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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.


‘Dumbfounded’: Kentucky official blasts DEA’s hemp position

Add Kentucky and Colorado agriculture officials to the list of people who disagree with federal drug authorities about hemp. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has written to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requesting a meeting about hemp, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. “I was dumbfounded” to read about the DEA’s position that hemp-derived CBD oils […]

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Four arrested in Nebraska CBD case

A vaping shop in Nebraska has been shut down and the owners and two employees charged with crimes for selling cannabidiol, which Nebraska considers a controlled substance. The arrests in Herman, about 35 miles north of Omaha, come two months after Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson declared CBD products illegal because they haven’t been approved by […]

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Hawaii taking another look at hemp in 2018

Hawaii may expend its limited hemp program dramatically in 2018, when state lawmakers join policy makers in other states and consider allowing farmers to sell the plant. Hawaii already allows hemp production thanks to a 2016 law allowing limited research plots and seed development. But the state’s hemp farmers aren’t permitted to sell what they […]

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Hemp State Highlight: New York has a $5 million plan to become hemp processing hub

New York typically goes big, and when it comes to hemp, the Empire State is writing the nation’s fattest check yet to promote its new crop. After a late start authorizing hemp production and a program that is relatively small compared to bigger agricultural producers, New York hopped to the front of the nation’s hemp line in July, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited hemp entrepreneurs to compete for $5 million in development grants.

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Colorado certifies more hempseeds, boosting approved cultivars to seven

Colorado has approved four more hemp cultivars, bringing the nation’s top hemp-producing state to seven varieties of certified seed. The new varieties, like the previously approved seeds, are intended for fiber and seed production. Colorado, the only state to certify hempseeds, does not have any certified seeds suited for indoor cannabidiol production, currently the most profitable […]

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Utah Republican starts CBD research company

A former GOP congressman from Utah has started a CBD company, where the Republican plans to conduct studies on the possible medical benefits of cannabidiol. Former U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon told the Standard-Examiner he created the company after his state passed a 2017 law expanding cannabis research under the direction of a physician. “We realized a long […]

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CBD manufacturer buys stake in Canadian maker of hemp, MJ pharma products

A CBD manufacturer with offices in Canada and California is moving further into the Canadian cannabis market, acquiring a 25% stake in a company in the final stages of licensing to make hemp and marijuana pharmaceutical products. Isodiol International said it’s acquiring 25% of Canadian National Pharma Group, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company. Isodiol also has […]

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Pennsylvania boosting available hemp licenses by two-thirds for 2018

Pennsylvania’s hemp production is poised to expand dramatically after Gov. Tom Wolf announced plans this week to increase the number of available hemp licenses by 66% – and the total acreage by even more. Wolf said Pennsylvania’s first year in the modern hemp market, 2017, was a “learning experience.” Pennsylvania authorized hemp in 2016, with the first […]

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CBD sales spike in Indiana ahead of feared crackdown

Stores selling CBD in central Indiana are seeing a spike in sales after the state’s attorney general declared the products illegal with one limited exception. Kokomo store owner Joan Johnson said sales and interest in CBD increased after Attorney General Curtis Hill issued his opinion last month, the Kokomo Tribune reported. Hill said that CBD products are […]

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Is CBD a drug? DEA hemp battle gets February court date

A long-awaited legal challenge targeting federal drug authorities who call CBD a controlled substance will be heard in a federal appeals court in February. The Hemp Industries Association and hemp businesses are suing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration over a 2016 rule that cannabidiol is a controlled substance similar to marijuana. Arguments before the 9th Circuit […]

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Washington state halts issuing of hemp licenses, citing budget shortfall

 Washington has stopped issuing hemp licenses because the program is too expensive, the latest hurdle for a state that led the nation in marijuana adoption but has lagged on hemp. The Washington Department of Agriculture won’t issue hemp licenses for 2018 unless state lawmakers devote $313,000 to the program, according to Capital Press, which covers […]

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