Where’s California’s Hemp Production Plan?

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory authority over hemp cultivation at the federal level. In turn, states have the option to maintain primary regulatory authority over the crop cultivated within their borders by submitting a plan to the USDA.

While states are free to submit plans at any time, the clock is essentially ticking since the prior federal law governing hemp cultivation (the Agriculture Act of 2014 or “2014 Farm Bill”) will expire on October 31, 2020 per interim rules released by the USDA last year. What this means is that states who fail to submit hemp production plans and have them approved by October 31 could cause problems for their internal hemp industries that may be inconsistent with federal law.

That brings me to California. Last year, the state passed a law (SB-153) that mandated that the state submit a hemp production plan to the USDA by no later than May 1, 2020. Specifically,

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Oregon Cannabis Litigation: Cura Hit with $10 Million Class Action

It has been a tough stretch for Portland-based Cura Partners, Inc. (“Cura”) and its parent company, Massachusetts-based Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (“Curaleaf.”)

Cura produces the popular Select brand of THC vaping products and was declared Oregon’s first “cannabis unicorn.” In May of 2019, Cura announced its sale to Curaleaf for more than $1 billion in an all-stock transaction. Around the same time, Curaleaf announced it would pay some $875 million, mostly in stock, to acquire a Chicago based cannabis company, Grassroots. These deals made Curaleaf one the world’s largest marijuana companies. Sounds good right?

It didn’t last long. One year ago today, Curaleaf was hit with an FDA warning letter for “illegally selling” CBD products and making health claims about those products. That was followed by a class action securities lawsuit alleging that Curaleaf made knowingly false statements to the investing public. Shortly after, Curaleaf was fined $250,000 by the State of Massachusetts for failing to disclose change of ownership to state regulators. You can find our comprehensive analysis on that brutal stretch here.

Things don’t seem to have improved much for the Curaleaf family of companies in 2020. In January, Cura paid a record $110,000 fine for mislabeling products

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Craving a Taste of Summer? Try These Refreshing Watermelon Mint CBD Popsicles

Watermelon season is here, which means it’s the perfect time to make a batch of watermelon mint CBD popsicles. These simple summer treats require only a few ingredients, and they’re a healthier option when you’re craving something sweet yet refreshing during the warmer months.

If you’ve never prepared homemade popsicles before, the process is quite simple. All you need are popsicle sticks and a popsicle mold to create these frosty pops. For best results, use juicy, hydrating fresh fruits that can be easily puréed in a blender or food processor. You can also combine different ingredients for a more complex flavor profile. Watermelon and mint are a classic pair!

Popsicles are also incredibly easy to infuse using your favorite full-spectrum CBD oil tincture. Unflavored tinctures typically work best so that the flavors of your popsicles aren’t compromised.

– Read the entire article at Pop Sugar.

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These Stunning Infographics and Charts Turn Science Facts into Cannabis Art

Goldleaf cannabis art prints are the perfect way to educate while you decorate.

These days more and more people are using cannabinoid products for their health and wellness applications. However, these applications and benefits are so numerous and varied, you practically need a chart to keep track of them all. Luckily, a company called Goldleaf is actually making such charts and infographics. And unlike what you’re probably imagining, they look so good, you’re going to want to make this cannabis art the centerpiece of your interior decor.

The public perception of cannabis has come a long way over the last decade. As the legalization movement has taken root across the country, more and more people have come to realize that hemp isn’t just for stoners and hippies. In addition to its perfectly legitimate recreational uses, cannabinoids such as THC and CBD have been shown to offer relief from a multitude of health issues without the side effects that often accompany other prescription drugs.

– Read the entire article at Futurism.

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