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MI creates emergency hemp testing rules while states await USDA direction

Michigan regulators have adopted rules that create testing standards for farmers’ first crop of industrial hemp. A pilot program was launched this year allowing for the growing and processing of hemp in the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced emergency rules that establish sampling and analytical testing methods for measuring […]

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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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No Wyoming hemp cultivation in 2019, but THC testing close, governor says

Though Wyoming farmers can’t yet grow hemp, the state said its lab to test the crop for THC is almost ready. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and the state Department of Agriculture sent an update this week to would-be hemp farmers reminding them that production remains illegal until federal agriculture authorities set national rules and then approve […]

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Nebraska farm equipment dealer sues state over hemp license rejection

A Nebraska farm equipment manufacturer and dealer who was denied a license to grow hemp in 2019 is suing the state Department of Agriculture and its director. Jacob Bish, head of public relations at Giltner-based Bish Enterprises and Hemp Harvest Works, was one of 176 applicants seeking to grow hemp this year, the first of […]

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US hempseed supply to be stored in New York repository

Work has begun on creating the nation’s only hempseed bank in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository will be established at Cornell University’s agricultural research facility in Geneva. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York announced the launch of the new facility, saying he worked to secure $500,000 in […]

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Alaska governor cuts funding for hemp program, cites no existing industry

After developing proposed rules in June for its 2019 hemp production regulations, Alaska officials have determined a state industrial hemp program may not be worth funding. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy cut $375,000 from the state budget for Alaska’s industrial hemp program, saying there is “no existing industry to support a state-funded program.” Under a bill […]

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California marijuana company teams with water developer for desert hemp venture

A Southern California marijuana company is teaming with a rural water projects developer to start growing hemp in the Mojave Desert. Glass House Farms of Carpinteria, California, said it created a joint venture with water developer Cadiz Inc. to grow 60 acres of hemp starting next month in the town of Cadiz in rural San Bernardino […]

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Ohio governor enacts hemp law opening CBD sales beyond dispensaries

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a measure authorizing CBD sales and the commercial production of industrial hemp in the state. The law takes effect immediately and allows CBD to be sold outside dispensaries. CBD had been legal in Ohio but only in medical marijuana dispensaries. Highlights of the Ohio hemp law include: CBD food, […]

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Canopy breaks ground on hemp industrial park in New York

One of the largest cannabis companies in the world made a significant move into the U.S. hemp industry Monday by breaking ground on a new industrial park for hemp processing in New York. Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth Corp., based in Smiths Falls, Ontario, unveiled plans for a $150 million hemp industrial park in Kirkwood […]

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