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CBD has “significant potential for growth” in Canada if the government were to allow the cannabinoid in natural health products, a think-tank predicts. A report released this week by the Canadian Health Food Association estimated the CBD market in Canada at CAD $1.9 billion ($1.44 million), with immense potential for exporting CBD to other countries.
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(Photo courtesy of Trilogene Seeds) (A version of this story appeared earlier on Marijuana Business Daily.) An early cold snap that swept through Colorado this week drove temperatures below freezing and dumped inches of snow, potentially destroying valuable hemp plants nearing harvest. The crop damage also hit outdoor-grown marijuana and will likely disrupt the supply
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Out-of-control wildfires in Oregon have caused the state’s agriculture school to delay a virtual event to show off its 2020 research on hemp. Oregon State University has delayed its first Oregon Hemp Field Day by a week, from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23. The school says the first hour of the rescheduled presentation will “be
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A Texas judge is scheduled to hear arguments Monday on blocking a ban on smokable hemp. Travis County Judge Lora Livingston last month granted a temporary restraining order to a group of hemp producers challenging a rule enacted by state health authorities that blocks the manufacture and sale of smokable hemp products. The restraining order
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Federal officials have approved Maine‘s hemp cultivation program to align with the proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rules, which take effect Nov. 1 The approval Wednesday means the state’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will have primary responsibility for oversight over hemp cultivation, under the U.S. Department of Agriculture Domestic Hemp Production Program, the
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(A version of this story first appeared at Marijuana Business Daily.) A cannabis research and development deal hailed just last March as a $300 million partnership has morphed into a nearly $1 billion court battle. New York-based Lavvan filed an $881 million suit against its partner, California-headquartered Amyris, alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and patent infringement. According
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Delaware State University has been awarded some $592,000 in a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to work with undergraduates on developing new applications for hemp. The historically black school in Dover was Delaware’s lead research agency when hemp was legal only for research purposes. After passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, Delaware State
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U.S. agriculture regulators are giving farmers more time to share criticism about the looming national framework for how the crop can be grown. The extension comes as states and industry associations are pressuring the U.S. Department of Agriculture to delay implementation of its new rules, set to take effect Nov. 1. The USDA is now
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Kansas State University researchers are studying the effects of feeding industrial hemp to cattle. The research comes from a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, KSN-TV reported Wednesday. “Although hemp can be legally cultivated under license in Kansas, feeding hemp products to livestock remains prohibited because the potential for cannabinoid drug residues to
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Missouri’s agriculture officials say the federal government has approved the state’s plan to regulate hemp. The state’s Department of Agriculture announced the approval Wednesday. The state will charge: $750 a year for permits to grow hemp, regardless of acreage. Undetermined fees for sampling and testing. Missouri was among the states that chose to operate the
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Pakistan’s government has approved domestic hemp cultivation for the first time, the country’s minister for science and technology said on Tuesday. Fawad Chaudhry wrote on Twitter that Pakistan’s cabinet approved a “first license” allowing the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) to use cannabis for industrial
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Hempro International, a producer and wholesaler of hemp-derived food, clothing, accessories and cosmetics in western Germany, has filed suit against the city of Düsseldorf for its ban on the sale of hemp-derived CBD food products. The city of Düsseldorf published an announcement in July in its official gazette prohibiting the sale of cannabidiol-containing foods anywhere
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A Dallas company that specializes in developing large-scale industrial projects has chosen the Texas town of Wichita Falls for a new hemp decortication facility. Panda Biotech said Tuesday it has contracted 500,000 square feet for the facility, along with the surrounding 97-acre campus that formerly was a General Motors plant. The U.S. has few decortication
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South America’s largest economy took another step toward legalizaing cannabis cultivation on Tuesday when parents, clergy members, physicians, growers and regulators logged online to attend a public hearing on a draft law that would legalize the cultivation of cannabis in Brazil. The technical meeting was organized by the lower house’s special commission for the regulation
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A California proposal to allow hemp extracts in food and beverages has again failed amid broad disagreement on how to allow cannabinoids outside licensed marijuana retailers. The bill would have also set testing and labeling requirements for safety, and to ensure products don’t exceed 0.3% THC levels. But California legislative leaders did not schedule the
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Ecofibre Limited, an Australian manufacturer of hemp-derived CBD, food products, textiles and composites, has completed a $42 million purchase of a portfolio of manufacturing businesses in North Carolina to support the commercialization of its Hemp Black facemask and gaiter line. The acquisition of textile manufacturing platform TexInnovate, completed ahead of schedule this week, was completed
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A Colorado hempseed producer is accused of “holding hostage” some 4 million seeds that belong to Exotic Canopy Solutions, a California hemp company. A lawsuit filed this week against Colorado Hemp Operations LLC and Curnativ Farms LLC says the breeders were hired in January to produce seeds of a CBD-rich cultivar for Exotic Canopy. But
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A UK retailer has launched a limited-edition hemp textile sneaker by U.S. athletic apparel giant Nike. Nike has partnered with the UK’s size? retail outlet to sell the Nike Air Zoom Type ‘Hemp’ shoe. The shoe launched on the retailer’s app and in stores on Friday, priced at £140 ($185). Nike did not respond to