Member Blog: Who is the Canna-Consumer? 
By Anthony Bratti, West Region President, LOCALiQ The cannabis industry today is characterized by rapid growth and a degree of unpredictability as it faces issues including legality, stigma, and all the challenges that come with offering a product never before mass-retailed. Dispensaries and other key market players have long... Read more
Federal judge rules that Indiana’s smokable hemp ban is unconstitutional
A federal judge has thrown out Indiana’s ban on smokable hemp, calling it unconstitutional for states to ban one type of hemp because they can’t easily distinguish it from marijuana. The judge sided with the Midwest Hemp Council and seven Indiana hemp wholesalers that sued over Indiana’s July law... Read more
McConnell puts pressure on FDA to expedite CBD rules
The senator most responsible for legalizing hemp is now trying to use a legislative finance maneuver to speed up federal rules on putting hemp extracts in food and beverages. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, introduced new language that would require the U.S. Food and Drug... Read more
Green Growth Brands cuts 5% of workforce to manage mounting expenses
An Ohio CBD and marijuana company has cut 5% of its total workforce to alleviate mounting expenses. Green Growth Brands, which makes CBD topicals and other products, now has more than 900 employees at locations across the U.S. About 50 employees at the company’s Columbus headquarters were laid off,... Read more
Hawaii health officials ban most CBD products after vape-related hospitalization
Health officials in Hawaii are mandating that over-the-counter CBD products be removed from store shelves after an island youth was hospitalized due to a severe respiratory illness related to vaping. Amid growing national health concerns related to the use of vaporizers, Hawaii Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson told... Read more
Coors subsidiary to start carrying nonalcoholic CBD beverages
Citing increased demand for nonalcoholic beverages, a Coors distributor in the Denver area has started carrying two brands of nonalcoholic drinks infused with hemp extracts including CBD. Coors Distributing Co., an independent LLC owned by Molson Coors, distributes beverages to more than 1,000 locations, including restaurants, convenience stores, grocery... Read more
THC testing, transport top list of industry priorities for looming USDA rules
As the hemp industry awaits federal regulations on how the newly legal crop can be grown and sold, growers and entrepreneurs are hoping the rules will help grow the industry. The U.S. Department Agriculture has reportedly completed work drafting the hemp rules, though they won’t be made public until... Read more
Idaho drug charges dropped, but truck driver transporting hemp pleads to lower misdemeanor
An Oregon truck driver charged with felony drug crimes for driving a truckload of hemp to Colorado has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge. The Ada County Prosecutor’s office said Denis Palamarchuk of Portland, Oregon, has agreed to plead guilty to hauling an improperly permitted load, a... Read more
Sources: USDA hemp rules drafted and awaiting White House approval
Federal agriculture authorities have submitted hemp rules to the White House for final approval, meaning that public release of the first-ever national rules for growing the crop is nearing, Hemp Industry Daily has learned. The hemp industry is eagerly – and anxiously – awaiting federal regulations on hemp production... Read more
Four takeaways from the latest round of federal CBD warning letters
The young CBD industry is growing accustomed to federal health authorities warning companies not to make medical claims about the cannabinoid. But a round of warning letters this week from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the consumer-protection agency that safeguards against unfair and deceptive advertising – served as... Read more

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