• Cannabis in Mexico

    Cannabis in Mexico

      Mexico recently delayed passing a measure to legalize marijuana and hemp last week, again pushing back passing a final cannabis law in the country. This delay, coming as a response to the Coronavirus, follows an earlier 6-month extension from October 2019. Now, Mexican lawmakers are expected to revisit the topic at the next legislative session scheduled to begin September 1 and end December...
  • USDA Issues Interim Final Rule on Hemp Production – Here’s What It Means

    USDA Issues Interim Final Rule on Hemp Production – Here’s What It Means

    Finally, the wait is over.  Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its Interim Final Rule (IFR) on the establishment of a domestic hemp production program. This rule comes 10 months after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and made it federally legal to domestically grow and sell for the first time...
  • What’s Happened Since the 2018 Farm Bill?

    What’s Happened Since the 2018 Farm Bill?

    Happy anniversary, legal hemp! Today marks a very special occasion for the hemp industry. It’s been exactly one year since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, a momentous piece of legislation that removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and made it permanently, federally legal. This bill was a huge triumph for the industry and opened up the world to CBD like never...
  • Pesky Pesticides: Impacts for Cannabis Farmers and Consumers

    Pesky Pesticides: Impacts for Cannabis Farmers and Consumers

    It’s no secret cannabis has become an explosive industry. But, due in part to a murky legal landscape, it’s also been largely unregulated or improperly regulated. This means the same protective laws that work to ensure agricultural products are grown without harmful pesticides have not necessarily governed the hemp plant - and this has led to problems with pesticides in particular. Join Bluebird Botanicals...
  • How Can We Help the Bees?

    How Can We Help the Bees?

      Coronavirus, the U.S. government confirming UFOs, and now murder hornets? It’s safe to say 2020 is off to an...err...eventful start.  It’s the last of the three - the murder hornets - that brings us to our topic for today’s discussion: bees.  We already know that increasing temperatures and precipitation linked to climate change have begun to wreak havoc on the bee populations, with...
  • What Does the New DEA Rule Mean For the Hemp Industry?

    What Does the New DEA Rule Mean For the Hemp Industry?

    Hemp farmers and businesses saw a huge victory on Capitol Hill with the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, popularly known as the "Farm Bill." The bill established a much-needed differentiation between hemp and cannabis — excluding hemp and its extracts from Schedule I drug classification at the federal level. This proved to be a defining boon not only for hemp, but...