Virginia Hemp Business & Legal News

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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USDA to spend $500,000 researching hemp cross-pollination

Researchers from Virginia Tech have been tapped to predict the trajectory of wind-dispersed hemp pollen, a major concern for outdoor growers of marijuana and flower varieties of hemp. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has devoted $500,000 to look at the path of hemp and switchgrass pollens. The goal is to predict how and where pollen […]

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Tobacco money tapped to fuel new hemp testing facility in Virginia

Virginia will spend nearly $400,000 to develop a testing facility for agricultural products – including hemp – with funds coming from a state agency set up to revitalize tobacco-growing areas in the state. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission awarded the money to buy a high-end Waters UPLC mass spectrometer for the Institute for Advanced […]

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Virginia’s fledgling CBD program faces criticism, appeals

Seven companies are challenging a CBD licensing process in Virginia criticized as “wildly prejudicial” and favoring multistate operators. Out of 51 applicants for five vertically integrated CBD and THC-A licenses, multistate operators received three, a situation that spurred the appeals,  The Virginian-Pilot reported. Applicants filing the appeals complained the closed-meeting review process lacked fairness and transparency. One […]

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Multistate medical marijuana operators tapped for Virginia’s CBD program

Virginia named its first five CBD-only medical cannabis business licensees – three of them multistate operators. Virginia’s Board of Pharmacy reviewed 51 applicants to produce CBD products in five areas of the state. The winning applicants are called “pharmaceutical processors” and must grow, process and sell the products at one location, though Virginia patients can visit any […]

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Virginia to keep CBD-only medical cannabis licensing review secret

The state panel that will award Virginia’s first five CBD-only medical marijuana business licenses will keep the application review process confidential. Virginia Board of Pharmacy chair Rafael Saenz announced Tuesday that the 51 applications would be considered in closed session, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Regulators conferred about Virginia’s public-meeting law for 30 minutes, before a decision […]

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CBD limits loosening in states written off by marijuana reformers

Far from the bustling marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas and California, rural and politically conservative states with limited cannabis laws are loosening restrictions that once had marijuana entrepreneurs writing them off as infertile territory.

“Progress is being made in places you’d never have thought possible,” said Keith Stroup, founder of NORML.

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CBD confusion rallies conservative-state lawmakers

A raft of CBD-related measures are advancing in conservative states where lawmakers seem unwilling to wait for federal courts to decide the legal fate of cannabis-derived treatments low in THC. Kansas lawmakers are looking at giving CBD legal cover, a week after the Sunflower State’s attorney general ruled the treatments illegal. Indiana lawmakers are nearly […]

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Virginia official signals state plans to boost hemp program

Virginia is looking to boost its small hemp program next year to compete with larger producers of the plant such as North Carolina and Kentucky. Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Basil I. Gooden wrote in an op-ed in The Roanoke Times that hemp’s potential in Virginia is “tremendous,” and he indicated that changes are coming to help Virginia […]

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