Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

Colorado hemp industry moves ahead after seed certification

Colorado’s hemp industry took a major step forward this week when the state’s Department of Agriculture announced that three industrial hempseed varieties passed a statewide trial that confirmed the resulting plants contain THC levels under 0.3%. Being under the 0.3% threshold is important because plants with higher THC levels cannot be certified as hemp under […]

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Kentucky hemp program taking cultivation applications

Want to grow hemp? Kentucky might be a solid bet – especially because it’s among the nation’s largest hemp crops, one that is expanding. The state’s Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from anyone interested in participating in the 2017 hemp-growing pilot program, which will likely result in thousands of acres being planted, if […]

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Certified seeds and CBD help US hemp industry take root

By Omar Sacirbey America’s fledgling hemp industry recently got its latest boost when the Colorado Department of Agriculture submitted for potential state certification six varieties of hempseeds that, if certified, U.S. farmers could buy to start their own crops. Hemp cultivation also is benefiting from rising demand for CBD products and new applications for hemp.

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Uruguayan Cannabis Company Betting on Hemp

Uruguay made history nearly three years ago when it became the first modern country to legalize recreational marijuana at the federal level. But given how difficult the country’s industry rollout has been, at least one Uruguayan cannabis producer is shifting its sights to marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin: hemp. International Cannabis Corp., one of only two licensed […]

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New York growing hemp for first time in 80 years

Madison County, just east of Syracuse, New York, is home to the first legal industrial hemp crop in the state in 80 years. And thanks to a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the cultivators will be allowed to sell it under an existing pilot program, according to the Journal News. […]

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SD Tribe Consultants Charged With Marijuana Crimes

A pair of Colorado-based consultants who had previously been contracted to help a South Dakota tribe start a marijuana resort on Native American land have been charged with state narcotics crimes, and the tribe itself has decided to instead grow vegetables such as tomatoes. The incident underscores how tribal interests in marijuana have cooled since a […]

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Pennsylvania Gov Signs Industrial Hemp Law

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has put his signature on a law that could restart his state’s hemp industry. The new law, while it doesn’t immediately authorize commercial hemp production, could lead to “large scale production,” according to WITF. The law authorizes the state Agriculture Department and institutions of higher education to begin cultivating hemp for […]

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Canadian MMJ Producer Partnering With Brazilian Company

One of Canada’s largest medical cannabis producers has found yet another international partner – this time in Brazil. Canopy Growth Corp., which owns Bedrocan, has teamed up with Brazilian company Entourage Phytolab SA and also founded a new subsidiary, Bedrocan Brazil. The latter will import MMJ products via either Canada or the Netherlands, according to the […]

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Hemp industry facing barriers to commercialization

By Omar Sacirbey It’s been more than two years since President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing the limited cultivation of hemp, but the fledgling industry remains a long way from becoming a thriving business. Observers say commercialization of this potentially lucrative plant remains limited for legal, financial and technological reasons.

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Group Asks DEA to Make It Easier to Grow Hemp

A group of entrepreneurs, a former United States Attorney, farmers, state legislators, scientists, and environmentalists have petitioned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to change its definition of marijuana to make it easier to grow a wider variety of industrial hemp plants. The current DEA definition of marijuana is too broad, and wrongly includes hemp, said Andy Kerr, […]

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Hemp farming escalating in KY, downsizing in TN

While hemp production is rapidly expanding in Kentucky, the number of farmers sowing the crop is being cut in half in neighboring Tennessee. In Kentucky, according to the Commonwealth Journal, the state has authorized 4,500 acres to be cultivated with industrial hemp in 2016, up from roughly 900 acres that were planted last year. Kentucky […]

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Washington Governor Vetoes Hemp Farming Bill

Upset over not receiving a state budget from lawmakers, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee last week vetoed a raft of 27 bills that had been sent to his desk, including a bipartisan measure in support of hemp farming. The bill, which sailed through the legislature with just a single dissenting vote in the Senate, would […]

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