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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.

New York, New Jersey close to expanding hemp, CBD opportunities

New York and New Jersey lawmakers want to make it easier to grow hemp and sell CBD products. Legislators in both states sent bills to their respective governors making their states friendlier to hemp businesses. The measures both authorize CBD foods and dietary supplements. Rampant confusion in New York City, where health authorities pulled some […]

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Congress urges FDA to get going on CBD in foods, dietary supplements

Congress is joining calls from the hemp industry for federal health regulators to tell CBD manufacturers how to put the product in food and dietary supplements. The U.S. House approved a budget amendment Thursday setting aside money for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set a “safe level for conventional foods and dietary […]

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FDA extends deadline for public comments on CBD rules

U.S. health regulators are giving hemp entrepreneurs and the public more time to weigh in on looming CBD rules. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in an announcement posted Thursday that comments will be accepted until July 16, two weeks longer than before. The FDA forbids the use of CBD in ingestible products such as food […]

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Alabama drugstores cleared to sell CBD ingestibles

Pharmacies in Alabama now can join gas stations and other retailers cleared to flout federal restrictions on CBD products. A new law removing hemp from Alabama’s controlled-substances list allows pharmacies to carry CBD dietary supplements, something other retailers in Alabama already had been given permission to do. Pharmacies in Alabama said they needed additional assurances in […]

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Minnesota hemp farmer faces felony charges for plants with too much THC

A Minnesota hemp farmer faces two felony charges after a traffic stop led to authorities seizing his hemp products and finding elevated THC levels. Luis Hummel, who owns 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, Minnesota, haves felony drug-possession charges for growing the seized hemp, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The plants tested at 3% THC, […]

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Dosing, drug interactions top FDA’s questions about CBD as review continues

The regulators in charge of U.S. policy on CBD are giving the industry a first look at federal concerns as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) starts work looking at how cannabinoids can be used in food, drugs and dietary supplements. Dr. Amy Abernethy and Lowell Schiller, who lead the FDA’s new work group […]

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California hemp food bill that would allow licensed marijuana retailers to enter CBD market advances

California’s hemp and marijuana industries moved a few inches closer together Wednesday when state senators advanced a bill to both formally legalize hemp-derived CBD food and beverage products for sale and allow licensed MJ companies to enter the hemp CBD sector. The measure was passed by the Senate Health Committee on a unanimous vote and now […]

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