Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue issues warning for hemp farmers

As the hype around hemp ramps up and states issue record numbers of licenses to farmers wanting to capitalize on opportunities the new crop may offer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said this week he isn’t so sure hemp will be the cash crop everyone is hoping for. “What is the market potential of […]

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USDA offers full recording of Farm Bill and hemp webinar

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) listening session on domestic hemp production last week is now available to view at the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website. USDA-AMS said the broadcast received an “overwhelmingly positive response,” with more than 2,000 people participating in the webinar that was designed to collect public comment on hemp and […]

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10 things the hemp industry wants most from the USDA

The hemp industry wants faster rule-making, immediate hemp-transportation laws that were promised under the 2018 Farm Bill, common national THC-testing standards and an end to restrictions on imported seed in time for the 2019 season. Those were some of the top requests in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) webinar this week to solicit public […]

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South Dakota governor vetoes legal hemp production

The hopes for legal hemp production in South Dakota came to a halt when Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a bill approved by the state’s Legislature. Concerned that South Dakota was “not ready” for legalized hemp production because it would prove too difficult for law enforcement to regulate, Noem previously made it known she was opposed […]

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Hemp industry ponders CBD’s future after FDA commissioner’s resignation

Hemp and CBD industry leaders expressed mixed reactions to this week’s resignation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb’s resignation came just as the industry was hoping the FDA would start work on developing a framework for how cannabidiol could be regulated for inclusion in food, dietary supplements and cosmetics. […]

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Report: FDA chief to resign, leaving CBD review in question

Just as the CBD industry was hoping to start work next month on the cannabinoid’s place in food, drugs and cosmetics, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief is resigning. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who told Congress last week that CBD can’t be added to consumer products, is leaving office in April, according […]

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USDA plans webinar on hemp and the Farm Bill, invites comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a webinar to get public input on the 2018 Farm Bill and hemp production. All interested parties are welcome to provide comments during the March 13 session, hosted by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Program. Participants must register in advance, and those who wish to speak must submit written comments to [email protected] by […]

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Washington state to make way for hemp this spring

Washington state lawmakers and the Department of Agriculture are working together to make the state laws Farm Bill-compliant. A bill that allows hemp to be grown for CBD and moved across state lines was endorsed unanimously on Tuesday by a House committee, the Capital Press reported. The bill also would allow farmers to produce hemp within 4 […]

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FDA commissioner gives fresh details on CBD review

In two separate meetings over the past two days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offered a glimpse of potential CBD regulations to come and promised an April hearing to start work. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told state agriculture regulators that products not approved by the FDA and marketed with unproven claims about therapeutic benefits […]

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