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Tue
12
Oct

Crash Course Offered In Growing Cannabis For Medical Marijuana Patients

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Medical marijuana patients in Connecticut gained the right to cultivate their own cannabis plants this month and according to a local hemp farmer, hundreds of patients have since sought help cultivating green thumbs of their own.  “We’re seeing a good amount of people at least try their hand at the plant,” Luis Vega, founder of North Haven-based Wepa Farms, said Monday. “People are very excited for the way the law has moved. It’s a lot of people who want to make sure they grow within the law.”

Connecticut has had a medical marijuana program on the books for nearly a decade and the number of participating patients has grown to nearly 54,000. But until Oct. 1, cannabis had to be purchased at one of 18 medical dispensary facilities around the state. 

Fri
08
Oct

Grant to study hemp market in western U.S.

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 Researchers from Washington State University will study different hemp varieties and do chemical analysis of them as part of a new $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to define economic opportunities for hemp in the western United States.

The grant, led by Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, is a five-year project funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant program. WSU scientists are partnering with eight institutions across the nation and many industry partners, including the Industrial Hemp Association of Washington, on this research, which addresses the needs of Native American and other rural community businesses and farmers in the four-state West Coast region.

Thu
07
Oct

Weed for feed: hemp and algae projects land $10 million grants

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Ohio’s Central State University aims to investigate using hemp as an aquaculture feed ingredient to address food safety concerns about consuming seafood raised with hemp feed additives. They will also research ways to increase economic markets and production sustainability for seafood and hemp.

Thu
07
Oct

A New Cannabis Virus And What This Means For Growers

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The Hop Latent Viroid (HpLVd), a single-stranded, circular infectious RNA, runs rampant in the hemp and cannabis growing communities. Cannabis infected with HpLVd may or may not manifest any apparent symptoms but understanding what those symptoms can be is important to combat this virus.

Wed
06
Oct

Sacramento financial software company NatureTrak signs up bank for cannabis validation

Sacramento-based financial technology software company NatureTrak Inc. has signed up a bank in New Mexico to use its tracking software to validate cannabis-related business deposits. It is the first bank to use the product, but several more banks are in the pipeline, with another expected to sign a contract next week, said Jontae James, CEO and founder of NatureTrak, via text. "The cannabis industry is exploding, and will continue to do so, as more and more states legalize medical and adult-use cannabis,” James said, in a news release.

Tue
05
Oct

Unregulated cannabis not as potent as advertised, study finds

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Unlicensed cannabis is not as strong as you may think it is. 

That's according to a recently published study by the New Brunswick Research and Productivity Council.

Researchers comparing samples of illicit and legal cannabis products found that the claims of potency for illicit products were significantly less accurate.  

The RPC's chief officer of science Diane Botelho said the study was taken on to find out whether there was any legitimacy to claims made about cannabis products on the illicit market being 'better'. 

"Our scientists have been curious for a number of years now as to whether or not illicit cannabis products were equivalent to legal cannabis products with respect to health and safety as well as potency claims," said Botelho. 

Mon
04
Oct

Is the hemp heart the next meat analogue?

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In an effort to create the ultimate meat substitute that delivers on taste and texture, Victory Hemp is placing its bets on the hemp seed heart. The demand for meat alternatives is growing worldwide but the challenge of mimicking meat without compromises on taste is a difficult hurdle to overcome. However, one Kentucky-based company believes it’s cracked it – and the answer lies in the hemp heart.

 

 

 

The US plant-based market

Global meat consumption is rising, especially in the US, which makes up around $270 billion of the $1.4 trillion worldwide meat industry.1

Mon
04
Oct

Here's an Up-and-Coming Biotech Stock to Watch With a Cannabis Connection

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There aren't many biotechs that have research underway targeting the development of cannabinoids. One of them is Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE:DNA), which recently went public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company. In this Motley Fool Live video recorded on Sept. 22, 2021, Motley Fool contributors Keith Speights and Brian Orelli answer a viewer's question about this biotech with a cannabis connection.

 

 

Smart Stocks to Buy This Month

Renowned Canadian investor Iain Butler just named 10 stocks for Canadians to buy TODAY. So if you’re tired of reading about other people getting rich in the stock market, this might be a good day for you.

Mon
04
Oct

Advanced Cannabis Intoxication Detection Devices Set to Improve Road Safety

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 More and more states are beginning to implement legislation to regulate cannabis products. As sales of such products are becoming more prevalent, new and important regulations are expected to be implemented. One of the major concerns over cannabis abuse revolves around operating a vehicle while impaired. Generally, law enforcement officers may conduct field tests such as sobriety tests or even sample tests. However, sobriety tests can be inaccurate, while sample tests may not receive results for days or even weeks. As a result, companies within the cannabis marketspace began to develop the necessary technology for law enforcement agencies to use in crackdowns on drivers operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Cannabix Technologies Inc.

Thu
30
Sep

Cannabis Goes Green

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Emerald Valley Gardens, a small cannabis gardening shop near Springfield, is bustling with customers. At the register, owner Madeline Thomas answers questions about where to find the right pots or which brands to buy for first-time growers. Shelves are lined with nutrients and soil, and draped with leafy trailing plants. 

Thomas has been in the cannabis industry for more than 10 years, and says she loves the business. Over the course of the past two years, she says, her clientele skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic because people had more time on their hands. 

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