Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses


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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McConnell puts pressure on FDA to expedite CBD rules

The senator most responsible for legalizing hemp is now trying to use a legislative finance maneuver to speed up federal rules on putting hemp extracts in food and beverages. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, introduced new language that would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue an “enforcement […]

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Sources: USDA hemp rules drafted and awaiting White House approval

Federal agriculture authorities have submitted hemp rules to the White House for final approval, meaning that public release of the first-ever national rules for growing the crop is nearing, Hemp Industry Daily has learned. The hemp industry is eagerly – and anxiously – awaiting federal regulations on hemp production from the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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Four takeaways from the latest round of federal CBD warning letters

The young CBD industry is growing accustomed to federal health authorities warning companies not to make medical claims about the cannabinoid. But a round of warning letters this week from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the consumer-protection agency that safeguards against unfair and deceptive advertising – served as a reminder that as CBD goes […]

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Louisiana permits hundreds of businesses to sell CBD products

Louisiana has awarded business licenses to 775 companies that want to sell CBD products. The state’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) received more than 1,000 permit applications after passage of a law outlining how retailers can sell products containing CBD. The ATC started the process in June. Liquor stores, gas stations and CBD-specific shops were among the […]

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