Canada’s hemp industry shrank last year amid slow-moving CBD regulations, USDA says

Canada has a 20-year head start on the United States in growing and processing hemp. But Canada’s acreage shrank in 2018 as the nation lagged behind its southern neighbor in developing a market for hemp extracts such as CBD, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights Canada’s industrial hemp industry. […]

California wheat biotech firm expands hemp investment with $10 million raise

An agriculture biotech company that markets high-fiber wheat said it is expanding its hemp subsidiary with a $10 million stock offering. Arcadia Biosciences of Davis, California, plans to use the money to research hemp genetics in Imperial County, California, according to a news release. The company’s hemp subsidiary, Arcadia Specialty Genomics, is scheduled to start planting […]

Federal appeals court rules against Colorado hemp firm seeking return of its plants

A federal appeals court ruled against a Colorado hemp company trying to force Idaho authorities to release hemp seized in a January traffic stop. Big Sky Scientific of Aurora, Colorado, asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overrule an Idaho court that wouldn’t return roughly 7,000 pounds of hemp biomass seized by police in Ada County, […]

Hemp in California: Proposed CBD legislation put on hold until 2020

(Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on California’s hemp industry. To read the previous installment, click here.) California’s long-awaited legislation to legalize hemp-derived CBD in foods, beverages and cosmetics has been put on hold, rendering it dead on arrival for this legislative session. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week put the bill in “Suspense,” […]

Oregon hemp company warns of layoffs after permit violation

A rural Oregon hemp-extraction company is warning of 90 layoffs because of a permit delay. Evergreen State Holdings sent notice about the potential layoffs to Oregon authorities last week, the Portland Business Journal reported. Located about two hours east of Portland, the company said it received a stop-work order from the Oregon Building Codes Division […]

Beyond the Dispensary: Three key strategies for getting hemp products on shelves

(Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on retailing trends in the hemp industry. To read the previous installment, click here.) Mainstream retailers from grocery stores to pharmacies and even clothing merchandisers are clamoring to stock hemp and CBD products. Even as the industry waits for federal clarification on making and using of extracts […]

‘Global cannabis supply chain is based on industrial hemp’: Q&A with cannabis attorney Robert Hoban

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of Q&As with hemp industry speakers who will appear at MJBizConINT’L, Sept. 4-6, in Toronto. To read the previous Q&A in this series, click here.) Industrial hemp is big business – and it’s only going to get bigger as investors around the world begin to pile money into […]

Mary’s Brands bought by Connecticut cannabis firm; CEO steps down

Connecticut-based BR Brands, which owns and distributes a range of marijuana and hemp products, acquired Mary’s Brands, the Colorado maker of a cannabis skin patch. Terms of the acquisition were not made public. After the deal closed, Mary’s Brands CEO Lynn Honderd stepped down as CEO but remains an adviser. Mary’s Brands include: Mary’s Medicinals, […]

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