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USDA Releases Final Rules on Hemp, Effective From March 22

In a win for hemp farmers, the final rule widens the margin of error for THC levels in hemp plants before a cultivator is declared criminally negligent. However, several high-profile sticking points remain, including some guidelines on sampling.

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ProVerde’s Maine Cannbis Lab Shut Down For Unlicensed Testing

Responding to Analytical Cannabis, ProVerde president Chris Hudalla explained that the Maine lab was “in operation before there were any requirements or mechanisms for licensing of marijuana testing laboratories in Maine.”

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Cannabis Smoke Raises Blood Toxin Levels, But Not as Much as Tobacco Smoke, Study Finds

The researchers also found that tobacco smokers, and those who smoke a mixture of cannabis and tobacco, had elevated blood levels of acrolein, which is linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease.

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Colorado Regulators Recall Cannabis Products Due to Mold Contamination

Any consumer in possession of such a product has been advised by the Colorado Department of Revenue to return it to the initial retailer.

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UK Regulator Grants Second Commercial License to Grow Medical Cannabis

The Jersey-based company has become the second cultivator in the British Isles to be licensed by the UK Home Office to grow pharmaceutical-grade cannabis for profit.

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FDA Outlines Plan to Improve CBD Research Data

The administration said it intends to use poison control records and other databases to better identify CBD products associated with adverse events. A new opt-in registry for CBD consumers is also in the works.

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Young Medical Cannabis Patients More Likely to Experience Withdrawal Symptoms, Finds Study

Following a two-year longitudinal study, the researchers concluded that cannabis withdrawal should be considered on a scale of severity, rather than as distinct subtypes of withdrawal syndromes.

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Oregon Regulators Recall Pesticide-contaminated Cannabis Products

The adult-use cannabis extracts and pre-rolls initially failed state testing requirements and are considered unsafe for consumers.

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Add-on CBD Reduces Seizures in Patients With Tuberous Sclerosis, Study Finds

The clinical trial found that Epidiolex can reduce the number of seizures in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) by around 50 percent, compared to baseline levels.

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