• Maryland, Vermont extend pilot programs for 2020 season January 24, 2020
    Two more states have opted to operate their 2020 hemp production seasons under the 2014 pilot program, bringing to nine the total markets that will keep the existing rules in play for another year. Maryland and Vermont will extend the pilot program under the rules of the 2014 Farm Bill, according to the U.S. Department […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • Colorado State University to study chemical compounds of hemp January 24, 2020
    A research center at Colorado State University (CSU) dedicated to studying the chemical compounds in hemp and marijuana is expected to open this spring, school officials said. The research facility on the CSU campus in Fort Collins, Colorado, will allow faculty and students to study the formulation of cannabinoids, separation efficiencies and efficacy testing. “Cannabinoids […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • Hemp producers finding major profits from minor cannabinoids January 24, 2020
    (This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the January issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Will 2020 be the year of the cannabinoid CBG? Some hemp producers are betting on it after a year of overproduction of CBD. Hemp farmers are looking to diversify their production options – and go after larger profits – by sourcing genetics that will allow […]
    Kristen Nichols
  • New pharmaceutical CBD supplier enters German market January 23, 2020
    Pharmaceutical-grade CBD kits are now available to German pharmacists for personalized compound preparations. New pharmaceutical CBD supplier enters German market is a post from: Marijuana Business Daily: Financial, Legal & Cannabusiness news for cannabis entrepreneurs
    Kristen Nichols
  • Former DEA chief joins new CBD advisory panel January 22, 2020
    A former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is joining the latest advisory panel tackling CBD regulations. Karen Tandy, who led the DEA from 2003 to 2007 and was the first female DEA chief, is among a panel of former government officials looking at the CBD industry for the Consumer Brands Association, which […]
    Kristen Nichols
  • Reminder: USDA interim final rule comment period to close in one week January 22, 2020
    In December, federal officials gave the U.S. hemp industry 30 more days to provide feedback on new production rules, but that extra time is coming to a close. Hemp farmers, hemp businesses, associations and industry allies that haven’t yet submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule for the U.S. Hemp […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • Arizona climate blamed for ‘off the charts’ THC failure in first hemp crops January 21, 2020
    Arizona producers might have geography to blame for joining hemp farmers across the country who have had to destroy their 2019 crops after the plants tested positive for elevated levels of THC. About 41% of the state’s hemp plants tested above the 0.3% legal THC limit, according to the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Plant Services Division, […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • Kentucky will operate 2020 hemp program under existing rules January 21, 2020
    Kentucky plans to extend the state’s hemp pilot program for the 2020 growing season, effectively withdrawing its application to get federal approval for its regulations to grow the plant. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Tuesday the state will use this year to transition the hemp program from pilot research to commercial production while continuing discussions […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • European health agency links hemp food to THC exposure January 21, 2020
    A European health agency is warning that eating hemp foods can cause elevated THC levels if ingested in high quantities, a troubling signal for hemp businesses in Europe and worldwide that are seeking assurances that hemp is safe to put in food and drink. The January report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looked […]
    Kristen Nichols
  • Italy sets THC limits, testing standards for hemp food January 20, 2020
    Italy put in place a THC limit for foods made from hemp’s grain, giving producers “long-awaited” guidance for bringing products to market. The Italy Ministry of Health set the maximum THC levels at: 2 milligrams per kilogram for flour, seeds and supplements derived from hempseed (grain). 5 milligrams per kilogram for oil derived from hempseed. […]
    Kristen Nichols