Trans-Atlantic hemp trade hit by uncertainties
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... Read more
South Carolina, West Virginia receive USDA approval for hemp production plans while Indiana extends pilot
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... Read more
Is CBD retail ‘essential’? Shuttered hemp retailers fight to stay open alongside grocery, marijuana stores
A CBD retailer in Denver has closed its doors, a sign telling customers that it is unable to operate during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Kristen Nichols) Hemp production has been classified as “essential” by the federal government during the coronavirus pandemic. But the classification doesn’t extend to retailers... Read more
Wisconsin hemp seed seller sues Canadian producer over distribution dispute
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... Read more
Florida judge: FDA’s CBD review shouldn’t stop labeling claims
Ongoing CBD review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shouldn’t mean that CBD makers can’t face labeling lawsuits, a federal judge in Florida ruled. The ruling means that Diamond CBD of Fort Lauderdale cannot await FDA guidelines before facing a 2019 allegation that it misrepresented the amount of CBD... Read more
FDA tells ex-NFL player to stop ‘misleading’ claims on CBD cure for coronavirus
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... Read more
Editor’s Notebook: CBD makers can learn from others’ marketing miscues
Kristen Nichols is the editor of Hemp Industry Daily. (This is an abridged version of a column that appears in the March issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) It’s hard not to laugh some days at the onslaught of novel CBD products. Folks are advertising the cannabinoid in a head-scratching array of products,... Read more
Quick guide to federal aid available to hemp businesses impacted by coronavirus
Call it a benefit of being on the legal side of the cannabis business. Legal hemp businesses are eligible for emergency loan assistance and other lifelines included in the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus signed into law last week to hold off economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic. You can... Read more
Canada hemp group seeks new low-THC cultivars to try in 2020
Canada’s national hemp-promotions association is asking seed breeders to submit new varieties for testing in 2020, with an eye toward sending more low-THC varieties to Health Canada for approval. The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance told members Tuesday that it wants to test at least nine new seed varieties in 13... Read more
Texas CBD shop offers extra social distancing with drone delivery
A CBD store in Texas has started a drone delivery service to adhere to social distancing measures to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. John Elmore, the owner of Green Cross CBD in Austin, told broadcaster KTBC that he was sterilizing products and offering curbside pickup before he... Read more

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