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New Mexico governor seeks ideas for recreational pot law

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is launching a new effort to craft legislation that could legalize recreational marijuana sales next year. The first-year Democratic governor announced Friday her recruitment of health, legal and fiscal policy experts to serve in a new discussion group that provides recommendations on state legalization.

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11/20/2019

article Cannabis sales should be legal in First Nations communities, former chief says
(Ontario) -- The former Ontario regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations. is asking the federal government to legalize the sale of cannabis in First Nations...

11/19/2019

article Warm Springs hemp plan under review by USDA
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval to administer hemp production on its lands....
article Flandreau Santee, Oglala Sioux apply to grow hemp
(South Dakota) -- Two Sioux tribes in South Dakota, the Flandreau Santee and Oglala, have filed applications with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grow industrial...
article Cannabis Commission legislation tabled until December
(North Carolina) -- The debate for establishing regulations regarding cannabis in the territory of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) continues. Legislation...

11/18/2019

article Key Takeaways from USDA Final Interim Rules for Domestic Hemp Production
(Washington D.C.) -- On Oct. 31, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its highly anticipated interim final rules, establishing the USDA...

11/14/2019

article Native American Tribe Opens Nevada’s First Cannabis Lounge
(Nevada) -- Since legalizing cannabis, Nevada has been mulling over the idea of cannabis lounges – a necessity in a state with as much tourism as they get....

11/13/2019

article At this Vegas cannabis lounge, you can try before you buy despite state law
(Las Vegas) -- A Nevada Native American tribe may have a solution for Las Vegas visitors who want to consume legally purchased marijuana without breaking the law. The...

11/12/2019

article Mohawks, marijuana and NY law
(New York) -- Following New York state, the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation is deciding on legalizing medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. This brings about a...

11/11/2019

article What new federal hemp rules mean for Idaho
(Idaho) -- Attorneys representing a Colorado-based company suing the Idaho State Police for seizing a shipment of hemp in January are pointing to new federal rules...

11/10/2019

article 'The tribe has taken over': the Native Americans running Las Vegas' only cannabis lounge
(Las Vegas) -- A couple seated at a high top table smoked a joint, while six tourists in a circular booth nearby drank THC-infused beer and reviewed the flower menu. It...
article Hemp industry in New Mexico growing like a weed
(New Mexico) -- About a mile down a dusty dirt road, Jill Brown is shucking the bud from a hemp plant in front of a warehouse-sized pile that looks more like tumbleweed...

11/8/2019

article Tribe to hold referendum on medical, recreational marijuana policy in Akwesasne
(New York) -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is holding a referendum Saturday, Dec. 14 to help decide on medical and recreational marijuana policy. The tribal referendum...

11/7/2019

article USDA Hemp Webinar Provides Overview of New Regulatory Landscape
(Washington D.C.) -- As we previously reported, the U.S. Department of Agriculture(“USDA”) released its long-awaited interim final rule governing the...

11/3/2019

article USDA Publishes Long-Awaited Interim Regulations Governing the Production of Legalized Hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday, the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its interim final rule setting forth the proposed rules and regulations...

11/1/2019

article USDA releases hemp regs, Chief Sneed ready to work on tribal initiative
(North Carolina) -- The USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program officially on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and released important regulations for states and...
article Hemp is legal. Here comes the tricky part
(USA) -- Hemp is now a bona fide American crop. The US Department of Agriculture this week posted formal federal guidelines for how hemp — the versatile cannabis...

10/30/2019

article Wisconsin Senator calls for marijuana decriminalization
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Senator Fred Risser, along with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes and Representatives Sheila Stubbs, David Crowley and Dave Considine introduced a...
article New USDA hemp program opens door for tribal economic opportunities
(Wisconsin) -- In addition to giving Montana farmers a guiding hand with hemp production, a new hemp program also presents more economic opportunities for tribes across...

10/24/2019

article FSIN hopes to see child welfare, cannabis discussions continue in fall legislature session
(Saskatchewan) -- With the fall session of the legislature underway in Saskatchewan, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) says he hopes to...
press release One World Pharma and Colombia’s Misak Tribe Enter into Cultivation and Sale Agreement
(Nevada) -- One World Pharma Inc. (OTC Pink: OWPC), "OWP," a fully licensed cannabis and hemp producer in Colombia, is pleased to announce that it has agreed...

