Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

Hemp industry ponders CBD’s future after FDA commissioner’s resignation

Hemp and CBD industry leaders expressed mixed reactions to this week’s resignation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb’s resignation came just as the industry was hoping the FDA would start work on developing a framework for how cannabidiol could be regulated for inclusion in food, dietary supplements and cosmetics. […]

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Report: FDA chief to resign, leaving CBD review in question

Just as the CBD industry was hoping to start work next month on the cannabinoid’s place in food, drugs and cosmetics, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief is resigning. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who told Congress last week that CBD can’t be added to consumer products, is leaving office in April, according […]

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USDA plans webinar on hemp and the Farm Bill, invites comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a webinar to get public input on the 2018 Farm Bill and hemp production. All interested parties are welcome to provide comments during the March 13 session, hosted by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Program. Participants must register in advance, and those who wish to speak must submit written comments to [email protected] by […]

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Washington state to make way for hemp this spring

Washington state lawmakers and the Department of Agriculture are working together to make the state laws Farm Bill-compliant. A bill that allows hemp to be grown for CBD and moved across state lines was endorsed unanimously on Tuesday by a House committee, the Capital Press reported. The bill also would allow farmers to produce hemp within 4 […]

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FDA commissioner gives fresh details on CBD review

In two separate meetings over the past two days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offered a glimpse of potential CBD regulations to come and promised an April hearing to start work. FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told state agriculture regulators that products not approved by the FDA and marketed with unproven claims about therapeutic benefits […]

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Federal appeals court to review Idaho hemp seizure

A Colorado CBD company seeking the release of hemp seized in Idaho has been granted an appeal from a federal court, but it could be months before the case is resolved. Big Sky Scientific said that nearly 7,000 pounds of industrial hemp seized in Idaho last month was taken unlawfully under the 2018 Farm Bill. The 9th […]

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North Dakota court says CBD status not a ‘matter of great public concern’

North Dakota’s highest court has decided not to rule on the legality of hemp-derived CBD, upholding a drug conviction for a vape-shop owner who sold CBD. The court said that the retailer, Falesteni A. Abu Hamda, should have made his CBD argument earlier instead of accepting the state’s case against him. Hamda was charged with seven drug […]

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Congress to FDA: We need CBD answers by Friday

Saying that states need “immediate leadership” on CBD in foods, drugs and cosmetics, 12 members of Congress have asked the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release updated guidance by Friday.

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USDA seeks public comment on hemp policy during listening session

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host a public listening session Feb. 26 to get feedback on policies being implemented through the 2018 Farm Bill.  According to Bill Northey, the agency’s undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, the listening session is an opportunity for hemp producers and other agriculture industry stakeholders to provide input on […]

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South Dakota lawmakers vote to join hemp boom, despite governor’s concerns

South Dakota lawmakers have given hemp production a huge thumbs-up, against the governor’s wishes to table the proposal, to join at least 41 other states with laws allowing hemp cultivation. The House voted 65-2 Monday to allow hemp farming, a solid rebuke to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who last week asked lawmakers to shelve […]

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