Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

State in India legalizes hemp cultivation

In yet another sign that cannabis-related business opportunities are cropping up across the world, the state of Uttarakhand in northern India has announced that it will allow local farmers to begin growing hemp. The caveat: they can only sell it to the government for industrial purposes. The farmers also must regulate their hemp so the THC […]

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North Carolina Now Permits Industrial Hemp

North Carolina farmers gained the right this week to grow industrial hemp when Gov. Pat McCrory declined to veto Senate Bill 313, which legalized the plant’s industrial cultivation. McCrory, who had until midnight on Oct. 31 to veto the bill, also signed a law in July permitting doctors to offer CBD oil for patients with epilepsy. […]

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Hemp Bar Shuttered After Clash With Authorities

A hole-in-the-wall storefront in New York City that specialized in chocolates and pastries containing hemp has been forced to close down by city health department regulators over… wait for it… a lack of sinks. A Forbes contributor speculated that the unreasonable crackdown could have erupted because of confusion on the city’s part over the differences between […]

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Tribe Targeted By Feds Says it Was Growing Hemp

A Native American tribe operating a cultivation site in Wisconsin that Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided last week insists it was growing industrial hemp, not marijuana. Agents raided the Menominee Indian reservation and seized 30,000 plants, asserting that the tribe was growing marijuana with the help of professionals from Colorado. The raid was bolstered by a search warrant […]

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Moratorium on Hemp Cultivation Licenses in Oregon

Oregon won’t issue any new licenses to grow hemp until March of next year at the earliest, the state’s agriculture department announced this week. The agency also notified the 11 hemp growers with licenses that they won’t be allowed to expand their grow operations or add new farms to their existing permits, according to the […]

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Hemp Cultivation to Continue in Oregon

Oregon hemp growers can continue cultivating after the state Senate shot down a bill that would’ve put a two-year moratorium on production. The bill – which breezed through the House earlier this week on a 53-6 vote – had wide support among marijuana growers concerned about the potential for cross-pollination. Hemp advocates, however, said the […]

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Industrial Hemp Production Can Begin in Maine

Farmers in Maine can start planting hemp immediately under emergency legislation that goes into effect immediately. The measure allows growers to legally purchase seed from certified sources and cultivate hemp for commercial purposes, according to the Bangor Daily News. The state’s agriculture department will set fees for cultivation licenses, which the law says must be […]

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Industrial Hemp Stalls in Indiana

Although industrial hemp production was legalized in the staunchly red state of Indiana last year, no fields have yet been planted. That’s because would-be hemp companies have been waiting for months on both federal approval of the program as well as seeds to sow. As a consequence, the state is lagging far behind its neighbor […]

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