Laura Drotleff

USDA offers full recording of Farm Bill and hemp webinar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) listening session on domestic hemp production last week is now available to view at the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website. USDA-AMS said the broadcast received an “overwhelmingly positive response,” with more than 2,000 people participating in the webinar that was designed to collect public comment on hemp and […]

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Australian farmers in Tasmania increase hemp seed production for food

The number of hemp producers in the Australian state of Tasmania, which produces 66% of the nation’s commercial hemp crop, has nearly doubled – and is projected to continue growing due to drought causing supply shortage in other regions, according to Australia’s ABC News. Tasmania has produced hemp for fiber and cosmetics since the 1990s, but […]

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10 things the hemp industry wants most from the USDA

The hemp industry wants faster rule-making, immediate hemp-transportation laws that were promised under the 2018 Farm Bill, common national THC-testing standards and an end to restrictions on imported seed in time for the 2019 season. Those were some of the top requests in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) webinar this week to solicit public […]

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South Dakota governor vetoes legal hemp production

The hopes for legal hemp production in South Dakota came to a halt when Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a bill approved by the state’s Legislature. Concerned that South Dakota was “not ready” for legalized hemp production because it would prove too difficult for law enforcement to regulate, Noem previously made it known she was opposed […]

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SodaStream CEO invests in cannabis tech firm Seedo, joins board

The CEO of a beverage company recently acquired by PepsiCo is placing his bet on marijuana, joining the board of directors of and making a significant personal investment in an agriculture business working in cannabis production. Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of at-home carbonated drink maker SodaStream – which PepsiCo acquired last year for $3.2 billion – will join […]

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Federal lawsuit against West Virginia hemp farm dismissed

The owners of a West Virginia hemp farm were cleared of federal drug charges after they were accused of violating the federal Controlled Substances Act for purchasing seeds from Kentucky. A U.S. district court judge dismissed the case against Grassy Run Farms and its affiliated company Commonwealth Alternative Medical Options (CAMO Hemp WV) on Wednesday, the […]

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Hemp industry ponders CBD’s future after FDA commissioner’s resignation

Hemp and CBD industry leaders expressed mixed reactions to this week’s resignation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb’s resignation came just as the industry was hoping the FDA would start work on developing a framework for how cannabidiol could be regulated for inclusion in food, dietary supplements and cosmetics. […]

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Mile High Labs alleges copyright infringement in tobacco deal

Mile High Labs, a CBD extraction company in Loveland, Colorado, is suing a Rhode Island firm for stealing its extraction technology to secure investment from a tobacco company investing in hemp. Mile High said in its copyright-infringement lawsuit filed Tuesday that privately held CBD extractor Canadian American Standard Hemp (CASH) used work created by Mile High Labs […]

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Alabama state officials tell public to avoid CBD products

Retailers who sell CBD products in Alabama are getting mixed messages now that the Department of Health is asking the public to avoid using CBD. It’s a move that directly conflicts with the state’s direction in December that authorized hemp-derived CBD production and sales. While CBD derived from marijuana remains illegal, Alabama was the first […]

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Washington state to make way for hemp this spring

Washington state lawmakers and the Department of Agriculture are working together to make the state laws Farm Bill-compliant. A bill that allows hemp to be grown for CBD and moved across state lines was endorsed unanimously on Tuesday by a House committee, the Capital Press reported. The bill also would allow farmers to produce hemp within 4 […]

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FDA commissioner gives fresh details on CBD review

In two separate meetings over the past two days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offered a glimpse of potential CBD regulations to come and promised an April hearing to start work. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told state agriculture regulators that products not approved by the FDA and marketed with unproven claims about therapeutic benefits […]

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