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Despite submitting plan to USDA, Georgia budget crunch could stifle hemp goals

Georgia has authorized hemp farming and submitted its 2020 production plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But to run a program, the state will first need funding. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is asking state lawmakers for $1.6 million – $800,000 per year over the next two years – to create a state […]

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Oregon State University gets $2.5M in federal funding for hemp research

Federal officials designated money for hemp research at Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center as part of the nearly $20 million earmarked for the hemp industry in the massive appropriations bill that passed both houses of the U.S. Congress at the end of 2019. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkeley, a Democrat from Oregon, said Monday […]

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Oregon hemp farm suing processors for $11 million

A farm in southern Oregon is suing a group of processors who they say failed to show up and harvest and process its hemp after receiving a six-figure down payment. Jefferson State Farms of Medford, owned by Ben and Kathleen Yuma, is suing: Palex Enterprises. Hemp Warehouse. Great Horizons. Four individuals. The lawsuit, claiming civil fraud, […]

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Kentucky hemp group urges state to keep old rules – for now

Kentucky hemp farmers are asking the state to hold off on attempts to win federal approval for regulating the new crop. After the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) returned Kentucky’s hemp production plan with an outline of changes that must be made to ensure federal approval for the 2020 planting season, a hemp association asked […]

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CBD makers shouldn’t face liability claims until FDA acts, judge rules

A decision by a federal judge in Florida to put a CBD lawsuit on hold pending federal clarity on the extract signals the judiciary isn’t yet ready to start hearing class action claims against the industry. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled Jan. 3 that a CBD manufacturer shouldn’t face certain liability claims until the U.S. Food […]

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South Dakota gov drops opposition to hemp but calls for ‘guardrails’

Gov. Kristi Noem is relenting in her opposition to South Dakota’s development of a hemp industry. Noem said Wednesday she won’t veto legislation this session allowing hemp to be grown in the state but that she would require “guardrails” to regulate the plant. She said she wants the crop to be tightly regulated, with government […]

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Florida ag department now regulating hemp and CBD products with new rules, permits

Agriculture officials in Florida are now tracking and regulating CBD and hemp products, a change prompted by a state law that took effect Jan. 1. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services oversee products containing hemp and CBD ingredients that are consumed by humans and animals. They also […]

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SC tells animal feed, pet treat firms to reformulate products with hemp, CBD

Pet treats and animal food containing hemp derivatives, including CBD, are still not allowed under federal law, and South Carolina agriculture officials say they will start cracking down on companies selling them this month. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) plans to notify consumers and animal feed manufacturers that hemp and CBD are not […]

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Truck driver considers suit against Texas cops after wrongful stops for hemp

A Florida truck driver who was stopped twice last month driving hemp from California to New York is now considering a lawsuit against Texas authorities who jailed him and charged him with felony possession of marijuana. Aneudy Gonzales was stopped for a traffic violation near Conway, Texas, on Dec. 5. Texas Highway Patrol seized roughly 3,350 […]

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South Carolina traffic stop underscores problems of transportation protocols for police, hemp industry

Police in South Carolina are saying suspicious behavior by drivers, unprofessional shipping practices and unsatisfactory paperwork caused them to seize a 183-pound shipment of hemp in December that they thought was marijuana. But the Texas hemp distributor who bought the hemp and the North Carolina supplier are saying the police aren’t being truthful – about […]

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A hemp license is property, federal judge rules in Minnesota case

A Minnesota hemp farmer facing felony drug charges over a 2018 crop that went hot still has the right to challenge the loss of his hemp license, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Luis Hummel, who owns 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, grew roughly 2,000 pounds of hemp that passed state THC tests before harvest. But […]

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