John Schroyer

Canadian MMJ Producer Partnering With Brazilian Company

One of Canada’s largest medical cannabis producers has found yet another international partner – this time in Brazil. Canopy Growth Corp., which owns Bedrocan, has teamed up with Brazilian company Entourage Phytolab SA and also founded a new subsidiary, Bedrocan Brazil. The latter will import MMJ products via either Canada or the Netherlands, according to the […]

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Hemp farming escalating in KY, downsizing in TN

While hemp production is rapidly expanding in Kentucky, the number of farmers sowing the crop is being cut in half in neighboring Tennessee. In Kentucky, according to the Commonwealth Journal, the state has authorized 4,500 acres to be cultivated with industrial hemp in 2016, up from roughly 900 acres that were planted last year. Kentucky […]

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Washington Governor Vetoes Hemp Farming Bill

Upset over not receiving a state budget from lawmakers, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee last week vetoed a raft of 27 bills that had been sent to his desk, including a bipartisan measure in support of hemp farming. The bill, which sailed through the legislature with just a single dissenting vote in the Senate, would […]

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Virginia legalizes industrial hemp

A new hemp market was legalized last week, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 691 into law last Monday, which simply removes any criminal penalties for growing industrial hemp or for making any products from it, a local NBC affiliate reported. Virginia is just the latest state to get on […]

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Hemp Cultivation Programs Get Green Light in MN, WA

Two states have gotten the green light to move forward with limited industrial hemp programs, which could pave the way for future businesses opportunities. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued Minnesota a permit to start a hemp pilot program approved by the state legislature in 2015, according to MPR News. Officials with the state’s agriculture […]

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Colorado Hemp Farm Granted ‘Organic’ Label by USDA

A hemp farm in Colorado has broken the organic glass ceiling. That is, it’s the nation’s first hemp producer to get the formal blessing of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to label its crop “organic,” a prized marketing tool that is often used lightly in the cannabis industry. CBDRx, a hemp grower in northern Colorado, […]

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Oregon Hemp Farmers Pivot to Medical Use

Hemp farmers in Oregon are getting more interested in the potential medical uses of their crops instead of the traditional industrial ones. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is poised to begin reissuing licenses for hemp growers in the state next month. As potential licensees begin to line up for permits, the discussion over what use that […]

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$42M Merger Creates Hemp Juggernaut in Canada

A single company is about to dominate Canada’s thriving hemp-based foods industry. Manitoba Harvest this week acquired Hemp Oil Canada for $42 million, which will give the combined company an edge in two industries: hemp foods and hemp ingredients, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Manitoba Harvest will generate an estimated $75 million in annual […]

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State in India legalizes hemp cultivation

In yet another sign that cannabis-related business opportunities are cropping up across the world, the state of Uttarakhand in northern India has announced that it will allow local farmers to begin growing hemp. The caveat: they can only sell it to the government for industrial purposes. The farmers also must regulate their hemp so the THC […]

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Missouri CBD Program Lacking Physician Support

The two Missouri companies that have been licensed to grow and produce CBD medicine from industrial hemp are looking at a super-slow start, mostly because neurologists in the state are hesitant to write recommendations for the drug. Missouri is one of more than a dozen states that have legalized CBD-based medicines derived from either industrial […]

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CBD cafe to open in England

The United Kingdom is about to get its first “cannabis cafe” – sans THC. The shop, which is planned for Manchester, will feature only CBD products manufactured in Germany from hemp. “We have people filling it into bottles, branding it and bringing it over,” owner Colin Davies told the Manchester Evening News. Davies isn’t marketing it […]

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North Dakota Looking for Hemp Farmers

North Dakota farmers now have a new alternative if they’re tired of growing traditional crops. The state’s agricultural department is looking for volunteers to start growing industrial hemp under a pilot program, according to AG Week. Participants will only be permitted to grow hemp for “agricultural or academic research,” and not for profit. But they could get the […]

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