Bill to Legalize CBD Oil Introduced in Indiana

Republican Indiana state Senator Jim Tomes has filed a bill to legalize CBD oil in the state after Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr., released an opinion declaring the extracts unlawful and Gov. Eric Holcomb told retailers in November that they had 60 days to remove the products from their shelves, according to a […]

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Hawaii Hemp Program Delayed by Noncompliant Jamaican Seed

Hawaii’s industrial hemp cultivation program has suffered a setback after seeds imported from Jamaica not only arrived late but also failed a basic inspection, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. The Department of Agriculture expected to begin accepting applications for the pilot program next month, but now estimate they might not open applications until February. Shelley Choy, the […]

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Vermont Hemp Industry Takes Over Burlington City Hall for Holiday Market

The CBD and Hemp Holiday Farmers Market took over Burlington, Vermont’s City Hall – yes, City Hall – on Sunday in the latest Heady Vermont-organized effort to provide public exposure for the state’s burgeoning industry. The event featured 18 vendors and, according to the coordinators, drew at least 500 people interested in the hemp-derived CBD […]

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Pennsylvania Hemp Cultivation Could Reach 5,000 Acres in 2018

Pennsylvania hemp production is expected to increase from just 50 acres this year to possibly more than 5,000 in 2018, according to National Public Radio station 90.5 WESA. State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said that research at Penn State showed hemp crops could increase the productivity of existing farmland. “Research … at Penn State [showed] […]

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Canopy Growth Acquires Saskatchewan Hemp Cultivator

Canopy Growth Corporation, a licensed medical cannabis producer in Canada with interests and operations in seven countries, is set to acquire Saskatchewan-based hemp cultivator Green Hemp Industries Ltd. Following the completion of the deal, expected late next month or early January, Canopy will operate approximately 300 acres of existing hemp production and the company anticipates […]

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Indiana Attorney General: CBD ‘Unlawful’ in the State

In an official opinion released last week, Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr. said that CBD products “remain unlawful in Indiana” citing cannabis’ Schedule I status under federal law. “The state and deferral laws that place cannabidiol in the category of Schedule I controlled substances do not hinge on the degree or prevalence of […]

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U.S. Hemp Production More than Doubled in 2017

Acreage of hemp crops in the U.S. more than doubled from 9,770 acres in 2016 to 23,346 in 2017, according to advocacy group Vote Hemp’s 2017 U.S. Hemp Crop Report. The report indicates that 32 universities conducted hemp research this year, and that 1,456 state hemp licenses were issued to researchers and cultivators. The largest […]

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Australian MMJ and Hemp Firm Expands into China

Australia’s Creso Pharma is expanding its reach into China, announcing the company has established a strategic partnership and commercial distribution agreement with hemp-producer Zhejiang Kingdom Create So., Ltd. Kingdom Creative will import hemp and cannabis-derived animal and human health products and invest in the marketing and distribution of the products. Dr. Miri Halperin Wernli, Creso […]

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Alberta, Canada Proposes Provincial Cannabis Industry Rules

Alberta’s provincial government has released proposed regulations for retail cannabis operations as Canada moves forward with their tax-and-regulate plan, which sets the legal age at 18 and permits private retailers to open up retail and online stores. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will oversee distribution, compliance, and enforcement. Notably, the rules allow citizens to […]

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Wisconsin Legislature Unanimously Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

Wisconsin’s legislature has unanimously passed a bill to implement an industrial hemp pilot program. The measure falls in line with other state programs and federal guidelines requiring that plants contain no more than 0.3 percent THC. The measure will require cultivators to undergo a federal background check and allows license denials for individuals who have […]

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DEA Spokesman: Agency Not Going to ‘Break Down Door’ of Parents Administering CBD to their Children

In an interview with Indiana’s WTHR, Drug Enforcement Agency spokesperson Rusty Payne admitted that while parents giving CBD oil to their children are violating federal law, it is unlikely they will face federal prosecution for their actions. “WTHR: What would you tell the mom and dad who are buying this stuff and giving it to […]

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UC Davis Partners with Colorado Biotech Firm to Decode Hemp DNA

The University of California, Davis has partnered with Front Range Biosciences, a Boulder, Colorado-based agricultural biotech company, on a project to create a genomic reference for cannabis – specifically industrial hemp. The project will be led by Dr. Dario Cantu, a UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology assistant professor and systems biologist. “A high-quality […]

