Marijuana is having a moment. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. Legal weed generated $10.4 billion in the United States in 2018, and the number of...
Authorities seize 20 tons of cannabis in 4-day raid
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have seized 20 tons (18 metric tons) of illegal cannabis in a raid that took four days complete following a two-month investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Hemp and CBD producers are hopeful about the future of the industry in Arkansas.
The first batch of CBD has been processed from the first legal hemp harvest in the...
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — CBD products have surged in popularity despite confusion around their legal status . Now U.S. regulators are exploring ways the hemp ingredient might officially be...
Vacuum cleaner factory to become hemp processing hub
KIRKWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A vacuum cleaner factory will be transformed into an industrial hemp processing plant in upstate New York.
Canadian cannabis business giant Canopy Growth announced...
New Mexico investors see future in state’s hemp industry
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The move to legalize the production of hemp has investors in New Mexico racing to get a piece of what could be a multibillion-dollar industry.
Winery owner turns to hemp to save his vineyard
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — When William Hartmann opened Royal Oaks Vineyard & Winery in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, it was like a dream come true.
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Canadian cannabis business giant has bought Pennsylvania-based hemp company AgriNextUSA as part of a plan to build up its hemp reach in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From skin-care lotions to bottled water, cannabis companies are rolling out a growing array of consumer products infused with a chemical found in marijuana called cannabidiol,...
Martha Stewart partners with Canadian cannabis firm
No, you're not smoking something. Martha Stewart has entered the fast-growing — but still legally murky — cannabis market.
The domestic diva who brought us hemp yarn is now partnering with...
Fairbanks North Star Borough to remove CBD ads on buses
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Advertisements for a cannabinoid commonly called CBD were mistakenly posted on public buses, said a Fairbanks North Star Borough official.
Former cyclist Floyd Landis to open cafe and hemp store
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Former professional cyclist Floyd Landis has announced plans to open a bicycle showroom and coffee shop that will sell hemp products in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Florida ag commissioner creates cannabis director position
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida now has a director of cannabis, who will be tasked with developing a hemp industry for the Department of Agriculture.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced Wednesday that she hired Holly Bell for the position.
Fried took office this year after campaigning on making medical marijuana more accessible and expanding industrial hemp.
Maine orders edibles containing CBD removed from stores
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health authorities have ordered that edible products containing the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant must be removed from stores because the product is not a federally approved food additive.
Oregon again sees huge marijuana harvest
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — For the second year in a row, Oregon cannabis farmers have harvested more than a million pounds of usable marijuana.
Hemp firm partners with UA researchers to develop cannabis
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas company plans to work with the University of Arkansas to grow, research and process hemp flowers for the budding cannabis oil industry.
Fayetteville-based Arkansas Hemp Genetics LLC says it has secured a partnership with the university's horticulture department to research industrial hemp for the first time since its prohibition after World War II.
California’s legal cannabis marketplace: By the numbers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After one year of broad legal sales, California's marijuana marketplace remains in transition, as companies adapt to new rules and illegal operators continue to flourish. A snapshot of the emerging legal economy:
— Estimated 2018 sales at licensed dispensaries and delivery services: $2.5 billion.
New Mexico cannabis company expands to include hemp
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico cannabis company says it's expanding its business to include hemp.
Ultra Health says in a Monday news release that it was awarded continual production licenses to grow hemp at its Bernalillo and Tularosa sites and will dedicate 872,000 square feet of its operation to hemp cultivation.
President Donald Trump last week signed a bill that removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.
Kentucky quickly submits its hemp oversight plan to USDA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky got off to a quick start toward putting its oversight strategy in place for hemp production on Thursday when its agriculture commissioner filed a plan with federal regulators — the same day hemp was legalized as a farm commodity.
Worcester in talks with multiple marijuana businesses
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Worcester officials say new retail marijuana stores and pot growing facilities could soon come to the city.
