North Carolina Hemp Grower Secures Early Buyer for Next Year’s Crop

Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase the 1,000 acre-plus hemp crop planted by BioRegen Innovations Cooperative  in North Carolina, the company announced in a press release. The crop is among the first planted in the state and is expected to be harvested toward the end of 2017. Industrial Hemp […]

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Cannabis and Hemp Association Opens Upstate NY Chapter

The Cannabis and Hemp Association has opened a chapter in Albany, New York, according to a report from NPR-affiliate WAMC. During the first meeting, members reviewed the first year of the state’s medical marijuana program and discussed the impact of the Compassionate Care Act’s new regulations. Pamela Johnston, Electrum Partners’ senior vice president for strategy […]

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North Dakota Hemp Harvested Under Ag Department Pilot Program

North Dakota farmers are harvesting their first legal hemp crops under the state Agricultural Department’s experimental program, according to a Bismarck Tribune report. Just five growers are approved under the pilot program, which aims to research the growth, cultivation and marketability of industrial hemp. One farmer, Clarence Laub, yielded roughly 5,000 pounds from his 10-acre […]

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Kentucky Ag Commissioner Objects to New USDA Hemp Rules

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner has sent a letter to the USDA outlining his objections to the body’s new ‘Statement of Principles’ regarding the industrial hemp sector, local NPR station WKMS reports. He says the new rules contradict the original intent of the 2014 measure passed by Congress and “could hinder industrial hemp’s economic potential” in the state […]

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First Hemp Seeds to Consistently Produce Low Enough THC Levels Certified in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has certified its first domestic hemp seeds that reliably produce plants low enough in THC that it doesn’t qualify as marijuana, according to an Associated Press report. The seeds are tailored for the state’s high altitude so it’s unclear how much interest they will draw from out-of-state hemp producers. There […]

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Botanical Genetics Expands Hemp and Cannabis R&D Program

Botanical Genetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 22nd Century Group, has expanded its cannabis research program aimed at developing propriety medical cannabis strains, and hemp that contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, according to a report from the Buffalo News. Paul Rushton, vice president for plant biotechnology, said he hopes the research will lead […]

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Uruguayan Cannabis Company Diversifying with Hemp Crops

One of the two marijuana producers in Uruguay is betting that the hemp market will be more lucrative than the market for its psychoactive cousin, due to less government regulation of the plant and its overall manufacturing potential, according to a report from Bloomberg. Cannabis cultivated by International Cannabis Corp. will hit pharmacy shelves within […]

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Hemp Crop Planted at University of Louisville

Researchers at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research have planted a 40-by-40-foot plot of hemp in order to research its viability as a fuel source, according to a Louisville Business First report. The project is one of eight by Kentucky universities focused on using hemp as an energy resource. “Hemp is […]

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New York Gov. Signs Hemp Bill, First Farm Licensed

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill authorizing the sale, distribution, transportation, and processing of industrial hemp, which aims to help farmers in the state develop a new marketable crop. JD Farms in Madison County is the first, and currently only, farm licensed by the state to grow hemp, WGRZ 2 reports. It […]

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CBD Dabs Provide ‘Instant Relief’

Cory fires up a red Scorch Torch and heats up the quartz nail on his dab rig. On his stainless steel dab tool is a cherry red goo that resembles a cannabis concentrate, but he is not about to take a dab of highly potent THC — this product is 100% THC-free. This is a […]

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First Legal Cannabis Crops Harvested in Uruguay

International Cannabis Corp and SIMbiosys harvested the first legal marijuana crops in Uruguay earlier this week, reaping about 300 grams each, which will be sold at licensed pharmacies in the South American nation, according to a report from High Times. The plants were planted in February in the companies’ facilities in Montevideo under the authority of […]

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Nebraska Researchers Obtain Pilot Hemp Crop Permit

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have obtained a permit to begin doing tests on growing industrial hemp as a field crop. According to UNL Professor Ismail Dweikat, researchers plan to have a crop planted by the end of the year — though the university’s hemp seed importation requests are currently awaiting approval by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency […]

