Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

North Carolina considers ban on smokable hemp

North Carolina is considering a ban on smokable hemp, but farmers say that would stifle market opportunity in a fast-growing new industry. The ban is part of a bill outlining North Carolina’s industrial hemp pilot program. The state’s Bureau of Investigation is pushing for the ban, saying it’s difficult for law enforcement to discern smokable hemp […]

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South Dakota tribe sues USDA over delayed hemp regulations

An American Indian tribe in South Dakota has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for failing to approve its plan for hemp regulation on tribal lands. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe claims that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue violated the 2018 Farm Bill when he did not approve the tribe’s plan within […]

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Alaska proposes bi-level THC testing fees in long-delayed hemp rule draft

Alaska wants to reward hemp farmers who use certified varieties with lower THC testing fees in the state’s long-delayed proposal for regulating commercial production. The proposed regulations – issued more than a year after Alaska authorized hemp cultivation – gives would-be entrepreneurs a first look at how much it could cost to produce and process hemp. The […]

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Louisiana Senate votes in favor of legalizing hemp, CBD

Hemp and cannabidiol legalization could become a reality in Louisiana after the state Senate’s 34-2 vote on a bill to allow production and sales. Supporters of the bill say legalizing hemp production would allow farmers to diversify their crops and that creating CBD regulations for businesses in Louisiana would end regulatory confusion. “Every single farmer that […]

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Hemp-derived products cleared for US air travel in another sign of federal acceptance

U.S. aviation authorities have changed course on cannabidiol and now allow it on airplanes, as long as it comes from hemp. The U.S. Transport Security Administration recently updated its guidance on medical marijuana to clarify that CBD products are allowed as long as they were produced legally. That means CBD products must be derived from legally […]

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Crop insurance provision for hemp included in US disaster aid bill

A provision to help hemp farmers get crop insurance has been added to a federal disaster-relief bill. A bill that passed in the Senate on Thursday includes an amendment to ensure hemp farmers access to crop insurance prior to the 2020 growing season. The provision states that the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. shall offer coverage under the […]

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