Oregon Hemp Business & Legal News

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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Oregon finalizes hemp testing rules, suggests new fees

Hemp is booming in Oregon, so state agriculture regulators proposed another round of rules that could contribute to increased acreage. According to Canna Law Blog, the Oregon agriculture department’s proposed changes include: Lowering registration fees from $1,300 for hemp growers to $250, plus $500 for each grow site. Clarifying the option to resample if hemp fails pre-harvest […]

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Hemp boom: States report dramatic licensing increases for 2019

Hemp production is about to shift into overdrive in states where growers have been licensed to get started with the 2019 planting season. There is a dramatic increase in interest among new farmers looking to capitalize on hemp in states that have been growing the crop under pilot programs. Here’s an early look at 2019 […]

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