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House Tells DEA To Leave State Hemp Programs Alone | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House members early Friday blocked the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to interfere in state-legal industrial hemp rese...

Hemp Amendments Could Block DEA From Interfering With Programs Legalized By States

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

The U.S. House will vote on two amendments Thursday that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from interfering with industrial hemp prog...

Feds Finally Release Kentucky's Hemp Seed Shipment

The 420 Times | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

"This is a historic day," Commissioner Comer declared. "We've done something that no one thought we could do a year-and-a-half ago. We legalized industrial hemp and we've proven that it's an agricultural crop and not a drug."

Matt Ferner

In Kentucky, Democrats And Republicans Can All Agree On Hemp | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

They may be political rivals, but Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) and his Democratic challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes...

Matt Ferner

Kentucky May Get Hemp Seeds Back Next Week | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics

Kentucky's Department of Agriculture may get back its shipment of hemp seeds, seized a few days ago by the Drug Enforcement Administration, as early a...

Matt Ferner

Kentucky Puts Hemp Planting On Hold After DEA Seed Seizure | Matt Ferner | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

Kentucky's Department of Agriculture has put a hold on a hemp seed planting ceremony for the launch of the state's industrial hemp pilot program after...

Kentucky Purchased Hemp Seed From Italy

The 420 Times | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

A shipment containing 250 pounds of hemp seed destined for The Bluegrass State has successfully traversed the U.S. Customs in Chi-town, but officials in Louisville have so far refused to release the seeds due to federal law and sheer ignorance.

The Sustainable Wonder Crop That's Sweeping The Nation

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green

There's a new hemp trend sweeping the nation and it has nothing to do with those beaded friendship bracelets from the '90s. Twenty-three states hav...

Governor Signs Hemp Bill Into Law in The Aloha State

The 420 Times | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Representative Cynthia Thielen believes that ultimately legalizing industrial hemp for mass production would help her state's economy and offer numerous job opportunities for residents.

If We Can't Smoke It, at Least Grow It: The 4/20 Case for Hemp

David Dietz | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
David Dietz

No plant species on earth has the mix of awesome commercial, economic and environmental potential as hemp and yet sadly, no plant has been so stigmatized.

Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner and Nick Wing | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics

What a difference a year makes. From 4/20, 2013, to 4/20, 2014, marijuana has taken big steps out of the shadows of the black market and into the ligh...

Ending the International Drug War

Doug Fine | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Doug Fine

This is an exciting time to be investigating international drug policy, because scores of nations are on the fence.

U.S. to Help Ukraine by Importing Hemp

Ben Droz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ben Droz

Two birds with one stone: we help Ukraine by importing hemp seeds, and then boost our own economy by giving farmers and industry a new crop and resource.

One Legalization Initiative Is Left in California

The 420 Times | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

After a lot of fuss about California's attempts to legalize recreational marijuana, efforts to get on the 2014 ballot are winding down.

Obama Legalizes Limited Hemp Farming

The 420 Times | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Maybe the Prez is mellowing out just a little. He actually signed a bill into law that grants limited legal status to the outlaw industry of hemp production.

Recreator Launches Kickstarter to Produce Hemp T-shirts in Downtown L.A.

Ben Droz | Posted 04.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Ben Droz

In December at The Cinefamily Theater in Hollywood, a Downtown LA Hemp Apparel Brand and Art-Activist Collective, Recreator, hosted a free screening of the industrial hemp documentary Bringing It Home. They also had a special preview of their Kickstarter Campaign, which they just launched today.

McConnell Farm Bill Vote Creates Political Problems

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may have done the popular thing and voted for the farm bill he has opposed in the past, b...

Congress On The Verge Of Giving Key Approval To Legal Hemp

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

A provision in the new $1.1 trillion farm bill, finalized by Congress Monday, legalizes the production of industrial hemp for research purposes and is...

Rules For Legal Industrial Hemp Farming Set In Colorado

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

The beginning of a new legal industrial hemp industry may have been born on Wednesday in Colorado with the release of new hemp farming regulations. ...

This Is What The End Of Hemp Prohibition Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Farmers in Colorado made history this month when they harvested a hemp crop -- the first in the United States since the late 1950s. Led by Springfi...

State Legalizes Hemp, But There's A Catch

Robin Wilkey | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a historic law that will legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the state. However, implementing...

America's First Hemp Crop Harvest In Nearly 60 Years Begins

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

In the 1700s, American farmers were required by law to grow hemp in Virginia and the other colonies. It was a widely used crop for hundreds of years i...

Hemp Flag To Be Flown At Vermont Statehouse On Constitution Day

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

A flag made from hemp will be flown at the Vermont statehouse to honor Constitution Day, the Associated Press reports. On Tuesday, Rural Vermont w...

Chobani Gives In To The Man On Hemp

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

If you like yogurt that comes with hemp seeds, Chobani is no longer the brand for you. The Greek yogurt company announced plans this week to remove...

Air Force Bans Greek Yogurt Flavor Over Anti-Drug Policy

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

The Air Force warned personnel over the weekend to steer clear of a specific flavor of Chobani Greek yogurt that includes hemp seeds. Hemp contains...