Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

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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Hemp Cultivation Programs Get Green Light in MN, WA

Two states have gotten the green light to move forward with limited industrial hemp programs, which could pave the way for future businesses opportunities. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued Minnesota a permit to start a hemp pilot program approved by the state legislature in 2015, according to MPR News. Officials with the state’s agriculture […]

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Kentucky Entrepreneur Vows to Buy All the State’s Hemp

Grow it and he will buy it. John Roulac, the founder and CEO of a major hemp foods company, Nutiva, said he plans to buy all the organic hemp that Kentucky can produce, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. But labeling hemp as organic has been a controversial issue in recent weeks, as the U.S. Department […]

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