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Laura Drotleff

Laura has specialized in agricultural journalism for the past 20 years. Most recently she served as the editor of a B2B publication and multimedia properties focused on productivity, efficiency and profitability in commercial greenhouse cultivation. She has reported on multiple aspects of specialty crops including floriculture, fruit, vegetables, citrus and cannabis. She also has served extensively on various horticulture industry association boards. Laura is a Michigan State University graduate and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Michigan hemp farmers worry privacy law could hurt business

Some in Michigan’s fledgling hemp industry are concerned that a state privacy law preventing agriculture officials from disclosing hemp farmers’ identities and locations could negatively affect their businesses. As a stipulation under the 2018 Farm Bill, applicants who seek to produce and process hemp must give their GPS coordinates. But the Michigan attorney general’s office […]

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South Carolina law enforcement cracks down on smokable hemp

In the latest blow dealt to the burgeoning smokable hemp flower market in the Southeast United States, South Carolina law enforcement officials are requiring retailers across the state to pull raw, unprocessed hemp products from their store shelves. The action comes after an opinion handed down from the State Attorney General’s office on July 10 […]

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North Carolina lawmakers vote to delay smokable hemp ban

Another set of policymakers in North Carolina has signed off on banning smokable hemp until December 2020 in hopes that tests will be developed by then to distinguish the plant from marijuana. The state House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the original measure passed by the Senate, which would make smokable hemp legal until December […]

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‘Imperative to have mainstream experience’ in the growing CBD sector: Q&A with HeavenlyRx CEO Paul Norman

As hemp and CBD companies increasingly lure executive-level talent away from mainstream corporations, many are coming from large food companies. The Kellogg Co. is one of them. The $13 billion food giant recently saw three of its executives leave for positions in the cannabis space, including Paul Norman, a former president of Kellogg North America, […]

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Hemptown acquires nutraceutical maker, moves into consumer packaged goods

Hemptown Organics Corp., a vertically integrated, multistate hemp producer based in Central Point, Oregon, has acquired longtime nutraceutical manufacturer Kirkman Group for $5 million. With $6 million in existing annual revenue, Kirkman operates a 25,000-square-foot nutraceutical manufacturing facility that is Current Good Manufacturing Process (CGMP)-certified and licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according […]

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New York City’s official CBD ban targeting food, drinks takes effect

New York City implemented a citywide ban this week prohibiting businesses from selling food and drinks containing CBD. The ban took effect just a few days after New York state lawmakers passed a bill allowing for some CBD products but not settling a process for putting it in food. After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration […]

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