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Cannabis-waste recycler wins Colorado grant to develop aftermarket hemp products

A cannabis-waste startup has been selected to receive a $250,000 grant from Colorado to find aftermarket uses for hemp and marijuana waste. 9Fiber of Silver Spring, Maryland, plans to process waste hemp and marijuana stalks for industrial purposes such as bioplastics, construction materials and animal bedding. The company expects to start operations in Pueblo, Colorado, in […]

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North Dakota court asked to ignore CBD’s legal status as retailer appeals drug conviction

A tobacco-shop owner appealing his drug conviction said the products he sold were perfectly legal, but prosecutors want North Dakota’s highest court to leave that question to a jury. The North Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments this week in the case of Falesteni A. Abu Hamda, who was charged in 2017 with seven drug crimes after […]

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No extraction required: Smokable hemp trend gives farmers new use for flower

One of the fastest-growing hemp sectors bears a striking resemblance to the marijuana industry: dried and smokable hemp flowers. The growth of hemp pre-rolls and loose flower has roots in Europe, where cannabis enthusiasts have long embraced smoking low-THC cannabis, but its rise in the U.S. is catching longtime hemp industry watchers by surprise. Bethany […]

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Colorado vote poses risks, opportunities for hemp farmers

Colorado’s recent vote to move part of the hemp definition out of the state constitution has some entrepreneurs cheering, while others warn it could lead to federal meddling in the nation’s largest hemp market. Amendment X left the overall definition of hemp in Colorado’s constitution but removed the THC limit of 0.3%. The change allows […]

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Academia joins CBD research boom, offering new market opportunities

Lack of significant research on the effect of cannabinoids has long been a bane to the CBD and hemp industries. But in the wake of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision to reschedule some cannabis-derived products, researchers are looking for ways to open and capitalize on new markets and uses. Two Stanford University researchers, Jonathan […]

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Chart: Opportunity in CBD-only stores limited, but strong growth expected for other channels

As state laws around cannabidiol continue to change, stand-alone CBD stores may become a relic. According to estimates from Hemp Industry Daily in the 2018 Hemp & CBD Industry Factbook, CBD sales in the U.S. are expected to exceed $1 billion by 2020. More than half (55%) of retail respondents to a survey for the Factbook described their stores are […]

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