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For the first time hemp growers may be able to legally harvest parts of the plant for nutraceutical use.

Hemp industry faces down ‘cannabis’ label for CBD

Hemp producers will have to bridge the line between hemp and cannabis regulations if they want to sell hemp for CBD extraction

While the concept of CBD and cannabinoids are still exciting to the hemp industry, reality has begun to settle in. The federal government’s decision to treat marijuana and hemp-derived nutraceuticals the same will mean an extra layer of red tape for any producer itching to jump on this bandwagon. Hemp growers are placing high hopes

Lyall Bates (l ) and Keith Watson (r) display a sample of the hemp fibre produced by Hemp Sense during the recent Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance conference in Winnipeg.

Hemp processor preparing to jump in on CBD

What will a hemp-derived CBD market look like? One Manitoba processor says it’s looking hard at how to make it a reality

Lyall Bates has high hopes for CBD. “I think the extraction equipment is here and even with the regulations and the laws, I think it’s ready,” Bates said. “I think the farmers now just have to get a little more educated (on) how to take these crops off and how to save the strains.” Maximizing


Manitoba hemp growers could see new markets, including non-human food markets like cattle feed, develop in the coming years.

Hearings planned for hemp agency

Farm Products Council is seeking feedback on a proposed hemp promotion and research group

The Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC) is seeking input on a proposal for a hemp group. The Canadian Industrial Hemp Promotion and Research Agency (PRA) would be funded by levies applied to domestically produced and imported hemp products. The first step for FPCC is to collect views from interested persons or groups on the

Hemp growers say outdoor cultivation of cannabis too close to their fields could see them inadvertently running afoul of some regulations.

Navigating the hemp nutraceutical market

Hemp growers will soon clear the legal hurdles keeping them from the nutraceutical market, but they may face an uphill climb from the field

A regulatory roadblock is about to disappear for hemp growers, but plenty of obstacles remain to capturing the nutraceutical market. Until now they’ve been required to destroy parts of the plant that might have otherwise been harvested, but new regulations from Health Canada will be arriving along with cannabis legalization this fall. They will then

Hemp producers want a buffer between outdoor marijuana fields.

Outdoor cannabis regs leave hemp producers out of luck

Hemp producers hoping to buffer their crops from outdoor cannabis were left out in the cold when final cannabis regulations were unveiled earlier this month

Hemp growers say they are not impressed by the lack of buffer zones in regulations that would govern outdoor cannabis production. Health Canada has confirmed that licences will allow cannabis to be cultivated and harvested outside after legalization Oct. 17, although, “all other activities with respect to cannabis must take place indoors, such as trimming,


Canadian hemp markets could be side-swiped by U.S.

Canadian hemp markets could be side-swiped by U.S.

Overly enthusiastic U.S. producers could potentially swamp 
the market if the crop is fully legalized

Future hemp markets are uncertain as Canadian buyers wait to see if hemp production is legalized in the United States, according to one industry professional. “There still is a lot of excitement (in the U.S.) about hemp as being something new… that grassroots excitement is one that we’re watching closely to make sure it doesn’t

Rod Fisher stands in a hemp field near Dauphin.

Regulations force hemp producers to destroy valuable nutraceuticals

Health Canada will consult with hemp industry in lead-up to cannabis legalization

Rod Fisher is an old hand at what is still a relatively new Canadian crop — hemp. When production was legalized in 1998, Fisher and his two brothers obtained a Health Canada licence and dipped their toes into the water with a few dozen acres. Today, they plant between 1,500 and 1,600 acres each year.

Archaic regulations threaten Canada’s hemp industry

Archaic regulations threaten Canada’s hemp industry

Hemp is not marijuana, yet its regulators still treat it with suspicion

Canada has been a leader in hemp production and its utilization since production was legalized in 1997, but now it risks being supplanted by the United States because of archaic Canadian laws, Kim Shukla, executive director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) says. “We have a world-leading industry here in so far as the


Canadian Hemp Crop Looks Good

Commodity News Service Canada Canada s hemp crop came off in good shape this year, with better-than-average yields and no serious quality issues, according to an industry source. We re seeing average to above-average yields, said Anndrea Hermann, of Manitobabased hemp processor Hemp Oil Canada and vice-president of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance. On the

Funds For Hemp Processing

The federal government is injecting more than $728,000 to help the hemp industry increase production capacity and make new inroads into the U.S. market. The Honourable Vic Toews, minister of public safety, made the announcement Dec. 13 on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Canadian farmers and processors are finding tremendous success with hemp thanks