Legal & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses

‘Historic day for hemp’: McConnell introduces promised bill

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell’s bill to take hemp out of the Controlled Substances Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The measure represents the most audacious attempt yet to make hemp a mainstream crop after four decades of prohibition. McConnell stood before the Senate Thursday and asked his colleagues to “empower American farmers to […]

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Cannabis, CBD industry wary of looming decision on epilepsy drug

The most disruptive product to hit the newly legal hemp industry might be one that will never be sold directly to consumers. GW Pharmaceuticals, a London-based biotech company, is awaiting a final decision from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to produce the first cannabis-derived treatment to win approval as legal medicine. The decision on […]

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Welcome to Hemp Industry Daily

Sometimes you have to take a step back to see the whole picture. And when you do, you see a whole new image. Welcome to Hemp Industry Daily, a business news service from the publishers of Marijuana Business Daily.  Marijuana is a variety of hemp that gets enormous public attention because its flowers become intoxicating […]

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Vermont hemp processor wins partial victory in crop dispute

A Vermont hemp processor accused of stealing a contract farmer’s hemp crop won’t be held personally liable for any missing profits. A civil judge dismissed the personal liability case against Vermont Hemp Co. CEO Joel Bedard, according to Heady Vermont, a website that covers the state’s cannabis industry. The lawsuit against the company will continue, […]

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CBD limits loosening in states written off by marijuana reformers

Far from the bustling marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas and California, rural and politically conservative states with limited cannabis laws are loosening restrictions that once had marijuana entrepreneurs writing them off as infertile territory.

“Progress is being made in places you’d never have thought possible,” said Keith Stroup, founder of NORML.

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Canada releases rules for cannabis packaging, ‘micro-cultivation’

When recreational marijuana hits store shelves in Canada later this summer, it will be sold in “plain packaging” that contains only a standardized cannabis symbol and one of 14 health warning messages, according to an updated set of proposals released Monday. The recommendations were part of a Health Canada report summarizing feedback from 3,200 people on […]

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European hemp group seeks higher THC limits to compete with North America

A major hemp industry group in Europe wants to see higher THC limits to meet the threshold in the United States and Canada. The European Industrial Hemp Association, based in Huerth, Germany, called on EU regulators to raise hemp’s THC limit from 0.2% to 0.3%. The U.S. and Canada allow hemp to contain no more […]

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Trump administration cautions against hemp expansion

The Trump administration doesn’t want to see hemp expanded nationwide in the next Farm Bill because of concerns about overproduction, an official said Wednesday. Greg Ibach, undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said current hemp regulations are “fairly narrow” and that the Trump administration doesn’t necessarily want to see that change when the Farm […]

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5 business points to consider in Thursday’s high-stakes CBD court case

The Hemp Industries Association and a handful of cannabis entrepreneurs are taking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to court Thursday in a high-stakes case over the agency’s 2016 pronouncement that CBD is an illegal drug – the same as marijuana. The case won’t be decided for months, but the outcome is important for the entire […]

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Sessions’ marijuana antagonism spooks hemp industry, but some see silver lining

Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t have hemp in mind when he repealed Obama-era protections for state-legal marijuana businesses. But his Jan. 4 announcement sent shock waves into the hemp industry, too, leaving entrepreneurs scrambling to reassure skittish investors. It’s been a rocky couple of weeks for hemp entrepreneurs. That’s despite the fact that hemp’s legal […]

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Congress members defend CBD, blast DEA’s hemp decision

In a bold show of support for the hemp industry and CBD, 28 members of Congress are asking a federal appeals court to reject the Drug Enforcement Administration’s argument that cannabidiol is a Schedule 1 drug. The Congress members filed the brief Thursday in conjunction with a pending lawsuit against the DEA. The 9th Circuit Court […]

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