10/23/2019

article Border seizures of hemp continue despite legalization, lawsuit, importer says
(California) -- A California CBD manufacturer challenging the hemp policies of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says hemp seizures are still taking place...
article Hemp delivery driver arrested in SD indicted on drug charges
(South Dakota) -- A Colorado man who said he was delivering hemp to Minnesota when he was arrested in South Dakota has been indicted by a grand jury after his load...

10/17/2019

article Tribe’s Cannabis Commission a no-go for now
(North Carolina) -- Legislation establishing the Cannabis Commission of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) was approved (Sept. 12), vetoed (Oct. 2), and re-...
article CBD products are flying off the shelves — so why are banks so reluctant to offer financing?
(Washington D.C.) -- While a majority of states have legalized or decriminalized recreational marijuana use, and the 2018 Farm Bill gave legal status to growers and...

10/12/2019

article Nevada’s first cannabis consumption lounge opens
(Las Vegas) -- Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Nevada in 2016, there’s been a great paradox. It’s legal to buy and possess recreational...

10/11/2019

article Sisolak ‘outraged’ that foreigner sought to enter Nevada marijuana market and manipulate rules; calls for special cannabis task force
(Nevada) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak says he is “outraged” that a foreign national set out to get into Nevada’s legal marijuana business by making political...

10/10/2019

article Hemp shop anticipates selling marijuana if legalized
(Arizona) -- Although it is not federally regulated and can be purchased by anyone over the counter off the reservation, the process for buying cannabidiol products at...

10/8/2019

article North Kingstown residents complain about hemp field odors
(Rhode Island) -- Residents of a Rhode Island town say a local hemp farm is negatively affecting their quality of life. WJAR-TV reports that several North Kingstown...

10/7/2019

article Did Native Americans Smoke Weed?
(North America) -- It is well documented that Native Americans introduced pipe smoking and tobacco to European colonists in the 16th century. However, Native Americans...

10/4/2019

article Nevada’s first cannabis tasting room is set to open
(Nevada) -- After three years of political gridlock over cannabis consumption lounges in Nevada, the state Legislature recently passed a measure to kick the can down the...
article Despite prez’s warning, hemp store open in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation’s first hemp products store opened in Shiprock Thursday and the Native American Agriculture Company has no intention of backing...
article First Hemp Store is Open on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- In 2000, the Navajo Tribe approved the production of hemp on the Navajo Nation. In 2018, the Navajo Nation San Juan River Farm Board (the Board) then...

10/3/2019

article Nevada's first cannabis lounge to open Saturday, employees high with excitement
(Las Vegas) -- It's the first for the state: It looks like a bar, or brewery, but behind the bar stool, you can see bongs instead of bottles. It's Nevada's...
article 10th Circuit Agrees: FLSA Applies to Cannabis Workers
(Washington D.C.) -- The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed that cannabis industry workers have the same rights under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as...

10/2/2019

article Cannabis Commission created in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- At its last meeting Sept. 12, Tribal Council voted to create the Cannabis Commission, a body that will work to get the tribe into the hemp business....

10/1/2019

article Mike Tyson’s weed farm to boost economy on Caribbean islands
(Caribbean) -- Newly minted Cannabis connoisseur, Mike Tyson, is planning to bring his booming weed business to the Caribbean.

9/29/2019

article Next federal government needs to amend Cannabis Act, say First Nation chiefs
(Canada) -- The next federal government needs to amend the Cannabis Act so First Nations can have jurisdiction over the industry on their territories, to seize its...

9/27/2019

article What About Gaming? The House Passes The SAFE Banking Act, Putting Cannabis Ahead Of Regulated Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- The inability to secure banking services has created enormous difficulties for state level, legal cannabis industries. Eleven states and the...

9/26/2019

article Nation’s first hemp dispensary to open Oct. 5
(Arizona) -- While the Navajo Nation Council was debating the merits of hemp production last year, a coalition of private and public entities was quietly doing it....
article Nation’s first hemp dispensary to open Oct. 5
(Arizona) -- While the Navajo Nation Council was debating the merits of hemp production last year, a coalition of private and public entities was quietly doing it....
article U.S. House of Representatives passes historic marijuana banking bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to let federally-insured banks work with cannabis shops and related companies in states that have...

9/25/2019

article House passes historic marijuana banking bill with backing from Southern California reps
(California) -- The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to let federally-insured banks work with cannabis shops and related companies in states that have legalized...

