Hemp gets pass on interstate commerce
(Idaho) -- The 2018 Farm Bill forbids states from preventing the transportation of hemp, and a Colorado company that wants its seized shipment back from Idaho is citing...

2/14/2019

article Hemp Bill Alive Despite Noem
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota House of Representatives rejected a call from the state’s governor to shelf plans to legalize hemp in South Dakota. By a vote of...
article Could cannabis be the new gambling for Native Americans? So far, tribes are being shut out
(California) -- At the end of a road off scenic Highway 79, in rural San Diego County, a building that once let visitors try their hand at slot machines and poker tables...
article Native Americans Turn To Cannabis Cultivation To Lift Their Tribes Out Of Poverty After Gambling Fails
(California) -- Some Native American tribes are looking towards the emerging, semi-legal cannabis industry to lift their tribes out of poverty, after casinos failed to...
article Trafficking charges dropped against former Tribal ReLeaf dispensary workers
(New Brunswick) -- Trafficking charges against two former employees of Tribal ReLeaf, an on-reserve cannabis dispensary, were dropped Thursday.

2/13/2019

article Cannabis Lobbying Heats Up As Congress Looks At Pot Banking
(Washington D.C.) -- The cannabis industry and others who stand to benefit from pot legalization have been boosting their lobbying presence on Capitol Hill. Banks,...

2/9/2019

article Noem asks lawmakers to shelve hemp bill
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem has asked lawmakers to table efforts that would allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in the state. The Republican governor said in...

2/8/2019

article Shendo Carries Bills on Medical Cannabis, Fracking
(New Mexico) -- District 22 Sen. Benny Shendo Jr., D-Bernalillo, McKinley, San Juan, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, has thus far sponsored two pieces of legislation,...

2/7/2019

article Council approves hemp feasibility study
(North Carolina) -- At its Feb. 5 Budget Council session, Tribal Council approved a resolution to contract a feasibility study for hemp and cannabis opportunities. The...
article House panel passes hemp bill
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota farmers are one step closer to legally growing hemp after a Thursday committee hearing. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources...

2/6/2019

article Marijuana or hemp? Manufacturers snagged by Farm Bill confusion
(Washington D.C.) -- Cannabis entrepreneurs say they’re facing jail time and hefty legal fees because of the plant’s complicated biology, with the vaunted...

2/5/2019

article CA’s Tribal Nations Are Shut Out of The Legal Cannabis Industry
(California) -- The former tribal hall for the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel is disintegrating; its stucco walls sloughing off like the skin of diamondback rattlesnakes,...
article Evo Hemp: ‘Within six months we’ll be seeing CBD products in every major retailer’
(USA) -- While some retailers are more cautious than others about using the term 'CBD,' many leading food and drugstore chains are actively exploring building...
article More than a fig leaf: MAPLE Act of 2018 offers protection for non-U.S. citizens involved in cannabis industry
(USA) -- In mid-October 2018, recreational use of marijuana became legal across Canada. In advance thereof, on October 9, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol warned...

2/4/2019

article Farm Bill says hemp gets a pass on interstate commerce, despite county official claims
(Idaho) -- The federal Farm Bill forbids states from preventing the transportation of hemp, and a Colorado company that wants its seized shipment back from Idaho is...

1/31/2019

article Oglala Sioux Tribe secures 'big victory' for hemp in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Because of the efforts of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST), every reservation in the country now has protection against state laws that would interfere...

1/29/2019

article Cannabis And Coin Q&A: Jeff Doctor, CEO Turtle Island
(British Columbia) -- Using the phrase 'Native American' for the original people who lived on American soil is a misnomer. A Native American was originally used...
article Industrial hemp producers harvest knowledge, crops
(Washington) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) planted 120 irrigated acres of industrial hemp last June, and had a successful harvest in October of an average...
article Researchers Reaffirm Marijuana Reduces Opioid Abuse and Call on Politicians to Consider Legalization
(New York) -- Several studies have suggested a link between legalized marijuana and lowered rates of opioid abuse, but a new study is taking it a step further and...

1/28/2019

article BLOG: The Enemy Within… CBD under attack
(California) -- Since the passage of the Farm Bill, at the end of December, I’ve been carefully tracking any new state legislation relating to either industrial...

