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Pew Trusts: Hemp cannabidiol products may be natural, but does that mean they are safe?

By Sophie Quinton Pew Charitable Trusts At a recent conference Denver, city and Colorado public health officials recounted their scariest hemp CBD manufacturing stories to a packed hotel ballroom. There was the woman who was making hemp oil in her kitchen crockpot and selling it online. The manufacturing facility with no sinks for workers to wash their hands. The facility where dogs ran underfoot....

Ballard County hemp processor AerosourceH plans $2.8 million expansion after first year in business

As Kentucky’s hemp industry forges ahead, industrial hemp processor AerosourceH LLC has announced a $2.8-million expansion at the company’s Ballard County facility, a move expected to create 14 full-time jobs. The company, which produces cannabidiol (CBD) isolate and water-soluble nano emulsified CBD for the wholesale market, held an open house today to introduce itself to the community and celebrate...

Pew Trusts: This extract Is driving a hemp gold rush in states like Kentucky, but Issues of legality remain

By Sophie Quinton Pew Charitable Trusts In a few months, Dani Fontaine Billings will plant 80 acres of hemp at her farm in Longmont, Colorado, out behind a clapboard farmhouse with views of the Rocky Mountains. Some of the plants will grow tall, like bamboo, and yield grain and fiber for textiles and other industrial products. Others will look and smell like marijuana and yield a cannabis compound....