Mother and son arrested after selling cannabidiol products
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Scottsbluff police have arrested a woman and her son the day after they opened a shop offering products containing cannabidiol, derived from hemp.
The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports police on Friday charged Heather Kaufman Berguin and her son Dreyson Beguin with possession of a controlled substance.
Massachusetts cannabis panel OKs 4 more pot shop licenses
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has approved final licenses for four more retail marijuana shops in Fall River, Hudson, Pittsfield and Great Barrington.
The commission signed off on the licenses for Northeast Alternatives, Temescal Wellness and Theory Wellness during a meeting Thursday at the Statehouse.
Get ready for ‘Bongzilla,’ selfie frenzy at Vegas pot museum
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A glass bong taller than a giraffe. Huggable faux marijuana buds. A pool full of foam weed nuggets.
Las Vegas' newest attraction — and Instagram backdrop — is a museum celebrating all things cannabis.
Nobody will be allowed to light up at Cannabition when it opens Thursday because of a Nevada ban on public consumption of marijuana, but visitors can learn about the drug as they snap photos.
Rapid City police target store selling cannabidiol products
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City police have cracked down on the sale of cannabidiol from a local store.
Hemporium Boutique owner Leonard Vandermate tells the Rapid City Journal law officers issued an ultimatum to stop selling the product made from cannabis. Police say they targeted the store due to a citizen complaint.
Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks
The Coca-Cola Company said Monday it is "closely watching" the expanding use of a cannabis element in drinks, another sign cannabis and cannabis-infused products are getting more acceptance in mainstream culture and a harder look from long-established pillars of American business.
Big safety testing failure rate for California pot products
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.
The testing has been especially tough on cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures: About one-third have been blocked from store shelves.
Test results for legal marijuana in California
California began strict product testing for legal marijuana on July 1 and through Aug. 29 there were 10,695 samples tested and 1,904 failed, according to the state Bureau of Cannabis Control. Here are the findings:
REASONS FOR FAILURE (Some samples failed for multiple reasons)
—Inaccurate claims on package label: 1,279 failures
—Microbial impurities (mold, E. coli, salmonella): 114
Retailers seek clarity on selling cannabis plant products
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Clarence Laub stands on the edge of his hemp field outside Elgin, talking to attendees of a state hosted crop tour about the plant he's been growing the past three years.
Some of the leafy stems match his more than 6-foot frame in height.
Rope, not dope: Hemp harvest at Washington’s Mount Vernon
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — Chopping cherry trees is not the only horticultural myth surrounding our most famous Founding Father — slacker culture has long reveled in the tenuous link between George Washington and marijuana.
BOSTON (AP) — The first legal pot shop in Massachusetts could begin selling the drug within weeks.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission issued the state's first license for a pot retailer Monday. The provisional permit went to Cultivate Holdings in Leicester.
Cultivate president Sam Barber told reporters he's hopeful the shop can begin selling marijuana to customers "in the next few weeks."
Testing Labs Brace for New Calif. Cannabis Rules
NAPLES, Maine (AP) — A Florida-based company is seeking a federal permit to build a facility in Maine to cultivate marijuana used for government research.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing a specialty beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, because it lacks the proper permitting.
The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is allowing Black Hammer Brewing to sell the rest of the CBD beer it has already brewed, including an IPA called Toke Back Mountain that was introduced in 2017 in honor of the 4/20 marijuana holiday.
DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court sided with the Drug Enforcement Administration and upheld its decision that CBD is a Schedule 1 controlled substance — a major setback for the American hemp industry.
The decision, issued Monday by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, means that hemp producers can only sell cannabidiol where it is allowed under state law.
FLEMINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company owned by former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is teaming up with a West Virginia cannabis farm.
News outlets report officials announced Monday that Tyson Holistic and West Virginia's Almost Heaven Agriculture are partnering to put a hemp extraction facility at the latter's existing greenhouse.