9/23/2019

article House Vote on Cannabis Industry-Related SAFE Banking Act Scheduled for September 2019
(Washington D.C.) -- As early as September 23, 2019, the United States House of Representatives is expected to vote on the widely anticipated Secure and Fair Enforcement...
article In split vote, city of Winnemucca OKs legal marijuana businesses
(Nevada) -- After over five months of deliberations, the Winnemucca City Council last week formally passed two ordinances that will allow state-licensed marijuana...

9/19/2019

article New Indigenous-owned pot shop in Port Alberni first of its kind in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- Tourists heading to Tofino, B.C., can now stop for both gas and grass in Port Alberni on their way to the west coast of Vancouver Island.

9/17/2019

article Join the City of Moriarty & Campo de Oro for Hemp Harvest Forum, October 3, 2019 at the Moriarty Civic Center
(New Mexico) -- The City of Moriarty and Campo de Oro LLCare excited to announce and invite the surrounding East Mountain communities to the Hemp Harvest Forum presented...

9/13/2019

article Council approves establishment of Cannabis Commission
(North Dakota) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is a step closer to establishing a cannabis business for the Tribe as Tribal Council approved legislation (...

9/9/2019

article 16 of Sask.'s 51 pot shops haven't opened their doors nearly a year after legalization
(Saskatchewan) -- Nearly a third of the 51 cannabis retail stores planned for Saskatchewan remain unopened — just over a month out from a potentially key deadline...
article First Nation Federal Framework on Cannabis Update
(British Columbia) -- The work underway on the First Nation Federal Framework on Cannabis was discussed at the inaugural meeting of the AFN Chiefs Committee on Cannabis...
article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council votes against marijuana facility purchase in Humboldt Township
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Tribal Council, after due consideration, has decided not to go forward with the purchase of the ELF Facility...

9/5/2019

article Native American Tribes Look to Cash In on Hemp, but Will the Feds Let Them?
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and gave Native American tribes, as sovereign entities, the same rights as states to control and...
article Will Feds Allow Native Americans to Cash In on Hemp?
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and gave Native American tribes, as sovereign entities, the same rights as states to control and...
article Who Decides Who Is American Enough? Especially, Native American
(Washington) -- America has issues when The First Nation is not recognized. While Trump rallies for a wall, we can’t even take care of the first citizens of the...

9/4/2019

article Judge orders Tobique First Nation couple not to participate in cannabis-related ventures
(New Brunswick) -- Gerald Bear and Tina Sappier-Bear of Tobique First Nation have been ordered not to participate in any cannabis-related ventures while they serve their...

9/3/2019

article Bluff Creek Company and Yurok Tribe Make Appeal before Board of Supervisors on Proposed Cannabis Cultivation Site
(California) -- Members of the Yurok Tribe and The Bluff Creek Company will be making their case before the Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed cannabis...
article Medical marijuana cultivator agrees not to grow on Yurok Tribe lands
(California) -- The applicant for a medical marijuana grow within a Yurok Tribe ceremonial district will have to find a new place to cultivate pot, he agreed at an...
article Assembly of First Nations Convenes National Cannabis Summit in Vancouver
(British Columbia) -- The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is convening its first-ever National Cannabis Summit on September 4-5, 2019 in Vancouver British Columbia on...

9/1/2019

article B.C.'s largest First Nation asks province to kill gov'ts pot-shop application
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s largest First Nation is calling on the provincial government to rescind an application for a B.C. Cannabis store in a local shopping...
article NOEM: Industrial hemp not the answer
(South Dakota) -- As a farmer and rancher, I would be thrilled to get a new crop into the hands of our producers, especially as our ag markets struggle. A new source of...

8/31/2019

article Yurok Tribe Will Be at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors Meeting in Opposition to Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Permit Within Ceremonial Area
(California) -- Numerous representatives from the Yurok Tribe, including members of the Tribal Council, cultural resource protection staff and esteemed Tribal elders,...

8/30/2019

article Montana Native Women’s Coalition Board ex-chairwoman charged with fraud
(Montana) -- The former chairwoman of the Montana Native Women’s Coalition was arraigned Thursday on charges in a 10-count indictment accusing her, and the...

8/28/2019

article The DEA Is Rewriting Obama's Federal Cannabis Regulations
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, the federal government announced it would begin processing dozens of pending applications for the “steps necessary to improve...
article More First Nations weighing in on cannabis options
(Ontario) -- It's been a hazy and confusing road to opening a cannabis store on Mississauga First Nation. But Reg Niganobe, the chief of the community on the north...

