Report: Hemp-Derived CBD Market Could be $1B Industry by 2020

Hemp-derived CBD sales reached $170 million in 2016 and the market is estimated to hit a billion dollars in the next three years, according to a Brightfield Group report outlined by Forbes. Brightfield estimates the industry will experience a 55 percent compound annual growth rate over the next five years. Bethany Gomez, Brightfield director of […]

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CBD Store Opens in West Virginia

The Appalachian Cannabis Company, which specializes in CBD products, has opened in West Virginia – the first store of its kind in the state, WCHS/WVAH reports. The shop is owned by Chris Yeager, who spent a few years in Colorado learning about CBD and the cannabis industry. “We wanted to bring the knowledge, we wanted […]

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Nation’s First Hempcrete Public-Use Building Opens in Idaho

The first public-use building constructed from hempcrete has opened in Ketchum, Idaho, according to a KOMO News report. The Borah Basin Building was designed by Hempitecture who partnered with non-profit Idaho BaseCamp for the project. The construction took three years to complete, financed largely by $27,000 raised through Kickstarter. Hempitecture founder Mattie Mead said he […]

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Indiana Excise Police Backtrack on CBD Confiscations

Indiana State Excise Police will no longer confiscate CBD products so long as they fall under the federal definition of hemp with THC limits less than 0.3 percent, WTHR-13 reports. The decision comes after the agency confiscated thousands of dollars of CBD products from Fresh Thyme grocery stores and other retailers. “After a review of […]

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Survey: 80% of Respondents Report Success with CBD Therapies

The largest-ever survey conducted on cannabidiol (CBD) users found 80 percent of respondents reporting the cannabinoid “very effective” or “extremely effective” in treating their respective conditions, with 42 percent reporting they actually stopped using traditional prescription and over-the-counter medicines and replacing them with CBD-based products. The study was conducted by HelloMD, one of the nation’s […]

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Federal Lawmakers Introduce Measure to Treat Hemp Like Traditional Agricultural Crop

A bi-partisan bill has been introduced in Congress to exempt industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act and allow the further commercialization of hemp crops. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced by Republican Congressmen from Kentucky James Comer and Thomas Massie, Virginia’s Bob Goodlatte, and Colorado Democrat Jared Polis. “I […]

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Hemp-Based ‘Cannabis Car’ is Carbon Neutral, Stronger than Steel

Recently, much attention has been given to the negative impact that cars have on the environment, especially their carbon footprint. Each car can represent up to 10 tons of carbon emissions. In an effort to address these concerns, former Dell executive Bruce Dietzen has made a high-performance car using hemp materials that is both carbon neutral […]

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House Republicans Block Veterans Equal Access and Hemp Water Rights Budget Amendments

According to a report from MassRoots, The House Rules Committee is blocking two cannabis-related budget amendments from floor consideration, ruling the amendments are not in order. The affected amendments include the Veterans Equal Access Amendment, which would allow military veterans to access state-approved medical cannabis programs, and the Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act, which would […]

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Bill Allowing Use of Federal Water for Hemp Cultivation Approved as Part of Spending Measure

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2018 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill which includes the Industrial Hemp Water Rights Act. This measure would allow federally-controlled water to be used for hemp cultivation, according to a Westword report. Currently, the Bureau of Reclamation prohibits water under its jurisdiction from being used for […]

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CBD Laws Are Convoluted Enough Without DEA Interjections

In a recent interview with the Cannabist, the DEA took aim at CBD production, specifically naming Charlotte’s Web – a low-THC cannabis strain produced and trademarked by CW Hemp oft used to treat children with epilepsy. In the statement, the federal law enforcement agency contends that the product, along with all other CBD products, is […]

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NY Gov. Signs Hemp Expansions into Law; State Earmarks $10M for Industry Investments

During a ceremony at Cornell University, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an expanded hemp bill into law, categorizing the crop as an agricultural commodity, giving it the same protections as any other crop grown in the state, the Ithaca Journal reports. The measure will permit industrial hemp research and hemp companies access to the […]

