FTC identifies CBD retailers warned about health claims

A federal consumer protection agency has identified four CBD manufacturers it flagged for unfair and deceptive advertising. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced warning letters were sent last month to four companies selling hemp-derived CBD products. At the time, the agency did not name the companies. A public records request posted this week made those warnings public. […]

USDA to spend $500,000 researching hemp cross-pollination

Researchers from Virginia Tech have been tapped to predict the trajectory of wind-dispersed hemp pollen, a major concern for outdoor growers of marijuana and flower varieties of hemp. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has devoted $500,000 to look at the path of hemp and switchgrass pollens. The goal is to predict how and where pollen […]

Mid-Atlantic harvest preview: 75% of Pennsylvania CBD producers lack purchase contracts

(Editor’s Note: This is part of an occasional series of regional reports looking at the 2019 hemp production season leading up to harvest. To read an earlier harvest preview on the Midwest region, click here.) A soggy spring and humid summer have challenged hemp producers in the mid-Atlantic states, where cultivars bred for drier climates […]

Nevada NORML Takes Washington, DC

Once again, Nevada NORML has remained hard at work, advocating for both patient access and rights as well as the criminal justice reform that this country desperately requires. However, this time, they’ve taken their advocacy to our nation’s capital for NORML’s National Conference to lobby for reform on the federal level and expanded access to medicinal cannabis.

Canopy Growth invests in sports nutrition company, lays groundwork for new CBD products

Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth Corp. has bought a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition, a Toronto-based producer of athletic nutrition and hydration products. The cash transaction gives the Smith Falls, Ontario-based cannabis producer a 72% stake in BioSteel on the path to 100% ownership. Terms were not disclosed. Canopy Growth says the acquisition is […]

Farming groups urge speedy pesticide approval for hemp

National hemp and farming associations are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hurry up and decide pesticide applications for hemp production. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Industrial Hemp Council asked the EPA to promptly approve the 10 applications to add hemp to the labels of currently registered pesticide products. The groups also […]

Canadian health food association pushes back on CBD limits

Canada should allow hemp-derived CBD sales without a cannabis license, according to Canada’s largest trade association dedicated to natural health and organic products. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) said natural-foods stores and other retailers shouldn’t need permission from Health Canada, the agency that regulates marijuana. The notice Monday came in response to one in June from […]

CV Sciences expands distribution to Harris Teeter, The Vitamin Shoppe

CBD continues to mainstream as a grocery store chain in the South has picked up distribution of a hemp-derived extract and a national supplement retailer expanded its product range. Harris Teeter, based in Matthews, North Carolina, announced Tuesday it will distribute PlusCBD Oil, manufactured by San Diego-based hemp and CBD company CV Sciences, in 150 […]

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