8/27/2019

article 5 years in, Washington considers overhaul of pot regulation
(Washington) -- Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing an overhaul of the state’s industry rules, with...
article Researching Medical Marijuana May Soon Get Easier
(Washington D.C.) -- Researchers hoping to study marijuana for scientific and medical purposes are one step closer to expanding their limited supply of the plant. This...

8/26/2019

article Ottawa in talks to work out cannabis rules for First Nations territories
(Ottawa) -- The federal government's lead minister on the cannabis file has been in talks with First Nations leaders over how to carve out First Nations jurisdiction...

8/23/2019

article Native American tribes feel shut out of Michigan's cannabis industry, according to report
(Michigan) -- Because federally recognized Native American tribes operate as sovereign nations subject to federal law — and because the federal government still...
article Native American tribes feel shut out of Michigan's cannabis industry, according to report
(Michigan) -- Because federally recognized Native American tribes operate as sovereign nations subject to federal law — and because the federal government still...

8/21/2019

article Ontario announces winners of 2nd pot store licence lottery
(Ontario) -- Ontario has selected 42 operators who can apply to run cannabis shops in the province. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which regulates the...
article Winners of cannabis store lottery for Hamilton, Burlington, and Niagara announced
(Ontario) -- The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's (AGCO) most recent lottery results are out, with more retail stores potentially coming to Hamilton,...

8/20/2019

article USDA said states can't block hemp drivers. So what happened in South Dakota?
(South Dakota) -- A Colorado driver hauling nearly 300 pounds of hemp to Minnesota was pulled over last month in South Dakota despite an order from the U.S. Department...

8/19/2019

article Noem says many 'question marks' remain as lawmakers take up industrial hemp
(South Dakota) -- Noem administration officials on Monday, Aug. 19, warned South Dakota lawmakers of the implications of legalizing industrial hemp while officials...
article Why lawmakers are frustrated with S.D. officials' lack of hemp research
(South Dakota) -- Industrial hemp is already around and coming through South Dakota, and the state is behind, legislators and farming advocates say. Legislators who...
article New report shows recreational marijuana revenue volatile in many states
(Connecticut) -- While Connecticut opted not to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales this year, many lawmakers saw the pot market as a revenue source that could...

8/13/2019

article BLOG: Industrial Hemp Economies Ahead for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The USDA will release regulations in August allowing for states and Indian tribes to manage their own industrial hemp programs. With the rise in...

8/9/2019

article Wisconsin tribe drops marijuana from drug testing policy
(Wisconsin) -- A northern Wisconsin tribe dropped marijuana from its employee drug testing policy. The newly-elected Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board voted...

8/4/2019

article Hemp planting on the rise on Pine Ridge reservation
(South Dakota) -- He calls himself a warrior in the garden. And after two decades fighting on his own, he's no longer alone. Alex White Plume, South Dakota's...

8/2/2019

article Turtle Mountain pushing delegation to support tribal marijuana amendment
(North Dakota) -- Turtle Mountain Chairman Jamie Azure is pushing the delegation to support an amendment allowing tribes to grow and sell marijuana. The amendment is...

7/26/2019

article Native American owned farm one of the 1st to grow hemp
(Nebraska) -- A scenic farm in Thurston County is about to add a new crop to their fields. One that hasn't been grown legally in the state for some time. Hemp. "We see...
article ‘Enter hemp with extreme caution,’ Kentucky farmer tells Senate panel
(Kentucky) -- Farmers facing low prices and mired in trade uncertainty see hemp as the next big cash crop, but a Kentucky veteran of six hemp harvests warned it’s...

7/25/2019

article Native American owned farm one of the 1st to grow hemp
(Nebraska) -- A scenic farm in Thurston County is about to add a new crop to their fields. One that hasn't been grown legally in the state for some time. Hemp....

7/24/2019

article Putt, Putt, Pass: A Day of Golf at the World’s First Weed Course
(Canada) -- The owners of Rolling Greens, Canada's first cannabis-friendly golf course, say they’re aiming to bring the fun back — but to golf, or weed?

7/22/2019

article Legal pot sellers cry foul over shops on Mohawk reserve
(Ontario) -- A Kingston, Ont., pot grower says competition from unregulated cannabis shops on a nearby First Nation have made it all but impossible for would-be...

