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CBD turmoil in Nebraska, Indiana underscores product’s uncertain legal status

By Kristen Nichols

A recent memo from Nebraska’s top law-enforcement official – in which he called cannabidiol products “illegal” – has underscored the challenges faced by CBD manufacturers and retailers nationwide.

The memo, and a CBD brouhaha in Indiana, have meant lost sales, confiscated product, legal uncertainty – and even the loss of a job.

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Hemp-based CBD market continues its enormous growth

By John Schroyer

Just as the marijuana industry has exploded in recent years, so too has a sector that revolves around the plant’s non-psychoactive cousin: hemp.

In particular, demand for hemp-based cannabidiol has skyrocketed, and the resulting need nationwide for more CBD-based health products helped give birth to a new industry that parallels the larger cannabis market.

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South Carolina prepares to launch nation’s latest hemp program

By Margaret Jackson South Carolina is gearing up to become the latest state to allow hemp cultivation, a move that’s expected to create opportunities for farmers, makers of hemp-based products and ancillary companies offering goods and services to those growing and processing the plant.

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Massachusetts cannabis businesses warily await lawmaker tinkering

By Omar Sacirbey

Cannabis industry advocates in Massachusetts know changes are coming to the law that voters passed last November legalizing recreational marijuana.

But how modest or extreme those changes will be, and whether they’ll constrain the market, is less certain.

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Certified seeds and CBD help US hemp industry take root

By Omar Sacirbey America’s fledgling hemp industry recently got its latest boost when the Colorado Department of Agriculture submitted for potential state certification six varieties of hempseeds that, if certified, U.S. farmers could buy to start their own crops. Hemp cultivation also is benefiting from rising demand for CBD products and new applications for hemp.

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Washington MJ company sets sights on Kroger, other mainstream retailers

By John Schroyer A Washington State marijuana entrepreneur may be close to getting her low-THC cannabis-based health and beauty product line on the shelves of retail titans such as Kroger-owned grocery stores. If successful, the development would further push cannabis-based products into the mainstream retail world.

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Hemp industry facing barriers to commercialization

By Omar Sacirbey It’s been more than two years since President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing the limited cultivation of hemp, but the fledgling industry remains a long way from becoming a thriving business. Observers say commercialization of this potentially lucrative plant remains limited for legal, financial and technological reasons.

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