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Kentucky Hemp Farmers Expanding Operations, Tennessee Farmers Shying Away

Farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee are seeing vastly different results in their respective industrial hemp markets. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has authorized 4,500 acres of hemp production this year – the third year testing its viability as a cash crop in the state, according to an Associated Press report. Last year the pilot program […]

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Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Bills

Cannabis and its non-psychoactive cousin scored victories in the Pennsylvania legislature yesterday as the House and Senate passed medical marijuana and industrial hemp bills, respectively. The medical marijuana plan covers patients with 17 chronic conditions, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, AIDS and post-traumatic stress disorder. It does not allow for the plant to be smoked, […]

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Hemp Bill Vetoed in Washington State Over Budget Fight

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) vetoed 27 bills at the end of the legislature’s 60-day session last week, including one authorizing the state Agriculture Department to permit selected farmers to grow hemp for research purposes. The Seattle Times reported the vetoes were the governor’s effort to get lawmakers to compromise on a budget and plans for […]

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Virginia Legalizes Industrial Hemp Production

The governor of Virginia has signed into law a bill this week that will legalize the industrial production of hemp in the state. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed the bill to the approval of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition (VIHC), which has lobbied for such legislation for years. The bill, which will go into effect on July […]

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Washington Passes Bill for Industrial Hemp Research Plots

The Washington state Senate passed SB 6206 last week, which authorizes certain individuals to grow pilot crops of industrial hemp for research purposes. The bill passed on a vote of 48-1. Though Washington was among the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, it has remained behind the times in regards to industrial hemp cultivation, until now. SB 6206 is inspired […]

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Hopeful Industrial Hemp Farmers Pushing Forward in North Dakota, Oregon

Hopeful hemp farmers in North Dakota and Oregon are stepping forward to join their states’ experimental hemp programs. The two states are expected to issue licenses for experimental hemp plots — hemp is the non-psychoactive sister plant to cannabis, and is extremely useful in the creation of various textiles, bio-fuel, paper, and construction materials. Both […]

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First Lady of Japan Considers Hemp Farming

In an interview with the Japanese magazine Spa!, First Lady of Japan Akie Abe said that studying the history of hemp has gotten her interested in cultivating the plant, which is strictly limited in Japan. Hemp, specifically cord and clothing made from hemp fiber, plays a key role in traditional Shinto ceremonies. The plant traces […]

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India Legalizes Industrial Hemp Production In Northern State of Uttarakhand

A state in northern India will become the first in the country to legalize the cultivation of hemp. Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, announced that farmers throughout the state will be allowed to cultivate industrial hemp. Only two regions in the state–the Terai and Bhabhar regions–are exempted from legalizaiton. […]

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U.S. Hemp Sales May Reach $500M This Year

U.S. citizens are expected to purchase up to $500 million worth of hemp products during 2015, a preliminary analysis by the Boulder-based Hemp Business Journal recently revealed. Americans bought $400 million in such products during 2014, indicating a rapid expansion (25% over one year) in the demand for hemp-based products. Items purchased range from simple clothing and cosmetics […]

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CBD Biosciences Gets $8 Million From Pueblo, CO to Open Hemp Processing Plant

The city council of Pueblo, Colorado voted 5-1 on Monday to direct $8 million in incentive money to help a hemp-oil company get its processing plant up and running. The Pueblo Development Foundation is giving $3 million to transform a former Boeing rocket assembly plant into a hemp processing plant for CBD Biosciences. The company, […]

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North Dakota Ag Department Looking for Industrial Hemp Research Participants

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it’s looking for participants for an industrial hemp program. In a press release, state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the department was seeking applicants to participate in the program “for the purposes of agricultural or academic research.” “Industrial hemp may only be grown in North Dakota […]

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Wild Minnesota Hemp Harvested for First Time in 60 Years

Researchers at the University of Minnesota legally harvested Minnesota hemp for the first time in more than 60 years this week. Under the Industrial Hemp Development Act of 2015, researchers are allowed to collect wild hemp for research purposes. Dr. George Weiblen and Jonathan Wenger have studied hemp for more than ten years, but “until […]

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