Costa Rica Congress Passes Medical Cannabis Legalization

Costa Rica’s Congress on Tuesday voted to legalize cannabis for medical use despite opposition from President Carlos Alvarado, Reuters reports. Independent lawmaker Zoila Volio told Reuters that she trusts Alvarado understands the reforms will not increase cannabis use in the nation and will not veto the law.

USDA to Survey Hemp Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) plans to send 20,500 hemp producers across the country their first Hemp Acreage and Production Survey, beginning October 18.

Oregon State University Hemp Center Receives $10M Grant

The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University announced last week that it has received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and define the economic opportunities for hemp in the western United States. 

Justin Bieber Reveals ‘Peaches’ Cannabis Pre-Rolls

Canadian singer and former teen idol Justin Bieber has partnered with Los Angeles-based cannabis company Palms to release “Peaches,” a product line of cannabis pre-rolls named after a song on his latest album, according to a Forbes report.

L.A. County to Dismiss 60K Cannabis Convictions

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said on Monday that his office had identified nearly 60,000 cannabis convictions that will be dismissed under criminal justice provisions of the state’s cannabis legalization law.