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The Precarious Legal Status of CBD

The cannabis plant is made up of dozens of compounds called cannabinoids. The plant’s two most prominent cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Each compound has different effects on the human body. THC has the renowned psychoactive effect on users for which marijuana is well known, but it can also increase one’s appetite, reduce nausea, and

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Cannabis Beverages and the FDA

Last week, I received a call from a publicly traded, non-U.S. company that has developed a beverage containing CBD (cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis). The company plans to produce this beverage in California and distribute it to select U.S. markets. Before scaling these operations, the company wanted to understand what clearances, if any, were

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Oregon Hemp: Onward!

The final week of the 2015 Oregon legislative session was kind of a blur. The House and Senate pushed through four marijuana bills in four days, including the big one, House Bill 3400. One thing nearly lost in this legislative crush was a bill that did not make it though, HB 2668. That bill sought

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Legal Hemp in Oregon: It’s About Time

Recreational marijuana isn’t the only thing to get excited about in Oregon. Just this week, Oregon’s rules to obtain an industrial hemp permit just went into effect and Oregon’s Department of Agriculture (ODA) has begun accepting applications to grow hemp. Oregonians should expect to see the state’s very first state-legal hemp crop in the ground this

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Recreational Marijuana Coming To New York State?

By Ryan Malkin* Decades of arresting marijuana users has “failed to prevent” its use, “created a violent, illegal drug market,” and “disproportionately impacted African-American and Latino communities,” notes New York Senate Bill S01747, filed January 14, 2015. The New York “marijuana regulation and taxation act” was introduced by senators Krueger, Dilan, Hoylman, Montgomery, and Rivera.

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Industrial Hemp: And Kentucky Shall Lead Us

In What’s Up with Hemp in Washington?, we explored how Washington legalized industrial hemp with passage of Initiative 502, but has done nothing by way of regulating it for actual production. Washington’s hemp issues aside, we believe industrial hemp is not getting nearly the attention it deserves. Hemp has the potential to rise again as a

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What’s Up with Hemp in Washington?

I-502 not only legalized and regulated marijuana in the Evergreen State, it also decriminalized cultivating and distributing industrial hemp. I-502 modifies the definition of “marijuana” under Washington state law to include only cannabis with greater than 0.3% THC concentration. Cannabis with less than this amount of THC —   essentially industrial hemp — is no longer treated as