Illinois Releases Proposed Industrial Hemp Regulations

ILLINOIS: Proposed rules for the regulation of industrial hemp production and processing were published today in the Secretary of State’s Illinois Register. Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) staff have been busy drafting those proposed rules since Governor Rauner signed the Industrial Hemp Act into law in August. This new law allows individuals or corporations licensed Read the full article…

Reconciled Farm Bill To Include Provisions Lifting Federal Hemp Ban

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  House and Senate lawmakers have agreed in principle to a reconciled version of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill), which includes provisions lifting the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. The hemp-specific provisions – which Senate Majority Speaker Mitch McConnell (R-KY) included in the Senate version of the bill, but were Read the full article…

New Jersey: Governor Signs Hemp Cultivation Bill Into Law

NEW JERSEY: Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation into law permitting the state to establish a pilot program to assess and promote the cultivation of industrial hemp. Assembly Bill 1330/Senate Bill 3145 authorizes the Department of Agriculture to partner with Rutgers University “to study and promote the cultivation of industrial hemp to the maximum extent permitted by federal Read the full article…

Senate Majority Leader: Farm Bill Will Lift Federal Hemp Ban

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reaffirmed on Friday that provisions lifting the federal prohibition of hemp will be included in the engrossed language of H.R. 2: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the 2018 Farm Bill). The must-pass legislation is currently being debated by leadership in conference committee. “If there’s a Farm Read the full article…

Cannabis Refinery Leasing And High End Multi Processing Announce Multi-Year, $21M Industrial Hemp Processing Agreement In Upstate New York

CALIFORNIA: Cannabis Refinery Leasing and High End Multi Processing (H.E.M.P.) today announced an up to $21M, multi-year agreement to build New York State’s largest industrial hemp refinery. Cannabis Refinery Leasing, Inc. (CRL), in partnership with Applied Extracts, Inc., will supply its proprietary refinery scale supercritical CO2 extraction and fractional distillation technology to H.E.M.P., a newly licensed industrial Read the full article…

Global Hemp-based Foods Market 2018-2022

High Demand for Organic Hemp-based Foods to Boost Growth The global hemp-based foods market is expected to accelerate at a CAGR of over 24% during the forecast period, according to the latest market research report released by Technavio. The growing vegan population and increasing cases of celiac disease are key factors triggering the growth of Read the full article…

Arkansas Plant Board Adopts Industrial Hemp Regulations

ARKANSAS: The Arkansas Plant Board approved regulations for the state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program today at their quarterly meeting. The approval came after Mary Smith, author of the regulations and ASPB Seed Division Director, presented several public comments collected during a thirty-day public comment period that concluded June 15th. Many of the comments were inconsequential and Read the full article…

Arkansas Plant Board Holds Historic First Hemp Meeting

ARKANSAS: The Arkansas State Plant Board (ASPB) embarked upon two historic firsts for the state on Tuesday. After eighty years of prohibition, the ASPB held the first meeting of the Industrial Hemp Committee where the committee voted on and passed a draft of proposed regulations. These historic firsts mark the beginning of the Arkansas Industrial Hemp Read the full article…

HempMeds Wins Product Registration Hearing In Puerto Rico, Begins Selling First-Ever Approved Nutraceutical Product

CALIFORNIA: Medical Marijuana, Inc., the first publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, has announced that its subsidiary HempMeds had its product registrations affirmed in Puerto Rico, enabling the company to continue selling its CBD hemp oil products freely throughout the U.S. territory. This major milestone marks another historic first for RSHO as the first and only legally registered cannabis Read the full article…

The Wink In Weed: Eating High On The Healing Hog (And Heifer)

Anyone paying attention knows that Slim Jim has lots of company on the grocery store shelves these days.  Jerky and meat snacks — high in protein, low in calories – are gaining popularity as a healthy snack alternative to greasy potato chips.  In fact, Nielsen research company reports that Americans consumed more than $2.8 billion Read the full article…