White House Signs Off On Proposed Hemp Rules From USDA

The White House approved plans to regulate hemp and its derivatives on Friday Oct. 25, signing off on interim final rules for the crop that were submitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA has been working to develop hemp regulations since the crop was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill in December. […]

Cancer specialist nominated to lead FDA

A cancer specialist from Houston has been tapped to take control of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is reviewing its CBD policy. President Donald Trump on Friday picked Dr. Stephen Hahn of the MD Anderson Cancer Center to permanently lead the agency, pending congressional affirmation. The 59-year-old oncologist would replace Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who […]

Hemp farmers eligible for USDA programs under new federal rules

Nationwide hemp production rules that took effect Thursday come with new federal protections for the crop. Starting in the 2020 growing year, cultivators licensed under federally approved production programs will have the same access to federal loans, crop insurance, disaster assistance and conservation programs that farmers of other commodities have under the U.S. Department of […]

Consumers research CBD more than many other wellness trends, study finds

Move over, meditation: American consumers are researching CBD more than many other alternative health trends and products, according to a new study looking at Google searches. Health scientists from the University of California, San Diego, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of York in the United Kingdom measured U.S. Google searches that mentioned […]

USDA Issues Proposed Hemp Regulations

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, who spearheaded the 2018 law change, said that the USDA’s latest actions “will help farmers around the country continue pioneering this crop into the 21st century. … There will inevitably be ups and downs as this new industry develops, but today’s announcement is another crucial step (forward).”

Virginia tobacco giant adds hemp to its lobbying activity

Virginia tobacco giant Altria has added hemp policy to its lobbying activities, spending some $60,000 this year to lobby Congress and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on “matters pertaining to hemp and crop insurance.” The lobbying, first reported by Cannabis Wire, marks an initial lobbying effort related to hemp by the parent company of Philip […]

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