1/25/2019

article The Sioux Chef Founder, Chef Sean Sherman, To Speak At Tribal Green Symposium
(Las Vegas) -- Award-winning author and Founder of The Sioux Chef, Chef Sean Sherman has been announced as the Featured Speaker of the 2019 Tribal Green Symposium...

1/24/2019

article Native American church in Antioch ordered to halt marijuana use for healing
(California) -- A new Antioch church that offers marijuana as part of its healing process has been ordered to stop doing so by Friday or face legal action. Antioch...

1/23/2019

article Cannabis legalization under study in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- As states across the nation loosen restrictions on cannabis products, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is launching a study into the feasibility...

1/22/2019

article Hemp bills introduced in Washington Legislature
(Washington) -- Washington's slow move into hemp has reached another crossroads. Bills in the Washington Senate and House seek to capitalize on the federal...
article Hemp or marijuana? Pawhuska case reveals Oklahoma isn't ready for legal hemp industry
(Oklahoma) -- Hemp or marijuana? Soon it may just be several tons of rotting plant material. The unresolved saga of the massive crop shipment seized by law enforcement...

1/21/2019

article Del Norte Supervisors will decide to move forward with cannabis license with Elk Valley Rancheria
(California) -- The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors will decide if they should move forward with a cannabis license with the Elk Valley Rancheria. The tribe is...
article Big Changes On The Horizon For Medical Marijuana In Florida
(Florida) -- Despite the fact that oral arguments were just held in the appellate case involving the State of Florida’s appeal of a court decision legalizing...

1/14/2019

article 'Biggest marijuana bust of all time'? No, just legal hemp, attorney says after Pawhuska police seize 17,000 pounds
(Oklahoma) -- It was hemp. The 17,258 pounds of plant material seized by Pawhuska police this week was industrial hemp, a product that’s legal to possess or...

1/9/2019

article Delete Cannabis Apps Before Coming to the U.S.
(USA) -- Cannabis became legal throughout Canada on October 1, 2018. In the U.S., 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational and medical cannabis...
article FDA 2018 Year in Review: Cannabis
(Washington D.C.) -- This year, FDA took two significant actions related to the cannabis plant: (1) the agency approved the first drug with an active ingredient (...
article Tribe sells hemp to Oregon company
(Oregon) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes sold a portion of the hemp they grew in the Swawilla Basin area to a Hood River, Oregon company in late 2018. "From...

1/4/2019

article Tribe sells hemp seed to Oregon company
(Washington) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes have sold hemp seeds grown in their 120 acre agricultural hemp project to Hemp Northwest, a Hood River, Oregon hemp food...

1/1/2019

article A HIGH roller! Native American dispensary sells $11,000 gold leaf-coated cannabis cigar in Las Vegas - the most expensive pot product ever sold
(Las Vegas) -- A sky-high price was paid for a luxurious marijuana cigar at a Paiute dispensary near downtown Las Vegas on Friday making it the most expensive pot...

12/29/2018

article Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year
(USA) -- The last year was a 12-month champagne toast for the legal marijuana industry as the global market exploded and cannabis pushed its way further into the...
article Paiutes sell most expensive pot product to date at Las Vegas dispensary
(Nevada) -- A marijuana specialty product sold for a record price of $11,000 Friday night at a mega-dispensary on tribal land near downtown Las Vegas. Brandon Hawkins,...

12/27/2018

article How OCN's leader took the Manitoba First Nation from 'paycheque to paycheque' to cannabis business leader
(Manitoba) -- For a man who doesn't smoke, drink or gamble, it might seem odd the cannabis business was calling to him — but Opaskwayak Cree Nation Onekanew (...
article How OCN's leader took the Manitoba First Nation from 'paycheque to paycheque' to cannabis business leader
(Manitoba) -- For a man who doesn't smoke, drink or gamble, it might seem odd the cannabis business was calling to him — but Opaskwayak Cree Nation Onekanew (...
article New regulation says edible marijuana products have to be marked with special symbol
(Las Vegas) -- The new year is expected to bring a pretty big change to the marijuana industry with new labeling requirements for food products that contain cannabis.

