Hemp Industry News for Hemp & CBD Retailers

Smokable hemp ban step closer to adoption in North Carolina

North Carolina lawmakers are moving closer to banning smokable hemp starting late next year. An agricultural bill that includes a ban on selling smokable hemp products, beginning in December 2020, passed in the state House Wednesday, WRAL-TV reported. The measure has already passed the North Carolina Senate, though changes in the bill mean the Senate […]

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Brownstein Hyatt cites growth of industrial hemp in formation of industry group

With industrial hemp and recreational/medical marijuna becoming what it calls more “mainstream,” law firm and lobbying giant Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck said it has created a new industry group to accommodate the maturing markets. The group will be co-chaired by Melissa Kuipers Blake, a shareholder in the Denver-based firm’s government relations department, and Amy Steinfeld, […]

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Hemp commodity exchanges scramble to offer vetted trading platforms

It’s August, and though national hemp production rules have yet to be released, the industry continues to develop new business options to fill the void for trade within the space. One new offering says it can give the entire hemp supply chain a way to verify advertised industrial products. PanXchange’s trading platform, which launched Thursday, said […]

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Ex-US surgeon general joins CBD company’s advisory board

A former U.S. surgeon general is joining the advisory board of a California CBD company. Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as surgeon general from 2002 to 2008, will advise Kadenwood, a privately held company that makes topical CBD products in Newport Beach, California. The appointment gives Kadenwood a government insider to “shift the perception of […]

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States setting their own CBD rules as federal action lags

Hoping to resolve the legal confusion surrounding the selling of CBD products, states are starting to leapfrog federal health regulators and give hemp entrepreneurs permission to put cannabis extracts in food, drinks and dietary supplements.

But the efforts aren’t reducing legal headaches for the hemp industry.

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CBD company taps Victoria’s Secret marketing expert

A CBD company expanding into shopping malls has tapped a marketing executive from mall staple Victoria’s Secret to lead its branding. Green Growth Brands of Columbus, Ohio, appointed Jann Parish its chief marketing officer. Parish also held that title with Victoria’s Secret. Before that, Parish ran branding campaigns for retail brands Calvin Klein and Tommy […]

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Hemp farmers still looking for CBD inputs should source with caution, experts say

Hemp farmers looking to capitalize on the lucrative demand for high-CBD hemp varieties may still be able to salvage their 2019 season even though the industry is seeing a shortage in feminized seeds and clones.

Hemp production experts suggest planting non-feminized seeds and culling male plants early, or planting larger-sized clones later in the season, if farmers can find any available.

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Grocery chain Kroger adds CBD topicals in stores across 17 states

The Kroger Co. is one of the latest retailers to introduce CBD in its stores. The Cincinnati-based grocery store chain said that, starting this week, it will begin carrying topical products containing cannabidiol in its stores in 17 states. The products Kroger will carry contain no THC, a spokeswoman for the retailer told The Detroit […]

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