7/20/2019

article THC slushies, pirate radio and the cannabis-driven boom in a Mohawk community
(Ontario) -- Driving down Highway 401 in southern Ontario, with the FM dial tuned to 87.9, the 1990s-era rap music fades into an ad, offering a free joint with every...

7/19/2019

article Nebraska licenses Ho-Chunk Farms, nine others to grow and process hemp this year
(Nebraska) -- A farm owned by the economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe is among 10 entities granted a license to grow and process hemp in Nebraska this year....
article From Coffee To Cannabis: Colombia's Choice Between Economic Development And 'CannaMercantilism'
(Colombia) -- This is the second of a two-part series on the history of Colombia’s troubled past and how it has informed its route to cannabis legalization.

7/18/2019

article Washington hemp industry grows, but not as fast as Oregon's
(Washington) -- The number of licensed hemp farmers in Washington has more than doubled since May, according to the state Department of Agriculture. As of Tuesday the...

7/17/2019

article Saskatchewan pot shop dispute echoes gambling battle in quest for Indigenous jurisdiction
(Saskatchewan) -- The dispute pitting the provincial government against two First Nations with pot shops on reserve is rife with ‘intricate’ legal issues,...

7/14/2019

press release MMJ BioPharma Cultivation and Native American Tribe Moving Forward With Marijuana DEA Application
(Florida) -- MMJ BioPharma Cultivation has applied for a DEA Schedule-I Bulk Manufacturer license to cultivate cannabis plants to support MMJ International Holdings...

7/11/2019

article Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe proposes medical marijuana ordinance
(New York) -- Pursuant to a referendum approved by tribal voters Dec. 3, 2016, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe was authorized to explore the regulation of medical marijuana...
article Ontario First Nations balk at province's newly-announced cannabis retail licence lottery
(Ontario) -- First Nations cannabis entrepreneurs are outraged at the reigning Ontario Conservative Party’s plan to license stores located on reservations, Yahoo...

7/10/2019

article VIDEO: Navigating the new patchwork of hemp laws
(South Dakota) -- Now that hemp has been legalized by the federal government, farmers across the country are anxious to begin growing it. That includes members of tribal...
article Hemp feasibility study presented to Council
(North Carolina) -- After several years of talking about cannabis, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is one step closer to entering the multi-billion dollar...

7/8/2019

article Illegal marijuana grows eradicated on Sherwood Tribal lands in Willits
(California) -- On Tuesday, June 25, officials from the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians (SVBPI) lodged a complaint with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office...

7/6/2019

article South Dakota Tribe Sues USDA Over Right to Grow Hemp
(South Dakota) -- The federal bureaucracy hasn’t yet caught up with the law where hemp cultivation and commerce are concerned — leaving a lot of would-be...

7/4/2019

article Prospective Ontario First Nation cannabis store owner 'super excited' to apply for new licence
(Ontario) -- A band councillor in Couchiching First Nation and prospective cannabis store owner says he's excited that entrepreneurs in Ontario's First Nations...

7/3/2019

article Documents: Tribe eyeing marijuana-related revenue opportunities
(Michigan) -- Although most area cities have opted out of allowing recreational marijuana-related businesses, some signs hint at the Northern Michigan-based Little...

7/1/2019

article Cowichan Tribes fears favouritism holding up pot shop applications
(British Columbia) -- Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour wonders whether the province is playing fair ball with the First Nation. Seymour said Cowichan Tribes...

6/30/2019

article Cannabis Church Sues County and CDFW for 1st & 14th Amendment Violations
(California) -- A church called Redwood Spiritual Healing Ministry filed a lawsuit Thursday, June 27 against the County of Humboldt and the California Department of Fish...

6/29/2019

article New Mexico governor seeks ideas for recreational pot law
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is launching a new effort to craft legislation that could legalize recreational marijuana sales next year. The...

6/27/2019

article Hoopa Valley Tribe Elects New Chair, Rejects Broad Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance
(California) -- There’ll be a changing of the guard in Hoopa tomorrow, as newly elected tribal chairman Byron Nelson Jr. takes over from Ryan Jackson, who has...

6/26/2019

article USDA Farm Bill implementation progress update
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced an update on the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. President Trump signed this...

