Oregon Hemp Business & Legal News

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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CBD producer sues Oregon hempseed company for $44 million over ruined crop

A Kentucky-based CBD company filed a $44 million lawsuit against an Oregon hempseed company, claiming the hempseeds it supplied were bogus and contributed to ruining the company’s 2019 crop. Lexington-based Elemental Processing estimated it lost at least $44 million in profits after HP Farms of Troutdale, Oregon, allegedly supplied it with more than 6 million […]

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Idaho drug charges dropped, but truck driver transporting hemp pleads to lower misdemeanor

An Oregon truck driver charged with felony drug crimes for driving a truckload of hemp to Colorado has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge. The Ada County Prosecutor’s office said Denis Palamarchuk of Portland, Oregon, has agreed to plead guilty to hauling an improperly permitted load, a misdemeanor. Prosecutors are dropping felony drug-trafficking […]

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Oregon hemp company warns of layoffs after permit violation

A rural Oregon hemp-extraction company is warning of 90 layoffs because of a permit delay. Evergreen State Holdings sent notice about the potential layoffs to Oregon authorities last week, the Portland Business Journal reported. Located about two hours east of Portland, the company said it received a stop-work order from the Oregon Building Codes Division […]

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USDA: National THC test for hemp ‘as challenging as you think it is’

Federal agriculture authorities are struggling to craft a nationwide THC testing standard so that state and local regulators can tell hemp from marijuana, complicating the release of standardized production rules, according to an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). William Richmond, head of the Specialty Crops Program in the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, […]

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Oregon hemp farm partners suing former associate for alleged theft

Business partners involved with an Oregon hemp farm are taking a former partner to court over allegations he stole from the farm to make and sell CBD oil worth more than $500,000. Bakers Ranch Botanicals in Deschutes County, Oregon, filed a lawsuit seeking $950,000 in damages against Michael Schook and corporate entities affiliated with Schook […]

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Hemptown acquires nutraceutical maker, moves into consumer packaged goods

Hemptown Organics Corp., a vertically integrated, multistate hemp producer based in Central Point, Oregon, has acquired longtime nutraceutical manufacturer Kirkman Group for $5 million. With $6 million in existing annual revenue, Kirkman operates a 25,000-square-foot nutraceutical manufacturing facility that is Current Good Manufacturing Process (CGMP)-certified and licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according […]

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Curaleaf agrees to buy Cura Partners for CA$1.27 billion in all-stock deal

Massachusetts-based Curaleaf, a vertically integrated marijuana and hemp company, agreed to acquire Portland, Oregon-based Cura Partners in an all-stock deal worth 1.27 billion Canadian dollars ($949 million). Curaleaf will issue 95.6 million subordinated voting shares, giving Cura a roughly 16% stake in the company. Cura’s Select brands are available in more than 900 retailers, mainly in […]

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