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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.

This federal and state interplay has resulted in many legislative and regulatory changes at the state level. Indeed, most states have introduced (and adopted) bills that would authorize the commercial production of hemp within their borders. A smaller but growing number of states also regulate the sale of products derived from hemp. Our attorneys track these developments in real-time on behalf of multiple clients, and we provide those clients with a 50-state matrix showing how states regulate hemp and hemp products. Today we turn to Washington State.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) regulates the production of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill. The state’s hemp plan was approved by the USDA in January 2020.

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Since the dawn of the 2018 Farm Bill, cannabidiol or CBD has taken the market by storm. These days, hemp retailers’ shelves are packed with rows upon rows of CBD products – from isolates, to edibles, to tinctures, and everything in between. For the most part, CBD’s popularity stems from the fact that it’s the most highly concentrated cannabinoid in the entire hemp plant. Making up about 40% of hemp’s cannabinoid profile, CBD reigns supreme as the most prolific chemical compound from the family.

But is there power in numbers? We’re learning that saturation might not be the only basis for potency. Numerous other cannabinoids have come out of hiding after years of research into the benefits of hemp. And now, CBD is no longer the only chemical on the block. Meet cannabichromene, the newest, hottest cannabinoid on the hemp scene.

What is Cannabichromene?

Cannabichromene or CBC is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in hemp. Unlike CBD which exists in copious amounts, CBC is far less concentrated. Making up less than 1% of hemp’s cannabinoid profile, cannabichromene can be tough to extract into a substantial amount of isolate, which is why you probably never saw a vial

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Cannabis education has slowly spread since marijuana began to earn legal status across U.S. states. Nowadays, with the coronavirus, universities are facing new challenges that force them to rework their curriculum and find new ways of keeping students engaged while producing revenue.

Green Flower Media recently partnered with five universities to provide courses for students interested in learning about growing, testing and selling legal weed. The company hopes to expand its partnerships in the coming years, attracting talented people involved in the cannabis business.

Green Flower CEO Max Brooks told Forbes that the company wasn’t able to consolidate any partnerships in 2019. But once the coronavirus struck the U.S. and cannabis was deemed an essential business, universities began to consider more options, exploring digital programs while also considering marijuana as a possible profitable business for students.

– Read the entire article at Regina Leader-Post.

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After just a year of growing pot in Leamington, Tilray Inc., one of Canada’s biggest cannabis companies, is pulling up its local stakes and shutting down a greenhouse operation that employed about 120 workers.

“I’m very disappointed — this is a blow to our municipality and very concerning,” said Leamington Mayor Hilda MacDonald, who heard the news second-hand on Wednesday. “Right now, we already have people not working because of COVID,” she said.

“The decision to close a facility is never easy,” Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy said in a statement released late Tuesday after markets had shut for the day. “We are continuously evaluating the evolving needs of our business, against a challenging industry backdrop.”

– Read the entire article at Windsor Star.

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Listen above or stream on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher!

Every Thursday, international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench discuss legal and economic developments around the world with the help of their international guests. No topic is too big, too small, too simple, or too complicated. They cover continents, countries, regimes, governance, finances, legal developments and whatever is trending in global law and business.

Both Jonathan and Fred are both accomplished international cannabis lawyers in addition to everything else that they do. In Episode #7, we are joined from Montevideo by attorney Dr. Rodolfo Perdomo, of Perdomo Abogados, to discuss Uruguay’s cannabis industry. We cover:

Former President José “Pepe” Mujica’s critical role in making Uruguay the first country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis. The current legal framework for cannabis in Uruguay—and why there is no going back for the country when it comes to cannabis. Uruguay’s aspirations to become a world hub for cannabis research and production, and its new related legislation. Why Uruguay is a welcoming and attractive destination for foreign investors, and not just those in the cannabis sector. At least one important thing you should know about Uruguay, aside from cannabis! (Hint: 1930 and 1950). Reading recommendations from:

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