Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

What they’re saying: 10 highlights from the FDA’s query on how to regulate CBD

In its open call for suggestions related to how cannabis extracts should be regulated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 4,000 responses. Respondents ranged from state and local health departments to CBD manufacturers to the American Medical Association. The agency is looking at cannabis extracts from both marijuana and hemp varieties […]

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Ohio lawmakers vote to allow hemp production, broader CBD sales

Ohio legislators have agreed to allow hemp production and CBD products to be sold outside medical marijuana dispensaries. A bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Mike DeWine would allow CBD to be sold outside dispensaries. Right now, the product is legal in Ohio but only in regulated dispensaries, according to an order last year from […]

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US Senate calls for hemp answers from White House

Several Trump administration officials are headed to the U.S. Senate next week to answer questions about looming hemp and CBD rules. Senators have called for regulators who oversee agriculture, public health and pesticides to appear July 25 before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. The hearing, announced Wednesday, will be led by the senators […]

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Here’s final chance to tell FDA how it should regulate CBD

U.S. health authorities are taking final comments from the public on how to regulate over-the-counter cannabis extracts such as CBD. The suggestions are due to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by midnight ET Tuesday, July 16, on how the agency should regulate cannabis-derived products. The FDA has vowed to expedite its review of cannabis-derived compounds […]

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FDA to provide update on CBD review by late summer or fall, official says

Federal health regulators say they’ll update the hemp industry on their CBD review by late summer or fall. Dr. Amy Abernethy, who leads the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s work group on cannabinoids such as CBD, said Friday the agency is “enthusiastic about research into the therapeutic benefits of CBD products but also need to balance […]

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How to prepare for new hemp production rules coming next month

With one month left before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases much-anticipated federal hemp production rules, the industry needs to start planning and preparing now for the 2020 season, hemp business experts say. With the USDA saying it expects to have regulations ready by August, Hemp Industry Daily reached out to legal experts to find […]

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Banking, financing remain serious struggle for hemp, CBD businesses

Hemp farmers and businesses continue to have difficulty financing their operations and securing banking services, despite federal lawmakers’ calls for them to be treated as lawful, legitimate businesses under the 2018 Farm Bill. Because of a lack of clear federal banking regulations and uncertainty from financial institutions, hemp and CBD businesses are finding that while one […]

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Florida governor signs state hemp program into law

After months of preparation, the state of Florida is ready to move ahead with commercial hemp production under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said hemp in Florida is needed to help farmers harmed by hurricanes and diseases that have affected citrus, the state’s largest commodity. Hurricane Michael […]

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USDA: Hemp production rules will be ready by August

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it will complete federal rules for domestic hemp production by August. Although states and tribes began submitting their plans to the USDA for review starting the day after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed in December, the agency said in February it wouldn’t finalize rules until the 2020 growing season. Under […]

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New York, New Jersey close to expanding hemp, CBD opportunities

New York and New Jersey lawmakers want to make it easier to grow hemp and sell CBD products. Legislators in both states sent bills to their respective governors making their states friendlier to hemp businesses. The measures both authorize CBD foods and dietary supplements. Rampant confusion in New York City, where health authorities pulled some […]

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Congress urges FDA to get going on CBD in foods, dietary supplements

Congress is joining calls from the hemp industry for federal health regulators to tell CBD manufacturers how to put the product in food and dietary supplements. The U.S. House approved a budget amendment Thursday setting aside money for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set a “safe level for conventional foods and dietary […]

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