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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.

Crop insurance provision for hemp included in US disaster aid bill

A provision to help hemp farmers get crop insurance has been added to a federal disaster-relief bill. A bill that passed in the Senate on Thursday includes an amendment to ensure hemp farmers access to crop insurance prior to the 2020 growing season. The provision states that the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. shall offer coverage under the […]

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Vegetable producer Village Farms expands hemp, CBD production into Colorado

Village Farms International, a prominent greenhouse vegetable producer from Canada, is entering the Colorado hemp market with a $5 million joint venture to start growing CBD-rich hemp in the Centennial State. To accomplish the move, Village Farms entered a joint venture with Arkansas Valley Hemp in southern Colorado. Under the agreement, Vancouver, British Columbia-based Village […]

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Ohio hemp company hit with federal labor lawsuit

North Coast Natural Solutions, a Cleveland hemp manufacturing facility that hasn’t yet opened, is being sued by two employees who claim they haven’t been paid for more than a month of training. Ty Williams, CEO of Level 5 Global Corp., a Maryland-based business consulting firm, announced last fall that the company planned to open a hemp manufacturing […]

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Texas Senate unanimously approves industrial hemp, CBD legislation

The push to legalize hemp and CBD products in Texas cleared another legislative hurdle with the state Senate’s unanimous approval of a bill to allow production and sales. The proposed Texas hemp bill, which also passed unanimously in the state House last month, would not only legalize CBD in the state but would also allow […]

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‘Distinct products, distinct plants – that’s the only way’: Part 2 of a Q&A with CV Sciences exec Doug Mackay

As the hemp industry anticipates the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) first public hearing to start the process of regulating hemp extracts such as CBD in food, beverages and cosmetics, among others, a former dietary supplement executive now working with San Diego-based CBD manufacturer CV Sciences offers insight on regulatory compliance. In Part 1 […]

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Multistate producer Hemptown ready to scale hemp production, processing sites with $23 million capital raise

Hemptown USA, a multistate hemp producer and CBD company, completed a $23 million round of financing last week, allowing it to move forward with ambitious expansion plans in Colorado, Kentucky, Northern California and Oregon. The company will use the raise to purchase $5.5 million worth of Oregon CBD seeds. The rest will be used to: […]

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‘Be at the table, or you’re on the plate’: Part 1 of a Q&A with CV Sciences exec Doug Mackay

For a CBD company looking to see its products sold alongside traditional supplements and functional foods, what better place to look than a longtime executive from the natural-products world? In late March, San Diego-based CBD manufacturer CV Sciences brought on Douglas Mackay, a naturopathic doctor and former senior vice president with the Council for Responsible […]

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Colombian medical marijuana producer approved to export topical CBD products

Blueberries Medical, a Bogota-based medical cannabis producer, has been cleared to produce and export CBD products from Colombian food and drug surveillance regulator Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (INVIMA). The five-product suite is Blueberries’ initial entry in the CBD market and includes creams, lip balm and shampoo. The company plans to launch […]

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