California Hemp Business & Legal News


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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Trans-Atlantic hemp trade hit by uncertainties

Supply-chain disruptions and delivery delays have become the new normal for hemp and other agricultural commodities as governments keep their borders shut and planes grounded to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Pandemic-related flight restrictions, delays and increased fees have made the complicated business of moving hemp biomass and extracts across national borders more challenging […]

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California court rejects libel claims over heavy-metals test reporting

A California CBD nonprofit has dodged a libel lawsuit after it was sued by two companies for saying a lab test showed that a CBD product they sold contained heavy metals. A California appeals court ruled Friday that the companies filing the suit – Medical Marijuana, Inc., and HempMeds PX – failed to show that the […]

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Wheat biotech doubles down on California hemp

An agriculture biotech company that markets high-fiber wheat is partnering with two other California firms in an attempt to grab market share among California hemp producers. Arcadia Biosciences of Davis, California, says it will work with Grow West, a northern California distributor of farm inputs and machinery, and the Buttonwillow Warehouse Company, which sells fertilizer in […]

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Former ‘Shark Tank’ investor joins hemp company board

California hemp and marijuana producer Goldenseed has added former “Shark Tank” investor Kevin Harrington to its advisory board. Goldenseed, a privately held company in Santa Cruz, said that Harrington has also invested in the company, though it did not say how much. Harrington was an early television informercial pitchman and appeared on the first two […]

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California firm cuts $25M revenue projection on hemp-trading platform

California-based KushCo Holdings, a cannabis company specializing in ancillary products such as packaging, is ratcheting back its hemp revenue predictions. The company told investors Friday that it’s retracting its 2020 hemp revenue guidance of $25 million. The announcement came as the firm announced it will miss this quarter’s revenue estimates. The company cited a “slower-than-anticipated rollout […]

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CBD chew partnership ends in multiple lawsuits

A Nevada hemp and marijuana producer has filed three lawsuits against a California cannabis chew maker over a disappointing 2018 partnership to make CBD- and THC-infused chewing pouches. The Nevada company, Solace Holdings, said Cannadips defaulted on loans worth $1.2 million through 2018 and 2019, money Solace says it paid to get the rights to distribute Cannadips […]

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California bans drug felons in hemp production to comply with federal rules

California instituted a 10-year ban on drug felons growing hemp, a move state authorities say is required by the federal law that legalized the crop. The ban, issued by California’s Department of Food and Agriculture, makes people convicted of drug felonies ineligible to receive state hemp-cultivation licenses for a decade. The emergency rule was issued along […]

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Brain specialist, plant researcher tapped to lead California cannabis institute

California’s flagship agriculture school has tapped a schizophrenia researcher and a plant expert to lead its new center to study hemp and marijuana. The University of California, Davis, appointed professors Cameron Carter and Li Tian as co-directors of its Cannabis & Hemp Research Center. Created last year, the research center is charged with: Increasing academic collaboration […]

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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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