6/24/2019

article B.C. hints at cancelling cannabis store plans after dispute with First Nation
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s minister responsible for cannabis says he’d be fine with government abandoning its plans for a public cannabis store in a...

6/23/2019

article Tribes Chief Upset with Province over Lengthy Licensing Delay
(Washington) -- The Chief of Cowichan Tribes is frustrated that the province is dragging its feet in awarding a cannabis license for the Costa Canna store in Village...
article B.C.'s largest First Nation accuses province of conflict on cannabis licences
(British Columbia) -- B.C.’s largest First Nation is accusing the provincial government of stalling its application for a retail cannabis licence while it races to...

6/20/2019

article Court Rules Indian Tribe Cannot Regulate Hemp Production (Yet)
(Indian Country) -- As we’ve written about several times, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp but specified that it must be done pursuant to a state or tribal plan,...

6/19/2019

article Congress Clashes On Marijuana Amendments In Floor Debate
(Washington D.C.) -- An amendment that would block the Justice Department from using funds to intervene in state and territory marijuana laws was debated on the House...
article Marijuana Amendments Cleared For House Floor Votes
(Washington D.C.) -- A key congressional committee advanced a series of marijuana-related amendments on Tuesday, including a rider seeking to block the Department of...
article LEGAL BLOG: Court Rules Indian Tribe Cannot Regulate Hemp Production (Yet)
(South Dakota) -- As we’ve written about several times, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp but specified that it must be done pursuant to a state or tribal plan,...

6/18/2019

article LEGAL BLOG: The U.S. Trademark Office Opens The Door To Registering Certain Cannabis Trademarks
(Washington D.C.) -- On May 2, 2019, the United States Trademark Office issued new Examination Guidelines for goods and services associated with cannabis and cannabis-...

6/12/2019

article Colorado surpasses $1 billion in marijuana tax revenue
(Colorado) -- Colorado has surpassed $1 billion in tax revenue from marijuana sales since recreational use was legalized in 2014. Marijuana tax, license and fee revenue...

6/11/2019

article Judge denies South Dakota tribe’s request to grow hemp this year
(South Dakota) -- The American Indian tribe that’s suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over delayed hemp regulations will have to wait until the...

6/10/2019

article Judge rejects Flandreau's hemp bid
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge has denied the Flandreau Santee Sioux’s request for a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the...
article Canada ‘Blew’ Its Chance to Be the World’s Pot Leader
(Canada) -- Canada “blew it” on cannabis legalization and is rapidly losing ground to the U.S. as a result, according to the founder of one of the top...
article Las Vegas mega-dispensary to open store in California
(Las Vegas) -- It was a logical leap. Larry Scheffler and Bob Groesbeck, who opened the 40,000-sq.-ft. Planet 13 cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas last year, have...

6/8/2019

article Nevada to try limited banking for cash-heavy pot industry
(Nevada) -- A new state law allowing Nevada to test out a limited marijuana banking system is expected to bring some relief to the state's booming cannabis industry...

6/7/2019

article Federal Agency Changes On The Horizon For Hemp And Hemp-Derived Products - Including CBD
(USA) -- Two recent announcements from the federal government may indicate a loosening of restrictions regarding hemp and hemp-derived products. First, the...

6/6/2019

article County supervisor tours region’s first tribal cannabis operation
(California) -- Earlier this year, county Supervisor Dianne Jacob raised a fed flag after learning the Santa Ysabel tribe had opened a cannabis-growing and retail...
article Hemp farmer sues MN over crop crackdown, says state broke its own rules
(California) -- An industrial hemp farmer from southern Minnesota says state officials are trying to destroy his multimillion-dollar business without due process or...
article South Dakota Tribe Sues USDA Over Hemp Plan
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota-based Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture and agency Secretary Sonny Perdue over the failure of...
article USDA Issues Legal Opinion on Hemp
(USA) -- On May 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a legal opinion resolving significant ambiguities about the legality of hemp following the...

6/5/2019

article Flandreau tribe sues USDA, Sonny Perdue over hemp
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve its plan to regulate hemp production...

6/4/2019

article Tribe waits on plans to grow industrial hemp
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe wants to grow industrial hemp and is seeking that right through a court hearing today. On March 8, the tribe applied...

6/3/2019

article Manufacturers push for legal clarity at FDA's first public hearing on CBD
(USA) -- As hundreds of people packed into an auditorium at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first public hearing on cannabis and CBD Friday, the marathon...

