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Congressional Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes Hemp Amendment

Posted on December 15, 2014
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The 2014 Commerce, Justice and Sciences (CJS) appropriations bill includes an historic amendment to prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from spending funds “in contravention of Section 7606” of the 2014 Farm Bill. By approving this measure, Congress is sending a clear message to DEA that it should respect the law and work cooperatively with states to allow them to conduct hemp research and pilot programs.

Global Hemp Heralds the Passage of Illinois Bill HB 5085

Posted on August 29, 2014
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The growing of industrial hemp (“hemp”) in Illinois for research purposes will become legal on January 1, 2015 thanks to Governor Quinn’s signing of HB 5085 on August 26th, 2014. This marks the third time hemp legislation has been put before a governor in the state. The two prior attempts were made in 1999 and 2000, but both were vetoed by Governor Ryan.

Hemp Research Projects in Colorado and Kentucky

Posted on July 20, 2014
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At this point, sixteen states have passed legislation allowing them to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the 2014 US Farm Bill. But there are only two states which were really ready this year: Colorado and Kentucky. They make for an odd couple and have taken apposite approaches. Kentucky is by the book, by the rules, with a methodical, rational, planned, and scientific approach. Colorado is freewheeling, entrepreneurial, risk taking, and hyped up. Together they make a compelling story. If they were people on a TV sitcom, they could share an apartment.

Illinois Hemp Research Bill

Posted on May 21, 2014
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Global Hemp President Eric Pollitt’s lobbying for an industrial hemp research bill has finally paid off as the Illinois Senate passed HB 5085 on Monday, May 19th, with all voting in favor of the bill. Two prior Industrial Hemp bills, one in 1999 and another in 2000, passed the House and Senate, yet were vetoed by Governor Ryan, who stated a lack of private funding for research led to his veto of the second bill. Mr. Pollitt worked with State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria, IL) to create the bill, and HB 5085 acts as a research bill, one that will allow the industry to move forward.

State of Hemp: Update on US Legislation

Posted on April 29, 2014
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In the wake of the passing of the 2014 US Farm Bill in January there has been, as predicted, a further green wave of pro hemp legislation passed and hemp research activity announced. While there is great activity, how this shapes out is anyone’s guess. Several states are positioned to conduct hemp research. To date, only Kentucky and Hawaii have announced specific research programs. While recognizing that there are valid obstacles, questions, and legal gray areas, much comes down to political courage, leadership and vision.

States Poised to Take Advantage of US Farm Bill

Posted on February 15, 2014
States Poised to Take Advantage of US Farm Bill

The new US Farm Bill signed last week by President Obama has a provision for the cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes at the state level. This provision will be in effect for the next five years. The provision builds on years of lobbying efforts by activists, advocates, hemp business and farming associations and the championship of the bills by elected representatives at the state and federal level.

US Farm Bill to Greenlight Hemp Research

Posted on January 31, 2014
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The US Farm Bill passed Wednesday, January 29th by a 251-166 vote in the US House of Representatives.The Senate is expected to vote on this bill on Monday, February 3rd. The new legislation allows colleges, universities, and state agriculture departments to grow hemp. Because of a notwithstanding clause, this research is not to subject to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) or the oversight of the DEA. Federal hemp licenses would not be required.

Hemp: A New Crop for New Jersey?

Posted on January 23, 2014
Hemp A New Crop for New Jersey

New Jersey seemed poised to become the next state to approve industrial hemp as a legal agricultural crop. On January 13, 2014 the State’s Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 3110, which would have allowed the licensing of industrial hemp. The bill was then passed by the State’s Assembly by a crushing vote of 65-8. However, Governor Chris Christie rejected the bill on January 21, 2014.

Industrial Hemp Legalized in California

Posted on October 1, 2013
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California Governor Jerry Brown signed The California Industrial Hemp Farming Act (SB 566). Hemp supporters have been formally lobbying for such legislation since 1999. The law classifies hemp as either a fiber or oilseed crop, and must not contain any more than three tenths of one percent THC (the psychoactive chemical in marijuana).

Dr. Bronner’s Donates $100,000 More to Recommercialize Industrial Hemp in Colorado and Washington State

Posted on November 2, 2012
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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps will donate $100,000 to voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state that would tax and regulate cannabis like alcohol and effectively end prohibition of industrial hemp farming in each state for the first time in over 50 years.