Oregon Hemp Business & Legal News

Oregon manufacturer sells partial ownership stake to expand CBD offerings

An Oregon CBD beverage maker has sold a partial ownership stake for $1.6 million to expand production and distribution. Ablis of Bend, Oregon, makes nonalcoholic beverages that contain 25 milligrams of CBD. The products are distributed in health and wellness retailers in 10 states. Acquired Sales Corp. of Lake Forest, Illinois, is spending $1.6 million […]

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Oregon hempseed dispute leads to $21 million lawsuit

A batch of hempseeds in Oregon billed as CBD-rich females that turned out to be neither feminized nor high in the cannabinoid has led to a $21.2 million lawsuit. That’s how much six people say they lost after the seeds resulted in inferior plants, leading to the lawsuit against three seed dealers in a southern Oregon […]

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Oregon marijuana growers eye opportunities in hemp

As Oregon cannabis prices continue to sink to new lows amid a product glut, outdoor marijuana growers are turning their sights to MJ’s cousin: hemp.

The pivot allows growers to diversify their revenue stream and capitalize on a crop that could soon become legal at the federal level – thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill pending before Congress.

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CBD extraction firm snags tax breaks, hiring assistance in Kentucky

Kentucky’s booming CBD industry received an additional boost when the state granted an extraction company roughly $240,000 in tax breaks, plus help finding and training workers. Lexington-based firm Zelios, which opened four months ago, said it plans to double its extraction capacity and create 44 full-time jobs for a total investment of about $2.1 million. Kentucky Gov. […]

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Oregon delays some hemp licenses to finalize rules for sales in marijuana system

Oregon has put some hemp licenses on hold while regulators finalize rules for including the crop in the state’s marijuana system. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Friday that it will suspend issuing “hemp certificates” to growers and handlers who want to join the marijuana supply chain, pending the creation of new regulations. A new […]

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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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Oregon Hemp Farmers Pivot to Medical Use

Hemp farmers in Oregon are getting more interested in the potential medical uses of their crops instead of the traditional industrial ones. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is poised to begin reissuing licenses for hemp growers in the state next month. As potential licensees begin to line up for permits, the discussion over what use that […]

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Moratorium on Hemp Cultivation Licenses in Oregon

Oregon won’t issue any new licenses to grow hemp until March of next year at the earliest, the state’s agriculture department announced this week. The agency also notified the 11 hemp growers with licenses that they won’t be allowed to expand their grow operations or add new farms to their existing permits, according to the […]

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Hemp Cultivation to Continue in Oregon

Oregon hemp growers can continue cultivating after the state Senate shot down a bill that would’ve put a two-year moratorium on production. The bill – which breezed through the House earlier this week on a 53-6 vote – had wide support among marijuana growers concerned about the potential for cross-pollination. Hemp advocates, however, said the […]

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