Pennsylvania Hemp Business & Legal News


States split on following USDA hemp rules in 2020

More states have declared that they’re going to stick with their own rules for the 2020 hemp production season, rather than follow federal guidelines on the new crop. To date, 20 states have said they will follow the 2014 pilot rules this growing season, outnumbering the 12 that have so far received U.S. Department of […]

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Pennsylvania hemp processor closes, citing falling hemp and CBD prices

A major hemp processor based in Pittsburgh folded after the collapse of hemp and CBD market prices. Commonwealth Alternative Medicinal Options closed its 45,000-square-foot CBD processing facility on Monday, leaving a hole in the local supply chain, according to the Tribune-Review. Chief operating officer Mike Moody said the company saw a 75% price decrease for its […]

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PA processor gets green light to reopen limited operations but must pay fine

A Pennsylvania hemp-processing center that was closed after repeat air-quality warnings from the state has been fined and given permission to reopen on a limited basis. Under the terms of a Dec. 24 agreement with the state, the Jeannette facility owned by Patriot Shield Security will be fined $29,000 for air-quality violations, according to the […]

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Embattled Pennsylvania hemp processor ordered to close

A hemp drying and processing company in Pennsylvania that has received numerous complaints about its facilities, odor and lack of pay to employees has been ordered by the state to close. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an administrative order to cease operation at the Jeannette facility of Patriot Shield Security, The Philadelphia Enquirer […]

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Pennsylvania hemp drying facility reopens; employees still awaiting payment

A Pennsylvania hemp facility that was closed last week after its owners allegedly ignored code requirements has reopened after adding ventilation, but former employees say they still haven’t been paid. The drying warehouse in Jeannette – owned by Patriot Shield Security, a Colorado-based security and transportation company that serves both hemp and marijuana clients – […]

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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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Pennsylvania lifts hemp production, license caps, citing Farm Bill and federal shutdown

Pennsylvania’s planned hemp expansion has turned into a surprise lift on hemp production caps, thanks to the recent Farm Bill and ongoing federal shutdown. Russell Redding, Pennsylvania’s agriculture secretary, said the Keystone State is removing requirements that hemp be grown for research purposes, The (Allentown) Morning Call reported. Pennsylvania will also remove 100-acre growing caps […]

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Pennsylvania misses hemp target, but expansion still coming

Response to Pennsylvania’s plan to expand hemp production has been lower than state officials anticipated. The state set an ambitious goal for increasing hemp production this year by offering more licenses and increasing the acreage farmers can use to develop hemp from 5 acres to 100 acres. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said when he announced […]

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Pennsylvania boosting available hemp licenses by two-thirds for 2018

Pennsylvania’s hemp production is poised to expand dramatically after Gov. Tom Wolf announced plans this week to increase the number of available hemp licenses by 66% – and the total acreage by even more. Wolf said Pennsylvania’s first year in the modern hemp market, 2017, was a “learning experience.” Pennsylvania authorized hemp in 2016, with the first […]

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US medical cannabis tech company plans to open China office

Net Savings Link Inc. said its cannabis division will open an office in Shanghai, China, next month to expand its medical marijuana technology business into the world’s most populous country. The company, based in Cresco, Pennsylvania, said in a news release it is moving into China because it sees a sizable opportunity there. China is the world’s […]

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