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Industry News

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 […] Read more


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 […] Read more


Legal Cannabis Helps Trim Down Clandestine Grows in U.S. National Forests

While the specific locations of the growing operations may be covert, it’s no secret that illicit cannabis grow operations are peppered throughout the great American landscape – including within our national forests. Thankfully, largely in part to the rise of legal cannabis, that’s starting to change. However, it isn’t changing all that quickly. As recently […] Read more


Bluebird’s Conversations About Cannabis: Progress to Legality in All 50 States

Throughout Hemp History Week this week, we’ve shared information about the long global history of hemp, why cannabis was made illegal, and how hemp compares to commonly used goods today like tree paper and cotton. Now, we’re going to take a deep dive into the current legal status of cannabis throughout all 50 states. Back […] Read more


The High-CBD Cannabis Comeback

From Suzy Q to Harlequin, cannabis marketed as high in CBD is one of the fastest growing segments on dispensary shelves. After years of underground marijuana breeding that pushed the THC levels very high and knocked the CBD levels down low, CBD is finally making a comeback. Many people new to cannabis are starting with […] Read more


2018 Farm Bill: Hemp is Now Permanently Legal for First Time in 40 Years

The 2018 Farm Bill Has Passed Hemp, hemp, hooray! Congress has officially passed the 2018 Farm Bill, making hemp completely and permanently federally legal for the first time in over 40 years. Earlier this year, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed including the entire language of The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 in the Senate’s version […] Read more


Colorado Voters: What’s the Deal With Hemp in Amendment X?

We’ve been hearing a lot of questions about our view on Colorado’s Amendment X (the official write-up of the amendment can be seen here on page 6).   This proposal on the November ballot would, if passed, amend the Colorado Constitution to remove the current definition of ‘industrial hemp’ and defer to the current federal definition […] Read more