Minnesota Hemp Business & Legal News


Here’s why states are keeping their pilot hemp programs through 2020

Timing, testing and the lack of in-state access to drug-registered laboratories were among the reasons state agriculture officials in six states said their hemp programs will be run under the 2014 pilot research program this year instead of submitting a 2020 hemp production plan under the new proposed federal rules. “We looked at all the […]

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A hemp license is property, federal judge rules in Minnesota case

A Minnesota hemp farmer facing felony drug charges over a 2018 crop that went hot still has the right to challenge the loss of his hemp license, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Luis Hummel, who owns 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, grew roughly 2,000 pounds of hemp that passed state THC tests before harvest. But […]

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Ongoing hemp-transport questions trigger Minnesota warning

A Minnesota hemp industry group is warning manufacturers not to order hemp biomass from other states in the wake of a South Dakota drug arrest of a deliveryman bringing plants from Colorado to Minnesota for extraction. The Minnesota warning comes as a federal appeals court prepares to hear arguments next week over hemp transportation. “The ability […]

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Minnesota hemp farmer faces felony charges for plants with too much THC

A Minnesota hemp farmer faces two felony charges after a traffic stop led to authorities seizing his hemp products and finding elevated THC levels. Luis Hummel, who owns 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, Minnesota, haves felony drug-possession charges for growing the seized hemp, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The plants tested at 3% THC, […]

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Minnesota hemp farmer suing state for revoking his license

Just as the hemp farming season gets underway, a Minnesota hemp farmer is claiming in a federal lawsuit that the state violated his constitutional rights by revoking his growing license and ordering him to destroy his crop. Luis Hummel, who runs 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, Minnesota, filed suit after the Minnesota Department of Agriculture […]

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Chart: U.S. hemp production soars in 2017

Rising acceptance for hemp and CBD – combined with easing regulations at the state level – caused U.S. hemp production to surge in 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of acres licensed for hemp cultivation in the top 10 hemp-growing states grew by 140% – while the number of hemp producers doubled over the same […]

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Target’s CBD sales reversal roils hemp industry

A decision by Target Corp. to start selling CBD supplements last week had the hemp industry cheering – until the Minneapolis-based retail giant yanked the products. Target’s decision to stop selling CW Hemp supplements and oils followed a news release from the manufacturer, CW Hemp, saying the whole CBD industry “has officially gone mainstream.” Within […]

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Minnesota tribe entering the hemp business

At least one Native American tribe – on the White Earth reservation in northwestern Minnesota – has decided to take a leap and get into the hemp business. The tribe has spent $100,000 on just a few acres of the crop, according to Minnesota Public Radio, but is hoping the return on its investment will […]

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