Matthew McLaughlin The struggles of the Mississippi Delta and Mississippi farmers are well documented. But relief may be on the horizon if the State of Mississippi is willing and able to build the infrastructure necessary to capture its share of an agricultural market that is expected to increase from $820 million this year to $22 billion in 2022. Yes, you read that correctly; there is an emerging agricultural industry that is expected to increase by more than 2,500 percent in three years – hemp. Hemp is one the world’s oldest domesticated crops and is one variety of the cannabis plant. Marijuana, another variety of cannabis, is genetically distinct from hemp and contains the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in quantities up to 25 percent. The presence of THC and more than 100 other cannabinoids in marijuana make it desirable for medicinal and other uses. Hemp, on the other hand, contains non-intoxicating amounts of THC, typically less than … [Read more...] about MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN: The Green Rush — Hemp may be the savior for Mississippi agriculture
A week after the greatest scoring performance in program history, Hazel Green crashed back down to earth with its poorest offensive showing in eight years. The Trojans fumbled on their first two possessions, which led to a pair of Athens touchdowns, and never recovered as the visiting Golden Eagles dominated 37-3 tonight at Bob Grimwood Stadium. Hazel Green (2-3) beat Lee-Huntsville 78-35 last week and set the state mark for most points scored in a game thus far this season. But Athens (3-1) kept the Trojans off the scoreboard until a field goal with 40 seconds left in the game, and Hazel Green finished with its lowest point output since a 45-0 loss to Bob Jones in 2010. Player of the game: Athens senior defensive end Ethan Rinke seemed to be everywhere. He recovered two fumbles, caught a 10-yard touchdown pass and stuffed a Hazel Green ball carrier for a 3-yard loss on a fourth-and-4 play. "When we heard they scored 78 points last we," Rinke said, "we were like, alright, we've got to … [Read more...] about Athens 37, Hazel Green 3: Golden Eagles dominate week after Trojans scored 78 points
| PRINT | EMAIL | PERMALINK Green! Green! Green! High Times invites the public to join in the financial fun By Adam Wood [photo[All signs suggest that we are entering into a transformative era that will redefine our cultural relationship to marijuana. With legalization becoming a crucial part of the national political conversation and cannabis flourishing into a multi-billion dollar industry, investors are foaming at the mouth for the potential profits which might be yielded by the apparently-imminent “Green Rush.” Curiously, some of the more vehement opposition to widespread legalization and industrialization of cannabis has come from the plant’s most enthusiastic supporters, who (reasonably) fear that their beloved herb will become another corporate tool to funnel money into the hands of big pharma and the already elite. There is certainly a sense that the people’s plant could be poached from the people’s hands entirely. That need not be the … [Read more...] about Baked Goods: Green! Green! Green!
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Entrepreneurs starting or scaling up cannabis businesses in Michigan face a tricky problem: with marijuana illegal at the federal level, they can’t borrow from traditional lenders. Larry Magnesen, chief reputation officer at Fifth Third Bank, said his employer — one of the largest bank chains in West Michigan — does not lend to the cannabis industry. “Handling any proceeds or conducting any business with marijuana-related businesses remains illegal under federal law,” he said. “We have a policy called the ‘prohibited and high-risk policy,’ and marijuana is on the prohibited list.” Private debt lenders and investors are the next logical step for borrowers — but the angel investors and lenders who are amenable to working with “cannabusiness,” as it’s often called, do not want their names publicly revealed. Eric Seifert, founder and principal at Muskegon-based consulting firm Left Coast … [Read more...] about ‘Green rush’ still checked by cash concerns
John Rushing’s professional playing career didn’t last long, but it took him to some interesting places.It began with the Birmingham Barracudas of the CFL – yes, the CFL – continued with the Dallas Cowboys and concluded with the Edmonton Eskimos.“I bounced around,” Rushing said Wednesday. “I’m where I need to be – in coaching.”Rushing’s coaching career began at Merced Union High School in Central California, where he had starred as a football player and sprinter. He got his first Division I college job a few years later at Boise State, where one of his players was Marcel Yates.The two would coach together at Montana State, and they have been reunited in Tucson. Rushing is the Arizona Wildcats’ new safeties coach. Yates is entering his third season as their defensive coordinator.Rushing also has a history with Kevin Sumlin, who was a graduate assistant at Washington State when Rushing began his playing career … [Read more...] about New Arizona Wildcats safeties coach John Rushing has found a leader, and he’s looking for more