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Japanese officials approve Epidiolex for clinical trials

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Japanese officials have a approved the medical CBD brand Epidiolex for clinical trials, marking the first time such products have been approved by the Japanese government.

The trials, to be tightly controlled in a hospital environment, are exempted from Japan’s Cannabis Control Act, which bans cannabis compounds generally.

Epidiolex, manufactured by UK-based GW Pharmaceutical, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year.

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare officials recently announced the trials during a meeting of the Okinawa-Northern Task Force, a research and development agency.

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BlackRock discloses $11M investment in medical marijuana firm Curaleaf

BlackRock, one of the world’s largest money managers, disclosed in regulatory filings that its funds have an $11 million stake in Curaleaf Holdings, a Massachusetts-based medical cannabis company. While the investment is tiny for BlackRock, which has nearly $6 trillion of assets under management, the stake is one of the first publicly disclosed investments by a […]

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Greenfield Tech sells $1.5 million decorticator to U.S. firm

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Engineering firm Canadian Greenfield Technologies (CGT) has sold a $1.5 million hemp decortication line to Wyndrige Farm, a private company based in southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.

The technology, called HempTrain, is to be installed in an 80,000-sq-ft facility, Steve Groff, Wyndrige Farm’s owner, told the York Daily Record.

The specialized equipment is based on high-speed kinematic technology that turns out intact structural bast fiber while capturing a clean microfiber stream and other hemp derivatives, including flowers for CBD.

Technological advancement

The technology is an advancement over earlier generations of decorticators that employ a hammer mill, which damages bast fiber and causes attrition of hurd fiber, CGT said.

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Despite risks, marijuana firms that make or distribute CBD products use e-commerce to build multistate brands

When President Donald Trump penned hemp legalization into law late last year via the Farm Bill, hemp companies obviously cheered. But marijuana entrepreneurs also took careful note, because that landmark decision could offer fresh business opportunities to diversify into a plant now legal under federal law. A growing number of marijuana businesses – and hemp-only […]

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Hemp farming applications soar in U.S. state of Kentucky

The post Hemp farming applications soar in U.S. state of Kentucky was originally published on HempToday. Subscribe to our newsletter, check out our events and follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter.

More than 50,000 acres (20,234 ha) have been approved for Kentucky hemp fields in 2019, as the state’s hemp farmers get moving in the new Farm Bill era. More than 1,000 Kentucky farmers received licenses to grow hemp this year, state officials said.

Two-hundred Kentucky farmers grew hemp on 6,700 (2,100 ha) acres in 2018, (up from 5,200 in 2017) and reported solid financial results up and down the value chain, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles reported in a release last week.

Sales in big upswing

Kentucky hemp processors made $57.75 million in sales in 2018, soaring from $16.7 million in 2017, with processors outlaying $23.4 million in capital improvements, according to state figures. Kentucky hemp operations employed a total of 459 workers last year, the state said.

“We are building the critical mass of growers, processors and researchers that will ensure the hemp industry’s success in Kentucky for years to come,” Quarles said.

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Portuguese stakeholders confront an old problem: Ignorance

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More than 40 Portuguese hemp stakeholders have signed an open letter to the government requesting resumption of hemp licensing after permitting was halted at the beginning of 2019.

The industry pushback comes after Portugal’s Ministry of Agriculture issued a clarification in January making all hemp related authorizations subject to review by INFARMED, the Portuguese Health Regulator which has authority over pharmaceutical products and controlled substances. The changes, in effect, mean hemp farmers undergo a licensing regimen as strict as that under which medical cannabis licenses are obtained in Portugal.

Licensing on hold

As a result of the changes, hemp growing permits previously provided by the government’s Food and Veterinary General Directorate (DGAV), are currently not available. In the last two years, farmers could get licenses by providing DGAV with their Land Parcel Identification and estimated dates for seeding and harvesting.

“When I first started, we didn’t need to deal with INFARMED to grow hemp. We just needed to buy certified seeds below 0,2% THC and get the verification from DGAV,” said hemp farmer Miguel Negrão, a founder at Cannacasa, a hemp industry association.

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Hong Kong conglomerate backs US-based C-Beyond Health

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In a signal that Asian investors are beginning to look over U.S. hemp companies, Colorado CBD maker C-Beyond Health said it has received an investment from Hong Kong-based multi-national Triple Ten Ltd, and is poised to move into Thailand as the regulatory environment clears.

While C-Beyond Health did not reveal the funding figure, CEO Scott Reese called the investment “significant.”

