Acting FDA chief calls CBD regulations a ‘stalemate’

The acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says she “not sure” how to resolve a “stalemate” over calls for the agency to regulate over-the-counter CBD. Dr. Janet Woodcock was asked about CBD regulations last week at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s conference in Maryland. “In my reading,” she said, “the law is […]

How hemp growers can prepare for early season cold weather

Heavy snow on Sept. 9, 2020, blankets the Functional Remedies hemp farm outside Pueblo, Colorado. (Photo courtesy of Tim Gordon) (This is the 15th installment in a series focused on cultivation planning for marijuana and hemp growers. The previous installment is available here.) Early snowstorms and freezes in September and October have plagued Colorado outdoor cannabis growers […]

Virginia: Botanical Medical Cannabis Sales Begin

Sales of cannabis flower in Virginia began this month when dispensaries in Manassas, Portsmouth, and Richmond received the final product approvals from the Board of Pharmacy, the state agency which currently regulates medical cannabis.   Under the state’s prior medical cannabis law, licensed cultivators were required to process cannabis into non-herbal formulations, such as oils and […]

An Update on Statewide 2022 Marijuana Reform Ballot Initiative Efforts

Since the last post about various efforts for statewide reform measures for the 2022 ballot, there has been great progress. Here’s an overview with the latest updates: ARKANSAS Legalization Activists are working to qualify a ballot measure to legalize and regulate adult use marijuana in the state. The proposal would allow adults to legally purchase up to […]

FDA, CDC issue delta-8 THC warnings and recount hospitalizations

More than 100 people in the U.S. have been hospitalized this year after consuming delta-8 THC products, federal health regulators warned Tuesday. The hospitalizations included pediatric intensive-care unit admissions and were among more than 600 calls to local poison control centers, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The U.S Centers for Disease Control […]

Opinion: What we mean when we talk about defending hemp

(Editor’s note: This story is part of a recurring series of commentaries from professionals connected to the hemp industry. Jody McGinness is executive director of the Hemp Industries Association.) The Hemp Industries Association recently issued a statement of support for all parts of the hemp plant, including delta-8 THC, that laid out the HIA’s positions: […]

Canopy Growth to launch CBD vapes in 3,000 Circle K stores

Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corp. is entering the CBD vape market, choosing the convenience store channel for exclusive distribution in roughly 3,000 Circle K locations. The deal announced Tuesday places Canopy’s new Whisl line of CBD vapes at locations across the United States. The CBD is made from U.S.-grown hemp and comes in 200-milligram […]

New Jersey: Courts Expunge Over 360,000 Marijuana Cases

New Jersey courts have either dismissed or vacated an estimated 362,000 marijuana cases since July 1, according to data provided by the state Judiciary and reported by NJ.com. The actions come just months after the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order providing for the automatic dismissal and expungement of certain marijuana offenses from people’s […]

California CBD compromise thrills some, but has some farmers mulling a lawsuit

A long-debated bill to open California markets to CBD food and drinks is winning applause from national hemp activists and many marijuana operators who have watched with disgust as low-THC cannabinoid products flooded California shelves with little safety regulation. But not everyone is on board with the measure, prompting talk of a lawsuit to block […]

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