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The Hoopa Valley Tribe Can’t Decide Whether to Allow Weed Cultivation, Nor Whether They Already Answered that Question

Members of the Hoopa Valley Tribe last year voted to rescind a two-decade-old ban on growing marijuana on tribal lands. But did they know what they were doing? That was the central question at a heated tribal council meeting on Monday, a meeting that saw tempers flair, accusations fly and, at one point, the council’s sergeant at arms step in to prevent an altercation between two men in their seventies.

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8/9/2019

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7/26/2019

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7/25/2019

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7/24/2019

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7/22/2019

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7/19/2019

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7/18/2019

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7/17/2019

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7/14/2019

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7/11/2019

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7/10/2019

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7/8/2019

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7/4/2019

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7/3/2019

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7/1/2019

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6/30/2019

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6/29/2019

article New Mexico governor seeks ideas for recreational pot law
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6/27/2019

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6/26/2019

article USDA Farm Bill implementation progress update
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6/24/2019

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6/23/2019

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6/20/2019

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6/19/2019

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6/18/2019

article LEGAL BLOG: The U.S. Trademark Office Opens The Door To Registering Certain Cannabis Trademarks
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6/12/2019

article Colorado surpasses $1 billion in marijuana tax revenue
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6/11/2019

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6/10/2019

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6/8/2019

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6/7/2019

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6/6/2019

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6/5/2019

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6/4/2019

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6/3/2019

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6/2/2019

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6/1/2019

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5/24/2019

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5/23/2019

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5/22/2019

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5/18/2019

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5/15/2019

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5/13/2019

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5/12/2019

article Tribes Officials Still Playing the Waiting Game with Province
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5/11/2019

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article Yurok Tribe passes hemp ordinance
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article Cannabis Lounges Are Coming To Las Vegas
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5/10/2019

article 'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
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5/9/2019

article Yurok Tribe Gives Thumbs-Up to Hemp: Tribal Council Moves to Legalize Non-Psychoactive Cannabis on Tribal Lands, Develop Regulations and Explore Business Opportunities Around Newly Legal Crop
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe today became the first jurisdiction in the county to signal that it’s ready to move forward with extensive hemp cultivation,...

5/8/2019

article Wiisag Corporation close to planting 1st outdoor medical cannabis grow-op in a First Nation
(British Columbia) -- Neyaashiinigmiing could be the first First Nation in the country to host a licensed outdoor medical marijuana grow operation on its territory....

5/7/2019

article Hoopa Election Board Rejects Controversial Ballot Measure About Cannabis Legalization
(California) -- The Election Board of the Hoopa Valley Tribe last night rejected a proposed measure for the June ballot that would have asked tribe members whether...

5/3/2019

article Cannabis Lounges Are Coming to Las Vegas—but Not the Strip
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5/2/2019

article It's a new era for hemp in Wisconsin, and Oneida Nation is seizing the opportunity
(Wisconsin) -- Come autumn, you'll see fields of green on the Oneida reservation. Amid changing tides for hemp in Wisconsin, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will grow...

5/1/2019

article LADUKE: Alex White Plume: the ‘hemperer’ and the governor
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article OP/ED: Cannabis: the new green that’s filling state coffers
(USA) -- This month, Colorado will deposit its one billionth dollar of tax revenue from cannabis— generated from an assortment of licenses, taxes, and fees. Seven...
article The Hoopa Valley Tribe Can’t Decide Whether to Allow Weed Cultivation, Nor Whether They Already Answered that Question
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4/28/2019

article A grassroots movement: Advocates hope to legalize marijuana in Red Lake Nation
(Minnesota) -- Kevin Jones Jr. and Jeanne Thunder have a message for the tribal members behind every door they knock on: it's time to legalize marijuana in Red Lake...
article BUYER BEWARE - Not All CBD is Created Equal
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article Family-owned CBD shop ‘WalkUp Too Wellness’ has arrived
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article First legal hemp seedlings sprout
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article ‘SOTC’: Hemp’s Comeback In Kentucky
(Kentucky) -- At one time Kentucky was the greatest producer of hemp in the United States, but that changed decades ago when the industry went nearly dormant. Now hemp...

4/27/2019

article Opportunities are growing for hemp
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4/25/2019

article Oglala Sioux Tribe Hemp Commission (sub req)
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe is still in the preliminary steps of developing a viable hemp-based market on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. While the tribe...

4/24/2019

article One cannabis tour to rule them all
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article Agate Dreams introduces online cannabis ordering and pickup service
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4/21/2019

article Las Vegas Paiutes thrive in legalized marijuana market
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4/20/2019

article Cheech and Chong help celebrate the opening of a Tacoma marijuana store on 4/20
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4/19/2019

article Another Upper Peninsula tribe says "yes" to recreational marijuana
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article Sault Tribe legalizes recreational marijuana
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article How First Nations are leaving their mark on the cannabis industry
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4/18/2019

article Sault Tribe board votes to legalize pot
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article Cheech and Chong to Help Tribal Cannabis Shop Celebrate Grand Opening
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4/17/2019

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4/16/2019

article Cheech and Chong to help Puyallup Tribe open second cannabis store
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4/15/2019

article South Dakota AG's statements on hemp, CBD oil cause confusion
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article First Native American community in Michigan legalizes marijuana
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4/12/2019

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4/10/2019

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article Upper Peninsula Native American tribe legalizes recreational marijuana
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4/9/2019

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article FDA Releases Warning Letters to CBD and Hemp Oil Companies
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4/5/2019

article Amid Equity Rhetoric, California Blocks Tribal Participation in Cannabis Industry
(California) -- A glaring omission in the language of Prop 64, California’s 2016 cannabis legalization initiative, was any provision whatsoever for the state...

3/26/2019

article Can Pot Help Treat Opioid Addiction and Alzheimer’s? The Tulalip Tribes Are Paying Stanford to Find Out.
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3/25/2019

article Shut out of California’s legal marijuana market, Indian tribes pursue sales on their own land
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3/24/2019

article Shut out of the legal pot market, Indian tribes pursuing cannabis sales on their own land
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article Bingo and bongs: More seniors seek pot for age-related aches
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3/23/2019

article What's South Dakota missing without legal industrial hemp?
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3/22/2019

article Jamestown S’Klallam to open cannabis store in Blyn
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article Las Vegas won’t approve marijuana lounges — for now
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3/21/2019

article Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion
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3/20/2019

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article So far, legalizing pot isn’t paying off in Massachusetts
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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
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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
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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
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article Missouri Police Searching for Marijuana in a Stage 4 Cancer Patient's Hospital Room Incites a Viral Video
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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
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3/6/2019

article Akwesasne challenged by developing cannabis economy
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3/5/2019

article Are Weed Churches Legitimate Houses of Worship, or Just Another Way Around Marijuana Law?
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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...
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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
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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...

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