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The Farm Bill compromise allows nationwide hemp production for any use — including CBD. The bill may pass before Christmas.


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A long-awaited end to five decades of hemp prohibition has been approved by a House-Senate panel, opening the door to hemp production in all 50 states for any use — including CBD.

The measure is included in the 2018 Farm Bill, which still must pass both houses of Congress before work is concluded ahead of Christmas and all pending legislation dies.

“It’s long overdue. It’s very welcome,” said Jon Brandon, co-CEO of Foria, a Colorado and California company that manufactures THC- and CBD-infused sexual health topicals such as lubricants.

“You see CBD everywhere now, and that’s with all the challenges we’d have getting payment processing, financial services, advertising, all of it,” he said. “You have to just imagine where CBD is going to go when those constraints go away.”

Related: How to Start and Market Your CBD Company

What the Bill Says

In addition to lifting restrictions on advertising, marketing, banking and other financial services, the passage of the measure would:

  • Allow hemp production in all 50 states for any use, including flower production and CBD or other cannabinoid extraction. States will have the option to submit their own plans to regulate hemp.
  • Allow interstate commerce for hemp and hemp-derived CBD.
  • Give the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the job of overseeing hemp production, with direction to come up with rules “as expeditiously as practicable.”
  • Legalize hemp production in U.S. territories and on Indian tribal land – which was not included under the 2014 Farm Bill
  • Give the industry access to federally backed farm support programs, including crop insurance, federal water access and low-interest loans for new farmers.
  • Allow hemp producers to “bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill “temporary agricultural jobs.
  • Remove barriers to getting intellectual property protections under federal law, such as patents and trademarks.
  • Set a 10-year ban under which state or federal drug felons cannot participate in the hemp program, except for people already growing hemp under a state pilot project (as established by the 2014 Farm Bill).
  • Require the USDA to consult with the U.S. attorney general on the hemp rules.

The bill also states that licensed hemp producers who grow cannabis plants that exceed the THC limitation of 0.3 percent will not be guilty of a drug crime but instead must submit a plan to correct the “hot” hemp.

Related: The U.S. Senate Voted to Legalize Hemp. And Hemp Won.

A Christmas Miracle?

Hemp entrepreneurs have been intensely anticipating the changes, based in large part on support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican.

The Farm Bill must still make its way through both houses of Congress and to President Donald Trump’s desk before the current session concludes Dec. 21.

It’s a tight timeline, especially considering that Congress must address a larger spending measure to avoid a government shutdown, a measure that is far more controversial because it could include money to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Still, hemp entrepreneurs are cheering the compromise Farm Bill release as a watershed moment for the entire cannabis industry.

“As a small business this is incredibly exciting,” said Robert Leaker of Vitality CBD Natural Health Products, a Montana hemp producer and manufacturer that is thought to be the nation’s single largest hemp producer, with 20,000 acres grown this year.

Leaker’s company recently announced a plan to go public in Canada via a reverse takeover, a common route for U.S. cannabis producers to trade on a public stock exchange.

The Farm Bill passage would end the need for U.S. hemp companies to list in Canada, instead allowing them to directly access U.S. exchanges such as the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange.

“We see access to capital, as well as access to large potential buyers of CBD, to be all opening up because of this,” Leaker said.

“Until it’s federally recognized that CBD is not a Schedule 1 drug, it’s very difficult for banks and investment capital to come into this space.”

Related: Hemp Clears Legislative Hurdle and Is Poised to Be Legalized


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At least, President Trump and the U.S. agreed to hold off for another three months before raising tariff rates.


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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.


The stock market cheered the 90-day truce in trade hostilities agreed to by the U.S. and China over the weekend.

It wasn’t a full-blown deal at the G20 economic summit between the two largest global economies, but the U.S. did agree to postpone tariff rate hikes for three months while negotiators try to hammer out an agreement.

Stock prices rose broadly across all market segments with the Dow and S&P 500 indexes up 1.13 percent and 1.09 percent respectively, while the technology heavy Nasdaq composite index rose 1.51 percent. The Entrepreneur Index™ was up 2.02 percent with only nine of 60 stocks falling on the day.

Stocks with significant exposure to China were among the biggest gainers on the index today. Wynn Resorts, for example, was up 9.5 percent, the biggest gain on the index. The trade war truce helped, but solid November gambling revenues in Macau drove the stock higher today. It appears that slowing growth in China and financial market volatility is not crimping Chinese highrollers’ penchant for gambling. Wynn operates three casinos in Macau.

Estee Lauder Companies Inc. was also up sharply, rising 7.0 percent. The high-end cosmetics maker crushed Wall Street estimates for third quarter earnings at the end of October, in large part because of a 24 percent jump Asia-Pacific sales.

Clothing-makers posted good gains on the day. Gap Inc. was up 3.26 percent, L Brands rose 3.78 percent and Ralph Lauren Corp. gained 3.18 percent. Under Armour Inc. was up a more modest 0.9 percent today, but it did set a 52 week high.

The price of oil rallied 4.3 percent today on the trade news. The market is also expecting OPEC members to agree to significant cuts in production at their meeting in Vienna on Thursday. Oil and gas producer Hess Corp., which is down nearly 25 percent since the beginning of October, was up 4.75 percent.

The technology sector posted strong gains today. Twitter led the pack, rising 7.03 percent and recovering the ground it lost last week. The stock was down sharply on Thursday for no apparent reason. It turns out a conservative backlash against the social media network may have driven the stock down briefly. Conservatives believe Twitter is not providing an open platform for conservative voices.

Amazon (4.86 percent) and NVIDIA Corp (4.04 percent) also had strong gains on the day.

Truck manufacturer PACCAR inc. had the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur Index™ today, falling 1.78 percent. Only two of the other eight stocks that fell today were down more than one percent. J.M. Smucker Company was down 1.2 percent, while Jefferies Financial Group was off 1.05 percent.

The Entrepreneur Index™ collects the top 60 publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit is a valuable asset for any business, and this index recognizes its importance, no matter how much a company has grown. These inspirational businesses can be tracked in real time on Entrepreneur.com.


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