New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety Committee advanced a bipartisan measure aiming to regulate the controversial delta-8 products that are widely sold across the state. The bill, S3944, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz (D) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R) was first introduced in January.
With the decriminalization of cannabis in New Jersey, a company that tests the THC levels in hemp will expand its operation to include the testing of marijuana.
Trichome Analytical appeared before the township zoning board Wednesday seeking approval to allow for the testing of medical and recreational marijuana at its Commerce Parkway facility.
The zoning board voted unanimously to approve the application, with conditions that Trichome Analytical adopt additional ventilation filters if neighbors noticed a strong odor and to make the glass rear door opaque.
Proposals to cap the amount of THC in cannabis flower and concentrates have been gaining traction in a number of state legislatures, and earlier this week the idea reached the federal level.
In a report released on Wednesday, the US Senate’s Caucus on International Narcotics Control recommended looking into THC caps on state-legal, regulated products. Politico was first to break the news of the report, which was led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), co-chairs of the Senate caucus. Cornyn and Feinstein are longtime opponents of cannabis legalization.
In November, South Dakota citizens took the unusual step of legalizing both recreational and medical use of marijuana in two initiatives on the same ballot. Constitutional Amendment A (which passed with 54 percent of the vote) allowed for recreational use and created a licensing system to establish, manage, and tax legal commerce.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Thursday unveiled proposed rules for hemp and CBD to put the federal agency officially in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill.
While DEA stressed that the policies laid out in this interim final rule have already been in effect since hemp was federally legalized, it said the new filing to be published in the Federal Register on Friday will codify those regulations. These “conforming changes to DEA’s existing regulations” will be open to public comment.
Brooklyn, New York’s district attorney will reportedly drop the felony drug charges against the recipient of 106 pounds of hemp arrested earlier this month, according to NBC New York. Ronen Levy was arrested after FedEx tipped off police about the shipment, which was sent from Vermont and tested under legal THC limits.
A new shop offering organic CBD products for both humans and pets posted on Instagram this month saying it will open in the near future in Jersey City Heights.
Heights Hemp, a ground-floor store at 487 Palisade Avenue, posted a video tour of the location, saying they were adding the “finishing touches.”
An earlier post in July noted that they will sell “Head and Heal CBD tinctures for people and pets” as well as “any and all things CBD related.”
Over the past few years, signs proclaiming "We have CBD!" and "CBD sold here!" have appeared in the windows of coffee shops, cafes, convenience stores and smoke shops.
CBD is sold in smoothies and brownies, coffee and cookies — even as a standalone tincture, oil or balm you can add to anything you like — with the promise that it will calm anxiety, help you sleep and ease your aches and pains.
But what is it?
The first thing to understand about CBD is not what it is, but what it isn't: marijuana.
Down a quiet country road in Warwick, N.Y., just north of the Jersey border, past homes on large lots, an elementary school and open fields that create a patchwork quilt of greens and browns, is a farm where marijuana's close relative — hemp — is grown and cultivated.
Although both belong to the cannabis family, hemp may be grown legally in New York and New Jersey, but marijuana — not yet.
In a day and age when many farmers have folded their operations after selling their land to developers, others have pivoted to a form of cannabis as the new cash crop to grow their business.
Kenneth VandeVrede is a third generation farmer. His grandfather started raising mums and tomatoes in New Jersey 50 years ago and now, he’s trying to stay ahead of the curve by diversifying his crop.