Ohio Lawmakers Advance Measure to Legalize Hemp Farming and CBD Oil

Lawmakers in Ohio’s House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to approve a bill that would legalize hemp agriculture and CBD products in the state. The measure, Senate Bill 57, was approved by a vote of 88-3 after being passed by the state Senate in March.

Changes to the bill made by the House were also approved on Wednesday. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine for his consideration. If he approves the measure, it will go into effect immediately, giving farmers in Ohio a new option for their operations.

“This is the best news that’s going to hit farm country this year,” said Rep. Bill Seitz, a Republican from Green Township.

New Option for Ohio Farmers

House Speaker Larry Householder said that in a year that has been tough on Ohio farmers, it was important that the bill was passed before lawmakers went on their upcoming summer recess.

“Farmers are getting hit pretty hard right now with tariffs and weather, I think that it can help them plan a little bit,” Householder said. “Now they know that there’s a path for us to have hemp in the state of Ohio.”

Under current state law, hemp is a schedule

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Michigan Announces Cannabis Social Equity Program in 19 Communities

With $42 million having been announced in medical marijuana revenue during the first four months of sales in Michigan, the state’s policymakers face a distinct challenge. How do you make sure that a decent slice of that money goes to those who have had their lives turned upside-down by Drug War prohibition over the years? The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency [MRA] made part of its strategy to this end clear this week when it released details for a sweeping social equity program that will support cannabis entrepreneurs in 19 communities.

“We want to provide an opportunity to get into the business to individuals that might not otherwise have that opportunity,” commented MRA director Andrew Brisbo. “And we’re focusing our resources on those specific communities that have been disproportionately impacted.” 

For qualifying applicants, the state has pledged to supply up to a 60 percent discount in application and licensing fees. Individuals will be eligible for more support if they have lived in one of the 19 communities for five years, if they have a marijuana criminal conviction, or if they have been a registered cannabis caregiver for at least two years between 2008 and 2017. Applicants in the program will also

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Cannabis Friendly Vacation Options for Toking Tourists on the Rise

Smoking a spliff off the balcony of an Airbnb rental is still likely to land a traveller in their hosts’ bad books — even in Canada — but some companies are now catering to tourists who want to take advantage of legalization on vacation.

Nine months after the federal government legalized recreational cannabis, the hospitality sector is slowly gearing up to accommodate tourists who want to consume, though it isn’t clear how many of these travellers are coming from outside Canada, or are coming specifically to use cannabis. Weed-oriented hikes, tours and even yoga retreats are nonetheless popping up from coast-to-coast.

Still, there are relatively few options for tourists if they actually want to smoke or vape weed during their travels. Most hotels and bed-and-breakfasts across the country are smoke-free. Some tourist destinations such as Banff forbid it anywhere except a private residence.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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Vars Cannabis Company Gets Green Light to Produce Starter Plants

Vars-based apollogreen has received the Health Canada licences it needs to starting using industrial-scale tissue culture to produce millions of starter plants for cannabis growers, the firm announced Thursday.

The company will start work on a 5,000-square-foot facility and begin securing financing for a 70,000-square-foot building.

It’s “open for investment” with “one of the largest cannabis genetic catalogues in the world” totalling more than 350 varieties, the firm says in a release announcing that it has received licences for cultivation, processing and medical sales.

– Read the entire article at Ottawa Citizen.

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Federal Agents Question Missouri Officials Over Medical Marijuana Program

A trio of top officials overseeing the fledgling medical cannabis program in Missouri have been subject to questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the three officials, all members of Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration, described the interviews, which took place over the last several months, as “not investigative in nature,” but rather “routine meet-and-greets the FBI requested to get to know the people in charge of the new — and potentially lucrative — industry.”

Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 last November to legalize medical marijuana by a massive 66%-34% margin, joining more than 30 other states that have legalized the treatment. Under the new law, physicians can prescribe cannabis to patients suffering from 10 different medical conditions, which include cancer, epilepsy and glaucoma, among other debilitating illnesses. Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began accepting applications for such prescriptions late last month. Qualifying patients will receive an identification card, which will enable them to purchase up to four ounces of marijuana per month.

Although the interviews between the FBI and the Missouri officials were routine in nature, they do underscore the unique status of marijuana in the country. While cannabis

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Kratom vs CBD: The Differences between These 2 “Grey Area” Products

When you embark on researching about health effects of products like Kratom and CBD, most likely you are wondering what the difference between them is. This post sets the record straight by revealing in a clear manner the difference between these two plant-based products.

