Hemp Industry News for Hemp & CBD Retailers


California hemp grower wants sheriff to tell court why plants were burned

A California hemp growing company is trying to legally compel a sheriff’s department to release documents explaining why the agency destroyed 459 acres of hemp that authorities thought were marijuana. No one was arrested or charged after the Kern County Sheriff’s Office bulldozed what Apothio LLC claims were hundreds of millions worth of hemp plants […]

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Is CBD retail ‘essential’? Shuttered hemp retailers fight to stay open alongside grocery, marijuana stores

Hemp production has been classified as “essential” by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic. But the classification doesn’t extend to retailers selling hemp and CBD — and some retailers told to shut down during the coronavirus response are asking authorities to reconsider and designate them “essential” businesses. They point out that many states classify medical […]

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FDA tells ex-NFL player to stop ‘misleading’ claims on CBD cure for coronavirus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the company of former NFL player Kyle Turley to stop claiming that CBD is an effective treatment for coronavirus. In a letter dated Tuesday, the FDA ordered Turley’s company, Las Vegas-based NeuroXPF, to stop “misleadingly representing your products as safe and effective for a COVID-19-related use …” […]

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Colorado-based Charlotte’s Web hires new chief operating officer

Colorado-based CBD maker Charlotte’s Web has appointed a chief operating officer to replace Stephen Lermer, who left the company Jan. 31. The Boulder company said in a release that David Panter is its new COO, effective Monday. Charlotte’s Web said Panter has more than 20 years of “global supply chain experience” at businesses including the […]

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Polish hemp subsidiary survives cuts by Green Organic Dutchman

A Canadian cannabis company that is ratcheting back its marijuana business, The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD), apparently has no plans to slow hemp production. The news comes as TGOD suspended production at its processing facility in Quebec and is laying off staff. The Green Organic Dutchman has a European subsidiary, HemPoland, that sells CBD products, […]

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Marijuana lobby group warns against CBD claims about coronavirus

A prominent marijuana lobbying is warning consumers against CBD-infused products claiming to guard against the coronavirus. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said this week that CBD retailers have received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for making such unsubstantiated claims. “If something sounds too good to be true, […]

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Coronavirus may delay Mexico vote on hemp, marijuana legalization

Mexico’s vote to legalize hemp and marijuana will likely be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, one attorney following the proceedings said. The delay has not been announced, but it’s expected to happen any moment, said Luis Armendáriz, an attorney in Chihuahua, Mexico, who is affiliated with Denver’s Hoban Law Group. “My realistic expectation is that […]

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FDA updates reporting requirements for product adverse effects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated its guidance for reporting adverse effects of various products, including dietary supplements, during the coronavirus pandemic. The FDA does not consider CBD a dietary supplement. But many CBD manufacturers do and follow FDA guidance on making and selling dietary supplements. The agency made the announcement this month, saying […]

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Troubled cannabis retailer Green Growth Brands announces CEO’s departure

Green Growth Brands, an embattled cannabis retailer in the process of selling off its line of mall-based CBD kiosks, said its CEO has stepped down, effective immediately. The outgoing CEO, Peter Horvath, came to the Columbus, Ohio, company after leading company strategy for retail giants such as Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle Outfitters, DSW and Limited […]

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Hemp Industries Association president steps down

(This story has been updated with comments from Beckerman and details about HIA.) The president of the Hemp Industries Association, Joy Beckerman, is leaving the organization, effective immediately, the group announced on Thursday. The nonprofit said that Beckerman and the industry group had mutually agreed to part ways over “time constraints and many other responsibilities” […]

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