Washington State Hemp Business & Legal News

Washington state bans all CBD-infused foods, beverages in accordance with FDA

Washington state banned the commercial sale of food and beverages containing CBD, sticking closely to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy. The FDA currently stipulates that the cannabinoid cannot be an ingredient in the food supply, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) posted similar restrictions this month. “To be clear, CBD is not […]

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States move forward on hemp while USDA develops federal rules

Afraid of missing hot opportunities in hemp while the federal government mulls national rules, states are adopting a surprising number of laws to start or expand hemp production. Most states already allow hemp cultivation, but 2019 has seen many of the hemp holdouts adopt cultivation laws, while more established hemp states are expanding opportunities to […]

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Washington state to make way for hemp this spring

Washington state lawmakers and the Department of Agriculture are working together to make the state laws Farm Bill-compliant. A bill that allows hemp to be grown for CBD and moved across state lines was endorsed unanimously on Tuesday by a House committee, the Capital Press reported. The bill also would allow farmers to produce hemp within 4 […]

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Only one grower in Washington hemp program for 2018

The outlook is bleak for Washington state hemp. Delay in oversight funding, ongoing challenges around seed sourcing and a lack of processing options have limited program participation for 2018. Only one organization, the Colville Confederated Tribes, has been licensed to grow hemp for 2018 so far, according to a report in Capital Press. The tribes […]

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Washington hemp oversight restored after state allocates $100,000 for regulators

A $100,000 infusion for Washington agriculture regulators has saved the state’s hemp oversight program – but the lifeline has failed to convince the largest grower to plant another crop. The money came in the final budget agreement at the Washington state legislature, according to Capital Press, which covers agricultural news in the Pacific Northwest. Washington’s […]

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Washington state’s fledgling hemp program gets lifeline from legislators

Budget writers in Washington state’s House and Senate have restored money to oversee hemp, potentially ending uncertainty after the governor proposed cutting funding for the state’s hemp production program. The hemp lifeline, first reported by Capital Press, comes after the Washington Department of Agriculture stopped issuing hemp licenses because of a budget shortfall and threatened to […]

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Snub by Washington state governor threatens hemp program

A budget proposal from Washington’s governor could spell doom for that state’s struggling hemp industry. State agriculture officials have stopped issuing hemp licenses, and they say they’ll end the hemp program without an infusion of cash to pay for oversight. The situation got more dire this week when a budget proposal from Gov. Jay Inslee did […]

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Washington state halts issuing of hemp licenses, citing budget shortfall

 Washington has stopped issuing hemp licenses because the program is too expensive, the latest hurdle for a state that led the nation in marijuana adoption but has lagged on hemp. The Washington Department of Agriculture won’t issue hemp licenses for 2018 unless state lawmakers devote $313,000 to the program, according to Capital Press, which covers […]

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Marijuana banking confusion snags WA hemp clothing company

A Washington state clothing company has lost its bank account – even though it doesn’t work with marijuana – because of the use of hemp in its products. Owners of the natural-clothing company Rawganique in Blaine say they were shocked when Umpqua Bank – which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon – informed them it would no […]

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Washington MJ company sets sights on Kroger, other mainstream retailers

By John Schroyer A Washington State marijuana entrepreneur may be close to getting her low-THC cannabis-based health and beauty product line on the shelves of retail titans such as Kroger-owned grocery stores. If successful, the development would further push cannabis-based products into the mainstream retail world.

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