News & Updates

Minnesota Hemp Association at FarmFest

AM890 AgNews

Aug. 8, 2019

Listen to an interview live from FarmFest with MN Hemp Association representative Zach Robins.

The hemp and CBD industry is growing in Minnesota but still sees challenges, proponents say

KEYC Mankato

Jul. 8, 2019

“The biggest thing is that it’s a steep learning curve. Farmers should enter the industry with their eyes wide open. There is a lot to learn as far as infrastructure, and especially if you’re growing for CBD flower, that being a consumable product, needs to have organic growing practices," said Sara Kietzer, a member of the Minnesota Hemp Association and owner of Journey Organics.

Is Everyone Taking CBD?

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Jun. 27, 2019

CBD should be nonaddictive and doesn’t carry a laundry list of side effects. So it’s an attractive route for people wary of opioids and some other conventional pharmaceuticals, according to Minnesota Hemp Association founder and Nothing But Hemp shop owner Steven Brown.

Hemp -- and hope -- sprouts in Minnesota fields

Pioneer Press

Jun. 16, 2019

The benefits of the state’s newest commodity, said [Zach] Robins [of the Minnesota Hemp Association], will cascade from farming to processing to manufacturing to retail sales. “This wonderful crop has an infinite number of applications,” he said. “It’s a very lucrative crop — at least, for now.”

Minnesota to see first CBD, hemp regulations in budget bill

MPR News

May 30, 2019

Attorney Zachary Robins of the Minnesota Hemp Association said the [proposed CBD labeling] language lacks clarity.

Major U.S. retailers have high hopes for CBD sales in oils, creams and gummies

Star Tribune

May 18, 2019

“It’s natural health,” [Minnesota Hemp Association co-founder Steven Brown] said. “That’s why we’re fighting hard at the Capitol to allow the public to have choices make a choice to take these good products. We have people who no longer have anxiety, no migraines, no back pain. It really works.”

While Retail Pharmacies Add CBD, This Hemp Retailer in Minnesota is Making a Name for Itself in the Metro


Apr. 18, 2019

Steven Brown, the CEO of Nothing But Hemp & Founder of the Minnesota Hemp Association, has consulted for top-tier dispensaries out West and is now bringing his knowledge to the Twin Cities, where he resides.

Hemp farmers, retailers pounce on market for CBD products

MPR News

Mar. 29, 2019

"Minneapolis is a forward-thinking city, and yes, CBD is part of that forward-thinking vision," [Minneapolis Mayor Jacob]Frey said. The Minnesota Hemp Association reports there are at least five companies operating stores that only sell hemp and CBD products in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota's new untested miracle drug: What CBD can do for you (maybe)


Mar. 19, 2019

Brown has teamed up with hemp farmers, processors, and advocates to form the Minnesota Hemp Association. The group, now in its infancy, has an ambitious mission: tighten regulation, enforcement, and consumer protection, while also educating consumers, law enforcement, and lawmakers about CBD.