Hemp processing bottleneck could mean losses for farmers, setback for industry

The hemp industry is lacking the processing infrastructure it needs to turn raw hemp plants into extracts and other products, a bottleneck that could cost farmers and hopeful hemp businesses millions this year. California-based extraction machine manufacturer Delta Separations estimates the industry could see $7.5 billion worth of hemp rot in the fields because of […]

CBD producer sues Oregon hemp seed company for $44 million over ruined crop

A Kentucky-based CBD company filed a $44 million lawsuit against an Oregon hemp seed company, claiming the hempseeds it supplied were bogus and contributed to ruining the company’s 2019 crop. Lexington-based Elemental Processing estimated it lost at least $44 million in profits after HP Farms of Troutdale, Oregon, allegedly supplied it with more than 6 […]

Governor Charlie Baker Declares Public Health Emergency, Announces Temporary Four-Month Ban on Sale of All Vape Products

By Hemp Healthy Staff Press Release from the Office of Governor Charlie Baker 9/24/19 GOVERNOR’S DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY WHEREAS, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state and local health departments nationally are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe lung disease associated with the use […]

Hemp in California: Counties, cities remain divided on production

(Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on California’s hemp industry.) California’s county-by-county regulatory landscape for hemp production is as varied as its actual scenery. In some of its counties, California is one of the last strongholds against hemp production, while in others, efforts to grow the crop are underway or ordinances have […]

NORML Testifies to End Employment Discrimination of MMJ Patients in DC

On Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, NORML testified at the DC Council Committee on Labor and Workforce Development in support of B23-0309, the “Medical Marijuana Program Patient Employment Protection Amendment Act of 2019”, which seeks to expand workplace protections for medical cannabis patients in the District of Columbia. 

Early snow threatens Western hemp, sending farmers scrambling

(This story has been updated with details from Oregon.)  Hemp farmers in the Western states are frantically harvesting their crops an early-season storm threatens cold temperatures and severe wind chill, potentially dumping as much as 50 inches of snow on their fields. Jamie Fitterer, the owner of Montana Hemp Co., said farmers in Bozeman and […]

DEA added to list of agencies ordered to adapt to hemp legalization

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is the latest agency being ordered to accommodate hemp legalization using a budget maneuver. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced Thursday he is championing a requirement that the DEA “identify or develop on-the-spot field testing technologies” to distinguish hemp from marijuana. The need for speedier cannabis tests has bedeviled […]

The outlook for Uruguayan hemp: Q&A with Sergio Vazquez of Uruguay’s agriculture ministry

(Editor’s note: Sergio Vazquez will appear at the MJBizDaily Latin American Cannabis Symposium, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in Bogota, Colombia.) While Latin American countries generally have yet to see the formation of anything close to a real hemp market, some areas will begin to see an export stream next year. Even in Uruguay, the first country in […]

Report: CBD tops turmeric as top-selling dietary supplement, charting up 333% in natural channels

CBD rocketed to the best-selling herbal dietary supplement in natural sales channels last year, ousting turmeric as the No. 1 seller, according to a new report from the American Botanical Council. Sales of CBD products jumped 333% in 2018 in natural- and health-foods sales channels, notching $52.7 million in U.S. sales, the Texas-based industry group […]

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