12/26/2018

article Grignon: Hemp Can Help Sustain Native Americans
(USA) -- When you begin to look into the fight for hemp legalization, you start to unearth stories you weren’t expecting to find. That’s exactly what...

12/24/2018

article BLOG: Farm Bill Creates Legal Framework for Hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) has become law after the signing of the bill by the President this week. This bill will have a...

12/20/2018

article More Hemp, More Licenses, Recreational Pot? The Future Of Weed In Florida Is Hazy
(Florida) -- When Nikki Fried was elected commissioner of agriculture, proponents of marijuana cheered because she was their advocate. But what does her newly elected...
article Uxbridge working with more marijuana businesses
(Massachusetts) -- Uxbridge selectmen voted to enter a host community agreement with Deep Roots Inc., which is seeking a microbusiness license to cultivate up to 5,000...

12/19/2018

article The Path to Pot: Federal law could exclude tribes from NY's marijuana market
(New York) -- As New York heads perhaps towards a future of regulated recreational marijuana, it calls into question the unique status of Native American reservations....

12/18/2018

article Elko Colony votes on marijuana
(Nevada) -- Members of the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe voted Monday on whether they would like the Elko Band Council to pursue a marijuana dispensary on the colony....
article Expert Sees a ‘Strong Need’ for Insurance for Cannabis Industry
(USA) -- There’s “still a really strong need” for specialty insurance to cover cannabis businesses as well as medical professionals prescribing...
article Can a casino and medical cannabis coexist under the same roof? This Virginia city could soon find out
(Virginia) -- Virginia regulators on Tuesday denied a request to move a medical cannabis facility approved for the city of Bristol, choosing to leave the dispensary in...

12/17/2018

article No, you can’t smoke hemp (and other things to know now that it will be legal)
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress voted this week to legalize the cultivation of hemp in the US after months of debate and negotiation between lawmakers. Hemp legalization...

12/16/2018

article Hemp industry expected to blossom under new Farm Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. hemp industry is expecting business to expand and investors to beckon after Congress on Wednesday passed farm legislation that included a...
article Council Delegate: Production of hemp on Nation could make up lost revenue
(Arizona) -- On Dec. 7, the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project Negotiation Subcommittee (NIIP) received updates and discussed the Navajo Nation’s position of hemp...

12/14/2018

article Pine Ridge hemp farmer eyes victory in new farm bill
(South Dakota) -- The new farm bill passed by Congress this week legalizes hemp. If the bill is signed by the president -- as expected -- it will mark a major victory...

12/12/2018

article Marijuana Industry Border Issues Would Be Solved Under New Congressional Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Marijuana can really mess up border and immigration issues for people who partake in consumption or participate in the industry, but that would...
article Mayor Emanuel proposes legalizing marijuana, casino to pay for pensions
(Illinois) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel will lay out his recommendations for dealing with city pensions. He will propose that lawmakers legalize marijuana and allow a casino in...
article State issues license to Westport medical marijuana dispensary
(Connecticut) -- The state has officially issued a medical marijuana license to a dispensary in Westport. Residents and business owners had been divided on the proposal...
article A cannabis futurist foresees dirt-cheap weed, THC appetizers, and a big impact from Canada
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s not a matter of if the United States will legalize cannabis, it’s simply a matter of when, says Jonathan Caulkins, with an air of...

12/11/2018

article Kahnawake passes its own cannabis law, but businesses will have to wait a bit longer to set up shop
(New York) -- The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has passed its own law regulating the cannabis industry on-reserve, but there won't be marijuana grow-ops or...

12/8/2018

article Does cannabis cost, or pay? CCU study claims marijuana costs $4.50 for every $1 it generates
(Colorado) -- Coloradans spend $4.57 to mitigate marijuana’s effects for every tax dollar it generates, claims a recently released study. Colorado Christian...
article Marlboro maker places $2.4 billion bet on marijuana
(USA) -- One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion buy-in. Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. is taking a 45...

12/7/2018

article Cannabis businesses start up on Tsuut'ina First Nation
(Edmonton) -- Stephanie Crowchild received her first shipment of cannabis oils earlier this week and the Tsuut'ina Nation member is already looking to order more....

12/6/2018

article Meet the Former Cop Behind Canada’s First Indigenous Licensed Cannabis Producer
(Montreal) -- Eighty years ago, the police chief on the Caughnawaga reserve across the St. Lawrence river from Montreal spent weeks supervising the picking, carting, and...

