Oregon Hemp Farmer Says Startup Going Slow

One of Oregon’s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get the industry going.

OREGON:  One of Oregon’s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going. Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to come by, because the federal government prohibits imports. Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the Read the full article…

Official: Oregon Hemp Industry Not What Was Envisioned

A state agriculture official said Tuesday that Oregon's hemp industry is not turning out the way lawmakers envisioned.

OREGON:  A state agriculture official said Tuesday that Oregon’s hemp industry is not turning out the way lawmakers envisioned, so the department will recommend changes to the law regulating how it is grown. The law authorizing industrial hemp production in Oregon was written to regulate it as an agricultural crop, with large fields of densely Read the full article…

Colorado Hemp Grows From Novelty To Industry With Potential

Despite perceptions and immature economic status, advocates project a steep growth curve for the hemp industry.

COLORADO:  The hype over hemp that erupted last year during Colorado’s first sensational flirtations with the marijuana look-alike is now starting to live up to expectations. A handful of growers in 2014 planted and harvested small-scale crops that attracted large-scale attention under hemp’s newly legal status. This year, hype is being replaced with indicators of Read the full article…

U.S. Firm Buys Manitoba Hemp Company For $133M

KPMG forecast that the nutraceuticals market will be worth around $250 billion by 2018, and while the exact scope of what is considered a nutraceutical is broad and variable, the products identified in the KPMG report largely fell within the GBI definition of nutraceuticals.

CANADA:  A Manitoba company that specializes in hemp products has been bought by a U.S. firm for $132.5 million. On Monday, Compass Diversified Holdings announced its plan to buy Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd., otherwise known as “Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods.” Compass Diversified Holdings buys small or middle-market businesses in niche markets, according to the company’s website. Read the full article…

U.S. Leads World in Hemp Food, Beauty Sales

The U.S. is unquestionably the largest market for hemp products

CALIFORNIA:  U.S. hemp product sales are growing fast. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA; Summerland, CA) estimates 21.2% retail sales growth in 2014 for hemp food and body care products, putting the 2014 total at $200 million. If other hemp-based products are added to the mix—clothing, auto parts, building materials, etc.—the total 2014 U.S. retail market Read the full article…

Homegrown Hemp On The Horizon?

A trade association has been created to promote the nascent legal marijuana business in Alaska.

PENNSYLVANIA:  If state Sens. Mike Folmer and Judith Schwank have their way, the plant that lent its name to East and West Hempfield townships could once again grow here. “We will shortly be introducing legislation to permit the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp in Pennsylvania,” the two wrote in a recent memo. “Although federal law Read the full article…

Colorado’s First Legal Hemp Crop Comes In Amid Constraints By Fed Laws

Nutritional High International Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to manufacture and distribute various marijuana edible products using the song titles and bearing the likeness of iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

COLORADO:  Ask farmers where they procured hemp seeds to plant last spring, and you may get an answer like this one from Bill Billings: “I got them from Mother Nature and God. That’s all I can say.” Don’t-ask, don’t-tell characterizes Colorado’s newest cash crop. Like its genetic cousin marijuana, hemp is legal under state law. Read the full article…