Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Kentucky submits hemp proposal to USDA for approval under 2018 Farm Bill

Kentucky is first in line to request federal approval of its hemp regulations. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles submitted Kentucky’s rules Friday, a day after President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill. “Hemp growers, processors and manufacturers deserve swift action so they can proceed with confidence,” Quarles told Bowling Green TV station WBKO. The Farm […]

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CBD boom goes bust in Austria as officials ban the extract in food, cosmetics

Austria’s Minister of Health ordered businesses to immediately stop selling CBD food and cosmetics because the products fall under the European Union’s definition of “novel food.” Cannabidiol is explicitly included in the EU’s novel food catalog, which means individual member countries may limit the marketing and sale of it without specific authorization. Business Association Cannabis Austria CEO Stefan Wolyniec […]

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Chart: How the 2018 Farm Bill addresses top hemp industry challenges

Several major hurdles undermining hemp cultivators’ ability to run successful, profitable businesses are set to crumble once President Donald Trump signs the 2018 Farm Bill. Challenges such as finding processors or accessing banking services – problems attributable to the patchwork of state laws and regulations that have so far underpinned the industry – will be […]

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New York state bans CBD foods, vape products

New York state is banning CBD vape and food manufacturing and asking 2019 hemp licensees to sign a waiver acknowledging the “inherent risk” of making a dietary supplement considered off-limits by federal health authorities. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets also will require hemp-derived CBD supplements to go through the same testing as […]

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Texas looks to join national hemp boom

Texas should join the hemp craze, according to the top agriculture official in the largest state not to allow cultivation of the plant. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is calling on the U.S. Congress to lift limitations on hemp farming, The Dallas Morning News reports. “This is all about taking the shackles off the American […]

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Report: Felons already growing hemp can continue under Farm Bill compromise

While a reported compromise on the 2018 Farm Bill has not been officially released, details are starting to leak about felon participation in the industry. A hemp-legalization measure poised for final action in Congress this month would set up a two-tier system for drug felons, McClatchy’s Washington bureau reported. Felons already growing hemp in states […]

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New Mexico finalizes hemp rules in time for 2019 crop

New Mexico authorities have finalized hemp rules in time for farmers to produce the state’s first legal harvest in 2019. The regulations proposed by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture were approved late last week. New Mexico will set different hemp fees for outdoor grows versus indoor or greenhouse grows. Prospective hemp producers will have […]

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Cannabis-waste recycler wins Colorado grant to develop aftermarket hemp products

A cannabis-waste startup has been selected to receive a $250,000 grant from Colorado to find aftermarket uses for hemp and marijuana waste. 9Fiber of Silver Spring, Maryland, plans to process waste hemp and marijuana stalks for industrial purposes such as bioplastics, construction materials and animal bedding. The company expects to start operations in Pueblo, Colorado, in […]

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