Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Congress members defend CBD, blast DEA’s hemp decision

In a bold show of support for the hemp industry and CBD, 28 members of Congress are asking a federal appeals court to reject the Drug Enforcement Administration’s argument that cannabidiol is a Schedule 1 drug. The Congress members filed the brief Thursday in conjunction with a pending lawsuit against the DEA. The 9th Circuit Court […]

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Is CBD a drug? DEA hemp battle gets February court date

A long-awaited legal challenge targeting federal drug authorities who call CBD a controlled substance will be heard in a federal appeals court in February. The Hemp Industries Association and hemp businesses are suing the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration over a 2016 rule that cannabidiol is a controlled substance similar to marijuana. Arguments before the 9th Circuit […]

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US hemp production doubled in ’17, report says

The U.S. hemp crop doubled this year, according to new survey data from a prominent hemp-advocacy group. Vote Hemp counted a total of 23,346 acres growing hemp in 18 states. That’s more than twice as much as hemp land as 2016, when the group counted 9,649 acres growing in 15 states. State licenses to cultivate […]

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Another trademark marijuana lawsuit – this involving a hot sauce

The maker of Tapatio hot sauce is the latest to sue a marijuana company for alleged trademark infringement.

Tapatio Foods LLC has filed two separate complaints in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. The Oct. 13 complaints allege trademark infringement and unfair competition for the illegal use of Tapatio’s brand and trademark to sell “Trapatio,” a THC-infused sauce.

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CBD is no longer taboo, says global anti-doping regulator

CBD will take another big step toward the mainstream next year when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removes hemp-based products from a list of banned substances. WADA’s 2018 listing will show that “cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,” though the agency didn’t explain why CBD was removed. WADA – whose mission is to combat illicit drugs […]

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Celebrity sues CBD line, claiming trademark violation

Actress Jessica Alba is suing a Colorado business that makes CBD nutritional supplements, claiming that Honest Herbal infringes on the trademark of her Los Angeles firm, The Honest Co., which makes personal-care products and vitamins. Alba argues in the federal lawsuit filed in California that the 3-year-old CBD company is trying “to confuse consumers and profit […]

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Wisconsin tribe next to join hemp business via new CBD law

A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted to produce hemp-derived cannabidiol, saying a new CBD law in the state will enable it to avoid federal raids and road bumps that have beleaguered other tribes getting into the cannabis industry.

The vote last week by the St. Croix Chippewa – a tribe in northwestern Wisconsin that’s also called the St. Croix Band – sets up a CBD production facility in a former fish hatchery on tribal land. The facility has 200,000 square feet of usable space.

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CBD turmoil in Nebraska, Indiana underscores product’s uncertain legal status

By Kristen Nichols

A recent memo from Nebraska’s top law-enforcement official – in which he called cannabidiol products “illegal” – has underscored the challenges faced by CBD manufacturers and retailers nationwide.

The memo, and a CBD brouhaha in Indiana, have meant lost sales, confiscated product, legal uncertainty – and even the loss of a job.

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Nebraska attorney general calls CBD products illegal

Hemp-based CBD stores are now open in Nebraska, but their owners are spooked after the state attorney general told law enforcement and county attorneys that cannabidiol products are illegal. In a memo, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said CBD products aren’t legal in the state because they haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and […]

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South Carolina prepares to launch nation’s latest hemp program

By Margaret Jackson South Carolina is gearing up to become the latest state to allow hemp cultivation, a move that’s expected to create opportunities for farmers, makers of hemp-based products and ancillary companies offering goods and services to those growing and processing the plant.

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