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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.

Four nations to watch in the hemp market

The United States may be driving innovation in international marijuana markets, but when it comes to hemp, U.S. producers are scrambling to catch up with established trade opportunities for a crop that has long been legal in other countries.

Hemp is taking root in the United States, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, which allowed limited production. But booming U.S. demand for hemp products is still largely filled by overseas producers.

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New SBA lending rules could curb loans to hemp businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration updated its lending guidelines with new rules that could have a major impact on businesses servicing the cannabis industry – and not just those on the marijuana side.

The revised guidance, published in early April, prohibits banks from issuing SBA-backed loans to any company that has a direct business relationship with a cannabis or hemp firm.

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McConnell plans to attach hemp legalization measure to Farm Bill

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill to legalize hemp continues to build momentum, attracting additional co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle after being fast-tracked to the Senate floor. The latest twist: The Republican from Kentucky now plans to attach the language of his legislation to the 2018 Farm Bill, which might improve the measure’s […]

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Colorado advances CBD medicine legalization measure to governor’s desk

The Colorado Legislature passed a bill that permits doctors to prescribe CBD medicines provided they have won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – a development that could happen within a matter of weeks. The state Senate signed off on the measure Tuesday, and it now moves to Gov. John Hicklenlooper for his signature. Passage […]

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CBD-infused products firm Endexx looks to go global with new joint venture

Arizona-based Edibles maker Endexx Corp. is poised to expand into several international markets through a joint venture with Jamaica-based Go Green Global Enterprises, the firm announced Monday. Under the joint venture, Endexx will tap into Go Green Global’s distribution channels to sell its portfolio of CBD products in Canada, Europe, South and Central America and […]

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Cannabis, CBD industry wary of looming decision on epilepsy drug

The most disruptive product to hit the newly legal hemp industry might be one that will never be sold directly to consumers. GW Pharmaceuticals, a London-based biotech company, is awaiting a final decision from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to produce the first cannabis-derived treatment to win approval as legal medicine. The decision on […]

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Organa Brands co-founder Ralph Morgan departs for new CBD venture

The co-founder of marijuana vape manufacturer Organa Brands is leaving to start a new company focused on hemp-derived wellness products. Ralph Morgan said he is still exploring a name and headquarters location for his new company, which will produce cannabidiol concentrates marketed to a medical audience, not recreational marijuana consumers. Morgan told Marijuana Business Daily […]

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