USDA publishes directory for DEA-certified hemp testing laboratories

Facing confusion from hemp growers and testing companies, federal agriculture officials have published a list of laboratories authorized to test hemp THC concentration under the new interim final rule. The new hemp regulations require labs to be certified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to handle hemp crops testing over the legal limit of […]

Congress ramping up pressure to ‘provide a pathway forward’ for hemp, CBD

New legislation introduced by the top-ranking member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee could require federal food and agriculture regulators to treat hemp-derived CBD as a dietary supplement. Agriculture Chair Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, suggests changing the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) to include the regulation of hemp-derived CBD and products containing […]

Oregon hemp farm suing processors for $11 million

A farm in southern Oregon is suing a group of processors who they say failed to show up and harvest and process its hemp after receiving a six-figure down payment. Jefferson State Farms of Medford, owned by Ben and Kathleen Yuma, is suing: Palex Enterprises. Hemp Warehouse. Great Horizons. Four individuals. The lawsuit, claiming civil fraud, […]

Using artificial intelligence to cut expenses, improve plant quality and manage supply

(This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the January issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Technology powered by artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly evolved in traditional indoor agricultural production in recent years, as companies use the vast amounts of data produced in their operations to make better production and management decisions. Now, indoor […]

Physicians warming to CBD drug for epilepsy, pharmaceutical maker tells investors

Broad physician adoption of a cannabis-derived epilepsy treatment is boosting sales for the only company with federal permission to sell cannabis products in the United States. London-based GW Pharmacetuticals told investors Monday that it notched $108 million in sales last quarter and $309 million for calendar 2019. The sales figures were released in advance of the company’s […]

Hemp could be ‘paradigm changer’ in agricultural diversity and lead to better support for minority farmers

Opportunities abound in the hemp industry, but to attain the crop’s full potential, it’s going to require people from all walks of life, according to industry observers. “I want to go to a conference and not feel like I’m the only black guy there,” said Malcolm Anderson, founder and CEO of The Prophet Society, a vertically […]

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