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Kentucky hemp farm sanctioned for shortchanging employees

A Kentucky hemp and tobacco farm has been sanctioned by federal authorities for shortchanging temporary agricultural workers. Hemp farmer David Hunt of Campbellsville has agreed...

Organic cannabis is booming. Here’s how extractors can profit.

(This is the eighth installment in an ongoing series offering tips and advice for marijuana and hemp extraction companies. The seventh installment is available...

In Washington, hemp-derived THC has regulated marijuana growers nervous

Jeremy Moberg, the founder and CEO of this cannabis farm in Riverside, Washington, wonders why state regulators haven't permanently banned delta-8 THC products. (Photo...

Hemp producer receives Canadian federal grant

A hemp producer is among a group of small- and medium-sized businesses in Saskatchewan that received funding from the Canadian federal government. Saskatoon-headquartered Blue Sky...

Delta-8’s future strong ‘as long as the government doesn’t take it away’: Q&A with Vince Sanders

(An abbreviated version of this interview appears in the May-June issue of Marijuana Business Magazine.) It seems everyone in cannabis has an opinion on delta-8...

Sales of CBD-only products declining in recreational marijuana shops

This story first appeared at MJBizDaily. Sales of CBD-only products at recreational marijuana retail outlets have been falling since 2018 in four Western states as more of these goods move into mainstream stores and online, according to an analysis of sales data from Seattle-based Headset. The market share of noninhalable pure CBD products in adult-use stores has declined around 5 percentage points each in California, Colorado and Washington state between 2018 and 2020, with the share of overall sales in Nevada tumbling 23 percentage points.

Texas seeks permission to enforce smokable-hemp ban

Texas officials want to enforce a ban on smokable hemp that has been on hold since September.

How to mitigate mold and microbials in extracted cannabis products

(This is the seventh installment in an ongoing series offering tips and advice for marijuana and hemp extraction companies. The sixth installment is available here.) Three words that can wreck a cannabis manufacturer’s day, week, month, maybe even year: mold and microbials. Extracted hemp and marijuana products that have been improperly handled and stored are susceptible to a host of contaminants that can ruin the whole batch. Tips to lessen the chance of mold and microbials damaging material include:

Playing in the carbon markets: A guide for cannabis producers

Carbon is a hot commodity – literally. And it’s become the biggest buzzword in agriculture in recent months, as the potential for paying farmers to sequester carbon through environmentally responsible land stewardship becomes more likely following U.S. re-enrollment into an international treaty on climate change and President Joe Biden’s proposed carbon market to directly pay farmers. But why is the market for carbon so hot right now, and how can farmers get started? The potential for carbon payments has special interest for farmers growing hemp, which reportedly gobbles carbon at a rate of 6 tons per acre, according to the European Industrial Hemp Association, and can play a key role in regenerative farming and soil remediation. (Marijuana also sequesters carbon, but federal prohibition makes carbon farming a longer-term prospect on the horizon for high-THC cannabis cultivators.) Nature-based solutions figure prominently in the treaty’s goal to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

Hemp and CBD retailers relax COVID-19 rules, but many still require masks

(A version of this story first appeared on MJBizDaily.) As the U.S. eases out of the coronavirus pandemic, marijuana, hemp and CBD retailers are slowly adjusting their store protocols for customer-mandated mask-wearing, social distancing and other requirements. Many still require customers – particularly those who haven’t been vaccinated – to wear masks or adhere to other COVID-19 protocols, according to an informal survey by Hemp Industry Daily and MJBizDaily.

Hemp Industry Daily to resume publishing Tuesday

Hemp Industry Daily is closed for the Memorial Day holiday and will resume its usual publishing schedule on Tuesday.

3 ways COVID-19 changed cannabis extraction forever – and 1 way it didn’t

Photo courtesy Northeast Kingdom Hemp A little over a year ago, hemp and marijuana extractors and manufacturers found themselves challenged like never before. The global COVID-19 pandemic shuttered operations and threw supply chains into disarray. Even manufacturers and processors who managed to stay open had to find new ways to sell ingredients and finished products to retailers unwilling to host sales visits. But the most resilient cannabis manufacturers accelerated innovation and found strategies to stay open and even grow their businesses. As business returns to normal, Hemp Industry Daily wanted to find out which emergency adaptations could stick around and which stopgaps will fade. Manufacturers pointed to three pandemic-inspired innovations that they plan to retain – and one big change they’re happy to leave behind.