6/2/2019

article Marijuana advocates hit unexpected roadblocks
(USA) -- Advocates of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes scored their most significant legislative victory of the year Friday when the Illinois state House...

6/1/2019

article USDA Issues Opinion on the Transportation of Hemp
(Washington) -- On May 28, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (the “USDA”) issued a Legal Opinion on Authorities for Hemp Production. The...

5/24/2019

article Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's fight to legalize industrial hemp
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota tribe's fight to legalize industrial hemp is making its way to federal court. Court papers say the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe met...

5/23/2019

article WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research
(Washington) -- Researchers at Washington State University are teaming up with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in an effort to chart the tribe’s outcomes prescribing...

5/22/2019

article WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research
(Washington) -- Researchers at Washington State University are teaming up with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in an effort to chart the tribe’s outcomes prescribing...
article WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research
(Washington) -- Researchers at Washington State University are teaming up with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in an effort to chart the tribe’s outcomes prescribing...

5/18/2019

article Guy Farmer: Cannabis Board vs. Gaming Control Board: No comparison
(Nevada) -- As a former spokesman for Nevada’s effective and respected gaming control agencies, I cringe every time Gov. Steve Sisolak compares his proposed...

5/15/2019

article Las Vegas, Which Just Authorized Cannabis Lounges, Aspires to be the 'New Amsterdam'
(Las Vegas) -- More than two years after Nevada legalized marijuana for recreational use, Las Vegas will soon become one of the few jurisdictions in the country to...

5/13/2019

article Hemp industry blooms; will marijuana be far behind?
(Wisconsin) -- When Abbie Testaberg married her husband, Jody, in 2010, she told him to quit his job. He had been working for a medical marijuana co-operative in...

5/12/2019

article Tribes Officials Still Playing the Waiting Game with Province
(British Columbia) -- Cowichan Tribes is still waiting to get its first license to sell recreational cannabis in Duncan. According to Cowichan Tribes Chief William...

5/11/2019

article As Wisconsin's hemp industry blooms, will marijuana be next?
(Wisconsin) -- When Abbie Testaberg married her husband, Jody, in 2010, she told him to quit his job. He had been working for a medical marijuana cooperative in...
article Yurok Tribe passes hemp ordinance
(California) -- The 2018 Farm Bill was a big step forward in more ways than one. Not only does the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 allow for the drastic expansion...
article Cannabis Lounges Are Coming To Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas is perhaps the one portion of the United States where, unless you are some sort of stark-raving mad tyrant on a mission to lodge your foot...

5/10/2019

article 'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law. The ordinance, adopted by the council on Thursday, authorizes the...

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
(Las Vegas) -- In October 2017, just a few months after legal cannabis sales kicked off in Nevada, dispensary owner John Mueller sat down with Clark County Sheriff Joe...

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
(South Dakota) -- It’s twenty years since Alex White Plume planted his first hemp crop on Wounded Knee Creek, here on the Pine Ridge reservation. Spring’s...
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
(California) -- 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...

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
(USA) -- When I tried CBD for the first time in late 2017, it almost felt as if I was breaking the law. The hemp-based tinctures I was given were clearly home-grown,...
article Family-owned CBD shop ‘WalkUp Too Wellness’ has arrived
(Tennessee) -- “I’m a CBD believer! I haven’t taken any prescription pain medication since using CBD oil. It allowed me to walk again,” said...
article First legal hemp seedlings sprout
(Kentucky) -- It’s one day before the traditional planting day for hemp and Chris Flippo’s greenhouse is filled with seedlings anywhere from one inch to a...
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
(New Mexico) -- One year ago, Jeff Apodaca was vying with then-Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s gubernatorial race. Today...

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
(California) -- I have been trying to get myself to a cannabis grow operation for a while now, but plans have always fallen through. I wasn’t able to make it up to...
article Agate Dreams introduces online cannabis ordering and pickup service
(Washington) -- Agate Dreams recently became the first retailer in North Kitsap to offer an online cannabis ordering and pickup service. “We offer a wide variety...

4/21/2019

article Las Vegas Paiutes thrive in legalized marijuana market
(Nevada) -- Benny Tso stands on the curb of a concrete sidewalk looking up at a snow-covered mountaintop, five miles in the distance. Tso, who served as the chairman of...

