Kentucky farmers plan to produce nearly three times more hemp than a year ago as testing on its potential as a cash crop accelerates. The state Department of Agriculture said Thursday it approved 209 applications from growers, allowing them to produce up to 12,800 acres of hemp for research purposes this year. Continue reading on the Cannabist.
While some activists are planning to give away marijuana on Inauguration Day, other entrepreneurs are taking a different approach: making a ton of money from it. According to Governing.com, 29 states and the District of Columbia have or will soon have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Continue reading on the Cannabist.
A study shows that many dispensary employees are improperly trained, Arkansas announces fees to set up MMJ cultivation facilities, and Puerto Rico's medical cannabis industry is open for business. Here's a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Continue reading on Marijuana Business Daily.
Marijuana legalization activists are organizing a national "Day of Action" on Monday to protest the potential confirmation of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as the nation's attorney general. Sessions, a 70-year-old Republican who has served as a U.S. senator for nearly two decades, has been outspoken against the legalization of recreational marijuana, among other issues. Continue reading on the Cannabist.
A state commission has decided that residents hoping to grow Arkansas medical marijuana will have to pay an annual fee of $100,000 to operate a cultivation facility. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission set the fee amount on Tuesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Continue reading on the Cannabist.
Colorado's marijuana czar and one of its top enforcement chiefs are jumping to the private sector to advise local and state governments hashing out cannabis regulations. Andrew Freedman, the state's director of marijuana coordination, Lewis Koski, Colorado Department of Revenue deputy senior director of enforcement, and John Hudak, drug policy expert and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, formed Freedman & Koski LLC. Continue reading on the Cannabist.
California was known as a major marijuana-producing state before it legalized recreational use. Just how big of a producer may surprise you. Take a look at this detailed infographic developed by our partners at the Orange County Register. Continue reading on the Cannabist.
The federal government doesn’t allow cannabis jobs to be tallied using NAICS codes, which are the basis for most standardized employment data in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Documenting those jobs is more important than ever. The fate of state-legal cannabis remains uncertain as the Trump administration prepares to take office. Continue reading on Leafly.