Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Oregon finalizes hemp testing rules, suggests new fees

Hemp is booming in Oregon, so state agriculture regulators proposed another round of rules that could contribute to increased acreage. According to Canna Law Blog, the Oregon agriculture department’s proposed changes include: Lowering registration fees from $1,300 for hemp growers to $250, plus $500 for each grow site. Clarifying the option to resample if hemp fails pre-harvest […]

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Kentucky, Montana senators get impatient with outdated hemp rules

U.S. senators from two big hemp states are getting fed up with waiting for hemp rules on issues such as shipping hemp across states lines to get fixed, so they’re pushing federal regulators to move faster. During a forum in Kentucky on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a new hemp law may be […]

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The Road Forward in Hemp

Those of us who have been actively building cannabis-related businesses since the legal cannabis industry’s earliest days have long understood the potential of the hemp industry. Personally, it’s fascinated me ever since I met a hemp farmer at the very first MJBizCon, which was held in Denver in 2012. It was one of those serendipitous […]

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Wyoming takes another step toward hemp production

Farmers in Wyoming are getting closer to having another crop to cultivate now that the state’s Department of Agriculture has submitted a plan for hemp production to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Last month, Gov. Mark Gordon signed the first state-level hemp law since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Wyoming’s new law calls for […]

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Farm Credit Administration to issue guidance on hemp financial services

Hemp businesses could know as soon as next week which financial institutions they can approach for credit and lending help. The U.S. Farm Credit Administration (FCA) chairman and CEO Dallas Tonsager says that the agency will advise its 69 regional institutions on lending to hemp producers, Agri-Pulse reported. Tonsager said Tuesday that lenders will need […]

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Hemp importers see victory in legal setback against US Customs

A California court is giving hemp and CBD importers reason to smile, even though a federal judge dismissed most of a CBD company’s legal challenge to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal repeatedly said the 2018 Farm Bill makes clear that hemp shipments shouldn’t be considered marijuana nor destroyed. […]

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FDA warns CBD businesses: Stop making medical claims – or else

Three CBD companies received letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warning them against making “unsubstantiated claims” about their products’ medical benefits. The companies, Advanced Spine and Pain (Relievus) in Jenison, Michigan, Nutra Pure in Vancouver, Washington, and PotNetwork Holdings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are accused of promoting […]

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Texas loosens state-level hemp ban, but uncertainty remains

Hemp holdout Texas is taking a big step toward embracing the federally legal plant, with one agency announcing a rule change to remove the plant from the state’s definition of marijuana. But entrepreneurs hoping that Texas will allow a hemp industry before federal agencies take action say that the April 5 change isn’t enough to […]

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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue issues warning for hemp farmers

As the hype around hemp ramps up and states issue record numbers of licenses to farmers wanting to capitalize on opportunities the new crop may offer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said this week he isn’t so sure hemp will be the cash crop everyone is hoping for. “What is the market potential of […]

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