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Kentucky Seeks Feedback, Accepting Applications for Hemp Pilot Program

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its 2018 industrial hemp research pilot program and seeking public comments on program’s preliminary draft rules. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles indicated that Kentucky farmers planted 3,200 acres of hemp this season – the most ever under the regime. In 2016, the state’s farms grew 2,350 acres […]

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Belize House Passes Decriminalization, Hemp Production Bill

Belize’s House of Representatives has approved a measure to decriminalize cannabis possession up to 10 grams and legalize industrial hemp production, according to a News 7 Belize report. If approved, the measure would also make cannabis consumption in private subject to non-criminal fines. The measure has received bi-partisan support, according to the report, with Opposition […]

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Indiana Excise Police Continued CBD Enforcement Actions After Announcing Policy Change

Indiana excise police – the state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission law enforcement arm – has at least twice cited stores selling CBD products despite saying in August they would back off the practice, according to a report from the Indianapolis Star. At that time, commission officials said they would no longer confiscate CBD products from […]

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Canadian Abattis Bioceuticals Strikes South Korea Distribution, CBD Product Development Agreement

Vancouver, Canada-based Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. is partnering with Global Damon Pharma to distribute and sell Abattis’ hemp-based product lines exclusively in South Korea. Abattis received approval to export hemp-derived products from Health Canada last year. Rob Abenante, president and CEO of Abattis, indicated that South Korea imported about “20 to 30 tons” of hemp seed weekly […]

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Wisconsin Tribe Adopts CBD Program

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin have adopted a “comprehensive control program” for hemp-derived CBD and announced plans to open businesses selling CBD products in states where it is allowed. Elmer J. Emery, a member of the St. Croix Tribal Council said the tribe plans on producing and distributing CBD products on its tribal […]

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Hemp Cultivation Applications Open in New York

Applications for farmers to participate in New York’s recently expanded hemp research program are now open until Nov. 22 after the state was granted a Drug Enforcement Agency permit to help cultivators import industrial hemp seed. Officials expect a 6,000 percent increase in the acreage in the state dedicated to hemp, from just 30 acres […]

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Inaugural Vermont Hemp Fest Hosts Thriving Industry Entrepreneurs

Some of Vermont’s finest hemp-derived products were on display at the state’s inaugural Hemp Fest – and the event surpassed the expectations of attendees, exhibitors, and the organizers alike. Featured were more than 20 exhibitors, from hemp cultivators to CBD producers to ancillary businesses — including the usual, such as web designers, and the not-so-usual, such […]

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House Committee Blocks All Cannabis-Related Budget Amendment Votes

The Republican-controlled House Rules Committee has blocked multiple cannabis-related amendments from receiving consideration by the full chamber, effectively preventing the House from offering the industry protection from the Justice Department. The quashed amendments include: protections for state-approved hemp programs and banks choosing to do business with the cannabis industry; the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which prevents the feds […]

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Nebraska Attorney General: CBD Sales Illegal

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol has sent a letter to county attorneys and law enforcement advising them that CBD products are not legal in the state, less than two weeks after some retailers began selling the products, according to a KETV report. “To date no drug products containing cannabidiol have received […]

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Utah Demands Retailers Stop Selling Pet Food Containing Hemp

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has sent warning letters to 27 Utah companies asking them to stop selling pet food containing hemp, according to a KSL TV report. The letters asked the producers for “voluntary compliance in recalling previously distributed products and refraining from future sales of hemp and hemp products in the […]

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Vermont Brewers Partner with Hemp Farm for CBD-Infused Beer

Vermont-based Long Trail Brewing Company is partnering with local hemp cultivators Luce Farm on an infused beer using the farm’s CBD-infused honey. The yet-to-be-named small-batch brew is set for a Labor Day weekend release. Ian Harbage, co-head brewmaster for Long Trail, said that while “there might be a bit of public learning curve” around the […]

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Queensland, Australia Advances Plan to Allow Hemp Products for Human Consumption

The Queensland, Australia government has introduced legislation to amend the Drugs Misuse Act of 1986 to allow the cultivation of hemp seeds for human consumption. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said the reforms “would provide investment and trade opportunities for Queensland producers.” “By allowing industrial cannabis seed to be grown for human consumption, there […]

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