12/5/2018

article Feds try to squash Blackfeet medical marijuana legalization
(Montana) -- Blackfeet Agency Superintendent Thedis Crowe of the BIA rejected the Blackfeet Tribal Council's legalization of medical marijuana, which is aligned with...
article ‘Stay of Prosecution’ issued BIA’s rejection of Ordinance 95 Amendment appealed by Tribe
(Montana) -- It was at the Oct. 4 General Council meeting that Blackfeet Councilman Rodney “Minnow” Gervais Jr. made a case for the Blackfeet Tribe amending...

12/3/2018

article Humboldt Supervisors consider zoning change to allow for controversial cannabis facility
(California) -- Humboldt County Supervisors are considering a zoning change, to allow for Mercer Fraser to move forward with a cannabis manufacturing facility in Willow...
article Final California marijuana industry rules may not be made public until January
(California) -- Although California’s final cannabis industry regulations will reportedly be completed Monday, many industry insiders likely won’t be able to...

11/30/2018

article Northwest entrepreneurs cheer on provision to legalize hemp in Farm Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A new five-year federal Farm Bill that could get a vote from the House and Senate next week contains a provision to fully legalize hemp production...

11/29/2018

article Deal reached in farm bill talks
(Washington D.C.) -- Farm bill negotiators said Thursday they reached an "agreement in principle," offering hope of breaking a months-long impasse over commodity and...
article Lawmakers Reach Farm Bill Deal by Dumping Food-Stamp Rules That Trump Backed
(Washington D.C.) -- Democrats and Republicans said they reached a tentative deal on farm legislation after jettisoning controversial work requirements for food stamp...

11/27/2018

article First Nations Health Authority Launches Cannabis Awareness Campaign
(British Columbia) -- The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has launched a public health campaign aimed at reducing cannabis use among Indigenous children and youth...

11/26/2018

article With Jeff Sessions out at the Justice Dept., the marijuana movement exhales
(Washington D.C.) -- He described marijuana as a “very real danger” and has said its effects are “only slightly less awful” than those of heroin...

11/24/2018

article Cannabinoids show promise for cancer patients
(Colorado) -- Braden Stevenson, a 17-year-old living in Longmont, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2016. A year later, after several rounds of chemo, doctors told him...

11/22/2018

article Agribition panelists encourage Sask. First Nations to explore economic potential of cannabis production
(Saskatchewan) -- Cannabis has been a hot topic all year — and a Wednesday panel discussion at the Western Canadian Agribition aimed to explore the economic...
article Saskatchewan Asserts That Cannabis Store on Indigenous Land Is Illegal
(Saskatchewan) -- A meeting next week to discuss a cannabis-related issue might just provide answers to questions bigger than who can sell cannabis in Canada. The Regina...

11/21/2018

article Marijuana is getting cheaper. For Colorado and some states, that’s a problem
(Colorado) -- Wholesale marijuana prices in Colorado have fallen by a third in just the past 12 months, continuing a price crash that began soon after the drug was...

11/19/2018

article Nevada officials visit San Francisco to explore how marijuana lounges are run
(California) -- A high-stakes NFL Monday night football game lights up an 82-inch television on the wall. Swing music plays in the background as about two dozen people...
article First Nations consider questions of profit — and sovereignty — at first national Indigenous cannabis conference
(Calgary) -- Cashing in on the “green wave” of Canada’s recreational cannabis industry is as much a question of sovereignty as it is profit for some...
article Saskatchewan to meet with First Nation operating unlicensed cannabis store
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan’s justice minister is to meet next week with the chief of a First Nation that has opened an unlicensed cannabis store. Don Morgan...
article SLGA offers to meet with Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation over pot shop
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) is offering to meet with the chief of a First Nation that opened a cannabis dispensary without a...

11/18/2018

article Man Who Alleges His Humboldt County Marijuana Was Stolen by Police Filed a Federal Lawsuit Friday
(California) -- Zeke Flatten, a former police officer who alleged that law enforcement officers stole three pounds of Humboldt County cannabis from him last December,...