“We will reach more healthcare professionals in Asia, open the market for innovative cannabinoid-based product lines, and build new relationships with the highest levels of government in these markets,” Reese told HempToday of the company’s plans.

Probing markets

The funds from the Hong Kong investors will be used over the next year to keep up with the enormous demand for cannabis-based solutions, support ongoing product innovation, and generally probe new markets domestically and abroad, Reese said.

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Weekly Deal Watch: Cannabis capital raises outpace record 2018 levels

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Euro stakeholders upbeat on reversing CBD-in-food rule changes

The post Euro stakeholders upbeat on reversing CBD-in-food rule changes was originally published on HempToday. Subscribe to our newsletter, check out our events and follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter.

European hemp stakeholders came away upbeat from a meeting with European Commission officials yesterday as they seek to reverse recent food rule changes that could upend the hemp food business across the continent.

“We launched a good dialogue for sound negotiations with the Commission and Member States today,” Lorenza Romanese, Managing Director of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) told HempToday after the meeting with a working group of the EC’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF). “We have something to work on together.”

Language in rules affecting CBD, updated Jan. 20 in the EC’s Novel Food Catalogue, could put a crushing burden on European hemp food producers because novel foods undergo a more strict and costly compliance regime than other foods. The situation threatens to disrupt the entire – and fast-growing – hemp food business throughout EU Member State markets, Romanese warned the committee at the outset of an EIHA presentation on the situation.

Handicapping EU players

The changes also would handicap EU enterprises on the global stage at the very moment when leading hemp nations such as Canada, the United States, China and non-EU member Switzerland are rapidly advancing, Romanese told the PAFF session.


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U.S firm says it has bought Dutch maker of extraction technology

The post U.S firm says it has bought Dutch maker of extraction technology was originally published on HempToday. Subscribe to our newsletter, check out our events and follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter.

Colorado, USA-based Folium Biosciences said it has bought FeyeCon, a designer of large scale supercritical CO2 extraction technology based in Weesp, Holland.

Folium said the move gives the company “an additional level of vertical integration,” and strengthens its ability to control the production process from seed to sale.

The companies did not announce the financial details of the deal.

“We have acquired vested pharmaceutical R&D licenses as well as Active Ingredient licenses, and a comprehensive IP portfolio that includes over 150 patents,” Folium CEO Kashif Shan said of the acquisition, which he noted will “speed along our pharmaceutical division and Rx joint ventures in the active ingredient and new product development space.”

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U.S. farming officials set listening session on federal rules

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host a hemp specific listening session for industry stakeholders on Wednesday, March 13 to hear comments as it works to finalize federal hemp regulations. USDA has indicated it intends to finalize the rules in time for the 2020 growing season, according to industry lobbyists Vote Hemp.

Vote Hemp said rules need to be refined covering such things as crop insurance, testing and how data will be shared among states, Native American tribes and USDA.

State plans must wait

The group noted that USDA will not review state or tribal plans until federal regulations are finalized. Until those rules are clear, states can continue to regulate hemp production under the 2014 Farm Bill research and pilot programs provision, Vote Hemp noted.

“(Agriculture Secretary Sonny) Perdue’s decision is disappointing but his commitment to completing the process in time for the 2020 growing season is positive news,” Vote Hemp said in a release.

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International vendors join ‘HempBoutique’ at NoCo Expo in USA

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Vendors and producers of hemp-based products from nine countries are signed up so far for HempBoutique, an international pop-up showroom that will again be part of this year’s NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver, Colorado. The Expo, in its sixth year, runs March 29-30 at the Crown Plaza, Denver International Airport.

Products ranging from hemp fashions to CBD will be in the showroom, which aims to give small, innovative non-US companies an affordable way to get their goods into the biggest industrial hemp exhibition in the world. Advertising in a special NoCo edition of HempToday magazine is also included in the vendor package.

Join 13 other exhibitors

A total of 13 companies from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Nepal, Poland, Slovakia, S. Africa and the UK are already signed up to exhibit. Reservations to display in the HempBoutique close this Friday, March 15. Interested vendors may get further information here.

HempToday is joining for the third year with NoCo Hemp Expo to organize the HempBoutique, part of a Global Hemp Village international section on the floor of the expo.

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Weekly Deal Watch: M&A activity continues to ramp up among US cannabis cultivators, retailers

M&A activity this year is outpacing the number of deals closed this time last year. Cultivators and retailers continue to be top takeover targets with nearly 30 deals closed this year.

