Cultivation, Processing & Extraction

New Zealand legalizes hempseed as food, issues guidelines

A regulatory change in New Zealand has opened the doors to hemp as food in the island nation. “Hemp seeds are safe to eat and nutritious,” Bryan Wilson, head of New Zealand Food Safety, said in the announcement about the changes that now allow the sale of hempseed foods. The new guidance is being embraced by […]

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Oregon hempseed dispute leads to $21 million lawsuit

A batch of hempseeds in Oregon billed as CBD-rich females that turned out to be neither feminized nor high in the cannabinoid has led to a $21.2 million lawsuit. That’s how much six people say they lost after the seeds resulted in inferior plants, leading to the lawsuit against three seed dealers in a southern Oregon […]

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When cannabis isn’t cannabis – and why hemp may suffer for it

(This is an abridged version of a column that appears in the October issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) How’s this for irony? The hemp industry’s rush to distance itself from marijuana has gone so far that hemp products can’t be sold in the world’s largest cannabis economy. The development in California is a bitter lesson in […]

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Colorado cannabis biotech snags $10 million for expansion

A Colorado-based cannabis biotech firm announced Thursday that it has secured $10 million in private funding to accelerate production in California and Canada. Front Range Biosciences of Lafayette said it plans to invest some of the money in investigating new strains of cannabis. The company uses tissue-culture technology to make “plantlets” for both hemp and […]

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North Carolina hemp firm seeks tax breaks from CBD extraction facility plans

A North Carolina hemp producer’s renovation of a former factory for CBD extraction sets it up for roughly $238,500 in tax incentives over the next four years. City of Wilson officials are lauding Criticality’s retrofitting for CBD production as an innovative new use for the building, The Wilson Times reported. The tax incentive package will be […]

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Federal judge shuts down West Virginia hemp farm over seed allegation

A federal judge has ordered a West Virginia hemp farm to shut down over allegations that the operation illegally imported seeds from Kentucky. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart argued that Grassy Run and its affiliated company CAMO Hemp WV received about 5,000 pounds of hemp seeds from neighboring Kentucky instead of getting a license for them from […]

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Capitalizing on CBD: How hemp businesses are shaping the market and winning new customers

Dr. Priyanka Sharma had a thriving global business in chemical pharmaceuticals, traveling the world setting up factories extracting fish oil for nutritional supplements.

But Sharma and her husband, Pulak, left their home outside Chicago and moved to Colorado for the same three letters that have cannabis entrepreneurs, pharmaceutical companies and even mainstream grocers seeing dollar signs: CBD.

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Oregon marijuana growers eye opportunities in hemp

As Oregon cannabis prices continue to sink to new lows amid a product glut, outdoor marijuana growers are turning their sights to MJ’s cousin: hemp.

The pivot allows growers to diversify their revenue stream and capitalize on a crop that could soon become legal at the federal level – thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill pending before Congress.

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No CBD in food, no applications from felons under new Utah hemp rules

Utah approved new hemp rules to allow production to begin with the next growing season – and while the regulations allow for cannabinoid extraction, adding CBD to foods is a strict no-go. The state plans to charge hemp farmers $500 for a one-year license. Hemp can be grown for CBD extraction, and both indoor and outdoor […]

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Hemp dispute may be harbinger of approaching legal storm

Two companies are in a legal tussle over what destroyed a 600-acre hemp farming joint venture in Colorado – a conflict that industry experts say could be the first of many as eager investors and firms try to cash in on budding business opportunities. In a recent California Superior Court filing, California-based H2 Partners claims that […]

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Hemp Notebook: Hemp’s scramble to distance itself from marijuana veers into misinformation

(This is an abridged version of a column that appears in the July issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Not all hemp misinformation comes from anti-drug enemies of cannabis; some of it comes from hemp acolytes themselves. A recent comment from hemp’s most powerful friend in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, drove home for me a […]

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