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NYPD seizes Vermont hemp shipment, mistakes it for marijuana

New York City police seized a shipment of what it believed to be 106 pounds of marijuana and arrested the buyer on criminal charges, but the Vermont farm that shipped the product said it’s legal hemp, not MJ. Fox Holler Farms, a hemp farm based in New Haven, Vermont, said every box of its product […]

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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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CV Sciences reports falling revenues, sales amid ‘flood’ of new competitors

CV Sciences, a San Diego-based CBD manufacturer, reported revenue of $12.6 million for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, down more than 7% from the same period a year ago. Profit for the quarter was $8.4 million, down 15% from the previous year. The results fell well short of analyst expectations even as CV Sciences […]

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Fire at Pennsylvania drying shed prompts storage warning

Farmers drying hemp should treat their crops like hay and watch for overheating. That’s the warning in the wake of a Pennsylvania fire this week in a shed that had been converted to a hemp dryer in Lancaster County. The blaze cost farmer Alvin Esh about $5,000 to $6,000 worth of hemp, he told The Lancaster […]

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Virginia tobacco giant adds hemp to its lobbying activity

Virginia tobacco giant Altria has added hemp policy to its lobbying activities, spending roughly $60,000 this year to lobby the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Agriculture on “matters pertaining to hemp and crop insurance.” The lobbying, first reported by Cannabis Wire, marks an initial lobbying effort related to hemp by the parent company of […]

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North Carolina lawmakers settle on 2020 for ban on smokable hemp

North Carolina officials have agreed to ban smokable hemp production starting next summer. House and Senate negotiators finished work late Monday on a bill that includes the ban. The measure now awaits a final procedural vote before heading to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has not said whether he supports or opposes the […]

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Louisiana ag commissioner forecasts 80,000 acres of hemp grows in 2020

Louisiana farmers could grow hemp on up to 80,000 acres in 2020, up from zero this year, the state’s top agriculture chief said. But the growth, he noted, relies on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finishing work on new rules for production. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain briefed state lawmakers Wednesday about hemp prospects […]

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Maine nudges USDA on hemp rules, says states ‘unfairly restricted’ without them

The governor of Maine is joining hemp producers in pushing for federal agriculture authorities to release 2020 production rules. Gov. Janet Mills wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week, saying that federal inaction on hemp is leaving states “unfairly restricted” in the new industry. Hemp businesses, she said, are “receiving notices of […]

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Indiana hemp processor expanding operations to meet demand

A hemp processor based in central Indiana plans to build a $50 million facility in Westfield, bringing 100 new jobs to the area. BDX-Indiana, a CBD extraction company, operates a 63,000-square-foot facility in Indianapolis. The first phase of construction of the facility, which received a city tax abatement last month, will begin in December. The […]

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Border seizures of hemp continue despite legalization, lawsuit, importer says

This story has been updated with a section discussing new import/export rules on live hemp plants. A California CBD manufacturer challenging the hemp policies of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says hemp seizures are still taking place despite nationwide legalization and a federal judge’s assurance that border seizures of legal hemp are a thing […]

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