Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Will hemp farmers have seed for 2019? USDA issues new guidance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has stepped in to assist hemp producers and exporters to bring hempseed to the United States now that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is not involved. In addition to the 2018 Farm Bill removing hemp and its derived products from the U.S. Controlled Substances list, the measure removed […]

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North Dakota lowers hemp fees, approves flower and CBD production

North Dakota has lowered fees on hemp farmers and lifted a ban on flower and CBD production. The state ranked seventh in hemp acreage in 2018, even though the law previously limited hemp production to fiber and seed products. Gov. Doug Burgum signed the measure into law earlier this month. The changes take effect for […]

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Michigan farmers cleared for hemp production for 2019 season

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state’s agriculture department launched hemp licensing for the 2019 planting season Thursday, ensuring that Michigan’s agriculture industry won’t miss out this year. “Michigan is uniquely positioned to grow, process and manufacture industrial hemp (as) one of the nation’s most agriculturally diverse states,” Whitmer said in a news release from the […]

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Lawsuit: Federal farm official threatened Oklahoma farmers over hemp

An Oklahoma hemp company is suing a federal agricultural official for allegedly trying to coerce farmers away from participating in the state’s industrial hemp pilot program through false and unlawful statements. The lawsuit by Equitable Organic Ventures (EOV) claims that Scott Biggs, executive director of the Oklahoma division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm […]

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Florida agriculture chief readies state for hemp industry

Florida’s farmers are hopeful that hemp will become legal in the state in time to plant this year. The idea also is gaining popularity among lawmakers, with hemp legislation making its way through the Florida state Senate and House. Farmers need a lifeline, and hemp is it, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told Hemp Industry […]

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Kansas governor expands hemp production

Kansas is taking steps toward allowing more farmers to grow hemp for commercial use under a measure Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law Monday. The law takes effect later this month and replaces a state program for researching hemp with a program that allows commercial production. Lawmakers authorized the research program last year after the […]

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Hemp companies left looking for banking alternatives

The stability that the 2018 Farm Bill was supposed to bring to the hemp industry remains elusive, particularly on the banking front, where a risk-averse industry has been pulling its previously dipped toes out of the water. U.S. Bank’s payments processing subsidiary Elavon recently opted to pull out of offering services to hemp farmers and […]

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Landing tax incentives, grants for your hemp business

Savvy hemp entrepreneurs can snag free government dollars that are virtually out of reach for marijuana businesses. And now that the 2018 Farm Bill has become law, an even bigger checkbook awaits in the form of Uncle Sam. “The big money is the USDA,” said Jonathan Miller, a lawyer for the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, a […]

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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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