California Hemp Business & Legal News

California hemp food bill that would allow licensed marijuana retailers to enter CBD market advances

California’s hemp and marijuana industries moved a few inches closer together Wednesday when state senators advanced a bill to both formally legalize hemp-derived CBD food and beverage products for sale and allow licensed MJ companies to enter the hemp CBD sector. The measure was passed by the Senate Health Committee on a unanimous vote and now […]

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GreenGro acquires California real estate for hemp CBD seed cultivation

Ancillary firm GreenGro Technologies acquired 4 acres in Southern California for propagating low-THC, high-CBD hempseeds. “We expect the sale of those seeds to have a significant positive impact on both our revenue and bottom line since the costs associated with producing hempseeds are expected to be significantly less than the revenue that the sale of […]

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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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Hemp importers see victory in legal setback against US Customs

A California court is giving hemp and CBD importers reason to smile, even though a federal judge dismissed most of a CBD company’s legal challenge to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In his decision, U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal repeatedly said the 2018 Farm Bill makes clear that hemp shipments shouldn’t be considered marijuana nor destroyed. […]

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EPA awards research funds for hemp concrete improvements

Hemp’s potential in sustainable construction has won some California researchers a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have been awarded more than $12,000 to study a new way to process hemp for hempcrete. The students will experiment with a cleaner way to process hemp fibers to […]

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California hemp company sponsored to help research high-CBD cultivars

A California hempseed 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 cultivars, […]

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Specialty retailer Barneys New York to sell CBD products in California store

Upscale specialty retailer Barneys New York announced plans to sell CBD-infused products and cannabis accessories in a new “luxury” head shop called The High End, the latest mainstream company to capitalize on the hemp and marijuana industries. The shop will open in March inside the Barneys flagship store in the tony Southern California town of […]

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Chart: Fast-rising CBD still trying to make inroads with mainstream retailers

CBD’s meteoric rise in popularity has hemp growers finding all kinds of market opportunities that don’t exist for THC products, including yoga studios, pet boutiques, gyms and coffee shops – all foreign territory for marijuana-derived products. One Kentucky hemp producer even has CBD products being sold in tractor supply stores; a North Carolina CBD company has […]

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