U.S. hemp growers may get crop insurance policy starting in 2020

American industrial hemp growers will be eligible for crop insurance under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) starting in 2020. Those firms and farmers who grow hemp for fiber, flower or seeds will be eligible beginning with next year’s crops, under the recently announced program. The insurance coverage is through USDA’s Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) […]

What CannTrust' s fresh allegations of wrongdoing may mean to its Business

The CannTrust Holdings (NYSE:CTST) scandal just keeps on getting bigger. While we’re still waiting on a decision from Health Canada on what its punishment will be in relation to illegally growing marijuana, last week the public learned of even more potential problems: Multiple sources told BNN Bloomberg that seeds from the black market found their […]

India, Pakistan cities in top three for pot utilization despite being prohibited

New Delhi, India, and Karachi, Pakistan, have ranked among the top three places for cannabis consumption according to data recently released, despite laws against the drug in both places. Germany-based media campaign outlet ABCD and self-growing cannabis tech company Seedo reported the findings in its updated Cannabis Price Index after aggregating data from 120 cities […]

3 leading cannabis stocks to purchase today

Investing in cannabis stocks isn’t for the faint of heart. The wild up-and-down swings can be dizzying. The risks are real. But the potential pay-off over the long run could be enormous. Choosing which cannabis stocks to buy involves the same process as investing in any other kind of stock. You’ll want to find well-run […]

Legal edibles, additional derivatives must add 3 million customers to Canadian cannabis marketplace

The second great Canadian cannabis rush is nearing the starting line, with pot entrepreneurs looking to stand out amid an onslaught of soon-to-be-legal edibles on the market. Legal cannabis edibles and other derivatives are expected to grow Canada’s cannabis market by three million consumers, or 65 per cent, according to a poll commissioned earlier this […]

Home growers take on corporate cannabis in Canada

In October 2018, Canada legalized cannabis for adult use nationwide. Under Canada’s Cannabis Act, adults are allowed to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household, either indoors or outdoors. Now, almost a year into legalization, more Canadians are taking advantage of this freedom — and are pushing to expand it.  Take, for example, a […]

Confusion reigns as Maine rolls out its own marijuana monitoring system

The state marijuana industry didn’t like what it saw when it got its first look at Maine’s new track-and-trace system Monday: hundreds and hundreds of 25-cent tags required to catalog every plant’s path to pre-rolled joint, vape cartridge or infused candy. “This will drive prices through the roof,” said medical marijuana caregiver Dawson Julia of […]

As conditions contain marijuana, pesticides might be a blind spot

The EPA would ordinarily evaluate pesticide safety, but it has never done so for marijuana because the plant is illegal under federal law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) People who consume marijuana medically or recreationally may be exposing themselves to unknown health risks from toxic pesticides. The EPA would ordinarily evaluate pesticide safety but has never […]

Digital advertising 101 for its cannabis business

There is a common misconception that cannabis brands and dispensaries are unable to market their businesses using modern day digital advertising tools. While it is true that the major players in online advertising (e.g. Google and Facebook) have severe restrictions or outright bans on advertising cannabis and/or hemp products via their advertising platforms, there are […]

Marijuana is stronger than ever, but do not get too excited

Surgeon General Jerome Adams raised eyebrows when he warned that cannabis was getting stronger two weeks ago. He added that, as a result, developing adolescents and pregnant mothers should avoid using today’s cannabis, due to the possible long-term damage. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar went as far to call cannabis “a dangerous drug.” “This ain’t your […]

How radio frequency technologies is preserving top excellent cannabis

Pioneered by food safety companies, the cannabis industry is starting to use radio frequency disinfection processes to remove pathogens while maintaining quality. How dirty is your pot? Odds are, it’s probably teeming with mold and mildew. In sizable markets such as Colorado and Nevada, as well as Canada, growers are required to report Total Yeast […]

US DEA needs more marijuana generated in 2020

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration wants to increase the amount of marijuana produced for research next year – and by quite a margin. The DEA is proposing a boost from 2,450 kilograms in 2019 to 3,200 kilograms in 2020. This year’s level was also quite a jump on 2018, when it was just 443 kilograms. […]

European novel food law – What is it all about?

Makers and sellers of CBD products should be conforming to the European Union’s Novel Food regime introduced in January this year. But, as things stand, just one firm Cannabis Pharma, a Czech Republic company, has made an application to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), with a handful of others said to be in the […]

Additional success from South Australian industrial hemp trials

After two years of hemp trials in the Riverland and South East regions of South Australia, it’s been concluded the crop will grow very successfully in the state. Released late last week, a report from South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) follows on from a SARDI report published last year. Over two seasons trials […]

Germany receives initial medical cannabis imports from Portugal and Australia

Germany received its first imports of medicinal cannabis from Portugal and Australia this week. Two German companies took delivery of the shipments that will be used for testing purposes and to supply the country’s growing demand for medical marijuana, which was legalized in 2017. In Cologne, Cannamedical Pharma received a commercial shipment of cannabis from […]