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Sessions’ marijuana antagonism spooks hemp industry, but some see silver lining

Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t have hemp in mind when he repealed Obama-era protections for state-legal marijuana businesses. But his Jan. 4 announcement sent shock waves into the hemp industry, too, leaving entrepreneurs scrambling to reassure skittish investors. It’s been a rocky couple of weeks for hemp entrepreneurs. That’s despite the fact that hemp’s legal […]

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Water access poses big risk for many hemp growers in 2018

Confusion at the federal level about water is causing a huge dilemma for hemp producers: Licensing deadlines are fast approaching in many states, but farmers don’t know if they’ll be able to irrigate their crops. That’s because the nation’s largest wholesale supplier of water – the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – won’t allow its water to […]

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Year in Review: Top 10 stories in the marijuana industry from 2017

It was a lung-busting 2017 for the North American cannabis industry, with marijuana executives stateside holding their collective breath wondering whether the new Trump administration would crack down on legal MJ businesses. Amid the uncertainty, Nevada’s new recreational marijuana industry opened in July with skyrocketing sales, while government officials and regulators in California and Canada […]

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Hemp State Highlight: New York has a $5 million plan to become hemp processing hub

New York typically goes big, and when it comes to hemp, the Empire State is writing the nation’s fattest check yet to promote its new crop. After a late start authorizing hemp production and a program that is relatively small compared to bigger agricultural producers, New York hopped to the front of the nation’s hemp line in July, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo invited hemp entrepreneurs to compete for $5 million in development grants.

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Flower power: Canada’s new hemp rules boost CBD production, but limits remain

Canada’s hemp market is about to skyrocket under new regulations that allow the nation’s farmers to use the plant’s flower for cannabidiol extraction. The proposal has farmers and cannabis companies scrambling to capitalize on the change. “This changes everything,” said Jenn Larry, president of CBD Strategy Group, a Montreal-based consulting firm for cannabis companies. “We’ve been growing hemp […]

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Hemp State Highlight: North Dakota growing lots of hemp, but market potential is limited

Few states are growing more hemp than North Dakota. With more than 3,000 acres in active hemp production and an unparalleled system for getting viable, certified seeds to interested growers, North Dakota could one day be the hemp leader it is for other agricultural commodities from corn to flaxseed.

But North Dakota has natural enemies that can limit hemp’s ability to thrive, as well as manmade enemies that limit the plant’s potential uses.

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Canada awaits hemp boom, with companies pivoting to capitalize on CBD

Excitement about hemp’s market potential is white-hot in Canada, where hemp production already overwhelms the United States and changing regulations could unleash a huge new market for CBD products. Company after company in Canada is gambling that the government will soon dramatically expand how the nation’s 120,000 acres of hemp can be used.

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