More Exclusive Features

Canada marijuana titans flexing into US hemp industry

Flush with cash and looking for a toehold in the United States, Canadian marijuana companies are making big investments in hemp. Consider: Canopy Growth (NYSE: CGC), an Ontario marijuana producer that snagged an investment for 5 billion Canadian dollars ($3.8 billion) from a New York alcohol company, recently announced it is entering the U.S. hemp market. […]

Read More

Uruguay continues Latin American cannabis leadership with hemp industry

Uruguay, often recognized as the pioneer in legalized recreational marijuana, is also building a solid foundation to support its hemp industry. “Uruguay is an agricultural country with a clear regulatory framework that offers attractive conditions for large-scale outdoor cultivation (of hemp),” said Maria Belen Algorta, who oversees Uruguay operations for Australia-based Ecofibre. “As far as […]

Read More

FDA Crystal Ball: 5 expert tips on CBD in the newly legal hemp industry

Nationwide legalization brought elation to the hemp industry, but it also brought anxiety as CBD manufacturers and retailers await guidance from federal health regulators on how the extract can be incorporated into foods, drugs and cosmetics. CBD is – by far – the largest component of the U.S. hemp industry, so the concern is widespread. […]

Read More

‘Everybody’s wanting seed’: Hempseed market heats up after Farm Bill passage

CBD-rich hempseed is legal now, but it’s also rare, giving plant breeders a huge new market as barriers to national hempseed distribution are removed. The 2018 Farm Bill guarantees interstate commerce for all hemp products, removing requirements that viable hempseeds require approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. But the law leaves in place requirements […]

Read More

‘You need standards’: Q&A with Marielle Weintraub of the US Hemp Authority

The fast-growing CBD industry has a problem: It’s bedeviled by dangerous lookalike products and scary warnings from top medical journals and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Even as CBD enters the mainstream, enabled by the 2018 Farm Bill, the industry lacks specific regulations to help consumers and authorities distinguish healthy products from dangerous phonies. […]

Read More

CBD boom goes bust in Austria as officials ban the extract in food, cosmetics

Austria’s Minister of Health ordered businesses to immediately stop selling CBD food and cosmetics because the products fall under the European Union’s definition of “novel food.” Cannabidiol is explicitly included in the EU’s novel food catalog, which means individual member countries may limit the marketing and sale of it without specific authorization. Business Association Cannabis Austria CEO Stefan Wolyniec […]

Read More

Chart: How the 2018 Farm Bill addresses top hemp industry challenges

Several major hurdles undermining hemp cultivators’ ability to run successful, profitable businesses are set to crumble once President Donald Trump signs the 2018 Farm Bill. Challenges such as finding processors or accessing banking services – problems attributable to the patchwork of state laws and regulations that have so far underpinned the industry – will be […]

Read More