New horticultural alliance aims to build stable supply chain for CPG manufacturers seeking hemp-derived ingredients

Big manufacturers need big suppliers, and a new hemp production and distribution alliance is planning to dominate the supply chain. The concept is simple: Be ready to cater to global manufacturers looking for reliable cannabinoid supply as soon as regulators provide the green light to jump into the market. The hemp alliance is gambling that, […]

Michigan clarifies its position on hemp-derived CBD in food and dairy products

State agriculture regulators in Michigan provided guidance in an e-mail to food manufacturers, distributors and retailers this week, clarifying rules around using hemp seeds and extracts including CBD in foods. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Food and Dairy Division, which oversees food manufacturers, distributors and retailers through routine inspections and sampling, updated […]

Cannabis Marketing Pt. 2: The Candy Backlash

A craze that seems to have popped up and fizzled away just as fast is the whole candy edible boom. Of course, they’re still around, but the backlash has caused some lawsuits for copyright infringement. The latest in line to get in some legal trouble is “Medicated Skittles” and “Zkittlez,” both, obviously, for knocking off […]

California update: Hemp regulation bill remains a political hot potato dividing industry

This story first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily. Two bills in the California Legislature that would establish a new regulatory framework for hemp-infused goods – including CBD-laced foods and drinks – are poised to become law this year, which could jump-start the state’s nascent hemp industry and potentially give marijuana businesses an opportunity to expand […]

What’s with this Cocaine weed

So there’s been a bit of a stir recently with the release of Canna Bumps, which is essentially marijuana concentrate that is advertised and made to look like Cocaine. It’s even sold with a spoon and card to create lines. Thanks @Leafly / @BruceBarcott for including my tweet/thoughts in this story about CannaBumps! — […]

Better Business Bureau warns of CBD ‘free trial’ scams

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of CBD “free sample” offers because they could be covers for unscrupulous subscription sales. The national consumer-advocacy group said in its alert that it has received “dozens of reports from frustrated consumers who thought they signed up for a free trial offer but ended up getting […]

Pros and cons of using a white-label service for hemp products

(Editor’s note: This story is part of a recurring series of commentaries from professionals connected to the cannabis industry and first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily. Raquel Origel is the founder and CEO of Inanna Manufacturing, a cannabis labeling and packaging company based in California.) In every hemp product’s journey to market, business owners will […]

European Commission adds CBG as legal ingredient for cosmetics, skin care

European health and beauty product manufacturers can now safely use hemp-derived cannabigerol or CBG in their cosmetics and skin care lines with approval from a key market regulator for trade in the European Union. The European Commission added CBG last month as a safe ingredient for skin conditioning to Cosing, its cosmetics ingredient database. Hemp […]

Candy maker Wrigley accuses hemp, marijuana company of ripping off Skittles trademark

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., a giant candy and gum manufacturer, filed a lawsuit Monday against Terphogz LLC, a Mendocino County, California, hemp and marijuana company, claiming that the company’s “Zkittlez” brand name and the marketing surrounding it violates Wrigley’s trademark for the Skittles candy brand. The lawsuit brings seven claims against Terphogz, according to […]

Tilray, Aphria complete blockbuster merger

Once-rival marijuana producers Tilray and Aphria completed their mega-merger, the new company announced Monday, forming one of the biggest diversified marijuana, hemp and beer companies in the world. The new company will operate under the Tilray corporate name, with shares trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol TLRY. The merger talks took more than […]

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