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Hemp banking protections pass US House as part of landmark cannabis bill

House lawmakers passed a historic cannabis banking bill Wednesday that also provides a safe harbor for financial institutions serving hemp and hemp-derived CBD businesses. Proponents believed that such provisions were necessary despite the fact that hemp became legal nationwide with the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill. The hemp amendments in the SAFE Banking Act, […]

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Alabama to delay hemp applications, citing federal hold up

Alabama has postponed for two weeks the opening of the application period for its 2020 hemp program as it awaits federal interim regulations. The registration period for growers, processors and universities will now run for four weeks, from Oct. 7 to Nov. 1, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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California hemp and cannabis testing lab raises $22.6 million

Cannalysis, a hemp and cannabis testing lab based in California, raised $22.6 million that it said will fund its expansion in the state as well as helping it to move into other marijuana markets in the U.S. The Santa Ana-based company raised the money from Canlab, a cannabis, hemp and CBD testing laboratory network. The […]

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Coors subsidiary to start carrying nonalcoholic CBD beverages

Citing increased demand for nonalcoholic beverages, a Coors distributor in the Denver area has started carrying two brands of nonalcoholic drinks infused with hemp extracts including CBD. Coors Distributing Co., an independent LLC owned by Molson Coors, distributes beverages to more than 1,000 locations, including restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores and events venues. […]

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Hawaii health officials ban most CBD products after vape-related hospitalization

Health officials in Hawaii are mandating that over-the-counter CBD products be removed from store shelves after an island youth was hospitalized due to a severe respiratory illness related to vaping. Amid growing national health concerns related to the use of vaporizers, Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson told state lawmakers last week that his […]

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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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Four takeaways from the latest round of federal CBD warning letters

The young CBD industry is growing accustomed to federal health authorities warning companies not to make medical claims about the cannabinoid. But a round of warning letters this week from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the consumer-protection agency that safeguards against unfair and deceptive advertising – served as a reminder that as CBD goes […]

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Louisiana permits hundreds of businesses to sell CBD products

Louisiana has awarded business licenses to 775 companies that want to sell CBD products. The state’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) received more than 1,000 permit applications after passage of a law outlining how retailers can sell products containing CBD. The ATC started the process in June. Liquor stores, gas stations and CBD-specific shops were among the […]

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