11/17/2018

article Cuthand: First Nation's dispensary raises issue of cannabis jurisdiction
(Canada) -- The Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation made the news this week and at least the news media are pronouncing the name the right way. The band council is the centre...
article Judge tosses Ohio medical marijuana license requirements for minority groups
(Ohio) -- A new Ohio medical marijuana grow facility could soon sprout in Northeast Ohio, after a Franklin County judge threw out a state law requiring that at least 15...

11/16/2018

article Port Angeles pot producer accused of selling on black market
(Washington) -- The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has issued two emergency marijuana license suspensions for North Coast Concentrates, saying it sold...

11/15/2018

article Indigenous communities have jurisdiction over pot rules: FSIN
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is disputing the province's position on who has jurisdiction over a pot shop opened on the...
article Marijuana producer in Port Angeles accused of selling on black market
(Washington) -- The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has issued two emergency marijuana license suspensions for North Coast Concentrates, saying it sold...

11/14/2018

article FSIN threatens more legal battles if province impedes Sask. First Nation's pot store
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) has voiced its support for a First Nation operating a pot store outside Saskatchewan's...

11/13/2018

article Marijuana advocate sees Sessions’ ouster as a plus
(Nevada) -- With Nevada’s marijuana industry flourishing, one of its greatest threats was eliminated this week when President Donald Trump forced the resignation...
article Province urges Sask. First Nation to shut down unpermitted cannabis store on reserve
(Saskatchewan) -- A cannabis store operating outside the Saskatchewan government's regulatory framework is now open in a First Nation community 70 kilometres...

11/5/2018

press release Tribal Green Symposium Announces Date Change
(Las Vegas) -- In response to Indian Country’s growing concerns for the 2018 Farm Bill, the Tribal Green Symposium has announced a date change for its second...

11/3/2018

article Resorts see possibility of marijuana lounges as a dilemma
(Las Vegas) -- Hospitality industry leaders expressed mixed feelings about the prospect of marijuana lounges in Las Vegas, which on one hand would give guests a place...
article 'I want to do it right': La Loche cannabis store owner says he wants to help community heal
(Saskatoon) -- The Saskatoon businessman who plans to open a recreational cannabis shop in La Loche, Sask., says he wants his store to play a role in the community's...

11/2/2018

article 'I want to do it right': La Loche cannabis store owner says he wants to help community heal
(Saskatchewan) -- The Saskatoon businessman who plans to open a recreational cannabis shop in La Loche, Sask., says he wants his store to play a role in the community...
article Tsuut'ina Nation hosts cannabis info session
(Edmonton) -- Pot is legal in Canada, so now what? That is the question many Canadians have two weeks after marijuana was legalized and it's a question that was...

11/1/2018

article Industrial hemp licensing applications open for 2019 growing season
(Wisconsin) -- Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced that industrial hemp licensing applications and...
article Investors Waking Up To Hemp As Cannabis Stocks Retrace
(Wall Street) -- Investors are waking up to the hemp industry. Hemp is proving its opportunity for financial returns, and potential for social and environmental impact.
article The 5 Worst U.S. Senators On Marijuana Policy
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2018 election is next week, which means it’s time for the fourth and final installment of my series on the best and worst members of...

10/31/2018

article Gone to pot: Marijuana shortages plague Canada
(Ontario) -- Canada's legal recreational market is off to a bumpy start. Supply shortages have been rampant in the two weeks since Canada became the largest national...

10/30/2018

article Inside Alderville, Canada’s First Nations Cannabis Boomtown
(Ontario) -- On a recent Thursday afternoon the sales floor of Medicine Wheel Natural Healing, a cannabis store in the Ontario First Nations town of Alderville, bustled...
article Tribe to conduct cannabis feasibility study
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is going to look into the “impacts associated with legalization of cannabis” in a feasibility study...

10/29/2018

article OP/ED: Pardons don't go far enough. Convictions for cannabis possession must be expunged
(Ottawa) -- In 2013, Justin Trudeau – then leader of the third-place party – admitted to having smoked cannabis about a half-dozen times. He was unapologetic...
article Stockton cannabis minor gives students ‘leg up’ on growing industry
(New Jersey) -- As the medical marijuana industry continues to expand in New Jersey, with the possibility of recreational use in the near future, Stockton University...

