PHONE: 720.213.5828

Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier

Jenel’s journalism experience began two decades ago at her hometown newspaper in Wahpeton, North Dakota. For the past decade, she wrote and edited for a B2B publication and focused on analyzing management, strategy and trends for business owners and executives, ranging from best practices around M&A to how businesses can adapt to demographic shifts in the workforce. Her work earned several editorial excellence awards from the Specialized Information Publishers Association.

Martha Stewart enters the CBD game, will advise Canopy on products

Celebrity lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has agreed to advise Canadian marijuana giant Canopy Growth on hemp-derived CBD products. Stewart said the first collaboration will offer products for pets. Financial terms of the business partnership were not disclosed. The companies did not say if the CBD pet products would be sold in the U.S. or in Canada. Canopy […]

Read More

Tilray makes CBD move with Manitoba Harvest acquisition

Cannabis giant Tilray is expanding into the natural foods category with the acquisition of hemp foods company Manitoba Harvest for 419 million Canadian dollars ($319 million) in cash and stock in an effort to capitalize on cannabidiol-infused products in North America. The acquisition will accelerate British Columbia-based Tilray’s expansion into the U.S. and Canadian markets […]

Read More

Uruguay continues Latin American cannabis leadership with hemp industry

Uruguay, often recognized as the pioneer in legalized recreational marijuana, is also building a solid foundation to support its hemp industry. “Uruguay is an agricultural country with a clear regulatory framework that offers attractive conditions for large-scale outdoor cultivation (of hemp),” said Maria Belen Algorta, who oversees Uruguay operations for Australia-based Ecofibre. “As far as […]

Read More

Mainstream consumer products branding firm buys CBD company in deal valued at $120M

In a deal directly related to the U.S. legalization of hemp in December, a firm that specializes in branding consumer-product companies acquired CBD manufacturer Cure Based Development. The sale, an all–stock transaction, is valued at $120 million based on expected revenue of $300 million over the next five years. Level Brands (NYSE: LEVB), whose portfolio includes […]

Read More

CBD boom goes bust in Austria as officials ban the extract in food, cosmetics

Austria’s Minister of Health ordered businesses to immediately stop selling CBD food and cosmetics because the products fall under the European Union’s definition of “novel food.” Cannabidiol is explicitly included in the EU’s novel food catalog, which means individual member countries may limit the marketing and sale of it without specific authorization. Business Association Cannabis Austria CEO Stefan Wolyniec […]

Read More

Chart: How the 2018 Farm Bill addresses top hemp industry challenges

Several major hurdles undermining hemp cultivators’ ability to run successful, profitable businesses are set to crumble once President Donald Trump signs the 2018 Farm Bill. Challenges such as finding processors or accessing banking services – problems attributable to the patchwork of state laws and regulations that have so far underpinned the industry – will be […]

Read More

While on-site marijuana consumption stalls, CBD tasting and sampling take off

Cannabis entrepreneurs long frustrated by barriers to social consumption of their products are finding that CBD is a faster way to getting their products in front of consumers. Where marijuana entrepreneurs have been plagued by delays or outright hostility from public officials when it comes to public use, CBD manufacturers and retailers are finding new […]

Read More

Wisconsin extends deadline for applications to grow hemp

Wisconsin state regulators are giving prospective hemp farmers another two months to apply for licenses for the 2019 growing season. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced that it’s extending the deadline for new license applications and existing registration renewals from Dec. 31 to March 1. Brian Kuhn, director of DATCP’s Bureau […]

Read More