Georgia Hemp Business & Legal News


States split on following USDA hemp rules in 2020

More states have declared that they’re going to stick with their own rules for the 2020 hemp production season, rather than follow federal guidelines on the new crop. To date, 20 states have said they will follow the 2014 pilot rules this growing season, outnumbering the 12 that have so far received U.S. Department of […]

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Georgia hemp plan wins USDA approval even as budget talks continue

Georgia has federal approval to oversee hemp production in 2020 and is planning to start taking applications later this month. But the state has yet to settle how it plans to pay for its hemp program. Georgia’s hemp plan cleared the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week, an approval states need in order to have […]

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Georgia-Pacific, Canadian firm join to produce nonwoven hemp products

Georgia-Pacific, a giant in the paper-manufacturing industry, is partnering with a Canadian firm that uses hemp-based fibers for a variety of nonwoven products. Victoria, British Columbia-based Bast Fibre Technologies announced the agreement with Georgia-Pacific on Tuesday. BFT makes baby wipes and other personal-care fiber products. The company said the agreement involves a suite of patents for […]

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Despite submitting plan to USDA, Georgia budget crunch could stifle hemp goals

Georgia has authorized hemp farming and submitted its 2020 production plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But to run a program, the state will first need funding. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is asking state lawmakers for $1.6 million – $800,000 per year over the next two years – to create a state […]

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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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States get busy on hemp as USDA delays national hemp rules until 2020

Energized by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and places federal regulatory authority with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), states have been readying their hemp cultivation regulatory plans for approval. But those next steps were put on hold on this week when the USDA confirmed it will not […]

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CBD, hemp changes advancing in state capitols

Federal confusion about CBD and hemp is giving state lawmakers in three of the most conservative parts of the country a reason to back cannabis legislation that addresses the cannabidiol conundrum.

Indiana’s Senate voted this week to legalize all CBD oil products in Indiana that contain up to 0.3% THC, Indianapolis TV station WTHR reported.

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