Delaware, Nebraska, Texas win USDA hemp approval

Delaware, Nebraska and Texas are the latest states to win federal approval for their plans to regulate hemp in 2020. Four American Indian tribes also were greenlighted Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The states join Louisiana, Ohio and New Jersey with federal permission to take the lead in overseeing hemp in 2020. […]

CBD user data? There’s an app for that, and the results are headed to FDA

A cannabis industry-focused health and wellness research company is leading an industry-sponsored liver-toxicity study to deliver aggregated, “real-world experience” data that will help answer federal health officials’ safety concerns about consumer use of CBD. After a December meeting with federal officials responsible for regulating CBD in which ValidCare presented initial consumer-experience data collected through its […]

‘Baffling’ smokable hemp ban in Indiana moves to federal appeals court

Indiana is making a “baffling” argument against smokable hemp as it tries to revive a ban ruled unconstitutional, a group of hemp wholesalers and retailers told a federal appeals court that’s been asked to intervene in the case. The Midwest Hemp Council and seven Indiana hemp wholesalers are challenging the state’s attempt to revive a smokable hemp […]

Beyond the Dispensary: Transparency key to developing consumer trust in CBD brands

(Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on retailing trends in the hemp industry. To read the previous installment, click here.) Despite federal food and drug officials’ warnings that CBD isn’t safe for foodstuffs and dietary supplements, retailers continue to stock hemp-derived CBD products. Consumers can now find CBD products in nearly any type […]

Maryland, Vermont extend pilot programs for 2020 season

Two more states have opted to operate their 2020 hemp production seasons under the 2014 pilot program, bringing to nine the total markets that will keep the existing rules in play for another year. Maryland and Vermont will extend the pilot program under the rules of the 2014 Farm Bill, according to the U.S. Department […]

Planned Colorado State University research to study chemical compounds of hemp, marijuana

A research center at Colorado State University (CSU) dedicated to studying the chemical compounds in hemp and marijuana is expected to open this spring, school officials said. The research facility on the CSU campus in Fort Collins, Colorado, will allow faculty and students to study the formulation of cannabinoids, separation efficiencies and efficacy testing. “Cannabinoids […]

Hemp producers finding major profits from minor cannabinoids

(This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the January issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Will 2020 be the year of the cannabinoid CBG? Some hemp producers are betting on it after a year of overproduction of CBD. Hemp farmers are looking to diversify their production options – and go after larger profits – by sourcing genetics that will allow […]

New pharmaceutical CBD supplier enters German market

(This is an abridged version of a story that first appeared on Marijuana Business Daily International.) Pharmaceutical-grade CBD kits are now available to German pharmacists for personalized compound preparations. Cannamedical Pharma GMBH, a Cologne-based distributor of medical cannabis, now sells plant-derived CBD isolate kits to pharmacists who compound medicines according to a doctor’s prescription. The […]

Former DEA chief joins new CBD advisory panel

A former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is joining the latest advisory panel tackling CBD regulations. Karen Tandy, who led the DEA from 2003 to 2007 and was the first female DEA chief, is among a panel of former government officials looking at the CBD industry for the Consumer Brands Association, which […]

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