The US industrial hemp industry is expected to finish up 2015 with USD $500 million in consumer sales. According to the Hemp Business Journal,  consumer sales of hemp products reached $400 million in last year - up 26 percent on 2013; and this year the Journal expects similar growth....
The medical cannabis industry is a serious business - so of course, somebody had to make a sitcom from it. The kitchen at the Mess Hall in Northeast Washington D.C. (which provides up-and-coming food entrepreneurs commercial kitchen space to hone their craft) has been transformed into a marijuana cultivation center...
An increasing number of dog and cat owners are using medicinal marijuana to treat conditions in their pets. Medical cannabis designed for pets is thought to treat various maladies, including joint discomfort and for alleviating pain. There's also been reports of its usefulness in managing dogs experiencing seizures. Cannabis products are...
The ridiculous ban on industrial hemp based food products in Australia may finally soon be a thing of the past. While low THC hemp is banned in food in Australia, opium poppy seeds can be purchased at just about any supermarket. This is in place even though seeds from industrial hemp...
While industrial hemp generally doesn't require a lot of inputs, indoor-grown medical cannabis can be a real energy hog. Industrial hemp is grown outdoors, much like any other crop - in fact, it uses less inputs such as herbicides and isn't as thirsty as some crops. On the other hand, medicinal...
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) over its rights to grow industrial hemp. The suit was triggered by the recent actions of the DEA, which destroyed  the Tribe’s industrial hemp crop last month. The...
U.S. DEA Head Chuck Rosenberg is under increased pressure over recent comments he made referring to medicinal marijuana as being "a joke". "What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal -- because it's not," said Mr. Rosenberg. "We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we...
A recent study has found the use of cannabis could potentially offer some protection against metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome may be diagnosed when at least three of five of the following medical conditions are noted: abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, high serum triglycerides, and low high-density...
The  Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) says it has received 882 applications for medicinal cannabis grower, processor and dispenser licenses in the state. 705 applications were for dispenser licenses; with some applicants submitting for a dispensary in each of the state's senatorial districts. 102 grower and 75 processor license applications were also received by the Commission by the November 6 submission deadline. Just 15 grower licenses will be...
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed two bills to expedite the availability of “emergency medical marijuana” to qualifying patients. The move took many by surprise as New York's medical marijuana program wasn't due to start for two months. The bill, now legislation, allows special certification for "a patient whose condition...