4/20/2019

article Cheech and Chong help celebrate the opening of a Tacoma marijuana store on 4/20
(Washington) -- Cannabis history came full circle Saturday when Cheech and Chong — the two men responsible for creating the stoner-comedy film genre in the 1970s...

4/19/2019

article Another Upper Peninsula tribe says "yes" to recreational marijuana
(Michigan) -- Another Native American tribe in the state has voted to legalize recreational marijuana, making them to second tribe in Michigan to do so. The Sault Ste....
article Sault Tribe legalizes recreational marijuana
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved a resolution at its April 16 meeting to legalize marijuana on the Sault Tribe...
article How First Nations are leaving their mark on the cannabis industry
(Saskatchewan) -- Delbert Wapass will be paying close attention when two new Prairie Records cannabis shops open up in Saskatoon on April 20 — also known as 4/20....

4/18/2019

article Sault Tribe board votes to legalize pot
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved a resolution at its April 16 meeting to legalize marijuana on the Sault Tribe...
article Cheech and Chong to Help Tribal Cannabis Shop Celebrate Grand Opening
(Washington) -- Pot icons Cheech and Chong will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening of the Puyallup Native American tribe’s new retail cannabis shop this...

4/17/2019

article Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Votes to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
(Michigan) -- Another tribe in Northern Michigan has taken a step toward legalizing recreational marijuana on their reservation. Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa...

4/16/2019

article Cheech and Chong to help Puyallup Tribe open second cannabis store
(Washington) -- Commencement Bay Cannabis has opened a second location in the Tacoma area. The new store across from Puyallup Tribal Administration offices on Portland...

4/15/2019

article South Dakota AG's statements on hemp, CBD oil cause confusion
(South Dakota) -- When the owner of the Hemporium in Rapid City read the attorney general's recent proclamation about hemp and CBD oil, he felt "shock."...
article First Native American community in Michigan legalizes marijuana
(Michigan) -- The Bay Mills Indian Community in the Upper Peninsula is the first tribal community in Michigan to legalize marijuana for adult use. “Our tribal...

4/12/2019

press release Evo Hemp Partners with Forest Coffee Trading Company on New CBD Cold Brew Coffee
(USA) -- Evo Hemp has partnered with Forest Coffee Trading Co., a direct trade coffee roasting company located in Denver, Colorado, to offer a new cold brew coffee with...

4/10/2019

article 'A leader in Indian Country': Bay Mills Indian Community legalizes recreational marijuana
(Michigan) -- The Bay Mills Indian Community has legalized the recreational use of marijuana on the reservation, becoming the first tribe in Michigan to do so. The tribe...
article Bay Mills First Tribe in Michigan to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
(Michigan) -- The Bay Mills Indian community in Chippewa County is the first tribe in the state to legalize recreational marijuana. The tribe’s ordinance mirrors...
article Upper Peninsula Native American tribe legalizes recreational marijuana
(Michigan) -- An Upper Peninsula Native American reservation has opted to legalize recreational marijuana. The Bay Mills reservation, which is about 20 miles west of...
article Colville Tribes to sell marijuana
(Washington) -- The Colville Tribes have entered into an agreement with the state of Washington to sell marijuana, according to an April 8 press release from the tribes...

4/9/2019

article Czech students design hemp-fibre housing construction for Mars
(Europe) -- Czech students of architecture have joined forces with their colleagues from the Dutch city of Delft to design their vision of a housing construction for...
article FDA Releases Warning Letters to CBD and Hemp Oil Companies
(USA) -- Last week the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) made public three new warning letters to Cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp oil product companies sent by FDA and the...
article McConnell Supports Legislation to Fix Farm Bill's Hemp ‘Glitches’
(Washington D.C.) -- Two truck drivers were jailed last February in Oklahoma and Idaho after being stopped by police. In Oklahoma, officials impounded more than 17,000...
article Unilever subsidiary Schmidt’s Natural to launch hemp, CBD deodorant products
(USA) -- Unilever Plc (UN.N) is dipping its toe into the cannabis space with one of its subsidiaries launching a CBD-infused product Tuesday, signalling a growing...
article In a Bible Belt City: No to Casinos, Yes to Cannabis
(Virginia) -- In a sign of the changing times, a city in Virginia is opposing the building of a casino but in favor of allowing legal medical marijuana. This is clearly...

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.
(Washington) -- America's relationship with weed is exceedingly foolish. Adult stoners in legal states can buy nearly as much weed as they want almost whenever they...

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...

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...

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