10/24/2018

article Attawapiskat chief says Mushkegowuk Council needs a policy on cannabis legalization
(Ontario) -- It's a remote First Nation that has fought hard against illegal drugs entering the community. Now it is having to deal with one of those drugs becoming...

10/17/2018

article SIGA says no to cannabis cigarettes
(Saskatchewan) -- With recreational marijuana use now legal in Canada, inquiring minds want to know when and where they can go to light up, but paNOW has learned at...
article Cannabis is not a traditional medicine like tobacco, says Mohawk Nation
(Ontario) -- While Mohawk cannabis retailers are wanting to challenge federal and provincial control of marijuana, traditional Mohawk leaders are speaking out against...
article Cree Nation hopes legalization and education will reduce high cannabis use
(Quebec) -- Representatives of the Cree Nation Government in northern Quebec say they hope legalization of cannabis in Canada will help create a more open and honest...
article It's business as usual for this Mohawk First Nation's marijuana stores while court challenges planned
(Ontario) -- In one of the production rooms of Legacy 420, the first marijuana retail outlet to open in the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga, Seaira Maracle, 28, brews a...
article 'A real opportunity': Cannabis entrepreneurship lifting some First Nations communities
(Canada) -- It’s a quiet, cool autumn morning in early October and Medicine Wheel Natural Healing is bustling. In the span of an hour, dozens of customers visit...
article BTBC explains amendment to Ordinance 95: Decriminalizing Possession of Medical Marijuana
(Las Vegas) -- During the General Session on Oct. 4, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council (BTBC) discussed and approved a Resolution, “Amending Ordinance #95 to...

10/16/2018

article Peguis First Nation a partner in what may be Manitoba's biggest cannabis cultivation facility
(Manitoba) -- One First Nation is preparing to be a major player in Manitoba's cannabis industry and hopes to provide jobs for its members in the process. "We...
article Saskatchewan First Nation won't recognize government jurisdiction over cannabis
(Saskatchewan) -- There won't be any pot shop grand openings Wednesday on the Sakimay First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan. Instead, the streets are expected to...

10/14/2018

article A hereditary chief opens up about supplying his nation with free cannabis oil
(British Columbia) -- Hereditary chief Wil Marsden has made a name for himself in his community as the guy you see if you need access to cannabis oil. He's been...
article Kanien'kehá:ka chiefs fear cannabis will lead to tobacco's lingering problems
(Quebec) -- Kwetiio Goodleaf has worked in Kahnawake's tobacco industry for the past three decades. She's seen the economic impacts that selling cigarettes has...
article Tribal mega-dispensary in Las Vegas celebrates anniversary with fanfare, vendors
(Las Vegas) -- The one-year anniversary celebration of the valley’s largest cannabis dispensary had the qualities of a full-fledged pot festival on Saturday....

10/13/2018

article Free-rein cannabis shops vs. a complete moratorium: 2 Anishinaabe communities have differing strategies on pot
(Ontario) -- On the south side of Rice Lake in southern Ontario, Alderville First Nation is becoming increasingly known as the 'Green Mile,' a moniker inspired...
article County authorities shut down marijuana operation on Yokayo Rancheria
(California) -- Authorities in Mendocino County, California, shut down a marijuana operation on the Yokayo Rancheria. In a press release, the sheriff's office said...

10/12/2018

article Blackfeet Tribal Business Council decriminalizes medical marijuana
(Montana) -- Last week the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council passed a resolution that decriminalizes possession of medical marijuana. The passing of the resolution has...

10/11/2018

article Las Vegas Paiutes to open second marijuana dispensary with drive-thru
(Nevada) -- A second Nevada tribal marijuana dispensary will soon be operating in the northwest valley, expected to open by early next year. The second Nuwu Cannabis...

10/10/2018

article Doug George-Kanentiio: Native people and marijuana in Canada
(New York) -- On October 17th Canada will enter a new phase in its history when the personal possession of marijuana becomes legal. The enactment of Bill C-45 means an...

9/29/2018

article Board members circumvented health department attorney, sought outside help to write controversial marijuana rules, Tulsa World review finds
(Oklahoma) -- Despite being told they couldn’t legally ban smokable marijuana sales or require pharmacists in dispensaries, at least two Board of Health members...

