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Cross-pollination drives growing disputes between marijuana, hemp farmers

11/14/19--Marijuana growers say that cross-pollination from hemp farms can cost them thousands because it can render flower products unmarketable. Read

USDA Domestic Hemp Production Program

11/6/19--On October, 31, 2019, USDA formally issued an interim final rule establishing the USDA Domestic Hemp Production Program. The following video is a basic overview of the program. Read

Many farmers oppose Georgia’s strict hemp growing rules

9/25/19--While Georgians can buy CBD oil in nutrition stores and gas stations, the product is farmed, processed, and shipped from out of state. Forty-one states already have hemp farming programs, and Georgia farmers want to get in on the action now that the General Assembly allowed it, but they’re having to wait for regulations to be approved. Read

How Georgia’s CBD pioneers are changing minds

9/19/19--As Georgia’s laws have shifted, CBD entrepreneurs are vying to become the brands of choice among wellness-focused consumers who may never before have experienced this new breed of nutraceutical. Yet, while cannabis laws have loosened in many U.S. states, Georgia’s cannabis laws are among the most restrictive in the nation; focusing only on hemp and its byproduct CBD, which can be sold only under tight constraints and through a limited number of licenses. Read

Cannabis confusion over hemp, marijuana creates issues for Colorado law enforcement

8/23/19--It is increasingly becoming a more common case of confusion in Colorado involving two types of cannabis plants, marijuana and hemp. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants but hemp contains a much lower level of the psychoactive ingredient THC. Read

Alcovy Circuit will not file blanket dismissals of marijuana charges following state hemp law

8/23/19--District attorneys across Georgia have released varying opinions on the prosecution of marijuana cases. As it stands, law enforcement can test for the presence of THC, but are unable to test for the amount, meaning they would not be able to determine if a substance was illegal marijuana or legalized hemp. Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney Layla Zon says she still intends to prosecute the cases, but will individually review the evidence once testing becomes available if a defendant claims to possess hemp. Read

High stakes: What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?

8/22/19--Early in May, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Georgia Hemp Farming Act, which legalized hemp production in the state to help farmers get into this industry and promote economic development. However, since hemp and marijuana are so similar in look and smell, a growing number of prosecutors across the state are putting a pause on marijuana charges. Marijuana is still not legal in the state, but law enforcement cannot accurately tell the difference between the substances right now. Read

Ohio legislators accidentally legalized pot, say law enforcement experts

8/10/19--State contortions to legalize hemp in Ohio got so complicated that it now looks like misdemeanor marijuana charges won’t be prosecuted — in effect legalizing pot for the time being. Columbus officials have already declared they’re dropping prosecution of pot misdemeanors. Read

With new hemp law, ‘sniff and search’ goes up in smoke

7/13/19--"Sniff and search" has long resulted in many arrests for law enforcement in Palm Beach County. But, apparently, nearly all sniff-and-search cases just went up in smoke. According to State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office via an emailed memo from his intake division, it is imperative for police departments to determine whether seized cannabis is marijuana or hemp from a 1 percent test kit, and a commitment from the agency that it will pay for quantitative testing by a private, accredited lab before charges can be filed. Read

LA law firm Margolin & Lawrence help Georgians with hemp licensing process as new law goes into effect

7/10/19--Los Angeles law firm Margolin & Lawrence, a longtime leader in marijuana licensing and compliance, is now working in Georgia with a farmer in Candler County and others to help them efficiently navigate what can be a fraught licensing process. Read

Marijuana manufacturers flock to CBD e-commerce amid ongoing legal confusion

3/20/19--The dominant sales channel for CBD – e-commerce – is becoming a major draw for marijuana manufacturers, who are using hemp-derived CBD to tap into new revenue and a wider consumer base. They’re doing this despite repeated warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is illegal to include CBD in food, cosmetics or dietary supplements. Read

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue issues warning for hemp farmers

3/20/19--As the hype around hemp ramps up and states issue record numbers of licenses to farmers wanting to capitalize on opportunities the new crop may offer, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said he isn’t so sure hemp will be the cash crop everyone is hoping for. Perdue also predicted that hemp farmers would likely avoid further pursuits into the cannabis market. Read

Hemp testing confusion snarls Farm Bill interstate commerce guarantee

3/5/19--The 2018 Farm Bill promised protection for hemp transportation but left states with no uniform way to test THC content. As the industry awaits a national testing standard to determine what is hemp and what is marijuana, some states are talking about updating outdated testing methods for themselves. The updated tests won’t eliminate the problem of varying state testing methods, but they would eliminate the simple yes-or-no on whether the plants contain THC. Read

‘Everybody’s wanting seed’: Hempseed market heats up after Farm Bill passage

1/8/19--The 2018 Farm Bill guarantees interstate commerce for all hemp products, removing requirements that viable hempseeds require approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Plant breeders now have a huge new market open to them as barriers to national hempseed distribution are removed. Read

Colorado company behind Charlotte’s Web CBD strain generates nearly $100 million through Canadian IPO

9/11/18--Charlotte's Web Holdings Inc. is the latest U.S. marijuana firm to launch an IPO on the Canadian Securities Exchange. The CBD company, known formerly as Stanley Brothers Inc., began trading Aug. 30 at $7. The stock price has nearly doubled in its first two weeks on the market, and the IPO generated more than $93 million. Read

Trump administration cautions against hemp expansion

2/21/18--The Trump administration doesn’t want to see hemp expanded nationwide in the next Farm Bill because of concerns about overproduction, according to an official. Greg Ibach, undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said current hemp regulations are “fairly narrow” and that the Trump administration doesn’t necessarily want to see that change when the Farm Bill is rewritten this year. Read

Hemp producers in North Dakota holding back amid CBD controversy

6/19/17--As North Dakota’s hemp industry grows, legal questions have kept producers from making one of the crop’s most desirable products. Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive substance derived from cannabis plants, but the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers most cannabidiol to be a Schedule I illegal drug. The hemp industry argues that cannabidiol derived from hemp is legal because of the 2014 Farm Bill, which allowed for states to set up industrial hemp production. Read