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Kristen Nichols

Kristen is a Denver-based reporter for Marijuana Business Daily specializing in the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia

Cannabis extractors are exploring THC remediation options

One is quick but expensive. The other is economical but slow – and tricky to get just right. Extractors looking to isolate certain cannabinoids have long relied on chromatography to dial up or down the many cannabinoids in marijuana and hemp plants. But a technique formerly derided as the mark of an inferior product – […]

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Largest human CBD trial launches with eye toward checking safety of trace THC

The largest-yet human CBD toxicological trial has been launched in Europe to check the effects of consuming trace amounts of THC. The European Industrial Hemp Association says it will assess 200 CBD users for a 30-day period. The association tells UK-based Cannabis Health News that the goal is to demonstrate to European regulators that trace […]

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US labor agency: Marijuana trimmers, grow-room employees can’t unionize

Marijuana cultivators, trimmers, sorters and packagers can’t form unions because they qualify as agricultural laborers, according to a watershed new ruling from U.S. labor regulators. The decision, released last week by the National Labor Relations Board, counters previous decisions by the labor board that marijuana growers are employees and not agricultural workers. The distinction is […]

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GW Pharma beats projections with $108M in Q4 sales thanks to CBD drug

A popular cannabis-derived epilepsy treatment is increasing sales for a London company making pharmaceutical treatments from marijuana. London-based GW Pharmaceuticals told investors Monday that it rang up $108 million in sales last quarter and $309 million for calendar 2019. The company’s fourth-quarter sales beat consensus analyst expectations of $102.4 million. GW attributed the sales figures to physicians […]

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Linton back in cannabis business as chair, investor and adviser

Ousted Canopy Growth co-CEO Bruce Linton is getting back into the marijuana business in a big way, resurfacing as a senior executive, investor and adviser in three separate companies in the U.S. and Canada. Linton is joining Michigan-based Gage Cannabis Co. as executive chair, parent company Wolverine Partners said Tuesday. Gage said in a news […]

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Anti-cannabis governor targets hemp, saying plant too close for police

A Republican governor who strongly opposes marijuana legalization says that allowing hemp cultivation is just as problematic. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took her argument national in The Wall Street Journal, arguing in an op-ed column that law enforcement doesn’t have the testing capacity to discern between marijuana and legal hemp, which has no more […]

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