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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.


Greed, backstabbing and ‘Frankenstein contracts’ in the hemp landscape: Q&A with cannabis attorney Lisa Pittman

Hemp might be legal now, but more and more hemp companies are finding themselves in court. That’s because the booming industry has attracted a mix of new entrepreneurs and get-rich-quick scam artists looking to take advantage of a new market with few established players. Making matters more complicated for hemp businesses is the fact that many […]

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USDA, DOJ in talks about real-time hemp certification to ease transport

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is talking about getting real-time hemp information to law enforcement authorities in order to ease interstate hemp shipments. An information-sharing platform with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could provide “some level of solution” that shipments are legal hemp and not illegal marijuana, according to USDA attorney Mai Dinh. […]

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Kansas hemp companies in trademark dispute over name

A hemp processor in Kansas stands accused of trademark violations by a nearby CBD manufacturer with a similar name. The case started in October, when KHC Enterprises, which does business as KC Hemp Co. in Overland Park, Kansas, sued KC Hemp Company in Lenexa, Kansas. The towns where the businesses are located about 5 miles apart. […]

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Wisconsin governor signs hemp expansion into law

Wisconsin has become the first state to adopt hemp expansion after seeing how federal agriculture regulators want to manage the new crop. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill into law directing the state’s agriculture department to mirror production guidelines released in October by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new Wisconsin hemp law: Charges farmers […]

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Losses increase for Green Growth Brands amid retail expansion

Green Growth Brands, an Ohio-based cannabis retailer that owns both marijuana dispensaries and the nation’s largest chain of CBD retail locations in mall kiosks, reported a loss of $30.2 million for the fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30. The company lost $2.8 million in the same period a year ago. Company executives attributed the current losses […]

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FDA nominee: CBD shows promise, but many ‘open and unanswered questions’

The nominee to take charge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says he wants to see more research to answer “open and unanswered questions” about CBD. Dr. Stephen Hahn, a cancer specialist from Houston who is awaiting Senate confirmation to lead the FDA, is telling U.S. senators that CBD already has “a pathway […]

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Oregon senators push back on USDA’s rules for testing THC in hemp

The federal plan to test hemp for THC will damage the industry, according to two Oregon senators who are pushing back on rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, say the USDA hemp production rules lay out THC testing requirements with “potentially harmful effects” for the new hemp […]

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Exclusive webcast: HID’s Nichols breaks down USDA’s new hemp rules

The new national hemp rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are out, and they could bring big changes for your hemp business. Hemp Industry Daily Editor Kristen Nichols sat down Tuesday to field questions about the upcoming changes to the USDA hemp rules. Topics discussed include: THC testing procedures. Why the DEA is […]

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Kentucky notches fiber first in testing hemp for bridge repair

A Kentucky bridge is the first in the nation to be repaired with hemp fibers, part of a University of Kentucky project to strengthen the state’s aging bridges. Engineering professor Issam Harik led the project, part of a larger effort to study the use of fiber-reinforced polymer composites in bridge repair and building construction. Harik used hemp […]

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