Michigan Hemp Business & Legal News

MI creates emergency hemp testing rules while states await USDA direction

Michigan regulators have adopted rules that create testing standards for farmers’ first crop of industrial hemp. A pilot program was launched this year allowing for the growing and processing of hemp in the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced emergency rules that establish sampling and analytical testing methods for measuring […]

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Michigan hemp farmers worry privacy law could hurt business

Some in Michigan’s fledgling hemp industry are concerned that a state privacy law preventing agriculture officials from disclosing hemp farmers’ identities and locations could negatively affect their businesses. As a stipulation under the 2018 Farm Bill, applicants who seek to produce and process hemp must give their GPS coordinates. But the Michigan attorney general’s office […]

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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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Michigan farmers cleared for hemp production for 2019 season

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state’s agriculture department launched hemp licensing for the 2019 planting season Thursday, ensuring that Michigan’s agriculture industry won’t miss out this year. “Michigan is uniquely positioned to grow, process and manufacture industrial hemp (as) one of the nation’s most agriculturally diverse states,” Whitmer said in a news release from the […]

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As CBD crackdown spreads, New York politician vows to halt ‘overreaction’

More restaurants and facilities nationwide report they can’t sell CBD anymore, even as an official in New York City vows to turn back the Big Apple’s crackdown on CBD use in eateries. In the past week, enforcement letters and product seizures spread to new jurisdictions, a response to December comments from the U.S. Food and Drug […]

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Michigan quietly repeals CBD ban, sets hemp fees

Michigan is opening its CBD market beyond medical marijuana dispensaries after the governor signed a bill enabling the manufacture and use of hemp-derived CBD, the Detroit Free Press reported. The new law reverses a CBD limit enacted in May 2018 by Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, […]

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Stricter regulations stifle Michigan CBD market

CBD processing and sales are still legal in Michigan, but now they must be conducted within the revised, regulated medical marijuana market – at a cost many producers see as too high. Rick Thompson, a board member at the Michigan affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said the May […]

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Michigan will regulate CBD as it does marijuana

Michigan regulators say products made from CBD will now be covered under medical marijuana laws. The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Thursday issued a notice about the regulation of CBD because of “confusion over its legality, the Detroit Metro Times reported.

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