Their Origins

CBD oil is derived from a hemp plant, which is usually abundantly found in countries like Central China and several parts across Mediterranean Europe. On the other hand, Kratom is extracted from a tropical tree that belongs to the coffee family. The tree is most commonly found in South East Asia and especially in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Myanmar.

Active Ingredients

CBD (or cannabidiol) is a health-promoting substance commonly present in the hemp plant, and it’s the main active ingredient in the CBD oil products. It works primarily to create a perfect equilibrium in our body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The good majority of CBD oil products are full-spectrum, which simply means that they are composed of all compounds present in the hemp plant. All these compounds work synergistically in enhancing their effects. They include the following:

CBDA (or cannabidiol acid): Turns to CBD when

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3 of the Top Places to Buy Kratom Online

Kratom, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, is not a new herb. Native to Southeast Asia, Kratom is suggested to bring relaxation and motivation effects in the body. In the recent past, the popularity of Kratom has spread to the West. Majorly, the popularity is associated with the emergence of so many online vendors who are willing to supply the herb at pocket-friendly prices.

However, we understand that not every cheap vendor is reliable and can qualify as one of the best. So, we’ve taken up the task of researching the vendors to help you know where you can buy Kratom.

How Did We Come Up with the Top Online Vendors?

We understand that there are several top Kratom retailers today who are quite reputable. But to ensure we only recommend the top, we consider two important factors; transparency and quality of service. About brand transparency, we believe that a top Kratom vendor needs to be honest with its customers. This is concerning the identity of the ingredients, possible effects, and potential side effects.

For the quality of service, we decided to place orders on a number of the top sites to assess the general customer experience. This allowed

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A Philadelphia University Says It’s Offering ‘First MBA’ for the Cannabis Industry

The University of Sciences in Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a Master of Business Administration option for students looking for opportunities in the cannabis industry.

“We’ve seen rapid growth in an industry that needs business leaders,” said Andrew Peterson, executive director of the USciences Substance Use Disorders Institute. “Our MBA is concentrated on the pharmaceutical and health care industries, where medical cannabis fits very nicely.”

Though many schools across the nation offer courses that touch on the burgeoning marijuana trade, USciences’ MBA is believed to be the first of its kind with a focus is on the commerce of cannabis, hemp, and dispensary operations.

– Read the entire article at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Notorious Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Sentenced to Life in Prison

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for his convictions on federal drug, murder, and money laundering charges earlier this year. The sentence marks the end of a 30-year drug trafficking career that saw Guzmán rise to the top of Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa drug cartel.

Addressing the court at his sentencing hearing at the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York, Guzmán said he had not been given a fair trial and complained about being held in solitary confinement at Manhattan’s federal correctional facility before and during his three-month trial. He characterized his incarceration there as “psychological, emotional and mental torture 24 hours a day.”

“Since the government of the United States is going to send me to a prison where my name will never be heard again, I take advantage of this opportunity to say there was no justice here,” he said.

Judge Brian M. Cogan then imposed the life sentence, mandatory under federal law due to the nature of the “overwhelmingly evil” crimes, plus 30 years. Although Cogan did not specify where Guzmán will serve his sentence, he is expected to be incarcerated at the United

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New Jersey Continues to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

New Jersey’s Department of Health announced on Monday that it’s expanding the state’s medical-marijuana program.

“The New Jersey Department of Health is seeking new applicants to operate up to 24 additional Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs): Up to 8 in the northern region of the state, up to 8 in the central region, up to 7 in the southern region, and up to 1 “at-large” to be determined during the award process”, says the New Jersey Department of Health. “Three types of permits/endorsements will be available for ATCs: cultivation, dispensing and vertically integrated permits. In total, the Department will seek up to 5 cultivation endorsements, up to 15 dispensary endorsements, and up to 4 vertically integrated permits.”

Vertically integrated permits include “1 cultivation endorsement, 1 manufacturing endorsement, and 1 dispensary endorsement.”  Applicants may seek up to 3 endorsements total, and may only submit one application per region.  Applicants for vertically integrated permits, because they constitute 3 endorsements, may only submit one application total.  Application forms will be posted on or before July 15th and applications will be due on August 21st (Dispensary) and August 22nd (Cultivation and Vertically Integrated).

The applications are due on August 22 and cost $20,000

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