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Sales of hemp products in Kentucky surged in 2018

Kentucky’s resurgent hemp sector flexed more economic clout in 2018, with processors reporting sharply higher sales and farmers reaping more than twice as much income from their crop. The state’s hemp processors reported $57.75 million in gross product sales last year, compared with $16.7 million in 2017, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Monday. Processors […]

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South Dakota governor vetoes legal hemp production

The hopes for legal hemp production in South Dakota came to a halt when Gov. Kristi Noem vetoed a bill approved by the state’s Legislature. Concerned that South Dakota was “not ready” for legalized hemp production because it would prove too difficult for law enforcement to regulate, Noem previously made it known she was opposed […]

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Federal lawsuit against West Virginia hemp farm dismissed

The owners of a West Virginia hemp farm were cleared of federal drug charges after they were accused of violating the federal Controlled Substances Act for purchasing seeds from Kentucky. A U.S. district court judge dismissed the case against Grassy Run Farms and its affiliated company Commonwealth Alternative Medical Options (CAMO Hemp WV) on Wednesday, the […]

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Alabama state officials tell public to avoid CBD products

Retailers who sell CBD products in Alabama are getting mixed messages now that the Department of Health is asking the public to avoid using CBD. It’s a move that directly conflicts with the state’s direction in December that authorized hemp-derived CBD production and sales. While CBD derived from marijuana remains illegal, Alabama was the first […]

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Chart: Farmers and ranchers show interest in growing and using hemp

U.S. farmers and ranchers are interested in growing and using hemp. A recent Farm Journal survey of 950 farmers and ranchers across the United States found that although almost none of them currently grow any form of cannabis, about half would consider doing so – and many would consider using it. The survey sought to […]

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Washington state to make way for hemp this spring

Washington state lawmakers and the Department of Agriculture are working together to make the state laws Farm Bill-compliant. A bill that allows hemp to be grown for CBD and moved across state lines was endorsed unanimously on Tuesday by a House committee, the Capital Press reported. The bill also would allow farmers to produce hemp within 4 […]

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States get busy on hemp as USDA delays national hemp rules until 2020

Energized by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and places federal regulatory authority with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), states have been readying their hemp cultivation regulatory plans for approval. But those next steps were put on hold on this week when the USDA confirmed it will not […]

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Federal appeals court to review Idaho hemp seizure

A Colorado CBD company seeking the release of hemp seized in Idaho has been granted an appeal from a federal court, but it could be months before the case is resolved. Big Sky Scientific said that nearly 7,000 pounds of industrial hemp seized in Idaho last month was taken unlawfully under the 2018 Farm Bill. The 9th […]

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California hemp company sponsored to help research high-CBD cultivars

A California hemp seed company and a traditional agriculture biotech firm have been tapped to breed improved industrial hemp cultivars for California. California Hemp Corp., based in Oakdale, and Benson Hill Biosystems, a Missouri crop-improvement company, have partnered in a sponsored research agreement with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) to breed improved industrial hemp […]

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North Dakota court says CBD status not a ‘matter of great public concern’

North Dakota’s highest court has decided not to rule on the legality of hemp-derived CBD, upholding a drug conviction for a vape-shop owner who sold CBD. The court said that the retailer, Falesteni A. Abu Hamda, should have made his CBD argument earlier instead of accepting the state’s case against him. Hamda was charged with seven drug […]

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