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Iowa retailer arrested for selling still-illegal CBD products

An Iowa CBD retailer was arrested after allegedly selling products containing cannabidiol to police. Lacie Navin, the owner of Your CBD Store, in Ankeny, Iowa, was arrested as part of a task force investigation into businesses selling CBD in the area after multiple complaints. According to police, this is the first arrest in the state […]

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New Mexico to invest $400,000 in Las Cruces hemp manufacturing firm

A hemp manufacturing business in Southern New Mexico will get a boost from the state’s Economic Development Department. The agency said it has pledged to invest $400,000 in 420 Valley as part of a continued effort by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration to grow the burgeoning industry. 420 Valley plans to move into a vacant […]

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Embattled Pennsylvania hemp processor ordered to close

A hemp drying and processing company in Pennsylvania that has received numerous complaints about its facilities, odor and lack of pay to employees has been ordered by the state to close. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an administrative order to cease operation at the Jeannette facility of Patriot Shield, The Philadelphia Enquirer reported. […]

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Greed, backstabbing and ‘Frankenstein contracts’ in the hemp landscape: Q&A with cannabis attorney Lisa Pittman

Hemp might be legal now, but more and more hemp companies are finding themselves in court. That’s because the booming industry has attracted a mix of new entrepreneurs and get-rich-quick scam artists looking to take advantage of a new market with few established players. Making matters more complicated for hemp businesses is the fact that many […]

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Key US senator wants USDA to extend hemp rule comment period

The top Democratic official in the U.S. Senate is calling on federal agriculture regulators to allow more time for hemp industry stakeholders to have their voices heard regarding hemp production regulations. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend […]

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Kansas hemp companies in trademark dispute over name

A hemp processor in Kansas stands accused of trademark violations by a nearby CBD manufacturer with a similar name. The case started in October, when KHC Enterprises, which does business as KC Hemp Co. in Overland Park, Kansas, sued KC Hemp Company in Lenexa, Kansas. The towns where the businesses are located about 5 miles apart. […]

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USDA, congresswoman to discuss hemp rules and challenges with Maine farmers

Hemp farmers in Maine are getting an opportunity to discuss the new hemp regulations with a representative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) thanks to a member of Congress who nudged the agency to get the rules out. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is playing host to a roundtable Monday at a Maine farm where the […]

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Wisconsin governor signs hemp expansion into law

Wisconsin has become the first state to adopt hemp expansion after seeing how federal agriculture regulators want to manage the new crop. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill into law directing the state’s agriculture department to mirror production guidelines released in October by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new Wisconsin hemp law: Charges farmers […]

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Losses increase for Green Growth Brands amid retail expansion

Green Growth Brands, an Ohio-based cannabis retailer that owns both marijuana dispensaries and the nation’s largest chain of CBD retail locations in mall kiosks, reported a loss of $30.2 million for the fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30. The company lost $2.8 million in the same period a year ago. Company executives attributed the current losses […]

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Oregon senators push back on USDA’s rules for testing THC in hemp

The federal plan to test hemp for THC will damage the industry, according to two Oregon senators who are pushing back on rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, say the USDA hemp production rules lay out THC testing requirements with “potentially harmful effects” for the new hemp […]

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Idaho governor approves hemp transportation across state

Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an executive order aligning the state’s law enforcement activities with federal statutes to allow the transport of hemp across the state. The Republican governor issued the order in the wake of the U.S. Department of Agriculture interim rule published on Oct. 31. Little said Idaho is likely in conflict with […]

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