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Members of Congress question viability of crop insurance for hemp

Congressional agriculture leaders from both parties are asking whether crop insurance for hemp will be workable. The crop insurance challenge came up Thursday in the House Agriculture Committee, where Democratic Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota expressed doubts that hemp could be insured in the near future, given how little is known about producing it at commercial […]

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Alabama to delay hemp applications, citing federal hold up

Alabama has postponed for two weeks the opening of the application period for its 2020 hemp program as it awaits federal interim regulations. The registration period for growers, processors and universities will now run for four weeks, from Oct. 7 to Nov. 1, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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California hemp and cannabis testing lab raises $22.6 million

Cannalysis, a hemp and cannabis testing lab based in California, raised $22.6 million that it said will fund its expansion in the state as well as helping it to move into other marijuana markets in the U.S. The Santa Ana-based company raised the money from Canlab, a cannabis, hemp and CBD testing laboratory network. The […]

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Green Growth Brands cuts nearly 5% of workforce to manage mounting expenses

(This story has been updated to reflect a change in the percentage of workforce being cut, the holdings of the Schottenstein family and a corrected ticker symbol.) An Ohio CBD and marijuana company has cut about 5% of its total workforce to alleviate mounting expenses. Green Growth Brands, which makes CBD topicals and other products, […]

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McConnell puts pressure on FDA to expedite CBD rules

The senator most responsible for legalizing hemp is now trying to use a legislative finance maneuver to speed up federal rules on putting hemp extracts in food and beverages. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, introduced new language that would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue an “enforcement […]

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Coors subsidiary to start carrying nonalcoholic CBD beverages

Citing increased demand for nonalcoholic beverages, a Coors distributor in the Denver area has started carrying two brands of nonalcoholic drinks infused with hemp extracts including CBD. Coors Distributing Co., an independent LLC owned by Molson Coors, distributes beverages to more than 1,000 locations, including restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores and events venues. […]

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Hawaii health officials ban most CBD products after vape-related hospitalization

Health officials in Hawaii are mandating that over-the-counter CBD products be removed from store shelves after an island youth was hospitalized due to a severe respiratory illness related to vaping. Amid growing national health concerns related to the use of vaporizers, Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson told state lawmakers last week that his […]

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Idaho drug charges dropped, but truck driver transporting hemp pleads to lower misdemeanor

An Oregon truck driver charged with felony drug crimes for driving a truckload of hemp to Colorado has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge. The Ada County Prosecutor’s office said Denis Palamarchuk of Portland, Oregon, has agreed to plead guilty to hauling an improperly permitted load, a misdemeanor. Prosecutors are dropping felony drug-trafficking […]

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Louisiana permits hundreds of businesses to sell CBD products

Louisiana has awarded business licenses to 775 companies that want to sell CBD products. The state’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) received more than 1,000 permit applications after passage of a law outlining how retailers can sell products containing CBD. The ATC started the process in June. Liquor stores, gas stations and CBD-specific shops were among the […]

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Longtime hemp critic launches national attack, saying plant won’t help farmers

A South Dakota politician who opposes hemp cultivation is taking her argument national just as federal agriculture authorities are expected to release national production rules. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem wrote in a column published in The Wall Street Journal that many states have legalized hemp to as a savior for struggling farmers but that “hemp […]

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California wheat biotech firm expands hemp investment with $10 million raise

An agriculture biotech company that markets high-fiber wheat said it is expanding its hemp subsidiary with a $10 million stock offering. Arcadia Biosciences of Davis, California, plans to use the money to research hemp genetics in Imperial County, California, according to a news release. The company’s hemp subsidiary, Arcadia Specialty Genomics, is scheduled to start planting […]

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Hemp acreage jumps 500% in 2019, a sign of legalization’s impact

American farmers are signing up to grow hemp in eye-popping numbers in this first growing season after the plant was federally legalized, with licensed acres up more than 554% from last year, according to advocacy group Vote Hemp. The Washington, DC-based lobbying advocacy group released its annual U.S. Hemp Crop Report on Thursday. The group reports […]

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