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Kristen Nichols

Kristen is a Denver-based reporter for Marijuana Business Daily specializing in the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia.


Members of Congress question viability of crop insurance for hemp

Congressional agriculture leaders from both parties are asking whether crop insurance for hemp will be workable. The crop insurance challenge came up Thursday in the House Agriculture Committee, where Democratic Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota expressed doubts that hemp could be insured in the near future, given how little is known about producing it at commercial […]

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Coors subsidiary to start carrying nonalcoholic CBD beverages

Citing increased demand for nonalcoholic beverages, a Coors distributor in the Denver area has started carrying two brands of nonalcoholic drinks infused with hemp extracts including CBD. Coors Distributing Co., an independent LLC owned by Molson Coors, distributes beverages to more than 1,000 locations, including restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores and events venues. […]

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Sources: USDA hemp rules drafted and awaiting White House approval

Federal agriculture authorities have submitted hemp rules to the White House for final approval, meaning that public release of the first-ever national rules for growing the crop is nearing, Hemp Industry Daily has learned. The hemp industry is eagerly – and anxiously – awaiting federal regulations on hemp production from the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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Idaho drug charges dropped, but truck driver transporting hemp pleads to lower misdemeanor

An Oregon truck driver charged with felony drug crimes for driving a truckload of hemp to Colorado has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge. The Ada County Prosecutor’s office said Denis Palamarchuk of Portland, Oregon, has agreed to plead guilty to hauling an improperly permitted load, a misdemeanor. Prosecutors are dropping felony drug-trafficking […]

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Four takeaways from the latest round of federal CBD warning letters

The young CBD industry is growing accustomed to federal health authorities warning companies not to make medical claims about the cannabinoid. But a round of warning letters this week from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the consumer-protection agency that safeguards against unfair and deceptive advertising – served as a reminder that as CBD goes […]

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Longtime hemp critic launches national attack, saying plant won’t help farmers

A South Dakota politician who opposes hemp cultivation is taking her argument national just as federal agriculture authorities are expected to release national production rules. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem wrote in a column published in The Wall Street Journal that many states have legalized hemp to as a savior for struggling farmers but that “hemp […]

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California wheat biotech firm expands hemp investment with $10 million raise

An agriculture biotech company that markets high-fiber wheat said it is expanding its hemp subsidiary with a $10 million stock offering. Arcadia Biosciences of Davis, California, plans to use the money to research hemp genetics in Imperial County, California, according to a news release. The company’s hemp subsidiary, Arcadia Specialty Genomics, is scheduled to start planting […]

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Hemp acreage jumps 500% in 2019, a sign of legalization’s impact

American farmers are signing up to grow hemp in eye-popping numbers in this first growing season after the plant was federally legalized, with licensed acres up more than 554% from last year, according to advocacy group Vote Hemp. The Washington, DC-based lobbying advocacy group released its annual U.S. Hemp Crop Report on Thursday. The group reports […]

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Aurora Cannabis divests itself of Green Organic Dutchman, hemp subsidiary

Canadian marijuana giant Aurora Cannabis has sold its remaining stake in a Toronto company that has a hemp subsidiary in Poland. Aurora sold its shares in The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD) for 86.5 million Canadian dollars ($64.9 million). Though the move means Aurora has divested itself of a TGOD subsidiary that makes CBD products, HemPoland, […]

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Federal appeals court rules against Colorado hemp firm seeking return of its plants

A federal appeals court ruled against a Colorado hemp company trying to force Idaho authorities to release hemp seized in a January traffic stop. Big Sky Scientific of Aurora, Colorado, asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overrule an Idaho court that wouldn’t return roughly 7,000 pounds of hemp biomass seized by police in Ada County, […]

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