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Arizona hemp breeder buying 2 greenhouses

An Arizona hemp company selling feminized hempseeds and clones says it is buying two greenhouses to increase production. HempWave says the new greenhouses – in Phoenix and Willcox, Arizona – total 210,000 square feet. The company says the additional greenhouse space will allow it to produce more than 500,000 seeds and 4.5 million clones per […]

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Ohio hemp company hit with federal labor lawsuit

North Coast Natural Solutions, a Cleveland hemp manufacturing facility that hasn’t yet opened, is being sued by two employees who claim they haven’t been paid for more than a month of training. Ty Williams, CEO of Level 5 Global Corp., a Maryland-based business consulting firm, announced last fall that the company planned to open a hemp manufacturing […]

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Texas Senate unanimously approves industrial hemp, CBD legislation

The push to legalize hemp and CBD products in Texas cleared another legislative hurdle with the state Senate’s unanimous approval of a bill to allow production and sales. The proposed Texas hemp bill, which also passed unanimously in the state House last month, would not only legalize CBD in the state but would also allow […]

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Charlotte’s Web closes CA$140 million share offering

Charlotte’s Web, a Colorado-based CBD manufacturer, said it has raised 140 million Canadian dollars ($105 million) in a share offering. The move, in which existing shareholders sold some of their shares, was part of the company’s plans to raise up to CA$500 million. The overall raise will likely be used for possible acquisitions, funding ongoing […]

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Iowa governor signs law allowing hemp cultivation in 2020

Iowa farmers will have the option of growing industrial hemp next year under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday. The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Legislature last month with overwhelming support. The law allows licensed growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres. But before cultivation can begin, the Iowa […]

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Connecticut authorizes CBD in food, hemp farming

A new Connecticut hemp law that allows unlimited hemp production and the sale of foods containing CBD leaves New Hampshire as the lone New England state with no hemp program. The law signed Thursday by Gov. Ned Lamont sets up Connecticut hemp production as soon as this year. Details of the Constitution State’s hemp law […]

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States move forward on hemp while USDA develops federal rules

Afraid of missing hot opportunities in hemp while the federal government mulls national rules, states are adopting a surprising number of laws to start or expand hemp production. Most states already allow hemp cultivation, but 2019 has seen many of the hemp holdouts adopt cultivation laws, while more established hemp states are expanding opportunities to […]

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Mattress firm navigates tricky hemp-fiber market

A Michigan company hopes to be at the forefront of industrial hemp textile and fabric adoption by marketing hemp mattresses to millennials. However, short supply of hemp fiber for textiles and fabric is creating challenges for the company and driving up the price. “When we went on the hunt for the ingredients to build the […]

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Applications for hemp licenses continue to balloon across US

The number of applications to grow hemp received by states has continued to increase rapidly in the wake of the 2018 passage of the Farm Bill. The West Virginia Agriculture Department reported that the number of licenses issued so far this year has more than tripled to 158, compared with 46 in 2018. The agency […]

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