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Utah Ag. Department Considering Expanding Hemp Research to Farmers

Utah’s Agricultural Advisory Board has given initial approval for a new rule that would allow some farmers to grow hemp for research purposes, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The state Department of Agriculture and Food still needs to approve that program, which would allow farmers to submit a research plan for state approval and obtain […]

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DEA Doubles Down: CBD Illegal

The Cannabist has published a series of statements by the Drug Enforcement Agency that further muddy the waters of the legality of CBD products, claiming that the products are “being illegally produced and marketed” in violation of the federal Controlled Substances, and Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Acts. “However, it is generally believed that the material […]

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West Virginia Hemp Cultivation Now Open to Private Citizens

Private citizens in West Virginia can now apply to the state Agriculture commissioner for a license to grow industrial hemp for commercial purposes, according to a Charleston Gazette-Mail report. Previously, licenses were only available to members of research institutions, such as colleges and universities. The amended law was signed by Gov. Jim Justice in April. […]

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$9.1M DoD Contract Awarded to NY Firm Utilizing Hemp Materials

An eco-friendly building material company in New York that utilizes hemp in its products has been awarded a $9.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to create new living building materials, according to a report from NPR-affiliate WAMC. Ecovative Design has been using a variety of products in its building supplies since it […]

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Florida Gov. Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed the Industrial Hemp Pilot Projects bill, allowing hemp-growing plans by the University of Florida and Florida A&M to move forward, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. The universities plan to partner with private companies to conduct and pay for the research, which must be registered with the state Department of Agriculture […]

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Governor-Backed Hemp Bill Introduced in New York

At the behest of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a bill that would treat hemp more like other agricultural products has been introduced in New York. The measure would allow industrial hemp seed to be considered an acceptable crop seed so long as it doesn’t contain more than .3 percent THC – the allowable federal limit for […]

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Kentucky Home Becomes First to Use Hempcrete Insulation

For the first time in Kentucky, a home is being insulated with hempcrete. According to an ABC36 report, the Lexington home, on York St., is being designed by the North Limestone Community Development Corporation. “Basically what we are doing here is demonstrating how hemp can be used as a building material, specifically as an insulation,” […]

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DEA Seeks to Have Lawsuit Against ‘Marijuana Extract’ Rule Tossed

The DEA is moving to have a lawsuit dismissed that challenges their December rule change which applies a Controlled Substances Number for “marijuana extract,” according to a report from the Cannabist. The lawsuit contends that the change moves hemp-derived products into the definition, running afoul of the 2014 federal Farm Bill. The lawsuit was filed on […]

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Industrial Hemp Coming to South Carolina

Shortly after the close of South Carolina’s legislative session earlier this month, Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill legalizing the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, according to a report by The State. Next, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and the State Law Enforcement Division must issue the state’s 20 hemp licenses — these will allow […]

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Colorado Gov. Signs Bill Permitting Hemp Farmers to Use Federally Stored Water

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed the bill to protect hemp farmers registered with the state who use water stored in federal reservoirs, according to a report from The Journal. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Republican state Sen. Don Coram after an Arkansas Valley farmer informed him he was barred from using […]

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North Carolina Farmers Begin Planting Pilot Hemp Crops

The North Carolina Hemp Commission has received an opinion from the state attorney general’s office to allow them to license farmers who want to obtain industrial hemp seeds from another state, according to a report from Southeast Farm Press. The memo allows farmers approved under the state’s pilot program to source domestic seed for their […]

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Australia and New Zealand Approve Hemp Food Sales

The Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has approved the sale of hemp as food but also imposed strict guidelines around the products’ marketing and labeling, according to Grain Central, an Australian grain industry publication. The guidelines ban any references to the presence of CBD in the product and prevent any branding […]

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MMJ and Hemp Program Protections Included in Federal Budget Resolution

State-legal medical cannabis and hemp programs are safe until at least September as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment – which prohibits the Department of Justice from spending funds to interfere with codified medical and hemp regimes – was included in the federal budget resolution. Rep. Earl Blumenaur, a Democrat who heads the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said in […]

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