Beer Baron: All hail the cannabis cacophony of New Belgium’s Hemperor
Neal Miller, New Belgium Brewing’s “beer ranger” for the Milwaukee area, was pouring his employer’s latest beer at a Milwaukee festival earlier this month when people started approaching him looking for a different kind of intoxicant.
They were sure someone was smoking weed -- long rips out of a big ol’ bong, by the smell of it -- in the middle of Crafts & Drafts.
Grow Op Farms in Spokane Valley expanding its already-huge marijuana business
Workers clad in scrubs scurried last week between dozens of rooms in an old furniture distribution warehouse in Spokane Valley, site of Eastern Washington’s largest legal marijuana farm.
From seed to the production of cannabis-infused sweets, one feature is of primary concern to Grow Op Farms chief executive and co-founder Robert McKinley: grime.
Pa. approves sale of marijuana ‘flower;’ and will allow cannabis to treat opioid addiction
The price of medical marijuana could fall dramatically for some patients by mid-summer. And the drug will soon be used to treat opioid withdrawal in Pennsylvania, which will become the second state after New Jersey to allow it for that purpose.
At a news conference in Harrisburg, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said she had approved the sale of cannabis flower, the traditional smokable or vaporizable form of the plant.
The state’s medical marijuana advisory board voted Monday morning to allow the sale of whole-plant cannabis — dry leaf and flower — and recommended expanding the number of serious health conditions that would qualify patients to participate in the program.
Currently, Pennsylvania allows only for the sale of marijuana oils, extracts, pills, and tinctures.
DENVER (AP) — Nevada's recreational marijuana supplies are plentiful but not overly abundant, keeping wholesale cannabis prices on the high side compared to other adult-use markets.
Business owners in the Silver State don't expect wholesale prices to remain steep for much longer, however.
Growers are continuing to build out their cultivation facilities and improve their growing methods, pumping additional supplies into the market.
If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, able to become pregnant or not practicing safe sex and you smoke marijuana, you should think about your behavior. Marijuana's psychotropic effects will change a child's ability to interpret the world around them.
Research shows that psychoactive compounds in marijuana can cross the placenta, exposing the fetus to as much as 10 percent of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that the mother receives, and higher concentrations if the mom uses pot daily.
NEEDLES — A total of 594,363 square feet of cannabis cultivation projects have been approved the Needles City Council as of Jan. 23, 2018.
Rick Daniels, city manager, handed out a chart, during the city council meeting on Jan. 23, that stated the number of cannabis business that have been approved thus far.
According to the chart there are 25 cannabis businesses and 44 cultivation facilities (some cannabis businesses have more than one cultivation facility on their property).
NEEDLES — Applicants David and Derek DeAtley, representatives of Governors Cultivation, are proposing construction of a 6,954 square foot cannabis cultivation facility at 111 D St. to the Needles City Council.
The project site currently contains an existing metal building which would be demolished and removed prior to development of the site with the new cultivation building.
NEEDLES —Three buildings are planned for medical marijuana facilities located on the west side of Route 66 north of I-40 near Balboa Place. The three are to total 34,850 square feet.
The applicant, Marcus Scott, proposed that the project will involve the construction and subsequent tenant improvements to two 12,500 square foot steel buildings (Buildings 1 and 2) and the construction of a 9,850 square foot steel building (Building 3).
People held up posters highlighting what they say are the hazards that accompany illegal marijuana grows – images of dead fish, tons of trash and contaminants near waterways. Yuba County officials say the danger is real and that something needs to be done before the problem becomes irreversible.
Yuba County may declare state of emergency over cannabis cultivation
Officials say the county has never seen so much growth. But they're talking about illegal cannabis cultivation sites.
That situation combined with the fact that Yuba County doesn’t have the resources to combat the “unprecedented proliferation” in grow sites, is why the Board of Supervisors will consider proclaiming a local emergency at a special meeting Thursday.