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Fashion designers exploring, rediscovering potential benefits of hemp

Hemp fabric is antimicrobial, antibacterial, hypo-allergenic, thermo-regulating, naturally pest-resistant and UV-resistant.


The Rise of CBD

Health experts advise caution on unregulated products.


Framework forms around fledgling US hemp industry

A new global hemp research lab in Oregon will offer a certification program that will tell farmers whether the hemp seeds they’re buying are the real deal


Texas loves Willie Nelson and Willie loves his weed

The branding power of Willie Nelson draws a crowd even in states where weed is illegal.


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Federal legalization of hemp creates quandary for U.S. police

Police officers who encounter shipments of state-certified hemp on America’s highways are facing a quandary: They can’t tell if the plants they’re seeing are hemp or marijuana. Truckers are free …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion

Both chambers of the Washington Legislature have passed laws that would create a state system for licensing hemp production. The long-outlawed cousin of marijuana hasn’t taken off in the Evergreen …


Idaho State Police may get tests to tell hemp and pot apart

Idaho State Police may get the funding to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana after a high-profile case in the state grabbed headlines and prompted …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Mushrooming CBD industry has hemp explosion behind it

CBD ads pop up everywhere these days on social media, radio and street signs. They hawk pain relief and other remedies from cannabidiol, known as CBD, a cannabis extract that …


FDA casts shadow on hemp win, calling CBD products illegal

The hemp industry still has work ahead to win legal status for hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as an ingredient in food or dietary supplements despite the big farm bill …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

Idaho Rep. Nilsson Troy looks to legalize hemp under new farm bill guidelines

Fifth District Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy will introduce legislation early next year that would legalize hemp in Idaho.


Brewery told to stop making beer with hemp-derived extract

U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing a specialty beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD, because it lacks the proper permitting.


Oregon marijuana growers turning to hemp as CBD extract explodes

A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet – …


Marijuana growers diversify with hemp amid CBD boom

Applications for state licenses to grow hemp – marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin – have increased more than twentyfold since 2015, and Oregon now ranks No. 2 behind Colorado among the 19 …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 5:11 p.m.

McConnell wants hemp removed from controlled substance list

The U.S. Senate’s top leader wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the list of controlled substances.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

Seattle drops $1,000 Hempfest fine amid evidence questions

Seattle has dropped a $1,000 fine issued to the nonprofit organization that runs Hempfest – the annual summer marijuana celebration.


More hemp-themed weddings hitting the aisle

Every bride-to-be wants her wedding to be special, and trying to incorporate cannabis into the festivities is about as unique as it gets.


UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

Montana hemp farmer can’t irrigate her crops under federal rules

Montana’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program is underway for the first time this year, allowing approved farmers to grow the fibrous plant under oversight from the state Department of Agriculture. However, …


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

New Washington laws legalize industrial hemp, require inspections for marijuana edibles

Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws on marijuana edibles, lock boxes and industrial hemp.


With an eye on veterans, Olympia cannabis activist welcomes Hempfest outpost

Seattle Hempfest organizers are opening an outpost in downtown Olympia with a little help from one of the state’s most visible cannabis activists. Olympia Hempfest Central will have a grand …


Three years into nation’s hemp experiment, crop’s future is hazy

Three years into the nation’s hemp experiment, a 20-acre farm in southern Colorado exemplifies the crop’s hazy potential.


Legislature OKs authorization for growing industrial hemp

The Legislature has passed a bill that would allow licensed growers to produce industrial hemp in Washington as part of a research program.


Oregon considers relaxing hemp cultivation rules

Oregon lawmakers are considering relaxing rules about hemp cultivation.


Hemp could be noxious weed, some farmers worry

OLYMPIA – “Weed” is not an official weed, at least not in Washington. So says the state Noxious Weed Control Board, which recently discussed whether various forms of cannabis, from …


Pot, as it’s defined, stymies prosecutor

OLYMPIA – Prosecutions for growing and trafficking marijuana could grind to a halt in Washington, a result of a glitch in a new law, a lack of equipment at the …


Bill plants the seed for hemp farming

OLYMPIA – The cannabis plant could provide Washington state with two new agricultural crops: one for smoking and one making rope and fabric. Different strains of the plant would be …


Hemp may gain ground in votes only

SEATTLE – Residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado won’t just be considering whether to let adults buy pot at state-sanctioned shops when they vote next month on legalizing and taxing …