Ohio Hemp Business & Legal News


Ohio begins taking hemp-growing applications

Ohio farmers began applying for three-year permits Tuesday to start growing hemp in the state this year. Ohio was among the first three states in the country in December to have the U.S. Department of Agriculture approve their rules for growing and processing hemp. The Ohio Farm Bureau predicts the plant will become the state’s third-largest crop, […]

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Losses widen for Green Growth Brands as it plans sale of CBD business

Green Growth Brands, an Ohio-based cannabis retailer that owns both marijuana dispensaries and the nation’s largest chain of CBD retail locations in mall kiosks, reported $21.2 million in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019, up more than 600% from the same period in 2018. The company also announced plans to sell its CBD business […]

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Louisiana, New Jersey, Ohio are first with approved hemp rules

Relative hemp newcomers Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio have leapfrogged states with more established hemp programs in winning first approval for their 2020 regulations. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said Friday that those three states are the first with approved hemp regulations. The three plan to allow commercial cultivation for the first time in 2020. The USDA […]

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Losses increase for Green Growth Brands amid retail expansion

Green Growth Brands, an Ohio-based cannabis retailer that owns both marijuana dispensaries and the nation’s largest chain of CBD retail locations in mall kiosks, reported a loss of $30.2 million for the fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30. The company lost $2.8 million in the same period a year ago. Company executives attributed the current losses […]

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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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Ohio governor enacts hemp law opening CBD sales beyond dispensaries

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a measure authorizing CBD sales and the commercial production of industrial hemp in the state. The law takes effect immediately and allows CBD to be sold outside dispensaries. CBD had been legal in Ohio but only in medical marijuana dispensaries. Highlights of the Ohio hemp law include: CBD food, […]

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Ohio lawmakers vote to allow hemp production, broader CBD sales

Ohio legislators have agreed to allow hemp production and CBD products to be sold outside medical marijuana dispensaries. A bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Mike DeWine would allow CBD to be sold outside dispensaries. Right now, the product is legal in Ohio but only in regulated dispensaries, according to an order last year from […]

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Ohio hemp company hit with federal labor lawsuit

North Coast Natural Solutions, a Cleveland hemp manufacturing facility that hasn’t yet opened, is being sued by two employees who claim they haven’t been paid for more than a month of training. Ty Williams, CEO of Level 5 Global Corp., a Maryland-based business consulting firm, announced last fall that the company planned to open a hemp manufacturing […]

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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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