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In The U.S Hemp Is Finally About To Go Fully Legit

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Congress is on the verge of officially legalizing industrial hemp, with a measure that would create a legal distinction between the popular crop and other, intoxicating strains of marijuana. In a statement Thursday, leaders of the U.S. Senate and House agricultural committees reported that they’d reached a tentative agreement on the 2018 Farm Bill. Included in that larger piece of legislation are a number of provisions that would allow for the commercial cultivation, research and development of industrial hemp. A vote is expected by the end of the year. Under the new farm bill, hemp would be defined as any part of a marijuana plant with a THC concentration of 0.3 percent or less. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that contains very low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. While strains of cannabis with higher THC can get people high, hemp does not. There are a few remaining procedural hurdles that could threaten the legislation, but for the moment, the broader farm bill and its hemp measures look likely to pass, said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, an advocacy group. “We’ve had five years and what we’ve seen is that there are a lot of people who are wanting to grow this crop..

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It is typically grown for use in food, fuel, textiles and other applications. Since 1970, however, federal law has classified all cannabis plants as Schedule I substances, alongside drugs like heroin, LSD and a number of deadly synthetic opioids. “The hemp part of the bill has never really been in dispute,” said Steenstra. “I feel very optimistic about this.” In 2014, Congress passed a farm bill renewal that allowed for pilot programs and research on hemp. Over the past few years, hemp has begun to develop into its own thriving industry. Cultivation operations quickly sprouted up across the U.S., and in 2018, more than 3,500 licenses were issued in 23 states, leading to over 77,000 acres of hemp being planted, according to Vote Hemp. In 2015, just 9,650 acres of hemp had been planted in 15 states, Steenstra added. That explosive growth has helped convince skeptical lawmakers that the longstanding prohibition on hemp is no longer defensible. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), once a vocal opponent of hemp legalization, has since become a leading advocate for the initiative.

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‘Death Comet’ Spooky Skull-Like Asteroid To Pass Earth Just After Halloween

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 Officially named 2015 TB145, it”s a different kind of Halloween sequel in the works, and it’s coming soon to the skies near Earth. A skull-like asteroid that passed Earth in October 2015 is coming back for another visit in early November. The asteroid has been called The Great Pumpkin by NASA because of its Halloween flyby three years ago. 2015 TB145 has also been described as a “death comet” because it’s believed to be a dead comet and because of its skull shape, which was picked up on radar images from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico:

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Despite the spooky appearance and nicknames, 2015 TB145 will pose no threat to life on Earth. Vishnu Reddy, a research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, said “we found that the object reflects about 6 percent of the light it receives from the sun.” Reddy said in a 2015 news release. “That is similar to fresh asphalt, and while here on Earth we think that is pretty dark, it is brighter than a typical comet which reflects only 3 to 5 percent of the light. That suggests it could be cometary in origin ― but as there is no coma evident, the conclusion is it is a dead comet.”

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A 1,300-Pound Great White Shark Spotted Near Florida Panhandle

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A shark, named Hilton by scientists, is a 12.5-foot, 1,326-pound great white that has been tracked by shark research organization http://Ocearch since he was tagged in March 2017, according to the Pensacola News Journal. His size may sound impressive but, he’s not that big, relative to other great whites, which can weigh several tons. The Twitter-famous shark turned up in a new location on Friday — near the Florida panhandle in the Gulf of Mexico. According to conservation group http://Oceana , Hilton does have about 29,000 http://Twitter followers — more than most sharks. Hilton’s tracker transmits a “ping,” to researchers when Hilton’s dorsal fin comes above the water surface. Hilton, named because he was caught and tagged near Hilton Head, South Carolina, “recently pinged in” from the Mexican Gulf, http://Ocearch wrote in a http://Facebook post. The group hadn’t tracked him to the Gulf previously.

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White Shark Hilton recently pinged in from the Gulf of Mexico, a location we haven’t tracked him to before. We had Dr. Robert Hueter, http://OCEARCH Chief Science Advisor and Mote Marine Laboratory Senior Scientist, give us some insight. After spending nearly a year ranging up and down the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to Florida, Hilton, a mature male white shark, popped up in the Gulf of Mexico west of the Florida Keys 10 days ago,” http://Ocearch chief science adviser Robert Heuter said in the http://Facebook post. Heuter said Hilton is likely “doing a little fishing of his own” and “chowing down on the many fish of the canyon and shelf region there.”

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