North Dakota Hemp Business & Legal News

North Dakota court asked to ignore CBD’s legal status as retailer appeals drug conviction

A tobacco-shop owner appealing his drug conviction said the products he sold were perfectly legal, but prosecutors want North Dakota’s highest court to leave that question to a jury. The North Dakota Supreme Court heard arguments this week in the case of Falesteni A. Abu Hamda, who was charged in 2017 with seven drug crimes after […]

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CBD case in North Dakota tests police reliance on DEA guidance

Is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2016 guidance enough to convict someone of drug charges for selling CBD? The North Dakota Supreme Court has agreed hear a case on that question – and while it won’t set precedent in other states, it may provide guidance for similar cases. The case of Falesteni A. Abu Hamda will […]

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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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Hemp State Highlight: North Dakota growing lots of hemp, but market potential is limited

Few states are growing more hemp than North Dakota. With more than 3,000 acres in active hemp production and an unparalleled system for getting viable, certified seeds to interested growers, North Dakota could one day be the hemp leader it is for other agricultural commodities from corn to flaxseed.

But North Dakota has natural enemies that can limit hemp’s ability to thrive, as well as manmade enemies that limit the plant’s potential uses.

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North Dakota is looking for more hemp farmers

North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is seeking participants for the third year of the state’s industrial hemp research program. The goal of the program is to determine whether hemp can be a successful crop in North Dakota, and which varieties work best in the state’s climate. Five North Dakota producers planted 70-plus acres of hemp in […]

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North Dakota tobacco shop owner faces criminal CBD charges

A North Dakota tobacco shop owner faces criminal charges for selling CBD products, a case that could test the state’s definition of the cannabinoid. Falesteni Abuhamda, the owner of two Tobacco Depot stores, tried unsuccessfully to have his case dismissed by a judge, arguing that the CBD he was selling was legal, according to the […]

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North Dakota Looking for Hemp Farmers

North Dakota farmers now have a new alternative if they’re tired of growing traditional crops. The state’s agricultural department is looking for volunteers to start growing industrial hemp under a pilot program, according to AG Week. Participants will only be permitted to grow hemp for “agricultural or academic research,” and not for profit. But they could get the […]

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