Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Europe’s hemp definition, ‘novel foods’ designation cloud region’s potentially booming CBD market

European hemp producers and manufacturers are struggling to capitalize on the global CBD boom and compete with U.S. manufacturers as they navigate the continent’s thorny regulations – but they’re optimistic that upcoming changes will open new CBD opportunities. The hemp and CBD industry wants the European Union to change its Common Agricultural Policy, which governs food […]

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In groundbreaking move, USDA ready to protect seed-propagated hemp genetics

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to protect seed-propagated hemp varieties, a landmark move that could generate numerous business opportunities for breeders of the plant. The USDA announced Wednesday that its Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) is taking hemp applications because of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Intellectual-property protection for hemp genetics comes […]

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Texas House gives hemp legalization initial OK, boosting odds for commercial industry

A Texas proposal to open the nation’s second-largest state to the hemp farming boom could soon become a reality after House legislators gave the idea an important thumbs-up Tuesday. The legislation positions Texas to join at least 42 other states with legal hemp production. The measure passed without objection in a preliminary House vote, meaning […]

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Oklahoma expanding into commercial hemp production, setting transport rules

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s freshly inked signature on legislation moves hemp from a pilot project to full commercial production plan under the 2018 Farm Bill. Stitt signed the bill on April 18, with bipartisan support from state lawmakers. Rules should be in place in time to allow commercial production in 2020, according to Public Radio […]

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Will hemp farmers have seed for 2019? USDA issues new guidance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has stepped in to assist hemp producers and exporters to bring hempseed to the United States now that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is not involved. In addition to the 2018 Farm Bill removing hemp and its derived products from the U.S. Controlled Substances list, the measure removed […]

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North Dakota lowers hemp fees, approves flower and CBD production

North Dakota has lowered fees on hemp farmers and lifted a ban on flower and CBD production. The state ranked seventh in hemp acreage in 2018, even though the law previously limited hemp production to fiber and seed products. Gov. Doug Burgum signed the measure into law earlier this month. The changes take effect for […]

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Michigan farmers cleared for hemp production for 2019 season

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state’s agriculture department launched hemp licensing for the 2019 planting season Thursday, ensuring that Michigan’s agriculture industry won’t miss out this year. “Michigan is uniquely positioned to grow, process and manufacture industrial hemp (as) one of the nation’s most agriculturally diverse states,” Whitmer said in a news release from the […]

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Lawsuit: Federal farm official threatened Oklahoma farmers over hemp

An Oklahoma hemp company is suing a federal agricultural official for allegedly trying to coerce farmers away from participating in the state’s industrial hemp pilot program through false and unlawful statements. The lawsuit by Equitable Organic Ventures (EOV) claims that Scott Biggs, executive director of the Oklahoma division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm […]

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Florida agriculture chief readies state for hemp industry

Florida’s farmers are hopeful that hemp will become legal in the state in time to plant this year. The idea also is gaining popularity among lawmakers, with hemp legislation making its way through the Florida state Senate and House. Farmers need a lifeline, and hemp is it, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told Hemp Industry […]

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Kansas governor expands hemp production

Kansas is taking steps toward allowing more farmers to grow hemp for commercial use under a measure Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law Monday. The law takes effect later this month and replaces a state program for researching hemp with a program that allows commercial production. Lawmakers authorized the research program last year after the […]

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Hemp companies left looking for banking alternatives

The stability that the 2018 Farm Bill was supposed to bring to the hemp industry remains elusive, particularly on the banking front, where a risk-averse industry has been pulling its previously dipped toes out of the water. U.S. Bank’s payments processing subsidiary Elavon recently opted to pull out of offering services to hemp farmers and […]

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Landing tax incentives, grants for your hemp business

Savvy hemp entrepreneurs can snag free government dollars that are virtually out of reach for marijuana businesses. And now that the 2018 Farm Bill has become law, an even bigger checkbook awaits in the form of Uncle Sam. “The big money is the USDA,” said Jonathan Miller, a lawyer for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, a […]

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