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Colorado School Adds Hemp Degree

hemptoday – Colorado State University at Pueblo will offer a hemp agriculture degree program beginning fall 2021 with funding support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Industrial Hemp Education, Agriculture and Research program will require students to take research courses and either do an internship at one of the school’s hemp industry partners or conduct research at the CSU Institute of Cannabis Research. USDA provided a $275,000 grant from its National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

Office of Medical Cannabis Approves Dispensary Applications, Hoping to Have Sales Start in Spring

wvmetronews – The state Office of Medical Cannabis is continuing to move forward with approving applications for medical marijuana businesses with hopes of having dispensaries open in the spring.

Officials earlier this month approved applications for medical cannabis processors, which will use the plants to create pills, creams and other products for medical use, as well as prepare the plants to be used in a dry leaf form.

Northern California Cannabis Industry Banking on Legalization Bills Stalled in Congress

northbaybusinessjournal – In an industry driven by greenbacks, cannabis business stakeholders and supporters are banking on two pending federal bills and one new state law that would allow them access to traditional financial accounts without having to look over their shoulders.

Because even with 33 states now making cannabis legal, the federal government does not, leaving many banks heavily regulated by the U.S. government, on the sidelines. This is despite companies at least in the Golden State paying taxes to both the state and the federal governments, while also staying open as an essential business during the COVID-19 crisis. Many in the industry call the double standard a hypocrisy.

Cannabis Retailer Hopes to Open in Delta

delta-optimist – The City of Delta recently received an application to open a cannabis retail store.

The retail outlet by Seed and Stone would see an industrial property in the 600-block of Chester Avenue on Annacis Island rezoned to allow the sales operation within a portion of an existing industrial building.

The operation would include a 1,001-square-foot retail storefront and a 2,637-square-foot warehouse.

Mexico’s Senate Approves Marijuana Legalization Measure

azpm – Mexico’s Senate has approved a measure that would legalize the sale and use of marijuana.

To become law, Mexico’s lower house still needs to debate and pass the legislation. And while it would represent one of the most significant national legalizations to date, some pro-legalization groups are raising concerns about its potential impacts.

License Limits and Monopolies Discussed at Cannabis Hearing

postguam – Various stakeholders in Guam’s potential recreational cannabis industry met for the second time Friday night to discuss the draft regulations, again raising the issue of “vertical integration,” but also expressing concerns with license fees and rumors about limiting licenses.

A marijuana plant is shown in this file photo. Concerns about the supply chain in the cannabis industry were recently discussed in the last public hearing on rules for cannabis retail operations and cultivation. – postguam

Montana Medical Marijuana Providers Cautiously Optimistic about Legalization

bozemandailychronicle – Montanans voted to legalize recreational marijuana earlier this month, but there are still hurdles to overcome before people without medical marijuana cards can head to the pot shop.

I-190, one of the two initiatives that legalized recreational marijuana in the state, may still be changed by the Montana Legislature during the upcoming 2021 session, and a lawsuit has been filed in Helena District Court to challenge the constitutionality of the initiative.

Ventura likely to Become Latest City in Ventura County to Allow Cannabis Businesses

vcstar – Ventura looks to become the latest city in Ventura County to allow commercial cannabis businesses.

Now that the city’s Measure I to tax such businesses appears to have been approved by voters in the Nov. 3 election, the City Council on Monday night is expected to introduce an ordinance to permit the establishments to open starting next year.

Marijuana Proponents ‘optimistic’ Texas Lawmakers Will Support Legalization

krgv – When the Texas Legislature meets in January, lawmakers may discuss bills to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Lawmakers have filed at least three bills relating to marijuana and at least nine bills relating to cannabis. The legislative session begins on Jan. 12.

PURA Launches Hemp Farming Co-Op Campaign

candidchronicle – Texas-based PURA on Friday announced the launch of a co-op marketing campaign with the goal of building a coalition of hemp farmers under a single brand.

The company says it aims to be a conduit for hemp sales in the same way that Sun-Maid brings more than 800 individual raisin farmers together under one brand.

PURA’s new campaign centers around a 72-acre property that the company recently acquired in Farmersville, Texas.

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