Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Montana, North Dakota keeping old rules for 2020 hemp production season

Two more top hemp states have decided to operate their 2020 hemp production programs under the rules of the 2014 Farm Bill. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the public comment period last week on its interim final rule for hemp production, regulators in Montana and North Dakota said they will keep their current rules. Montana, […]

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Colorado joins hemp states giving up on USDA approval for 2020 season

Colorado is the latest hemp state to withdraw its request to win federal approval for regulating the crop in 2020. The state’s governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner said Colorado will not seek U.S. Department of Agriculture approval for 2020, joining several other markets that are exercising the option to use their old hemp rules until […]

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As USDA comments close, 30 states face law changes, group warns

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) closes an extended public-comment period on its national hemp regulations Wednesday, the agency’s state-level counterparts are warning that the young industry will be harmed if changes aren’t made. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture wrote in an open letter that the interim final rule released by […]

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CBD user data? There’s an app for that, and the results are headed to FDA

A cannabis sector-focused health and wellness research company is leading an industry-sponsored liver-toxicity study to deliver aggregated, “real-world experience” data that will help answer federal health officials’ safety concerns about consumer use of CBD. After a December meeting with federal officials responsible for regulating CBD in which ValidCare presented initial consumer-experience data collected through its […]

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‘Baffling’ smokable hemp ban in Indiana moves to federal appeals court

Indiana is making a “baffling” argument against smokable hemp as it tries to revive a ban ruled unconstitutional, a group of hemp wholesalers and retailers told a federal appeals court that’s been asked to intervene in the case. The Midwest Hemp Council and seven Indiana hemp wholesalers are challenging the state’s attempt to revive a smokable hemp […]

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Maryland, Vermont extend pilot programs for 2020 season

Two more states have opted to operate their 2020 hemp production seasons under the 2014 pilot program, bringing to nine the total markets that will keep the existing rules in play for another year. Maryland and Vermont will extend the pilot program under the rules of the 2014 Farm Bill, according to the U.S. Department […]

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Former DEA chief joins new CBD advisory panel

A former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is joining the latest advisory panel tackling CBD regulations. Karen Tandy, who led the DEA from 2003 to 2007 and was the first female DEA chief, is among a panel of former government officials looking at the CBD industry for the Consumer Brands Association, which […]

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Reminder: USDA interim final rule comment period to close in one week

In December, federal officials gave the U.S. hemp industry 30 more days to provide feedback on new production rules, but that extra time is coming to a close. Hemp farmers, hemp businesses, associations and industry allies that haven’t yet submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule for the U.S. Hemp […]

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Arizona climate blamed for ‘off the charts’ THC failure in first hemp crops

Arizona producers might have geography to blame for joining hemp farmers across the country who have had to destroy their 2019 crops after the plants tested positive for elevated levels of THC. About 41% of the state’s hemp plants tested above the 0.3% legal THC limit, according to the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Plant Services Division, […]

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