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Multistate producer Hemptown ready to scale hemp production, processing sites with $23 million capital raise

Hemptown USA, a multistate hemp producer and CBD company, completed a $23 million round of financing last week, allowing it to move forward with ambitious expansion plans in Colorado, Kentucky, Northern California and Oregon. The company will use the raise to purchase $5.5 million worth of Oregon CBD seeds. The rest will be used to: […]

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‘Be at the table, or you’re on the plate’: Part 1 of a Q&A with CV Sciences exec Doug Mackay

For a CBD company looking to see its products sold alongside traditional supplements and functional foods, what better place to look than a longtime executive from the natural-products world? In late March, San Diego-based CBD manufacturer CV Sciences brought on Douglas Mackay, a naturopathic doctor and former senior vice president with the Council for Responsible […]

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Chart: Brand plays critical role in CBD purchases

Even in the relatively new competitive market around CBD, consumers are turning to trusted companies and brands to acquire products with the cannabinoid. Nearly one-third of respondents to a survey from High Yield Insights said they purchase CBD products from a specific brand’s website – more than those who said they use a general online […]

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States move forward on hemp while USDA develops federal rules

Afraid of missing hot opportunities in hemp while the federal government mulls national rules, states are adopting a surprising number of laws to start or expand hemp production. Most states already allow hemp cultivation, but 2019 has seen many of the hemp holdouts adopt cultivation laws, while more established hemp states are expanding opportunities to […]

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Mattress firm navigates tricky hemp-fiber market

A Michigan company hopes to be at the forefront of industrial hemp textile and fabric adoption by marketing hemp mattresses to millennials. However, short supply of hemp fiber for textiles and fabric is creating challenges for the company and driving up the price. “When we went on the hunt for the ingredients to build the […]

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Kentucky hemp company researching cultivation in space

Update: The launch scheduled for Friday morning was delayed until Saturday. A Kentucky hemp company is sending seeds into space to see what changes when the plant has less gravity. Winchester-based Atalo Holdings’ seeds will hitch a ride to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX 17, scheduled to launch Friday. Scientists will be looking at […]

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Curaleaf agrees to buy Cura Partners for CA$1.27 billion in all-stock deal

Massachusetts-based Curaleaf, a vertically integrated marijuana and hemp company, agreed to acquire Portland, Oregon-based Cura Partners in an all-stock deal worth 1.27 billion Canadian dollars ($949 million). Curaleaf will issue 95.6 million subordinated voting shares, giving Cura a roughly 16% stake in the company. Cura’s Select brands are available in more than 900 retailers, mainly in […]

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Health Canada cuts red tape for hempseed shipments to US

The hemp industry in Canada is welcoming a move by the country’s regulatory body to simplify the export of hempseed to the United States ahead of this spring’s planting season. Last week, Health Canada notified hemp license holders and applicants the agency would no longer require an import permit from the U.S. authority before issuing […]

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Hemp industry awaits more hemp import, export guidelines

Hemp entrepreneurs are still waiting to realize the benefits of being able to import hempseed as a commodity, even as they cheer recent assurance from the federal government that change is on the way. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new guidance this month on how hemp importing will work now that federal drug […]

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Europe’s hemp definition, ‘novel foods’ designation cloud region’s potentially booming CBD market

European hemp producers and manufacturers are struggling to capitalize on the global CBD boom and compete with U.S. manufacturers as they navigate the continent’s thorny regulations – but they’re optimistic that upcoming changes will open new CBD opportunities. The hemp and CBD industry wants the European Union to change its Common Agricultural Policy, which governs food […]

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