Elixinol CEO offers insight into Europe strategy, supply-chain restructuring

This is the second part of an interview with Elixinol CEO Oliver Horn. Read his insights on leadership here. In a recent presentation, you said the company was “well-positioned to navigate the regulatory environment that is dynamic, and we remain very positive that regulatory changes are working in our favor.” What makes Elixinol well-positioned to […]

Elixinol’s new CEO defends CBD focus, offers leadership advice for economic downturn

The see-saw hemp industry has challenged all layers of the supply chain, from farmers looking to capitalize on a new crop to processors trying to find formulations that fit quickly changing rules. For international operators, those challenges have been even steeper. Australian hemp and CBD maker Elixinol Global has had a front-row seat to hemp […]

UN body sees challenges for adding CBD footnote to international narcotics treaty

The World Health Organization’s proposal to exempt plant-derived CBD extracts and tinctures with less than 0.2% THC from international control under a United Nations narcotics convention could be difficult to enforce, a U.N. monitoring body has said. The International Narcotics Control Board said authorities in some countries may lack the lab technology or manpower to […]

New Australian law looks to boost hemp exports after COVID-19 threat passes

A version of this story appeared earlier on Marijuana Business Daily International. Australia has amended its narcotics law to put hemp exporters in a position to “come out firing” after the COVID-19 crisis eases, the country’s agriculture minister said. The change aims to facilitate trade and growth of export markets for low-THC hemp and medicinal […]

Czech extraction facility gets green light to export full-spectrum extract to Spain

Health officials in the Czech Republic have allowed a local extraction facility to export full-spectrum hemp-derived cannabis extract to a Spanish pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer. Prague-based PharmaCan s.r.o. was granted an export authorization from the Czech Ministry of Health to send 500 grams of extract to Spain, the company’s subsidiary CBDepot said in a statement on […]

EU countries flagged CBD 114 times in food-alert system since start of last year

Authorities across Europe have listed 114 products containing CBD in the European Union’s food-safety alert system since the start of last year, with data indicating that some countries are policing novel-food violations more frequently than others. The listing of cannabidiol, THC and hemp-derived products in the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) […]

Hemp activists set sights globally in new push for collaboration

Hemp entrepreneurs currently bound by state and national rules are setting their sights higher. Europe’s dominant hemp industry association unveiled plans this week to form an international hemp association that could advocate for the industry before global authorities such as the World Health Organization and United Nations. The head of the European Industrial Hemp Association […]

European hemp group members approve plan for CBD, THC studies

The main hemp industry body in Europe has received a green light from its members to move forward with “unprecedented” studies on cannabidiol and THC as part of a joint novel food authorization application. An “overwhelming majority” of European Industrial Hemp Association members voted on Monday in favor of “the principles of the special contribution […]

Hempcrete leap: Lack of processers, standards create barriers to expanding hemp use in construction

(This is the second installment of a two-part story on the prospects for hemp-derived construction materials in the post-coronavirus era. The first part can be read here.) HempFlax’s acquisition of Germany’s natural fiber insulation manufacturer Thermo Natur last month provided an example of how an established hemp growing and processing operation can further diversify its […]

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