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Despite submitting plan to USDA, Georgia budget crunch could stifle hemp goals

Georgia has authorized hemp farming and submitted its 2020 production plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But to run a program, the state will first need funding. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is asking state lawmakers for $1.6 million – $800,000 per year over the next two years – to create a state […]

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Have a smart hemp idea? Share it at the 2020 Hemp Industry Daily Conference

Are you passionate about hemp and want to share your thoughts, advice and innovative ideas with an engaged and sophisticated audience? Applications are now available to become a speaker at the second Hemp Industry Daily Conference, June 3-4 in New Orleans. Brought to you by the editors of Hemp Industry Daily, this conference is the […]

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USDA publishes directory for DEA-certified hemp testing laboratories

Facing confusion from hemp growers and testing companies, federal agriculture officials have published a list of laboratories authorized to test hemp THC concentration under the new interim final rule. The new hemp regulations require labs to be certified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to handle hemp crops testing over the legal limit of […]

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Oregon State University gets $2.5M in federal funding for hemp research

Federal officials designated money for hemp research at Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center as part of the nearly $20 million earmarked for the hemp industry in the massive appropriations bill that passed both houses of the U.S. Congress at the end of 2019. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkeley, a Democrat from Oregon, said Monday […]

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Oregon hemp farm suing processors for $11 million

A farm in southern Oregon is suing a group of processors who they say failed to show up and harvest and process its hemp after receiving a six-figure down payment. Jefferson State Farms of Medford, owned by Ben and Kathleen Yuma, is suing: Palex Enterprises. Hemp Warehouse. Great Horizons. Four individuals. The lawsuit, claiming civil fraud, […]

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Kentucky hemp group urges state to keep old rules – for now

Kentucky hemp farmers are asking the state to hold off on attempts to win federal approval for regulating the new crop. After the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) returned Kentucky’s hemp production plan with an outline of changes that must be made to ensure federal approval for the 2020 planting season, a hemp association asked […]

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Physicians warming to CBD drug for epilepsy, pharmaceutical maker tells investors

Broad physician adoption of a cannabis-derived epilepsy treatment is boosting sales for the only company with federal permission to sell cannabis products in the United States. London-based GW Pharmaceuticals told investors Monday that it notched $108 million in sales last quarter and $309 million for calendar 2019. The sales figures were released in advance of the company’s […]

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CBD makers shouldn’t face liability claims until FDA acts, judge rules

A decision by a federal judge in Florida to put a CBD lawsuit on hold pending federal clarity on the extract signals the judiciary isn’t yet ready to start hearing class action claims against the industry. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled Jan. 3 that a CBD manufacturer shouldn’t face certain liability claims until the U.S. Food […]

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CBD producer Mile High Labs lays off 20 employees after major expansion

Mile High Labs, a CBD manufacturer in suburban Denver, said it has laid off 20 employees, mostly sales positions. This week’s layoffs, a cut of less than 10% of Mile High Labs’ workforce, take the company from more than 250 employees to about 230, the Denver Post reported. The layoffs follow a growing trend in […]

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Sephora deepens its CBD offerings with extensive new brand partnership

A cosmetics, skin-care and beauty products specialty retailer will carry more products containing CBD in stores across several states after signing its largest cannabis-related partnership. New York-based retail giant Sephora will sell products from California beauty company Saint Jane in 281 stores across 22 states as of Jan. 10, according to The Fresh Toast. Saint […]

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Federal hemp producer licenses delayed while USDA waits for White House

Federal hemp licenses promised last fall have yet to appear, a delay that federal agriculture officials are blaming on extended discussions with the White House. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initially said that farmers in areas that have legalized hemp production but opted out of regulating it could apply for federal licenses by Nov. 30. […]

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South Dakota gov drops opposition to hemp but calls for ‘guardrails’

Gov. Kristi Noem is relenting in her opposition to South Dakota’s development of a hemp industry. Noem said Wednesday she won’t veto legislation this session allowing hemp to be grown in the state but that she would require “guardrails” to regulate the plant. She said she wants the crop to be tightly regulated, with government […]

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