Texas ban on smokable hemp faces final review
It’s decision time for a Texas ban on smokable hemp, with the Texas Supreme Court set to hear arguments Tuesday about the 2019 ban that has been on hold because of legal challenges. The case will determine whether hemp producers in the nation’s second-largest state can access a sector... Read more
Cash-flow pain for your hemp business? Try receivables factoring
Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the MJBizFinance newsletter, which you can get every week delivered to your inbox. Just sign up here.) You’ve done the work. You filled the orders. The bill went out. Now you have to wait to get paid. And wait. And … wait.... Read more
Georgia retailers win restraining order over hemp-derived THC products
Cannabis retailers in Georgia won at least a temporary legal victory against an Atlanta-area district attorney who had been aggressively trying to shut down hemp-derived THC product sales. According to The Associated Press, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall issued a 30-day restraining order against Gwinnett County District... Read more
Texas hemp companies make their case to preserve smokable hemp production
Attorney Connie Pfeiffer argues that Texas’ ban on making smokable hemp is unconstitutional. Four Texas hemp companies asked the state’s high court Tuesday to throw out a statewide ban on smokable hemp and preserve their ability to peddle a product the enjoys booming demand. The state Supreme Court heard... Read more
Utah bans smokable hemp and CBD in food, punts hemp oversight to feds
Utah has outlawed smokable hemp and CBD in food under a new law that also punts oversight of the plant’s production to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The law, signed by Gov. Spencer Cox Monday, makes Utah the sixth state to defer to federal authorities on regulating hemp cultivation.... Read more
How living soil can reduce cannabis growers’ impact on the environment
(This is the sixth installment in a series examining sustainability in cannabis cultivation. Read Part 5 here.) Maintaining healthy soil can help hemp cultivators reduce their impact on the environment by using less water and fewer additional nutrients, as well as reducing waste. One common approach to achieve these... Read more
How to source reliable hemp genetics
Finding reliable hemp varieties that will produce the desired cannabinoid percentage and biomass volume, while also performing in the field and testing in compliance with federal THC limits, can feel like a tall order. Here are some best practices for responsible selection of hemp genetics that can help save... Read more
Colorado hemp company sues governor, others over state contract loss
A Colorado hemp company has filed a corruption lawsuit against Gov. Jared Polis and several of his advisers, saying that a 2020 bidding process to oversee the Colorado Hemp Advancement and Management Plan was rigged. BoCo Farms alleges in the 125-page suit filed last month that Polis and others... Read more
US Senate passes cannabis research bill, but House must weigh in
The U.S. Senate gave unanimous approval to a bipartisan bill to “cut the red tape” that stalls scientific research into the medical properties of cannabis and cannabidiols. According to a news release issued Thursday by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, the Senate approved S. 253 on a... Read more
Editor’s Notebook: New COVID-19 studies underscore the ongoing problems with cannabis research
This column appears in the March issue of MJBizMagazine. Exciting news hit the hemp industry just in time for the second anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. A group of studies suggested that cannabinoids in the hemp plant (both real and synthetic) might offer some protection against the virus that... Read more

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