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For long-term value from the hemp plant, look to the fiber

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By Robert Ziner, CIHC, Canada

Over the long run hemp fiber will become the most relevant part of the hemp plant, and the most valuable of its outputs.

Just as iron ore is a primary product, and steel is a secondary product, seed and CBD outputs are strictly primary – while in hemp only the fiber is secondary.

As primary commodities, hemp seed and CBD outputs react swiftly to the reality of the world’s quick changing market dynamics, driven by inevitable and often unpredictable pricing fluctuations.


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Enthusiasm high as Irish Hemp Co-op looks to busy year

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The Irish Hemp Cooperative has named two new board members as it plans a busy slate of activities throughout the rest of the year aimed at expanding membership in the organization.

The election to the board of Laura Foley, a partner in CBD company Canabaoil and Jack O’Connor of agri-tech firm BHSL came during a recent meeting of about 80 stakeholders who heard board member Kate Carmody give an update on the activities carried out by the board during the previous 12 months, and other presentations.

2018 was busy year

The board in 2018 met the licensing body the Health Products Regulatory Authority, visited processing facilities and businesses in other countries, obtained innovation vouchers, and applied for national and European funding.

Attendees also heard board member Ed Hainbidge give a detailed presentation on how to apply for a license to cultivate hemp in Ireland. With many of the individuals in the room keen to grow hemp for the first time, this provided valuable insight into the process involved.

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U.S. self regulator gives its stamp of approval to 13 hemp firms

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American self-regulator U.S. Hemp Authority has given its stamp of approval to 13 companies the group says have met its quality and safety standards.

“As the market for hemp-derived products undergoes rapid growth, it is critically important for us to signal to the world that we intend to act responsibly,” said Marielle Weintraub, U.S. Hemp Authority president. “Quality assurance and safety must come first, and that’s why we set off on this journey.”

The U.S. Hemp Authority was set in motion last year by the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, a coalition of more than 50 hemp companies that lobby for hemp at the federal level.

The certification is designed specifically to educate hemp farmers and producers about Food and Drug Administration Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

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Updated EU rules on ‘novel foods’ get it wrong on CBD

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A recent update to the European Union’s Novel Food Catalogue is mistaken in its consideration of CBD, cannabis veteran and consultant Richard Rose writes in a detailed report issued late last week..

“The recent EU Novel Food Catalogue update was incorrect. Hemp flower products indeed have demonstrated long use, including Cannabidiol (CBD),” Rose wrote in a heavily researched and footnoted paper that argues CBD is not a novel food.

What is novel food?

Novel food is defined as food that was not consumed to a considerable degree by citizens of the EU prior to 1997, when the first regulation on novel food came into force. Novel food can be newly developed, innovative food, food produced using new technologies and production processes, and food traditionally eaten outside the EU. The regulation requires such foods be safe and be properly labeled so as not to mislead consumers, among other requirements. The upshot for food producers is a more burdensome marketplace as novel foods undergo stringent and costly authorization requirements.

Hemp flower products such as hempseed and hempseed oil (extract) are authorized novel foods under EU rules, exempt from registration as new novel foods due to demonstrated consumption in member states prior to May 1997, Rose points out.

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Canopy enlists celebrity Martha Stewart as CBD ‘adviser’

Canopy Growth has lined up celebrity lifestyle guru Martha Stewart to advise the Canadian cannabis company in developing a new line of product offerings, including hemp-derived CBD products. Stewart said their first collaboration will offer products for pets. “As soon as you hear the name Martha, you know exactly who we’re talking about,” Canopy Growth […]

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Facebook ban pushes Finnish hemp processor to the edge

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A company which spent almost €275,000 on Facebook advertising over three years has seen its sales plummet after the online media giant started rejecting their ads. Finland-based Hemprefine Oy spent five years developing its hemp processing line at a huge cost, founder Mikko Neuvo told HempToday.

“We invested everything we had and more to build the processing line and to provide Finnish customers with hemp products,” Neuvo said.

Because Facebook turned out to be the most efficient tool for targeting specific audiences, the company decided to invest a lot of time and money for building a hemp community to support its business model. “We had to aggressively advertise hemp products in Finland because we had to create the market from scratch,” Neuvo said.

Retailers don’t need ads

He suggests Hemprefine Oy ads helped create a demand which has seen Finnish retail shops import from larger producers, which has further undermined his company’s business.

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Weekly Deal Watch: Cannabis brands and hemp firms become takeover targets

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