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Springtime is Warming Up for Regulating CBD

By William Sumner, Hemp Business Journal Contributor Last week, Hemp Business Journal Founder Sean Murphy spoke at a Congressional briefing before the Dietary Supplement Caucus. Presenting market data and analysis, he discussed the state of the hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) markets as well as regulatory challenges facing the industry, including how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may [...]
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It’s Certifiable: CBD Brand Earns Industry-First USDA Organic Certification

By William Sumner, Hemp Business Journal Contributor Earlier this month, the cannabidiol (CBD) brand Palmetto Harmony became the first to gain certified organic status from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for hemp flower and selectively bred seed. The official designation was made possible due to passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp and hemp-derived products such as [...]
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Amid the CBD Craze, Pet Owners Are Among Those Begging for Clarity

By William Sumner, Hemp Business Journal Contributor People love their pets. From specially designed baby strollers to handcrafted organic food, there is not anything that pet owners would not do to ensure their pet’s health and happiness. It is only natural, given the rise of cannabidiol (CBD) as a health and wellness product, that people would turn to the substance […]
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Implications and Ramifications of the Hemp Seizures in Idaho and Oklahoma

By David Bush, Senior Attorney, Hoban Law Group “A house divided against itself, cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free.” ~ Abraham Lincoln, June 16, 1858 Recent seizures of hemp by state authorities in Oklahoma and Idaho follow a disturbing pattern. Hemp was legally grown and harvested in […]
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Holding Out Against Hemp: Seven States Slow for Reform After 2018 Farm Bill

By William Sumner, Hemp Business Journal Contributor Idaho’s state legislative session ended earlier this month with a tinge of disappointment. Despite overwhelming bipartisan support to legalize industrial hemp, the legislature was unable to pass a resolution to relax the state’s hemp ban. Adding to the frustration felt by hemp advocates was the shared inability of both the state’s House and [...]
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A Gap in Standards Leads to Industry Uncertainty About Synthetic CBD

By William Sumner, Hemp Business Journal Contributor How do you know that the hemp-derived CBD products you have purchased came from hemp and not another source? The answer is, you do not. There are no state, federal, or industry guidelines for companies selling CBD products to disclose how they source their CBD. Facing a serious problem that threatens the mass-market […]
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Confusion and Unsubstantiated Claims Are Still Surrounding CBD Sales

By William Sumner, Hemp Business Journal Contributor When the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law last year, the Hemp Business Journal (HBJ) had predicted that mass-market retailers would quickly see clear to begin carrying topical products containing hemp-based CBD. In March, the pharmacy retail chain CVS announced it would start carrying CBD products in over 800 stores throughout 10 […]
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Why Oh Why is Wyoming Waiting to Grow Hemp?

By William Sumner, Hemp Business Journal Contributor With passage of the Farm Bill last year, the landscape has changed dramatically for the hemp industry. After decades of prohibition, hemp cultivation is once again legal in the U.S., and states are looking to the crop to help boost their local economies. One such state is Wyoming, whose governor recently signed into […]
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Concerns and Limitations for Multistate Producers Looking to Market CBD

By Ashley Simpson, Esq., Hoban Law Group Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill has undoubtedly provided comfort to large-scale retailers looking to bring hemp-derived products to retail shelves across the country. The language in the new law clarifies and affirms that hemp is not to be treated as a controlled substance as scheduled under the […]
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Sealed With a Curse: Uproar Over USHA Certification Prompts a Do-Over

By William Sumner, Hemp Business Journal Contributor Earlier this month, the U.S. Hemp Authority (USHA)  announced 13 companies among the first to receive the organization’s quality-assurance certification seal. Claiming to ascertain high standards and promote best practices, USHA’s Certification Program aims to provide hemp farmers, processors, customers and regulators with the confidence [...]
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