Iowa retailer arrested for selling still-illegal CBD products
An Iowa CBD retailer was arrested after allegedly selling products containing cannabidiol to police. Lacie Navin, the owner of Your CBD Store, in Ankeny, Iowa, was arrested as part of a task force investigation into businesses selling CBD in the area after multiple complaints. According to police, this is... Read more
Brazilian court approves commercial hemp cultivation for one company
(This is an abridged version of a story that appears at Marijuana Business Daily.) A company in Brazil successfully appealed to a court for permission to cultivate hemp on the same day that the Brazilian government decided against creating rules to allow domestic cultivation. The decision could spur other hemp companies... Read more
How to stand out in a crowded CBD market: Q&A with branding expert Cindy Blum
The CBD marketplace grows more crowded by the day, with manufacturers struggling to gain market share in a sea of CBD products all claiming to be the most effective. That makes branding and marketing essential for even a savvy cannabis entrepreneur hoping to gain traction in a confusing and... Read more
New Mexico to invest $400,000 in Las Cruces hemp manufacturing firm
A hemp manufacturing business in Southern New Mexico will get a boost from the state’s Economic Development Department. The agency said it has pledged to invest $400,000 in 420 Valley as part of a continued effort by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration to grow the burgeoning industry. 420 Valley... Read more
New York CBD retailer who received hemp shipment still facing marijuana charges
A CBD retailer is worried his store could go out of business after the New York Police Department intercepted its most recent shipment of hemp, thinking it was marijuana, and arrested his brother on drug charges. Oren Levy, the owner of Green Angel CBD in Brooklyn, told Hemp Industry... Read more
Another German court halts sale of CBD as food without ‘novel’ authorization
Local authorities acted correctly by not allowing sales of CBD products that don’t have a “novel food” authorization, a German court decided, confirming an earlier ruling. The “novel food” classification is given by the European Union to products that have not been significantly consumed before 1997. The Gießen Administrative... Read more
Embattled Pennsylvania hemp processor ordered to close
A hemp drying and processing company in Pennsylvania that has received numerous complaints about its facilities, odor and lack of pay to employees has been ordered by the state to close. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an administrative order to cease operation at the Jeannette facility of... Read more
Hemp banking gets a boost as four federal agencies remove red tape for new crop
After a seasonlong struggle associated with banking and financing their operations, hemp farmers and businesses can exhale now that federal and state financial institutions have loosened reporting restrictions on hemp banking and issued guidance to members. The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Financial Crimes Enforcement... Read more
Greed, backstabbing and ‘Frankenstein contracts’ in the hemp landscape: Q&A with cannabis attorney Lisa Pittman
Hemp might be legal now, but more and more hemp companies are finding themselves in court. That’s because the booming industry has attracted a mix of new entrepreneurs and get-rich-quick scam artists looking to take advantage of a new market with few established players. Making matters more complicated for hemp... Read more
EXCLUSIVE: Why a major vegetable producer has reason for optimism in its hemp expansion
A Canadian greenhouse vegetable producer making an expansion into hemp is one of the few companies in the marijuana and hemp industries with a positive consensus earnings estimate for 2019. In this exclusive examination from the Investor Intelligence team at Marijuana Business Daily, analysts note that Village Farms International... Read more

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