Florida Hemp Business & Legal News


Is CBD retail ‘essential’? Shuttered hemp retailers fight to stay open alongside grocery, marijuana stores

Hemp production has been classified as “essential” by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic. But the classification doesn’t extend to retailers selling hemp and CBD — and some retailers told to shut down during the coronavirus response are asking authorities to reconsider and designate them “essential” businesses. They point out that many states classify medical […]

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Florida judge: FDA’s CBD review shouldn’t stop labeling claims

Ongoing CBD review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shouldn’t mean that CBD makers can’t face labeling lawsuits, a federal judge in Florida ruled. The ruling means that Diamond CBD of Fort Lauderdale cannot await FDA guidelines before facing a 2019 allegation that it misrepresented the amount of CBD in its products. U.S. District Judge […]

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Florida hemp company appoints former Cargill extraction and refining expert

A former executive from agriculture giant Cargill has joined the ranks of a Florida hemp processing company as it scales its operations to meet anticipated demand for bulk hemp extract. Matthew Turner joins the executive leadership team of Fort Lauderdale-based Green Point Research as chief science officer and will oversee the company’s extraction and refining […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Dominant Florida medical cannabis supplier sees huge CBD dip

Trulieve Cannabis, the predominant player in Florida’s medical marijuana industry, has experienced a huge drop-off in milligrams of CBD sold in Florida over the past eight weeks. The trend accelerated this week, according to data analysis from Marijuana Business Daily‘s Investor Intelligence analysts. Trulieve’s market share of CBD sales has fallen nearly 20 percentage points […]

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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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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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Feds warn Florida CBD firm to stop making unfounded claims about products

Two federal agencies sent a joint warning letter to a Florida company for selling CBD products online while making unsubstantiated medical claims. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Naples, Florida-based Rooted Apothecary on Oct. 10 that, by making claims that its CBD products can treat medical conditions […]

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Industry to USDA: Where are the federal hemp regulations?

The hemp industry continues to look for federal guidance on production for 2020. It’s been more than a month since Hemp Industry Daily first reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had completed its draft of the federal hemp production rules and submitted it to the White House Office of Budget and Management, which reviews […]

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Florida governor signs state hemp program into law

After months of preparation, the state of Florida is ready to move ahead with commercial hemp production under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said hemp in Florida is needed to help farmers harmed by hurricanes and diseases that have affected citrus, the state’s largest commodity. Hurricane Michael […]

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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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