Hemp industry thrives amid boom in natural foods

Andrew S. Ross

David Bronner, CEO of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, attends a hemp rally in Washington.
Ten years ago, John Roulac was fighting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration over a banned shipment of hemp seeds he needed for his embryonic health food business in Sebastopol.
This week, Roulac is moving into a 200,000-square-foot building in Point Richmond to accommodate his fast-growing company, Nutiva, which sells hemp-infused protein powder, shakes and seeds, plus non-hemp coconut oil and chia seeds.
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