Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Federal appeals court to review Idaho hemp seizure

A Colorado CBD company seeking the release of hemp seized in Idaho has been granted an appeal from a federal court, but it could be months before the case is resolved. Big Sky Scientific said that nearly 7,000 pounds of industrial hemp seized in Idaho last month was taken unlawfully under the 2018 Farm Bill. The 9th […]

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North Dakota court says CBD status not a ‘matter of great public concern’

North Dakota’s highest court has decided not to rule on the legality of hemp-derived CBD, upholding a drug conviction for a vape-shop owner who sold CBD. The court said that the retailer, Falesteni A. Abu Hamda, should have made his CBD argument earlier instead of accepting the state’s case against him. Hamda was charged with seven drug […]

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Congress to FDA: We need CBD answers by Friday

Saying that states need “immediate leadership” on CBD in foods, drugs and cosmetics, 12 members of Congress have asked the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release updated guidance by Friday.

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USDA seeks public comment on hemp policy during listening session

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host a public listening session Feb. 26 to get feedback on policies being implemented through the 2018 Farm Bill.  According to Bill Northey, the agency’s undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, the listening session is an opportunity for hemp producers and other agriculture industry stakeholders to provide input on […]

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South Dakota lawmakers vote to join hemp boom, despite governor’s concerns

South Dakota lawmakers have given hemp production a huge thumbs-up, against the governor’s wishes to table the proposal, to join at least 41 other states with laws allowing hemp cultivation. The House voted 65-2 Monday to allow hemp farming, a solid rebuke to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who last week asked lawmakers to shelve […]

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Mississippi rejects hemp farming amendment, but proposals still pending

Mississippi lawmakers aren’t ready to regulate hemp. A panel in the Mississippi state House turned down an amendment Monday that would have allowed farmers to grow hemp. The proposal came on a bill to update the state’s classifications for drugs such as fentanyl. Separate proposals to allow hemp production in Mississippi are still pending. The […]

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Maine orders CBD edibles removed from retail stores

Authorities in Maine have shocked retailers and hemp farmers by ordering CBD edibles be removed from stores amid concerns that cannabidiol still is not a federally approved food additive. Last week, health inspectors began ordering stores to remove “all foods, tinctures and capsules” containing the extract, the Portland Press Herald reported. Other nonedible CBD products, […]

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Chart: Fast-rising CBD still trying to make inroads with mainstream retailers

CBD’s meteoric rise in popularity has hemp growers finding all kinds of market opportunities that don’t exist for THC products, including yoga studios, pet boutiques, gyms and coffee shops – all foreign territory for marijuana-derived products. One Kentucky hemp producer even has CBD products being sold in tractor supply stores; a North Carolina CBD company has […]

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Federal judge blocks THC test in West Virginia hemp suit, allows CBD extraction

A federal judge has blocked a government request for a THC test on a batch of West Virginia hemp and said the hemp can be processed for CBD extraction in nearby Pennsylvania. The developments come as federal prosecutors say they’re going to continue pursuing civil charges against the farm, Grassy Run, and its affiliated company, CAMO […]

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Farm Bill boost: Kentucky hemp acreage more than doubles for 2019

Kentucky’s hemp acreage could more than double in 2019, with state agriculture officials attributing increased registrations to the new Farm Bill. The state says it has licensed more than 42,000 acres for 2019 hemp production, up 163% from 2018, when Kentucky licensed 16,000 acres. Only 6,700 acres were planted for hemp last year, the state […]

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