Future of Delta-8 Uncertain in U.S. CBD Industry
By Jean Lotus
More states are cracking down on quasi-legal delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), leaving the CBD industry in uncertainty about the future of hemp-derived THC analogs.
In the past year, CBD sellers have made a cottage industry adding delta-8 to everything from gummies to chocolate to tinctures and spraying the compound on smokable hemp flower.
Canadian Company Plans ‘Showcase’ Hemp Homes Community in Northwestern Colorado
By Jean Lotus
A publicly traded Canadian hemp company plans to build communities of 50 -100 modestly priced hemp homes in northwestern Colorado per year, with two demonstration homes being built this year, the company spokesman said.
Vancouver-based Global Hemp Group CSE: (GHG / OTC: GBHPF / FRANKFURT: GHG) announced Monday that they had acquired Steamboat Springs, CO-based Western Sierra Resource Group as part of a debt facility partnership which will take advantage of more than $40 million in water resource rights in the high mountains.
Hemp News Spotlight
Sen. Rand Paul: The Fight for the HEMP Act to Raise THC limit in Hemp to 1% Continues
By The Ledger Independent
USDA Teams Up with Illinois Company to Research Hemp in Personal Care Products with the Goal of Expanding Markets for Hemp Seed Oil
By USDA Agricultural Research Service
2021 Phytocannabinoids Market Update: Troubleshooting & Trendspotting
By Whole Foods Magazine
Hoban Law Group: Cannabinoids 101
By The Hoban Law Group
Smokable Hemp Is Still Legal in Texas — For Now
By The Dallas Observer
U.S. Southwest Farmers Gather to Build Hemp-based Emergency Sleeper Cabins
By Jean Lotus, Let’s Talk Hemp
State of Massachusetts Opens Up More than 70,000 Acres of Protected Farmland for Cannabis, Hemp Production
By The Worcester Business Journal
Texas A&M University Debuts “First Tuesday” Hemp Zoom Updates
By AgriLife Today
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In September 2020, U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced the Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act – a bill which would provide a clear legal pathway for the sale of hemp extracts like CBD, while ensuring that products must comply with the rigorous regulatory framework existing for dietary supplements. The bill garnered broad bi-partisan support. On Feb. 7, 2021, Reps. Schrader and Griffith and 17 of their colleagues reintroduced the bill as H.R. 841. Support passage of the bill here.
On July 20, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to allow service members to use products containing hemp, including CBD. Unfortunately, the amendment was not included in the Senate’s version of the NDAA, which passed on July 23, and was not included in the final bill. However, as a new Congress meets this year, they are hoping for another hearing. Learn more.
The 2018 Farm Bill authorized hemp production but used an outdated definition of hemp that does not work for farmers or the hemp industry. The current definition limiting hemp to 0.3% THC has proven unworkable, forcing many farmers to destroy their crops. Congress must change the definition of hemp to allow up to 1% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) so that farmers can grow hemp without fearing that they will later have to destroy them. Add your name to the Vote Hemp petition urging Congress to redefine hemp as up to 1% THC.
The U.S. Hemp Roundtable has identified bills that need the hemp industry’s attention in key states including Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Missouri. Click here to learn more and take action.
In 1985, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp decided to put on a concert for America’s family farmers who were in dire need of assistance. They raised over $7 million in that first year and Farm Aid have been helping to support America’s family farmers ever since. We’re asking you to join us in asking Farm Aid to make industrial hemp a focus of this year’s event and into the future. Sign the petition here.
AB 45 and SB 235 are the California state Assembly and Senate versions of a bill that would allow the distribution and sale of hemp-derived CBD as a food, beverage, and dietary supplement, and make clear that a product is not adulterated or misbranded due to the inclusion of hemp. These are high-priority bills that have been near passage in California since 2019. If signed into law, AB 45 and SB 235 will open an important retail market for CBD consumers. Take action here.
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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 7
Available on April 29, 2021
Hawaii has been known for popular cannabis strains including Maui Waui and Kaua’i Electric for decades, but what about hemp on the islands today? It’s complicated to say the least, and the regulatory structure has left Hawaii farmers struggling to compete with farmers on the mainland. In this episode I sat down with Ray Maki, owner of Hawaii Nexus Hemp Farms, and his associate Jason Fried, to discuss the current landscape of hemp in Hawaii.
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