States

Hemp in Hawaii

Hawaii spelled out with cannabis

A provision in the federal Farm Bill just passed by Congress allows for industrial hemp to be legally grown across the U.S. for research purposes. “Without any DEA permit, without any restrictions,” Hawaii state representative Cynthia Thielen said, “It can be grown under a university research project or under the state departments of agriculture.” Thielen hopes the law will lead ...

Read More »

Tidal Wave is Approaching

Tsunami warning sign

Nearly 30 states and the District of Columbia are considering marijuana law reform legislation this year, including bills that cover legalization for adults, decriminalization, medical marijuana and hemp. Some states have a variety of reform bills simultaneously pending such as Arizona which is considering legalization and decriminalization, and Pennsylvania which is considering legalization as well as medical marijuana legislation. Here ...

Read More »

Crowdfunding Growing in the States

hands putting coins in piggy bank

As federal equity crowdfunding legislation languishes on Capitol Hill, a growing number of states have pressed forward with their own equity crowdfunding legislation. States where equity crowdfunding legislation has been passed or is likely to be passed very soon include North Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Wisconsin, Washington and Michigan. Equity-based crowdfunding is where an individual invests into a company and in ...

Read More »

Colorado Smiling Despite Superbowl

Colorado flag with hemp leaves overlay

NBC reported that 18 retail shops it surveyed paid more than $1.2 million in taxes to Colorado through January 27, 2014, which amounts to between $4 million to $5 million in sales, in some estimates. That does not include the other 25 shops that opened throughout the month, so sales were likely as high as $10 million. The NBC survey ...

Read More »

Colorado, Washington . . . and now Alaska

Alaska spelled out with cannabis

Residents of the State of Alaska will be voting on cannabis legalization this year, as the Alaska Division of Elections announced that more than 31,593 valid signatures have been submitted for the legalization initiative run by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana. If voters approve the initiative in August, possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and the cultivation of ...

Read More »

Hemp Rules in Oregon!

A new farm bill was just passed by the U.S. Congress with a provision that allows universities and state agriculture departments to establish hemp programs. This is not full legalization of hemp, but it does clear a major first hurdle, and once hemp is researched and grown industrially full legalization will come. As for Oregon, “Oregonians have made it clear ...

Read More »

Utah: Banking for Cannabis

Utah State Senator Curt Bramble has teamed up with the Las Vegas-based payment processing company, Medical Cannabis Solutions, as chairman of the company’s advisory board. Bramble said he will not lobby on behalf of the company’s interests and he has previously voiced his opposition to legalizing medical marijuana in Utah. But Bramble will bring his background as an accountant and ...

Read More »

Hawaii Overwhelmingly Supports Legalizing Cannabis

Hawaii spelled out with cannabis

Hawaii voters overwhelmingly wish to legalize and regulate the adult use of cannabis, according to a new statewide survey data by QMark Research, as commissioned by the Hawaii Drug Policy Action Group. Sixty-six percent of respondents said they support legalizing marijuana consumption, an increase of nine points since 2012. Seventy-seven percent of respondents said that jail time is an inappropriate ...

Read More »