Top 10 hemp business stories of 2019: Legalization brings new rules, Texas joins industry, farmers struggle with harvest & more

The hemp industry’s pivot from pilot-program experiment to national commodity kept entrepreneurs clicking to keep up with changes for the new industry.

And Texas’ entry into the national hemp-producing economy was a development not to be missed.

Those were among the most widely read stories for 2019 at Hemp Industry Daily, based on page views.

1. DEA affirms hemp’s new status, sends notice that plant is legal

More than six months after hemp was legalized in the United States, federal drug authorities updated their guidance in August to remind law enforcement that hemp is no longer a controlled substance.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cited the 2018 Farm Bill in noting that “certain forms of cannabis no longer require DEA registration to grow or manufacture.”

2. Texas gov signs hemp law banning smokable flower and requiring CBD sellers to register

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a hemp law in June that added the nation’s second-largest state to the list of more than 42 others that allow commercial hemp farming.

3. White House approves USDA hemp rules; release imminent

In October, Hemp Industry Daily was the first to report that White House Office of Management and Budget had approved the federal hemp production rule released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

4. Federal judge rules that Indiana’s smokable hemp ban is unconstitutional

In September, a federal judge threw out Indiana’s ban on smokable hemp, calling it unconstitutional for states to ban one type of hemp because they can’t easily distinguish it from marijuana.

5. Struggling farmers who bet everything on hemp this year experience bitter harvest

This November story about the heartbreaking consequences of crop failure for struggling farmers hit a nerve with readers.

6. Shortage of CBD seeds, clones will leave some farmers out of hemp game this year

As planting season kicked into high gear in June, many farmers reported that they were still looking for high-quality feminized hempseeds and clones – and coming up short.

7. Why harvesting and processing may be expensive lessons for this year’s new hemp farmers

The U.S. Congress legalized hemp to bring a new crop to farmers hurting from depressed markets, low prices and crop tariffs.

But as this October story explained, many first-time hemp farmers who hurried to cash in after the crop became federally legal struggled to reap any benefits.

Some industry experts predicted 95% of 2019’s hemp farmers would exit the business.

8. Oregon hemp production lawsuits may offer lessons for farmers

Hemp farmers often look for strategic partnerships with other farmers and landowners to boost their production capabilities.

But those relationships can go awry if care isn’t taken in picking the right partners and creating solid contracts.

This May story looked at four Oregon farms facing production lawsuits and checked in with experts on how to avoid hemp litigation.

9. USDA: National THC test for hemp ‘as challenging as you think it is’

Federal agriculture authorities said in August that they were struggling to craft a nationwide THC testing standard so that state and local regulators can tell hemp from marijuana, complicating the release of a standardized production rule.

William Richmond, head of the Specialty Crops Program in the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, told a group of dietary-supplement and CBD business owners that coming up with reliable testing methods is “as complicated as you think it is.”

10. Sources: USDA hemp rules drafted and awaiting White House approval

Hemp Industry Daily delivered this exclusive in September that federal agriculture authorities had finished a draft proposal for hemp production rules.

4 comments on “Top 10 hemp business stories of 2019: Legalization brings new rules, Texas joins industry, farmers struggle with harvest & more
  1. Jack on

    I am pleased that our government has approved much of CBD growth and seeing future health usages. I also realize this may open the door to legalize marijuana use! My hope as a seniors outlook is government will seek to find ways to make CBD legal in All states , as to solve problems with transportation across state lines “shipping issues “ and not to legalize marijuana

  2. Kelley Elkins on

    hemp is :”legal”
    so, “certain forms of cannabis no longer require DEA registration to grow or manufacture.”… then i ask you what is the test for 0.3% THC all about…if this isn’t a controlled substance I don’t know what is… reminds me of Vietnam, we’re sending you there, after giving oath to defend and protect the constitution of the USA against all enemies, both foreign and domestic…oh, and by the way you won’t be allowed to shoot back…’Nam 70-1

  3. Charles A. on

    A ban on smokable hemp flower is just more of the same misguided prohibition.
    Smokable hemp flower is LESS TOXIC than tobacco, and LESS INTOXICATING than regular cannabis.
    Hemp flower should replace tobacco.
    We should have the technology and innovation to provide law enforcement with testing devices to differentiate cannabis from hemp, instead of being lazy and outright banning smokable hemp flower products. That’s equivalent to throwing out the baby with the bath water.

  4. William Tiller on

    When it was declared illegal / the drug companies had just started that is why it has been
    kept from us . I am 80 years old and we used it for medicine that has been handed down from generation to generation. We should be mad as hell at our government all the suffering that we had to suffer and now thay want to TAX US . When we can grow it on the patio.



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