Colorado State University to study chemical compounds of hemp
A research center at Colorado State University (CSU) dedicated to studying the chemical compounds in hemp and marijuana is expected to open this spring, school officials said. The research facility on the CSU campus in Fort Collins, Colorado, will allow faculty and students to study the formulation of cannabinoids,... Read more
Maryland, Vermont extend pilot programs for 2020 season
Two more states have opted to operate their 2020 hemp production seasons under the 2014 pilot program, bringing to nine the total markets that will keep the existing rules in play for another year. Maryland and Vermont will extend the pilot program under the rules of the 2014 Farm... Read more
Hemp producers finding major profits from minor cannabinoids
(This is an abridged version of a story that appears in the January issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) Will 2020 be the year of the cannabinoid CBG? Some hemp producers are betting on it after a year of overproduction of CBD. Hemp farmers are looking to diversify their production options – and go after larger... Read more
New pharmaceutical CBD supplier enters German market
(This is an abridged version of a story that first appeared on Marijuana Business Daily International.) Pharmaceutical-grade CBD kits are now available to German pharmacists for personalized compound preparations. Cannamedical Pharma GMBH, a Cologne-based distributor of medical cannabis, now sells plant-derived CBD isolate kits to pharmacists who compound medicines... Read more
Reminder: USDA interim final rule comment period to close in one week
In December, federal officials gave the U.S. hemp industry 30 more days to provide feedback on new production rules, but that extra time is coming to a close. Hemp farmers, hemp businesses, associations and industry allies that haven’t yet submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim... Read more
Former DEA chief joins new CBD advisory panel
A former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is joining the latest advisory panel tackling CBD regulations. Karen Tandy, who led the DEA from 2003 to 2007 and was the first female DEA chief, is among a panel of former government officials looking at the CBD industry... Read more
Kentucky will operate 2020 hemp program under existing rules
Kentucky plans to extend the state’s hemp pilot program for the 2020 growing season, effectively withdrawing its application to get federal approval for its regulations to grow the plant. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Tuesday the state will use this year to transition the hemp program from pilot research... Read more
Arizona climate blamed for ‘off the charts’ THC failure in first hemp crops
Arizona producers might have geography to blame for joining hemp farmers across the country who have had to destroy their 2019 crops after the plants tested positive for elevated levels of THC. About 41% of the state’s hemp plants tested above the 0.3% legal THC limit, according to the Arizona... Read more
Too much of a good thing? EU health agency warns of possible THC exposure from eating large amounts of hemp foods
A European Union health agency is warning that eating hemp foods can cause elevated THC levels if ingested in high quantities, a troubling signal for hemp businesses in Europe and worldwide that are seeking assurances that hemp is safe to put in food and drink. The January report from... Read more
Here’s why states are keeping their pilot hemp programs through 2020
Timing, testing and the lack of in-state access to drug-registered laboratories were among the reasons state agriculture officials in six states said their hemp programs will be run under the 2014 pilot research program this year instead of submitting a 2020 hemp production plan under the new proposed federal... Read more

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