9/27/2018

press release Indian Country Prepares to Enter the Global Hemp Industry
(Las Vegas) -- In less than two months, tribal leaders, lawmakers and regulators will be convening at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort for a three-day symposium to...

9/25/2018

article Keeping legal marijuana away from casinos becoming a little more complicated
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada’s gaming industry has long been warned to stay away from the state’s legal marijuana business. But the separation is getting harder to...

9/22/2018

article It’s Official—Cannabis Is the New Crypto
(New York) -- As one speculative frenzy fizzles, another arises from its ashes. Marijuana Inc. is making more headlines than Crypto Corp. as the stocks of companies...
article Following hemp plants, through political and real storms
(Washington D.C.) -- Hemp has a whole new image, thanks to reformed thinking across the country. A significant if somewhat recent proponent to jump on the hemp bandwagon...

9/21/2018

article Marijuana Lounges Have Nevada Casino Industry On Alert
(Nevada) -- Most casino industry reaction to legal recreational marijuana use in Nevada continues to be way out of whack. Fearing federal repercussions that aren’t...

9/20/2018

article It’s Official—Cannabis Is the New Crypto
(Wall Street) -- As one speculative frenzy fizzles, another arises from its ashes. Marijuana Inc. is making more headlines than Crypto Corp. as the stocks of companies...

9/19/2018

article Tax debate could table September marijuana vote
(New Jersey) -- A September vote for how to legalize and regulate adult-use marijuana is unlikely, following disputes over an appropriate tax structure, officials said.

9/17/2018

article Evo Hemp partners with Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to grow organic hemp
(South Dakota) -- Evo Hemp, known for its line of organic fruit and nut Hemp Bars that are sold in over 3,000 retailers, is proud to announce a new line of CBD extracts...

9/16/2018

article Company features hemp from Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Congress could soon authorize the growing of hemp nationwide, but Alex White Plume isn’t waiting. The Manderson man signed a deal last year to...

9/15/2018

article Kahnawake explores cannabis biz with one of the largest medical marijuana companies in Canada
(Quebec) -- While a moratorium on the production and sale of cannabis products has been in place in Kahnawake, Que., for more than a year, its council is looking into...

9/14/2018

article Kahnawake explores cannabis biz with one of the largest medical marijuana companies in Canada
(Quebec) -- While a moratorium on the production and sale of cannabis products has been in place in Kahnawake, Que., for more than a year, its council is looking into...

9/13/2018

article Cherokee Nation Official: Medical Marijuana Illegal on Tribe Property
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation official says medical marijuana won’t be legal on the Oklahoma-based tribe’s property even though the state’s voters...
article Marijuana Stocks Dropped After Some Troubling News for Canadian Pot Investors
(USA) -- Cannabis-related stocks dropped in after-hours trading Thursday following a report that the U.S. may bar Canadians who invest in the companies from entering the...
article U.S. official: Canadian marijuana users, workers and investors risk lifetime border ban
(Washington D.C.) -- Canadians who work in the marijuana industry — and those who invest in the booming pot sector — risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S...
article Working group proposal sparks furor
(California) -- Ellie Hoops, a tribal attorney for the office of the Yurok Tribe, said the tribe is asking for a ban on cannabis in the county. Saying the tribe has a...
article Wikwemikong Tribal Police, OPP bust grow-op, net $300K worth of pot
(Ontario) -- In the early morning hours of September 12, members of the Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service, in cooperation with the Ontario Provincial Police Tactical...

9/12/2018

article It's the law: No medical marijuana on tribal lands
(Oklahoma) -- While medical marijuana is now legal in Oklahoma, the same rules do not apply on tribal land in the state. A Cherokee Nation official says medical...
article State’s medical marijuana law holds no weight in CN
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana in June, but the law holds no weight in the Cherokee Nation, according to the tribe’s...

9/11/2018

article Big safety testing failure rate for California pot products
(California) -- Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a...

9/10/2018

article Evo Hemp partners with Pine Ridge farmers
(South Dakota) -- Evo Hemp, the Boulder-based company known for its line of hemp bars that are sold in more than 3,000 retailers, including Whole Foods Markets, Kroger,...
article State’s medical marijuana law holds no weight in CN
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana in June, but the law holds no weight in the Cherokee Nation, according to the tribe’s...
article Evo Hemp partners with Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to grow organic hemp
(South Dakota) -- Evo Hemp, known for its line of Hemp Bars that are sold in over 3,000 retailers, including Whole Foods Markets, Kroger, Wegmans and Earth Fare, is...

