South Carolina extends deadline for prospective hemp growers

Kristen Nichols  | September 18, 2017

Prospective hemp farmers in South Carolina have an extra week to apply to grow the crop next year in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

State regulators extended the deadline to Sept. 22 because of the flooding caused by Irma.

Even before the hurricane, however, South Carolina farmers were showing light interest in …

Tons of CBD producers, but few connect with consumers: Q&A with analyst Bethany Gomez

Kristen Nichols  | September 18, 2017

By Kristen Nichols

The nascent CBD market is hot: The cannabis compound is popping up in a dizzying variety of products, from maple candies to skin creams to dog treats.

But a market researcher who produced some of the most exhaustive investigations yet into CBD’s market potential has some cold water to throw on CBD’s fire.

Nebraska attorney general calls CBD products illegal

Kristen Nichols  | September 7, 2017

Hemp-based CBD stores are now open in Nebraska, but their owners are spooked after the state attorney general told law enforcement and county attorneys that cannabidiol products are illegal.

In a memo, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said CBD products aren’t legal in the state because they haven’t been approved by the …

MJBizDaily bolsters hemp coverage

Chris Walsh  | September 6, 2017

Marijuana Business Daily has hired a veteran journalist from The Associated Press to ramp up the publication’s coverage of the hemp industry.

Kristen Nichols (formerly Wyatt), a political reporter at the AP for 17 years, will write news, analysis and feature stories on the hemp and CBD markets for Marijuana Business Daily and Marijuana Business Magazine.

She’ll also …

$10,000 in hemp CBD products stolen at Alaska fair

Roger Fillion  | September 6, 2017

An Anchorage cannabis clinic is reporting that thieves at the Alaska State Fair stole some $10,000 worth of hemp-based edibles and tinctures from its booth, underscoring the risks for businesses displaying pricey CBD merchandise at such venues.

ReLeaf Alaska and the Alaska State Fair announced the theft Tuesday, Anchorage TV station KTUU …

Minnesota tribe entering the hemp business

John Schroyer  | August 21, 2017

At least one Native American tribe – on the White Earth reservation in northwestern Minnesota – has decided to take a leap and get into the hemp business.

The tribe has spent $100,000 on just a few acres of the crop, according to Minnesota Public Radio, but is hoping the return on …

CBD retail stores starting to spread across England

Bart Schaneman  | August 10, 2017

A CBD store opened this week in northern England, a possible sign that cannabidiol products may start spreading throughout the nation.

Cbdrus launched a brick-and-mortar outlet in the town of Burnley after supplying CBD products over the internet for about 18 months, the Lancashire Telegraph reported.

Virginia colleges researching uses for industrial hemp

Kevin Huhn  | July 31, 2017

Three universities in Virginia are conducting research on industrial hemp after the state legalized cultivation of the crop for research purposes.

Virginia Tech, James Madison University and Virginia State University are researching different uses for the crop, which is the same species of cannabis plant as marijuana but doesn’t possess the psychoactive properties, the Roanoke …

The future of cannabis is organic and ethical: Q&A with Dr. Bronner’s CEO David Bronner

Bart Schaneman  | July 25, 2017

By Bart Schaneman

Dr. Bronner’s has become a leading natural products company in the United States over the past three decades and a pioneering force in the hemp consumer goods space.

In 2000, Dr. Bronner’s started using hemp seed oil in its body care products, ranking as one of the first companies to do so.

Utah moves to approve growing industrial hemp for research

Omar Sacirbey  | July 13, 2017

A Utah agricultural board has given preliminary approval to a change in government rules that would allow farmers in the state to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes.

Under the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture’s proposed rule, farmers would be allowed to grow hemp that contains less than 0.03% THC, according …

New York aims to ramp up hemp industry with new law, funding

Kevin Huhn  | July 13, 2017

New York is bullish on hemp.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at boosting production of hemp and committed $10 million in state funds to ramp up the industry.

In signing the bill into law, the governor said hemp holds great potential for New York’s agricultural and biotech industries.

According to the Albany Times …

Hemp-based CBD market continues its enormous growth

John Schroyer  | July 11, 2017

By John Schroyer

Just as the marijuana industry has exploded in recent years, so too has a sector that revolves around the plant’s non-psychoactive cousin: hemp.

In particular, demand for hemp-based cannabidiol has skyrocketed, and the resulting need nationwide for more CBD-based health products helped give birth to a new industry that parallels the larger cannabis market.