• Alaska’s hemp industry set to go live through online-only registrations April 3, 2020
    Farmers, processors and retailers in Alaska can start applying for hemp registrations Monday after the industry officially launches on April 4. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all registrations must be submitted electronically through the Alaska Division of Agriculture’s website. Agriculture officials in Alaska used a social media broadcast to lay out new rules for the […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • Two Canadian plant companies form JV to supply 12 million hemp clones from tissue culture April 3, 2020
    Hemp growers will have more young plant options to choose from as a result of a new joint venture between Vancouver-based plant company 3 Rivers Biotech and JRT Nurseries, a plant grower with locations in Aldergrove, British Columbia, and Lynden, Washington. The two companies will work together to produce and supply hemp plants grown from […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • Collective Growth Corp. delays IPO due to uncertain stock markets during coronavirus outbreak April 3, 2020
    The initial public offering for “blank check” company Collective Growth Corp. continues to be delayed on the Nasdaq because of the volatile stock market and uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus outbreak. The newly organized company, led by former Canopy Growth Corp. executives Bruce Linton, Tim Saunders and Geoff Whaling, was established in hopes of […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • California hemp grower wants sheriff to tell court why plants were burned April 3, 2020
    A California hemp growing company is trying to legally compel a sheriff’s department to release documents explaining why the agency destroyed 459 acres of hemp that authorities thought were marijuana. No one was arrested or charged after the Kern County Sheriff’s Office bulldozed what Apothio LLC claims were hundreds of millions worth of hemp plants […]
  • Green Growth Brands places struggling CBD business into receivership April 3, 2020
    The CBD business side of Columbus, Ohio-based cannabis retailer Green Growth Brands is going into receivership, just a few weeks after it said it wants to sell the struggling business. The company announced Friday that it filed a motion to appoint a receiver with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio. Green Growth […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • Trans-Atlantic hemp trade hit by uncertainties April 3, 2020
    Supply-chain disruptions and delivery delays have become the new normal for hemp and other agricultural commodities as governments keep their borders shut and planes grounded to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Pandemic-related flight restrictions, delays and increased fees have made the complicated business of moving hemp biomass and extracts across national borders more challenging […]
    Monica Raymunt
  • South Carolina, West Virginia receive USDA approval for hemp production plans while Indiana extends pilot April 2, 2020
    Two Southern states have received federal approval for their hemp production plans under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim final rule for the 2020 season, while a Midwestern state has chosen to extend its 2014 pilot program. The USDA approved plans for South Carolina and West Virginia, bringing the total number of states approved under […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • Wisconsin hemp seed seller sues Canadian producer over distribution dispute April 2, 2020
    A Wisconsin hemp seed seller is in a contract dispute with a Canadian seed producer over where and for how long it can sell a grain cultivar. Legacy Hemp of Hastings, Minnesota, says that Terramax Holdings Corp. is trying to renege on the length of time Legacy Hemp has the rights to sell the seeds in […]
  • Is CBD retail ‘essential’? Shuttered hemp retailers fight to stay open alongside grocery, marijuana stores April 2, 2020
    Hemp production has been classified as “essential” by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic. But the classification doesn’t extend to retailers selling hemp and CBD — and some retailers told to shut down during the coronavirus response are asking authorities to reconsider and designate them “essential” businesses. They point out that many states classify medical […]
    Laura Drotleff
  • FDA tells ex-NFL player to stop ‘misleading’ claims on CBD cure for coronavirus April 1, 2020
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the company of former NFL player Kyle Turley to stop claiming that CBD is an effective treatment for coronavirus. In a letter dated Tuesday, the FDA ordered Turley’s company, Las Vegas-based NeuroXPF, to stop “misleadingly representing your products as safe and effective for a COVID-19-related use …” […]