Texas university, firm to study lighting effects on hemp terpenes, other molecules
The University of Texas at Arlington is partnering with a grow-light company to research different lighting effects on terpenes and other molecules in hemp. UTA’s Kevin Schug and the university’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation is working with Curtis Mathes Grow Lights Inc., the company announced Tuesday.... Read more
Former Marine Amy McGrath wins Democratic primary to face U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell
Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath is the Democratic Party’s choice to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell this November. The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon called the race for McGrath over state Rep. Charles Booker, one week after Kentucky’s U.S. Senate primary election. The call came as absentee... Read more
Overheard at HIDC: Collaborate to strike distribution deals for smokable hemp and other hemp-derived products
“Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered” – and that’s a good way to think about seeking out large distribution deals for smokable hemp products, according to Jackson Garth, CEO of Verde Leaf Group, an Atlanta-based vertically integrated hemp operator. Garth told entrepreneurs at the Hemp Industry Daily Conference Direct... Read more
FinCEN reminds banks to treat hemp businesses equally to any other business
Officials from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued guidance Monday to address banks’ questions about servicing hemp-related business customers. The guidance reminds banks that filing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) is not necessary when working with hemp businesses because hemp is federally legal and no longer... Read more
UN body sees challenges for adding CBD footnote to international narcotics treaty
The World Health Organization’s proposal to exempt plant-derived CBD extracts and tinctures with less than 0.2% THC from international control under a United Nations narcotics convention could be difficult to enforce, a U.N. monitoring body has said. The International Narcotics Control Board said authorities in some countries may lack... Read more
Overheard at HIDC: As hemp industry was being established, CBD’s popularity was unexpected
CBD’s surge in popularity over the last few years was a surprise to the hemp industry, which first envisioned other uses for the plant, including fuel and fiber for textiles, according to a Denver-based attorney. “Laws are shaped by the products and activities we envision,” Andrew Livingston, director of... Read more
Member Blog: How To Expand Or Renovate Your Cannabis Facility While Observing Social Distancing
by Andy Poticha, Principal at Cannabis Facility Construction Keeping employees safe is on everyone’s mind, as we continue to operate under social distancing protocols. Even as our communities open, we still need to be mindful of disease transmission when constructing any facility — especially cannabis industry real estate. Cannabis... Read more
Webinar Recording: NCIA Committee Insights – How Can You Get More Engaged With NCIA? Let’s Talk Committees!
Applications for NCIA committees are now open through August 1, 2020!   Committees are the heart of NCIA, and one of the best ways to take advantage of your membership and be an active participant. As an active committee member you be able to: Network with other professionals... Read more
Member Blog: Breaking Up Vertical Integration
by Ryan Douglas, Ryan Douglas Cultivation, LLC Cultivation businesses should consider specializing in just one stage of the cannabis cultivation process. The industry has focused heavily on vertical integration, and some regulating bodies require licensees to control the entire cannabis value chain from cultivation and processing to retail. This... Read more
Oregon hemp producer leverages partnerships, retail presence to get national exposure, expand its footprint
(This is an abridged version of a storythat appears in the May-June issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) While still fairly small, East Fork Cultivars has become one of the most respected cannabis cultivators in the Pacific Northwest. The family-run business based in Takilma, Oregon, wants to increase its profile... Read more

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