Hemp Cultivation, Processing & Extraction News

Only one grower in Washington hemp program for 2018

The outlook is bleak for Washington state hemp. Delay in oversight funding, ongoing challenges around seed sourcing and a lack of processing options have limited program participation for 2018. Only one organization, the Colville Confederated Tribes, has been licensed to grow hemp for 2018 so far, according to a report in Capital Press. The tribes […]

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Myth-busting: Hemp needs more water than many think

Hemp isn’t as immune to drought as supporters claim, according to a Colorado State University soil researcher who analyzed two years of Colorado hemp production. “There are a lot of myths about this crop, and one of them is that it doesn’t need much water,” said Brian Campbell, a doctoral student in Soil and Crop […]

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Climate challenges may delay Florida hemp production

Hemp has been legal in Florida since 2017, but state researchers say that the Sunshine State’s unusual climate means it could be years before private farmers can sign up to try the new crop. Florida wants to make sure hemp isn’t invasive in its warm, humid climate, according to Growing Produce, a trade publication for […]

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Mike Tyson adds West Virginia hemp to his marijuana company

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is adding a hemp business to his marijuana company. Tyson Holistic, which broke ground in January on a marijuana cultivation and processing site in southern California, says it envisions growing hemp, lavender and soy in West Virginia, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Tyson’s company is teaming up with a […]

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McConnell plans to attach hemp legalization measure to Farm Bill

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bill to legalize hemp continues to build momentum, attracting additional co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle after being fast-tracked to the Senate floor. The latest twist: The Republican from Kentucky now plans to attach the language of his legislation to the 2018 Farm Bill, which might improve the measure’s […]

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Oklahoma removes hemp from drug definitions

Oklahoma has taken hemp out of its drug code, becoming the 37th state to allow hemp cultivation. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the hemp law Monday, The Norman Transcript reported. Under the law, hemp will not be considered marijuana if it doesn’t contain more than 0.3% THC and is grown as part of Oklahoma’s hemp […]

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Kansas governor signs hemp legalization law, but production months away

Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed Kansas into the modern hemp industry, but production won’t begin until 2019 while the state decides how to issue hemp licenses and how much to charge for them. Colver’s signature Friday makes Kansas at least the 36th state to allow hemp cultivation. Alaska’s governor enacted a hemp law two weeks […]

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