Canada hemp producers say acreage, exports up 20% this year

Canada’s hemp acreage and export value are both up more than 20% this year, the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance reported after its annual gathering. “The Canadian hemp industry continues to grow in 2020 despite the challenges posed by COVID-19,” CHTA board chairman Keith Jones said in a statement after the group’s annual meeting, held online […]

Industry groups, legal experts weigh implications of EU court’s CBD ruling

Europe’s hemp industry hit a milestone last week when the European Union’s top court liberated CBD from the jurisdiction of an international drug treaty, declaring that hemp-derived cannabidiol is not a narcotic. Hemp groups in France and elsewhere in Europe gave the five judges a standing ovation for the Kanavape ruling, which declared that France’s […]

FDA details challenges, research gaps in regulating cannabis-derived products

Federal food and drug regulators this week highlighted the challenges they’re facing in regulating CBD and other cannabis-derived products, emphasizing the knowledge gaps that still exist due to a continued lack of data regarding the science of CBD and other cannabinoids. Kaveeta Vasisht, director of the FDA’s Office of Women’s Health and associate commissioner for […]

Wyoming lawmakers reject ban on smokable hemp, CBD products

Wyoming state lawmakers have rejected a bill to ban smokable hemp and products containing CBD. The proposal came at the request of law enforcement who say they have no way of distinguishing between marijuana and hemp when they’re on patrol, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. A state Senate committee defeated it earlier this week During testimony […]

Mexican Senate approves hemp, marijuana legalization bill

Curious about the developing Latin America cannabis market? Then tune in to the Latin America Market Forum on Friday, Nov. 20, at MJBizCon’s Passholder Days. Topics include regional updates, the prospects for exporting from Latin America and revenue opportunities within Latin America. More information is available here. The Mexican Senate approved legislation to establish a hemp and […]

Top EU court: CBD is not a narcotic, should be allowed under free-trade agreement

Learn more about the latest cannabis market conditions in Europe at the European Market Passholder Day Forum at MJBizCon2020, coming up Nov. 23 or on demand anytime afterward.  The European Union’s high court said Thursday that CBD derived from the entire hemp plant is not a narcotic under an international drug treaty and is therefore […]

FBI raid of Navajo Nation destroys 250,000 illegal cannabis plants posed as hemp

A three-day FBI raid of 21 farms in the Shiprock area of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico destroyed more than a quarter-million marijuana plants that were allegedly grown illegally as unlicensed hemp. The raids by U.S., state and tribal law enforcement authorities started on Nov. 9 and involved more than 1,100 makeshift greenhouses, according […]

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