9/9/2018

article Another Farm Bill Trouble Spot: Ex-Prisoners Growing Hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- Advocates for criminal justice reform hope to convince lawmakers to reject a provision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate farm...

9/8/2018

article Medical marijuana law shields manufacturing and dispensary applicants' information
(North Dakota) -- As a medical marijuana review panel evaluates applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in Bismarck and Fargo, little is known about the two...

9/7/2018

press release Evo Hemp Partners With Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to Grow Organic Hemp
(South Dakota) -- Evo Hemp, known for its line of Hemp Bars that are sold in over 3,000 retailers, including Whole Foods Markets, Kroger, Wegmans and Earth Fare, has...

9/4/2018

article Tribal Corp. Wants To Axe Medical Marijuana Collective Suit [sub req]
(California) -- A development arm of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel asked a California federal court to nix a medical marijuana collective’s suit over a cannabis...

9/3/2018

article Meet ‘Bongzilla’: 24-foot bong in Las Vegas celebrates cannabis culture
(Las Vegas) -- There are two flights of stairs curling around the head-turning glass bong, all 24 feet of it. There also will be an elevator to ferry people from the...

9/1/2018

article Retail cannabis is new money-maker on the reservation
(Washington) -- The pointy leaf on the sign is red, not green. Workers greet customers at the door with computer tablets to assist and take orders. Three front-row...
article The most populous First Nation in Canada is drafting its own cannabis law
(Ontario) -- Six Nations is drafting its own cannabis law rather than wait for outside governments to impose regulations. “Our main concern is the health and...

8/31/2018

article Oregon pot growers now must notify officials about harvests
(Oregon) -- Before Matthew Miller harvests marijuana this fall from his fields in southern Oregon, he'll have to notify the state for the first time ever — a...

8/28/2018

article Tribal ReLeaf former employees plead not guilty
(New Brunswick) -- Co-accused Gerald Bear and Marie Sappier-Bear pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five cannabis trafficking charges related to a raid on Tribal ReLeaf in...

8/24/2018

article Is marijuana food's next functional ingredient?
(Washington) -- Until recently, mainstream consumer perception of marijuana was largely framed by pop culture references and stigma surrounding drug use. But now that...

8/23/2018

article Symposium to Explore Cannabis and Hemp for Economic Development
(Las Vegas) -- Hemp and cannabis industries are growing exponentially—nationally, globally and across Indian Country. “Tribal hemp growers from the Meskwaki, Lakota,...

8/22/2018

article Letter: Down the drain – addictive products and, sadly, the people – including governments – who consume them
(Washington) -- “One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers...

8/21/2018

press release Tribal Cannabis and Hemp Symposium Focused on Economic Development Coming to Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
(Las Vegas) -- Tribal Cannabis and Hemp Symposium Focused on Economic Development Coming to Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort (LAS VEGAS) -- Tribal leaders and tribal...

8/20/2018

article Hemp Project Update: French and Polish plants thriving greater than Czechish
(Washington) -- Differences — some subtle, some obvious — exist in the Colville Tribe's hemp project here in the Swawilla Basin. For instance, one would...

8/12/2018

article Cannabis industry grows as source of campaign funds
(New Mexico) -- If you’re running for public office in New Mexico and need to raise money, there are traditional sources of campaign funds from the business world...
article Tulalip Tribes are latest to join retail marijuana industry
(Washington) -- "This isn't your average neighborhood cannabis store," the Tulalip Tribes said as they prepared to join the marijuana industry. The public...

8/11/2018

article Legal Weed: California Lawmakers Leave Many Marijuana Policies in Suspense
(California) -- California lawmakers returned from summer recess to a busy week of committee hearings. Seventeen cannabis bills had hearings in Sacramento for the week...
article This 23-Year-Old Native American Is Boosting Tribal Cannabiz
(Nevada) -- In a recent article, Entrepreneur introduced three teenage girls who founded a CBD business of their own. However, these adolescent women are not the only...

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