Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

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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Texas hemp legalization awaits governor’s pen

Lawmakers in the nation’s second-largest state have agreed to allow hemp cultivation, putting Texas one signature away from joining at least 42 other states to allow commercial hemp farming. The Texas measure, which passed unanimously in the state House and Senate, would not only legalize CBD in the state but would also allow the cannabinoid to […]

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Five things CBD insiders are looking for from the FDA

The hemp industry cheered when the plant was legalized last year. But the promise of hassle-free commerce from hemp’s most valuable product – the cannabinoids in its flowers – has remained elusive. That’s because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration waited less than 24 hours after hemp was legalized to extinguish hopes that cannabinoids, especially […]

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Texas Senate unanimously approves industrial hemp, CBD legislation

The push to legalize hemp and CBD products in Texas cleared another legislative hurdle with the state Senate’s unanimous approval of a bill to allow production and sales. The proposed Texas hemp bill, which also passed unanimously in the state House last month, would not only legalize CBD in the state but would also allow […]

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‘Distinct products, distinct plants – that’s the only way’: Part 2 of a Q&A with CV Sciences exec Doug Mackay

As the hemp industry anticipates the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) first public hearing to start the process of regulating hemp extracts such as CBD in food, beverages and cosmetics, among others, a former dietary supplement executive now working with San Diego-based CBD manufacturer CV Sciences offers insight on regulatory compliance. In Part 1 […]

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Report: Hemp crop insurance guarantee may see US Senate action

A guarantee about hemp crop insurance may be added to a stalled disaster-aid bill pending in the U.S. Senate. According to The Washington Post, hemp advocate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is trying to add language to the legislation to ensure hemp will be eligible for federal crop insurance. McConnell steered hemp […]

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Iowa governor signs law allowing hemp cultivation in 2020

Iowa farmers will have the option of growing industrial hemp next year under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday. The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature last month with overwhelming support. The law allows licensed growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres. But before cultivation can begin, the Iowa […]

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