States Make Major Decisions on Hemp Bills, FDA Updates Congress on CBD: Week in Review

Two of the remaining three states in the U.S. without a hemp program in place have made opposing decisions regarding the crop.

March 13, 2020

This week, industry organizations responded to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) latest updates on its efforts to regulate CBD. Meanwhile, two of the remaining three states in the U.S. without a hemp program in place have made opposing decisions regarding the crop: Idaho lawmakers killed a bill that would have legalized hemp cultivation in the state, while South Dakota lawmakers are days away from passing a bill to do so.

Here are the week’s top headlines you might have missed.

  • National: The FDA has issued updates on its pursuit to regulate cannabidiol (CBD), which includes conducting research into the cannabinoid and devising plans to allow it in dietary supplements. But industry organizations fear those regulations won’t be coming anytime soon. Read more

  • Colorado: The state has approved a new pesticide, Cueva Fungicide Concentrate, for use on hemp. Read more

  • Idaho: In a narrow 8-7 vote, Idaho lawmakers have once again killed a bill that would legalize hemp cultivation and production in the state. Read more

  • Iowa: Fairfield-based FoodChain ID has become the exclusive certifying entity for the U.S. Hemp Authority (USHA) certification seal. Read more

  • Kentucky: State lawmakers are considering a bill that would establish the Kentucky Center for Cannabis Research at the University of Kentucky, which could potentially receive up to $4 million from the state over the next two years for research. Read more

  • Minnesota: A farmer in the state had hemp samples seized by law enforcement when he tried to send them to a lab in Colorado for testing. Read more 

  • Pennsylvania: The nation’s oldest historically black university, Cheney University, will grow hemp this year and partner with CBD processing lab Advanced Alchemy Labs, which produces hemp-based products. Read more

  • South Dakota: Now just one of three states that doesn’t allow hemp production, South Dakota will soon be losing that status. A bill passed the Senate this week that Gov. Kristi Noem is expected to sign to legalize the crop and create a plan for its production. Read more

  • Texas: More hemp manufacturers and processors, both for CBD oil and fiber, are due to come into the state this year when the application window opens March 16. Read more
    Meanwhile, a new Austin-based company, Collective Growth Corp., is looking to raise money through an IPO to build processing and decortication facilities across the U.S. Geoff Whaling, the chairman of the National Hemp Association, spoke with Hemp Grower about the vision behind the project he formed with two other former Canopy Growth executives. Read more