Bloomberg, July 17, 2019

American farmers are plowing into the hemp industry in Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, Oregon, and other states. This year, more than 200,000 acres of hemp are licensed to be planted in the U.S., up from roughly 25,000 two years ago. Asia, which has a long history with natural medicines, is also seeing growing interest in cannabis. In 2017, China planted at least 113,000 acres of hemp, according to New Frontier, an industry researcher. Cultivation is also on the rise in Colombia, Greece, Jamaica, and even the southern African nation of Lesotho. 

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Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2019

Under Section 280E of the IRS code, cannabis businesses are not allowed to take tax deductions on normal business expenses like employee salaries, rent and utility bills because the federal government considers their trade illegal drug trafficking — even where cannabis sales are legal under state law. As a result, the effective federal tax rate for legal cannabis businesses can reach 70% to 90%. No other industry has to operate with this very high tax rate.

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Santa Barbara Independent, July 12, 2019

The Independent reviewed the sitting supervisors’ campaign records, attempting to weed out cannabis proponents and opponents who made contributions of $1,000 or more in 2017-18.

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AP News, July 11, 2019

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD.

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KEYT, July 9, 2019

Citizens from a number of residential, business and agricultural areas with specific interests in the cannabis industry spoke out strongly to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

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Noozhawk, July 9, 2019

Tuesday’s cannabis hearing before the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors attracted so many people that overflow seating was set up in the lobby. The crowd still spilled outside the government administration building in Santa Maria. 

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The Hill, July 6, 2019

Lawmakers legalized the use of hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) products late last year in the farm bill, sending the agency scrambling to figure out new rules around regulating a unique product that is both a drug and a dietary supplement.

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New York Times, July 3, 2019

Travel entrepreneurs are organizing marijuana-infused experiences, including painting classes, bus tours and food classes.

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San Francisco Chronicle, July 2, 2019

California recently rolled out its “Get #weedwise” campaign in an effort to stamp out black-market cannabis products in the state. The campaign is an important measure to support the California industry, but the state should be looking elsewhere for sustainable and long-term solutions to this issue: the federal government. 

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Santa Barbara Independent, June 27, 2019

When it comes to cleaning up Santa Barbara County’s environment, greenhouse cannabis growers are leading the way. Without a doubt, the switchover from cut flowers to cannabis has dramatically reduced pesticide use in the county. Unlike any other crop, the standards for cannabis are nearly zero tolerance for dozens of pesticides and chemicals known to cause human health issues.

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