Lawsuits, delays and an explosion: Troubles mount for Kentucky hemp pioneer GenCanna

A Kentucky hemp company that helped pioneer large-scale CBD production methods and takes some credit for getting the hemp plant legalized is now facing a cascade of business challenges. First, delays piled up at GenCanna’s rural Kentucky processing facility that the company envisions making a processing hub for several Midwestern states. Then, farmers in GenCanna’s […]

FDA won’t be hurried to create CBD exceptions amid safety concerns, official says

A top official for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the agency is concerned that developing a legal exception for supplements containing CBD could send the wrong message, both to companies interested in entering the market and consumers. Lowell Schiller, the FDA’s principal associate commissioner for policy who is leading a panel investigating […]

Oregon hemp facility fined $825,000 for housing workers in condemned building

Five southern Oregon hemp businesses have been fined $825,000 for allegedly making employees live and work in unsafe conditions. Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported this week it has fined five businesses connected to a processing facility in Josephine County, including Eighteen New Hope LLC and Safe and Simple LLC. The facility operators […]

Chart: CBD retail landscape is rapidly evolving

After spending years as a niche item in specialty stores, CBD-infused products have found their way onto the shelves of prominent retailers – and the ingredient’s presence and availability may yet increase. This week, CBD companies announced a number of new distribution deals. Consider: Southeastern Grocers joined the CBD category, announcing it will begin selling […]

USDA suggests farmers pay hemp-promotions fee, offers no more details on rule changes

The hemp at Triple C Farms near Sisters, Oregon, has recovered from a damaging August hailstorm. (Photo by Matt Cyrus) The agency setting baseline national minimums for hemp production says growers should tax themselves to promote the new crop. A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Heather Pichelman, said Monday in the […]

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