THE WASH…DAILY with Joey SLLiks – July 15, 2020
Weednesday July 15 2020
Happy Hemp Day
In todays report
USDA Approves Hemp Plan For Minnesota, Tennessee and Puerto Rico, 3 Massachusetts marijuana dispensaries fined $800,000, Clock ticking on two USDA grant opportunities for hemp growers.
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This latest development brings the total number of approved plans across states, territories and Indian tribes to 53.
“We thank USDA for their work on this new federal hemp program, and we are grateful they have approved Minnesota’s plan,” Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said. “While this is a major step forward, there are still concerns over some the regulations imposed on states and tribal governments, such as testing requirements. We look forward to continuing our dialog with USDA so we can ensure Minnesota’s hemp growers and processors are successful in this fledging industry.”
Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón (R), who represents the territory in Congress, discussed her advocacy for other cannabis reform legislation—including preventing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from denying home loan benefits to veterans solely due to employment in a state-legal marijuana market—in a press release.
SDA Approves Hemp Plans For U.S. Virgin Islands And Four Indian Tribes
USDA announced in February that it will temporarily lift two provisions that the industry viewed as problematic. Those policies primarily concern testing and disposal requirements. The department declined to revise the THC limit, however, arguing that it’s a statutory matter that can’t be dealt with administratively.
3 Massachusetts marijuana dispensaries fined $800,000
WORCESTER, Mass. —
Massachusetts marijuana regulators have fined three companies a total of $800,000 for various infractions.
The Cannabis Control Commission levied the fines against Garden Remedies Inc.; Healthy Pharms Inc.; and Acreage Holdings Inc., according to The Telegram & Gazette.
Marlborough, was fined $200,000 for using pesticides and trying to cover up their use by falsifying invoices.
Garden Remedies said in a statement that it fired the employees involved — whose actions were unknown to the executive team.
“Once the company understood the violations, we worked quickly to correct them and have implemented procedures to prevent them from happening again,” said Leo Gontmakher, CEO of Healthy Pharms parent company 4Front Ventures, said in a statement.
The Botanist, owned by Acreage Holdings, Inc., was fined $250,000 for going forward with applications for licensure while trying to own or have a controlling interest in more than the allowed maximum of three stores. The Botanist has a medical dispensary in Worcester and plans to open two more.
Clock ticking on two USDA grant opportunities for hemp growers
By deeming hemp an agricultural commodity and removing it from the definition of a controlled substance, the 2018 Farm Bill opened the doors for hemp businesses to gain access to government funding sources at all levels – federal, state and local.
Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant
The Notice of Funding Availability (“NOFA”) was published June 25, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 10.
This grant has a maximum award amount of $175,000, and is eligible only to applicants who are:
Groups of co-ops.
Cooperative development centers.
education to be able to carry out a successful project.
Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
This NOFA was published July 2, and the deadline to apply is Aug. 3.
This grant has a maximum award amount of $200,000 and has a 25% fund-matching requirement (reduced to 5% for Native American tribally controlled colleges and universities with land-grant status under a 1994 Act of Congress).