Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses


USDA suggests farmers pay hemp-promotions fee, offers no more details on rule changes

The agency setting baseline national minimums for hemp production says growers should tax themselves to promote the new crop. A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Heather Pichelman, said Monday in the agency’s first address to hemp growers since releasing national regulations that the industry “has clearly shown interest” in paying fees […]

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Cancer specialist nominated to lead FDA

A cancer specialist from Houston has been chosen to take control of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is reviewing its CBD policy. President Donald Trump on Friday picked Dr. Stephen Hahn of the MD Anderson Cancer Center to permanently lead the agency, pending congressional affirmation. The 59-year-old oncologist would replace Dr. Scott Gottlieb, […]

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Hemp farmers eligible for USDA programs under new federal rules

Nationwide hemp production rules that took effect Thursday come with new federal protections for the crop. Starting in the 2020 growing year, cultivators licensed under federally approved production programs will have the same access to federal loans, crop insurance, disaster assistance and conservation programs that farmers of other commodities have under the U.S. Department of […]

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Virginia tobacco giant adds hemp to its lobbying activity

Virginia tobacco giant Altria has added hemp policy to its lobbying activities, spending roughly $60,000 this year to lobby the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Agriculture on “matters pertaining to hemp and crop insurance.” The lobbying, first reported by Cannabis Wire, marks an initial lobbying effort related to hemp by the parent company of […]

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White House approves USDA hemp rules; release imminent

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal hemp production rules, Hemp Industry Daily has learned. With approval from the OMB, which must sign off on new regulations from any federal agency, the public release of the interim production rules could come any day. Washington DC-based […]

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Feds warn Florida CBD firm to stop making unfounded claims about products

Two federal agencies sent a joint warning letter to a Florida company for selling CBD products online while making unsubstantiated medical claims. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Naples, Florida-based Rooted Apothecary on Oct. 10 that, by making claims that its CBD products can treat medical conditions […]

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Industry to USDA: Where are the federal hemp regulations?

The hemp industry continues to look for federal guidance on production for 2020. It’s been more than a month since Hemp Industry Daily first reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had completed its draft of the federal hemp production rules and submitted it to the White House Office of Budget and Management, which reviews […]

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California updates industrial hemp law to comply with 2018 Farm Bill

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to bring the state’s hemp laws into compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill. The measure, which was signed Saturday and will take effect Jan. 1, updates the state’s definition of industrial hemp and terminology to match the federal language. It also requires the California Department of Food and Agriculture […]

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FTC identifies CBD retailers warned about health claims

A federal consumer protection agency has identified four CBD manufacturers it flagged for unfair and deceptive advertising. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced warning letters were sent last month to four companies selling hemp-derived CBD products. At the time, the agency did not name the companies. A public records request posted this week made those warnings public. […]

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Farming groups urge speedy pesticide approval for hemp

National hemp and farming associations are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hurry up and decide pesticide applications for hemp production. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Industrial Hemp Council asked the EPA to promptly approve the 10 applications to add hemp to the labels of currently registered pesticide products. The groups also […]

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DEA added to list of agencies ordered to adapt to hemp legalization

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is the latest agency being ordered to accommodate hemp legalization using a budget maneuver. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced Thursday he is championing a requirement that the DEA “identify or develop on-the-spot field testing technologies” to distinguish hemp from marijuana. The need for speedier cannabis tests has bedeviled […]

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Members of Congress question viability of crop insurance for hemp

Congressional agriculture leaders from both parties are asking whether crop insurance for hemp will be workable. The crop insurance challenge came up Thursday in the House Agriculture Committee, where Democratic Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota expressed doubts that hemp could be insured in the near future, given how little is known about producing it at commercial […]

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