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Minnesota opens 1st publicly funded lab to distinguish hemp from marijuana

Minnesota authorities have tapped a public testing lab to start evaluating the THC content of products sold as CBD. The Midwest Regional Forensic Laboratory in Andover, north of Minneapolis, is a publicly funded lab that will test THC levels of CBD products sold in conventional retailers, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported. The lab is the […]

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Charlotte Figi, namesake of Colorado CBD manufacturer, has died

Charlotte Figi, the namesake of a Colorado CBD company who became a symbol for the therapeutic potential of cannabidiol and medical cannabis, has reportedly died from complications associated with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Charlotte’s death was announced late Tuesday in a Facebook post by a family friend. No time or location […]

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NY attorney general orders CBD company to stop marketing products as coronavirus cure

New York state’s attorney general has ordered a CBD company to stop marketing one of its products as “immunity oil” against the coronavirus. Attorney General Letitia James said “consumers have encountered these false claims in email campaigns” by the company called Finest Herbalist, the Daily Voice reported Wednesday. The emails have titles such as, “Protection from Corona […]

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Neptune Wellness Solutions appoints two new board members

A Quebec, Canada-based supplements company announced the installment of two new members to the company’s board of directors. Neptune Wellness Solutions of Laval, Quebec, on Tuesday said Joseph Buaron and Michael A. de Geus were joining the company’s board. Buaron has two decades of experience as a chief technology officer, while de Geus is a […]

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CBD store owner accused of defrauding investors in SEC complaint

The co-founder of a defunct Connecticut holding company and CBD and hemp store has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with bilking investors. In addition to his holding company, Halitron, Bernard Findley was the co-founder of Hopp & Hemp Co., which sold CBD and other hemp products, according to The Newton Bee. A federal charging […]

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Historic hemp records donated to University of Kentucky

A trove of business records from a 20th-century Kentucky hemp processor are now in the hands of the University of Kentucky. A family in Bourbon County donated some 17 boxes of records from the family decortication and processing business that operated from roughly 1900 to 1940. The university’s Special Collections Library will clean and archive the […]

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California hemp grower wants sheriff to tell court why plants were burned

A California hemp growing company is trying to legally compel a sheriff’s department to release documents explaining why the agency destroyed 459 acres of hemp that authorities thought were marijuana. No one was arrested or charged after the Kern County Sheriff’s Office bulldozed what Apothio LLC claims were hundreds of millions worth of hemp plants […]

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Trans-Atlantic hemp trade hit by uncertainties

Supply-chain disruptions and delivery delays have become the new normal for hemp and other agricultural commodities as governments keep their borders shut and planes grounded to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Pandemic-related flight restrictions, delays and increased fees have made the complicated business of moving hemp biomass and extracts across national borders more challenging […]

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Wisconsin hemp seed seller sues Canadian producer over distribution dispute

A Wisconsin hemp seed seller is in a contract dispute with a Canadian seed producer over where and for how long it can sell a grain cultivar. Legacy Hemp of Hastings, Minnesota, says that Terramax Holdings Corp. is trying to renege on the length of time Legacy Hemp has the rights to sell the seeds in […]

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Is CBD retail ‘essential’? Shuttered hemp retailers fight to stay open alongside grocery, marijuana stores

Hemp production has been classified as “essential” by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic. But the classification doesn’t extend to retailers selling hemp and CBD — and some retailers told to shut down during the coronavirus response are asking authorities to reconsider and designate them “essential” businesses. They point out that many states classify medical […]

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