Heightening Focus On Hemp, Cannabis, US FDA Hires Norman Birenbaum As Public Health Advisor
Hemp industry and private attorneys glad Birenbaum, who was the chief cannabis policy advisor to governors of New York and Rhode Island, given prominent role at FDA that could spur regulatory action.
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Worldwide Regulators Warm Up To Medical Marijuana
Both the US and EU are gradually warming up to medical marijuana, but clunky and inadequate regulation threatens to curtail the growth of a burgeoning industry.