Hemp Legalization & Regulatory News for Hemp Businesses


Cuomo signs NY hemp law; decision on extracts in food, beverages deferred

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Monday that sets up a regulatory framework for the production and sale of hemp and hemp extracts in the state. According to a statement from the governor’s office, the new law also requires hemp businesses to test and properly label products to safeguard consumers. The […]

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Another German court halts sale of CBD as food without ‘novel’ authorization

Local authorities acted correctly by not allowing sales of CBD products that don’t have a “novel food” authorization, a German court decided, confirming an earlier ruling. The “novel food” classification is given by the European Union to products that have not been significantly consumed before 1997. The Gießen Administrative Court (VG Gießen) said it decided […]

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Greed, backstabbing and ‘Frankenstein contracts’ in the hemp landscape: Q&A with cannabis attorney Lisa Pittman

Hemp might be legal now, but more and more hemp companies are finding themselves in court. That’s because the booming industry has attracted a mix of new entrepreneurs and get-rich-quick scam artists looking to take advantage of a new market with few established players. Making matters more complicated for hemp businesses is the fact that many […]

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Key US senator wants USDA to extend hemp rule comment period

The top Democratic official in the U.S. Senate is calling on federal agriculture regulators to allow more time for hemp industry stakeholders to have their voices heard regarding hemp production regulations. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend […]

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Farmers can now apply for hemp production licenses through USDA

Producers who want to grow hemp in 2020 but live in a state that does not currently have a program can now apply for federal licenses. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting license applications from producers whose states or tribes do not submit plans for approval. The agency […]

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USDA, DOJ in talks about real-time hemp certification to ease transport issues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is talking about getting real-time hemp information to law enforcement authorities in order to ease interstate hemp shipments. An information-sharing platform with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could provide “some level of solution” that shipments are legal hemp and not illegal marijuana, according to USDA attorney Mai Dinh. […]

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Wisconsin governor signs hemp expansion into law

Wisconsin has become the first state to adopt hemp expansion after seeing how federal agriculture regulators want to manage the new crop. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill into law directing the state’s agriculture department to mirror production guidelines released in October by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new Wisconsin hemp law: Charges farmers […]

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FDA nominee: CBD shows promise, but many ‘open and unanswered questions’

The nominee to take charge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says he wants to see more research to answer “open and unanswered questions” about CBD. Dr. Stephen Hahn, a cancer specialist from Houston who is awaiting Senate confirmation to lead the FDA, is telling U.S. senators that CBD already has “a pathway […]

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