Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

To help change USDA hemp rules, producers turn to state regulators, US Congress

Looking for allies to loosen federal hemp restrictions, professionals in the hemp industry are teaming with state agriculture authorities and members of the U.S. Congress to push for change in areas such as hemp sampling and testing. Now that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the comment period on federal production rules, it’s wise […]

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EPA approves 10 pesticides for hemp production

Hemp farmers will have the option to use new crop protection tools for the 2020 season after federal regulators’ approval of pesticide products to the hemp production arsenal. In a major step toward making the newly legal crop a national commodity, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday approved the use of 10 products to control […]

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USDA extends public comment period for hemp interim final rule by 30 days

Federal agriculture officials are giving the hemp industry more time to provide feedback on new nationwide production rules. After requests from state officials and members of the U.S. Congress seeking additional time for public feedback, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Tuesday it will extend the comment period on the U.S. Hemp Production Program interim final […]

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State agriculture departments ask USDA to extend comment period by 60 days

An association that represents the top officers of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories has joined other voices on Capitol Hill in asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a 60-day extension on submitting public comments about hemp production. In a letter to federal agriculture officials, the National […]

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USDA hemp-production regulations endanger smokable hemp flower market, business leaders say

Stringent sampling and testing protocols mandated by federal agriculture officials in the new hemp production regulations could make the hemp flower market go up in smoke, according to industry observers. Farmers and industry advocates worry the lucrative smokable hemp flower that many farmers are producing – with hopes of earning some of the highest profits […]

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US Senate confirms Hahn as new head of FDA

The U.S. Senate has confirmed a cancer specialist from Texas to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Stephen Hahn was confirmed Thursday. He replaces Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Hahn hasn’t said how he believes cannabis extracts such as CBD should be regulated, though he said at his confirmation hearing that he wants to see […]

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Two lawsuits between Canopy, US hemp grower dropped

The legal battle between the U.S. arm of Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth and a Nevada-based hemp producer appears to be over. Canopy filed notice that it is dropping its lawsuit accusing Go Farm Hemp of squandering a $12 million advance to grow hemp. Canopy’s filing to dismiss came a month after Go Farm Hemp’s […]

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Cuomo signs NY hemp law; decision on extracts in food, beverages deferred

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Monday that sets up a regulatory framework for the production and sale of hemp and hemp extracts in the state. According to a statement from the governor’s office, the new law also requires hemp businesses to test and properly label products to safeguard consumers. The […]

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Another German court halts sale of CBD as food without ‘novel’ authorization

Local authorities acted correctly by not allowing sales of CBD products that don’t have a “novel food” authorization, a German court decided, confirming an earlier ruling. The “novel food” classification is given by the European Union to products that have not been significantly consumed before 1997. The Gießen Administrative Court (VG Gießen) said it decided […]

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