Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Dosing, drug interactions top FDA’s questions about CBD as review continues

The regulators in charge of U.S. policy on CBD are giving the industry a first look at federal concerns as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) starts work looking at how cannabinoids can be used in food, drugs and dietary supplements. Dr. Amy Abernethy and Lowell Schiller, who lead the FDA’s new work group […]

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Judge denies South Dakota tribe’s request to grow hemp this year

The American Indian tribe that’s suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over delayed hemp regulations will have to wait until the lawsuit is concluded or the agency approves its hemp production plan, a federal judge has ruled. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe requested a temporary restraining order against the USDA and a preliminary injunction […]

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Louisiana legalizes hemp farming but bans smokable hemp and limits CBD sales

Louisiana has finally legalized hemp production and CBD sales – with caveats. The state is putting limits on the kinds of CBD products that can be sold, and farmers will have to wait until 2020 to grow legal hemp. CBD retailers in Louisiana will have to get licenses from the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco […]

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Minnesota hemp farmer suing state for revoking his license

Just as the hemp farming season gets underway, a Minnesota hemp farmer is claiming in a federal lawsuit that the state violated his constitutional rights by revoking his growing license and ordering him to destroy his crop. Luis Hummel, who runs 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, Minnesota, filed suit after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture […]

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FDA hearing ‘little bit like a first date’: Q&A with ATACH co-founder Michael Bronstein

As the hemp and CBD industry navigates the regulatory roller coaster resulting from the much-celebrated 2018 Farm Bill, the unknowns can cause anxiety for even the most confident of businesspeople. That’s why it’s invaluable to have guidance and perspective from those who know the legal landscape. Michael Bronstein, who co-founded the American Trade Association for […]

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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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