Oregon 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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Kentucky hemp farm facing $9M bill wants contract voided over coronavirus

A hemp farm in Kentucky has asked a court to nullify its contract with an Oregon processing facility, saying neither party was able to uphold its end of the agreement and that coronavirus measures in both states should trigger language making the contract moot. Third Wave Farms filed the request Friday after Oregon LLC Pure Valley […]

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Oregon city considering hemp production ban

Hemp bans in California towns are common as the crop struggles to gather broad support in a state where nearly half of its counties outlaws hemp production. But in Oregon, where hemp has become a widely accepted stable, one city is considering banning production within its limits. The Medford City Council this week reviewed possible […]

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Oregon’s HempNova buys 90% stake in another hemp-growing operation

Oregon’s HempNova Lifetech Corp., which grows and dries hemp, has bought a 90% interest in a hemp-growing operation in the southern part of the state. The Eugene-based company announced last week it will pay $4.5 million in three cash installments for the percentage stake it bought from Creekside Hemp Inc. The deal includes various assets from […]

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Oregon CBD company lays off dozens of workers, blames FDA uncertainty

Dozens of employees have been laid off from an Oregon-based CBD company that launched less than five months ago. Between 30 and 40 workers lost their jobs at Sentia Wellness, sources told The Oregonian. Sentia Wellness did not release an exact number. Located in Portland, Sentia Wellness employed 150 workers and had raised $91 million to start, […]

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Oregon wholesale marijuana flower prices rise after growers exit market, some pivot to hemp

Oregon marijuana growers report wholesale flower prices are improving, which is welcome news for recreational cannabis cultivators in one of the country’s previously most oversupplied MJ markets. The changed business climate is even leading some growers to expand facilities and ramp up production. Marijuana growers in the state report wholesale flower prices per pound are […]

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Oregon State University gets $2.5M in federal funding for hemp research

Federal officials designated money for hemp research at Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center as part of the nearly $20 million earmarked for the hemp industry in the massive appropriations bill that passed both houses of the U.S. Congress at the end of 2019. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkeley, a Democrat from Oregon, said Monday […]

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Oregon hemp farm suing processors for $11 million

A farm in southern Oregon is suing a group of processors who they say failed to show up and harvest and process its hemp after receiving a six-figure down payment. Jefferson State Farms of Medford, owned by Ben and Kathleen Yuma, is suing: Palex Enterprises. Hemp Warehouse. Great Horizons. Four individuals. The lawsuit, claiming civil fraud, […]

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Oregon regulators ban CBD in alcoholic beverages

A regulatory agency in Oregon announced a policy Friday that bans the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages containing CBD. However, according to state law, commerce of compliant, nonalcoholic, hemp-derived CBD products is allowed as long as they pass pesticide, solvent and potency tests under the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which regulates such products. […]

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Oregon senators push back on USDA’s rules for testing THC in hemp

The federal plan to test hemp for THC will damage the industry, according to two Oregon senators who are pushing back on rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democrats, say the USDA hemp production rules lay out THC testing requirements with “potentially harmful effects” for the new hemp […]

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Oregon hemp facility fined $825,000 for housing workers in condemned building

Five Southern Oregon hemp businesses have been fined $825,000 for allegedly making employees live and work in unsafe conditions. Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined five businesses connected to a processing facility in Josephine County, including Eighteen New Hope and Safe and Simple. The facility operators were identified as owners Yoram Levy and […]

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