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Hemp legalization bill expedited to full Senate

A long-awaited hemp bill is on the fast track in the U.S. Senate. The measure to remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act got a boost Monday, according to The Hill. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the bill’s sponsor and the Senate Majority Leader, invoked a Senate procedure to allow the bill to skip over the committee […]

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‘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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Colorado hemp biotech takes a leap – into traditional agriculture

As traditional agricultural firms increasingly wade into the hemp and marijuana markets, one Colorado cannabis biotech firm is going the opposite direction. Front Range Biosciences of Lafayette uses tissue-culture technology to make “plantlets” for hemp and marijuana producers. Now the company is branching into coffee production, planning to use the technology it perfected on cannabis […]

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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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Chart: U.S. hemp production soars in 2017

Rising acceptance for hemp and CBD – combined with easing regulations at the state level – caused U.S. hemp production to surge in 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of acres licensed for hemp cultivation in the top 10 hemp-growing states grew by 140% – while the number of hemp producers doubled over the same […]

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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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Hemp State Highlight: Kentucky invests in hemp but wonders if peak has passed

Kentucky checks all the boxes for nourishing a hemp revival.

Climate suited to the plant? Check. Friendly regulations from a state willing to experiment and invest in hemp? Check.
Lots of cheap land and a processing infrastructure that includes in-state decortication and CBD extractors? Check and check.
So why do some agronomists fear that Kentucky has reached its hemp zenith?

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Hemp company launches first cannabis line aimed at minorities

A North Carolina company is making the cannabis industry’s first play for consumers of color with a line of beauty products aimed at ethnic minorities. The Hemp Excellence line of body lotions, lip balms and CBD capsules went on sale this month at two beauty shops that cater to women of color in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. […]

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