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Academia joins CBD research boom, offering new market opportunities

Lack of significant research on the effect of cannabinoids has long been a bane to the CBD and hemp industries. But in the wake of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision to reschedule some cannabis-derived products, researchers are looking for ways to open and capitalize on new markets and uses. Two Stanford University researchers,Jonathan Rothbard […]

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When cannabis isn’t cannabis – and why hemp may suffer for it

(This is an abridged version of a column that appears in the October issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) How’s this for irony? The hemp industry’s rush to distance itself from marijuana has gone so far that hemp products can’t be sold in the world’s largest cannabis economy. The development in California is a bitter lesson in […]

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Chart: Opportunity in CBD-only stores limited, but strong growth expected for other channels

As state laws around cannabidiol continue to change, stand-alone CBD stores may become a relic. According to estimates from Hemp Industry Daily in the 2018 Hemp & CBD Industry Factbook, CBD sales in the U.S. are expected to exceed $1 billion by 2020. More than half (55%) of retail respondents to a survey for the Factbook described their stores are […]

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Walmart Canada ‘fact-finding’ on potential for CBD product sales

The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, is considering selling CBD products in Canada, a development that comes just days before recreational marijuana markets open in the country. But Walmart says it isn’t ready to start selling cannabidiol just yet. “As we would for any new industry, Walmart Canada has done some preliminary fact-finding on this issue,” […]

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3 business takeaways from the Heineken hemp trademark case

Hemp is a booming new industry, but some of the obstacles facing entrepreneurs are decidedly old. That’s the case for a startup hemp beer seeking trademark protection for its new brand, which is running headfirst into a global alcohol giant: Heineken. The dispute centers on a Pennsylvania company’s plans to release a hemp-infused beer, Tiger […]

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