Hemp Industry News for Hemp & CBD Retailers


Hemp industry isn’t raising expectations with new FDA chief

The nation’s top drug regulator set a new tone for the government’s stance on CBD in his first comments about the popular hemp extract. But longtime hemp entrepreneurs say they’re not raising their expectations that changes are imminent to the way the U.S. regulates hemp extracts. The newly appointed commissioner of the U.S. Food and […]

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FDA pledges action against ‘unlawful CBD products’ while offering confidentiality for research

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will continue to “take appropriate action against unlawful CBD products that pose a risk of harm to the public,” even as the federal agency implored the industry to collaborate with the government to study CBD’s possible benefits and dangers. The statement Thursday from new FDA Commissioner Dr. […]

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Ohio begins taking hemp-growing applications

Ohio farmers began applying for three-year permits Tuesday to start growing hemp in the state this year. Ohio was among the first three states in the country in December to have the U.S. Department of Agriculture approve their rules for growing and processing hemp. The Ohio Farm Bureau predicts the plant will become the state’s third-largest crop, […]

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Swiss CBD brand looks to luxury branding expert to build European expansion

Swissx Labs, which makes smokable hemp and hemp-derived CBD products, has hired a new sales director to spearhead the brand’s expansion in Europe. Christian Wagner takes the reins as head of sales and marketing in Switzerland after working in luxury branding for high-end hotels and fashion brands. Wagner also worked as a senior innovation manager […]

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2 Canadian cannabis production companies settle legal dispute

Two Canadian companies that formed a joint venture to sell hemp and marijuana have settled a legal dispute over which owned more of the business they created. Village Farms International and Emerald Health Therapeutics on Tuesday announced the settlement, which stipulates that Village Farms will own 57.4 % of Pure Sunfarms Corp., the venture they […]

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CBD in the UK: What industry players make of the new food rules

The United Kingdom became a trailblazer in national CBD regulation earlier this month when its Food Standards Agency (FSA) set a deadline for the industry to apply for European Union safety evaluations as a “novel food” and also provided consumption guidelines to consumers. The UK guidelines, which do not apply to Scotland, came a little more […]

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Oregon CBD company lays off dozens of workers, blames FDA uncertainty

Dozens of employees have been laid off from an Oregon-based CBD company that launched less than five months ago. Between 30 and 40 workers lost their jobs at Sentia Wellness, sources told The Oregonian. Sentia Wellness did not release an exact number. Located in Portland, Sentia Wellness employed 150 workers and had raised $91 million to start, […]

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Sephora sets CBD standards as it adds fourth line of topicals

Beauty retailer Sephora has released a set of baseline standards for CBD-infused products it will carry as the high-end cosmetics store adds a fourth line of hemp-derived topicals to store shelves. The Sephora CBD standards require that CBD products it sells: Include only full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD extracts, not isolate. Source the CBD from U.S.-grown […]

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