Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

USDA drops DEA testing requirement, while FDA acknowledges demand for CBD

Federal agriculture officials are dropping the requirement that all THC testing on hemp crops must be performed at laboratories registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to industry sources. And food and drug regulators say it’s a “fool’s errand” to get people to stop taking over-the-counter CBD. Greg Ibach, undersecretary for the U.S. […]

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Virginia lawmakers OK bill allowing smokable hemp for anyone 21 and older

Virginia lawmakers have sent Gov. Ralph Northam a proposal allowing people 21 and older to smoke hemp. The bill, sponsored by Republican Delegate Danny Marshall, passed both chambers of the Legislature on Monday. Growing and cultivating hemp is legal under federal law, and farmers in Marshall’s district have embraced the new crop. But the Danville […]

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Louisiana begins licensing farmers, CBD firms to build state’s nascent hemp industry

Agriculture officials in Louisiana have begun issuing the first hemp production and handling licenses to farmers, processors and transporters, while businesses ranging from gas stations to pharmacies have received the go-ahead they need to sell products containing CBD in the state. As one of the first three states to receive federal approval for its state […]

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Washington state, Wyoming hemp oversight plans OK’d by feds

Washington state and Wyoming are the latest states to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to run their own hemp oversight. The USDA also approved three American Indian Tribes: The Otoe Missouria Tribe. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. The Santee Sioux Nation. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, states and tribes are permitted to oversee […]

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Grocery giant Kroger lobbies on CBD after adding topicals to store shelves

The nation’s largest grocery store chain by revenue, Kroger, is now lobbying on CBD policy. The move comes after the grocery giant added CBD topicals to its store shelves in 17 states. According to Kroger lobbying disclosures, first reported by Cannabis Wire, the grocery giant reported spending roughly $190,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019 […]

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President Trump requests additional funds to regulate CBD, hemp

Hemp and CBD would get new attention by federal agencies under a 2021 budget plan released this week by President Donald Trump. Trump’s proposal asks for an additional $5 million next fiscal year for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate cannabis and its derivatives, including CBD. The president also asked for more money […]

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South Dakota hemp crop possible for 2020 after legalization clears House

The South Dakota House voted Tuesday to legalize and regulate the growth, processing and transportation of industrial hemp in the state. Legislators didn’t even debate the bill, which passed with a two-thirds majority. The measure next be considered by the South Dakota Senate. If that body also passes the legislation with a two-thirds majority and […]

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Hemp farmers should act fast to sign up for new USDA crop insurance options

Federal agriculture officials have introduced two crop insurance programs for hemp, both designed to protect farmers growing the new commodity from damage during natural disasters. But the programs have tight deadlines and limitations on who is eligible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s newly available Multi-Peril Crop Insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program both provide […]

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South Dakota hemp bill advances with governor’s support

A South Dakota legislative committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to allow industrial hemp production in the state. The proposal, which passed in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee, would legalize and regulate the growth, processing and transportation of hemp in the state. Passage would leave Idaho and Mississippi as the only states […]

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