Allowing hemp flower, leaf sales welcome change

Hemp growers in Canada may soon be able to sell the whole plant. Health Canada currently prohibits growers from selling the leaves and flowers of hemp plants. Those parts of the plant can be used to make cannabinoids (CBD), compounds that provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. On Nov. 21, Health Canada announced that […] Read more


Allowing hemp flower, leaf sales a welcome change for growers

Hemp growers in Canada may soon be able to sell the whole plant. Health Canada currently prohibits growers from selling the leaves and flowers of hemp plants. Those parts of the plant can be used to make cannabinoids (CBD), compounds that provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. On Nov. 21, Health Canada announced that […] Read more


Grower fired up over hemp despite U.S. regulations

When Neil Reiten grew hemp this year for the first time on his North Dakota farm, he knew the crop would get his neighbours talking. He also knew it would attract the attention of the U.S. government, specifically the FBI. Reiten and his employees were fingerprinted and put through background checks and FBI officers gave […] Read more



Hemp project includes marketing

North Dakota farmers planted more than 3,000 acres of industrial hemp in 2017 as part of pilot project in the state. The purpose of the project is research, to see if hemp is a viable crop, but those farmers are also allowed to sell the hempseed. That’s because marketing is part of the research mandate, […] Read more


Relaxed rules sought on hemp

Leaders of Canada’s hemp trade have longed talked about ‘whole crop utilization’, or using the seed, fibre, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Till now, hemp processors have struggled to develop an industry around the fibre. Harvesting the flowers or leaves to manufacture medicinal products is illegal in Canada. Charles Holmes is determined to […] Read more



Manitoba hemp processor doubles contracts

After a year of reduced production, hempseed acres are poised to jump substantially this spring. Companies that contract hemp production and industry reps expect seeded acres to top 150,000, which could set a new record. Buyers and processors are contracting more production because demand for hemp is up and the industry has worked through a […] Read more


Reducing gov’t red tape would help industry flourish

We hope that Health Canada’s easing of regulations for hemp production is a sign of things to come from the federal government. Onerous and pointless government regulation is a problem widely noted, from Canada’s auditor general to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. A small example of needless regulation was Health Canada’s control over hemp […] Read more


Ottawa takes steps to deregulate hemp farming

The federal government is easing regulations for testing and cultivation of industrial hemp. Health Canada, in a Notice to Industry document, said it was eliminating testing for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in most varieties of hemp. As well, growers will no longer have to identify fields for planting of hemp, prior to spring […] Read more



Ottawa takes steps to deregulate hemp farming

Yesterday was a “great day” for Canadian hemp growers because the federal government eased regulations for testing and cultivation of industrial hemp. Health Canada, in a Notice to Industry document, said it was eliminating testing for THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in most varieties of hemp. As well, growers will no longer have to […] Read more


Hemp opportunities seen for grower, value-added

The last couple of years have been problematic for Canada’s hemp industry because of an over-production of seed, stagnant acreage growth, the potential of U.S. competition and excessive regulations. Yet, despite the difficulties, many people in the sector remain confident about the future of hemp, a crop that has been legal to grow in Canada […] Read more