5 integrated weed management strategies for cannabis producers

(This is the ninth installment in a series focused on cultivation planning for hemp and marijuana growers. The previous installment is available here.) Cannabis is prone to weeds, which can overrun a field, reduce crop quality and yield and spread thousands of seeds that will be a nuisance for years. But cultivators’ control options are limited considering there haven’t been any biological or conventional controls registered or labeled for cannabis production with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or available for marijuana production.

Poll: What COVID-19 safety measures does your hemp store have?

A growing number of mainstream retailers are ending requirements that customers wear a face mask after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer need to wear masks.

CBD maker announces collective bargaining for workers in Colorado, Florida

A Colorado CBD maker founded with collective bargaining in mind, Union Harvest, says it has completed organizing for workers in manufacturing, packaging and sales in Colorado and Florida. The company says more than 10 workers at its facility Longmont are now represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7. Workers in Clearwater, Florida, are represented by UFCW Local 1625.

Canadian bast fiber company completes $7 million raise

A Canadian company that makes natural nonwoven fibers says it has raised $7 million (CAD $8.5 million) to advance its plans to expand production. Bast Fibre Technologies announced the Series A equity financing last week. The company raised another $3.3 million last summer from angel investors. Based in Victoria, British Columbia, the firm says it will use the capital to complete work on a manufacturing facility in Europe and to “enter full-scale commercialization,” CEO Noel Hall said in a statement.

Bad actors to blame for inaccurate CBD labels? Not so fast

Editor’s note: Susan Audino, Ph.D, is a chemistry consultant and instructor for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. She is based in Ohio. This column originally appeared at MJBizDaily. All cannabis consumers have a right to confidently know the contents of the products they purchase. But ongoing random, observational and longitudinal studies have demonstrated that many product labels in the cannabis sector don’t concur with independent analytical test results. Many in the cannabis industry have come to regard some as “bad players” when labels and test results don’t match. Reality may be more complicated. Look at a recent cohort study published in JAMA Network, an open-access medical journal published by the American Medical Association, in which cannabinoid metabolites were not always present as expected. The piece spotlighted cannabis product label claims that were not supported by independent laboratory tests for cannabinoids in urine.

New York latest to ban delta-8 THC, modifies ban on smokable hemp flower

New York state is the latest to expressly prohibit delta-8 THC and other THC isomers derived from hemp. But the Empire State made small concessions to hemp producers this week in an updated batch of hemp regulations, including a modification to limits on smokable hemp and removing a requirement that all cannabinoids over 0.05% be listed on product labels. New York is going to keep its proposed ban on hemp prerolls, cigarettes and any “flower product labeled or advertised for the purpose of smoking.” But the state health department says it will allow the sale of hemp flower, so long as the flower is not branded as an item for smoking.

Wyoming prosecutor censured over hemp-THC lie

A prosecutor in Wyoming has been publicly censured for not correcting errant THC information in a failed prosecution attempt against a registered hemp cultivator. Laramie County’s David Singleton, a senior assistant district attorney, was also fined $800 by the state bar association, which issued the censure, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper reported.

Hemp bedsheets win Good Housekeeping nod

A brand of hemp bedsheets made in North Carolina from imported hemp fiber have been honored by Good Housekeeping magazine. Delilah Home Organic Hemp Bed Sheets were among 48 bedding brands designated as best of the year by the popular consumer magazine.

Arizona CBD maker fined $30,000 for deceptive marketing

Arizona CBD maker Kushly Industries and its owner have agreed to pay more than $30,000 for false marketing claims. The agreement posted Monday by the Federal Trade Commission says that Kushly, based in Scottsdale, made extensive health claims about its tinctures, softgels, topicals and edibles, claiming that CBD could treat everything from PTSD and multiple sclerosis to acne. Many of the claims came in the form of blog posts, including one touting Kushly’s CBD gummies under the headline “Eat Away Chronic Pain.”

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