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Newsletter – April 7, 2021

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – April 7, 2021

Colorado Rolls Out CHAMP Hemp Blueprint

By Jean Lotus

At the NoCo Hemp Expo in March, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis rolled out the state’s new hemp blueprint, an almost two-year project to boost hemp in Colorado and make the state a leader in the emerging hemp industry.

The Colorado Hemp Advancement & Management Plan (CHAMP) was delayed by the state’s COVID crisis, but was finally released, based on recommendations of 200 stakeholders in the hemp supply chain. The state collected action items from experts in hemp genetics, cultivation, testing, transportation, processing, manufacturing, marketing and banking to push forward the state’s hemp industry.

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Photo: Colorado Department of Agriculture

Southern Hemp Expo is Open for Business: Organizers Announce New Venue, New State, and New Dates

By Heather Collins

Hempsters looking to travel to Nashville, TN for this year’s Third Annual Southern Hemp Expo will need to travel to Raleigh, NC, instead. New this year, the in-person event is relocating from Franklin, TN, to Raleigh, NC, where 250+ exhibitors and thousands of attendees will converge September 2-4, for three full days of conferences, seminars, and workshops at the Raleigh Convention Center.

“We’re extremely grateful for the communities of Nashville and Franklin, TN, where we have held the past two Southern Hemp Expos,” said Morris Beegle, President and Co-founder of We Are For Better Alternatives. “We saw a need for the hemp community to meet safely in-person, and the city of Raleigh expressed interest in fulfilling our goals.”

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Hemp News Spotlight

Today is Charlotte Figi Day! Join Rock the Roc’s Free Online Concert, April 7, Featuring Jason Mraz, Michael Franti and More to Honor Charlotte’s Memory
By Realm of Caring

U.S. Retail Sales of Plant-based Food Sales Up 27% to $7 Billion in 2020
By Plant Based Food Association

Study Shows Impact of Food and Agriculture Sectors on the U.S. Economy
By Meat & Poultry

Congressmen Ask Justice Dept., USDA to Keep DEA in Check over Hemp CBD
By Natural Products Insider

AHPA Publishes Hemp Lexicon to Support Standardization of Terminology
By American Herbal Products Association

New York’s Cannabis Laws Look a Lot Like Colorado’s
By The Times Union

New Mexico Cannabis Legalization Legislation Awaits Governor’s Signature
By Las Cruces Sun News

Texas House Bill 3948 Focuses on Regulation and Production of Consumable Hemp Products
By Ritter Spencer

Alabama Senate Amendment to Criminalize Delta 8 and Delta 10 Opposed by State’s Hemp Industry
By Alabama Political Reporter

Four Hemp Products We Loved at NoCo Hemp Expo
By Cannabis & Tech Today

Texas Takes NoCo Hemp Expo 2021
By Texas Hemp Reporter

Wake & Bake America Podcast Hosts Discuss Trip to NoCo Hemp Expo
By Wake & Bake America

NoCo Hemp Expo Official Show Program Guide Available for Free Digital Download
By Let’s Talk Hemp

Hemp Extract Brand Synchronicity Signs $2.5 Million Athletic Sponsor Deal with University of Colorado
By Buff Zone

Online Natural Retailer Thrive Market Aims to Be World’s First Climate-Positive Grocer
By Progressive Grocer

Pepsico Unveils Rockstar Energy + Hemp Beverage in Germany
By Just Drinks

Patagonia’s Bring Hemp Home Film Short Features Colorado Farmers Shanan Wright and Dion Oakes
By Patagonia

Anything but CBD – the Real Opportunity in Hemp
By Nutra Ingredients-USA

Dad Grass Smokable CBD Brand Founders Interviewed in Flaunt Magazine
By Flaunt Magazine

Hemp Bricks an Immediate Solution to Native American Housing Crisis
By HempBuild Magazine

Hemp Fiber, Building Materials and the Environment
By Cannabis Business Africa


Missed the Let’s Talk Hemp Conferences at NoCo7? Purchase the ultimate Virtual Conference Experience including the Let’s Talk Hemp Business Conference, Investor Forum and Farm Symposium and review content on demand until July 22, 2021

NoCo Hemp Expo Virtual

Kentucky Hemp Association Spring Virtual Conference, April 8-9, 2021

NJ Cannabis Insider Virtual Networking Event: Discussion on Home Grow and Hemp, April 13, 2021

Advancing Hemp: Gary Reding Teaches Hemp Farming Systems, May 20, 2021, Presented by Acres USA

Southern Atlantic Hemp & Arts Expo (SAHAE) and AsheJam, June 25-27, Asheville, NC, produced by Southern Atlantic Hemp Inc.

Latin Hemp CBD Cannabis Conference, Aug 4-6, 2021, San Jose, Costa Rica

Southern Hemp Expo, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, Sept. 2-4, 2021

Natural Products Expo East, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 22-25, 2021

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Support H.R. 841, The Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act
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.

Urge Your Members of Congress to Support Our Troops’ Access to CBD
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.

Sign the 1% Hemp Petition
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.

Fix, Marry or Kill? Hemp Needs Your Help in HI, MA, MN and MO
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.

Let’s Bring Industrial Hemp to Farm Aid
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.

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Canada has been at the forefront of hemp foods since the late 1990’s and there is no sign of our friends to the north slowing down anytime soon.  Today, Canada has legal recreational and medical cannabis in addition to being a leading global producer of industrial hemp.  In this episode of Volume Up, host Morris Beegle is joined by co-host Anndrea Hermann of Hemp Production Services along with Ruth Shamai, founder of Ruth’s Hemp Foods, and Mike Fata, founder of Manitoba Harvest, as they revisit the early days of hemp becoming legal and the Rise of the Canadian Hemp Industry.

Have You Joined Leafwire Yet?

If you’re not a member of Leafwire yet, you should definitely check out the largest business network in the cannabis industry, with more than 40,000 members. Members include growers, budtenders, accountants, lawyers, CBD companies, equipment manufacturers, investors and more. Leafwire is for anyone who works in the cannabis industry, and also features a job board with 1,100 open cannabis and hemp jobs. Leafwire is designed to be a LinkedIn-style business network where the cannabis Industry can share news, promote events, find new jobs, find investors and simply network with their peers. Leafwire is 100% dedicated to the Cannabis and Hemp industries and the perfect place to post and share information about your company, new product launches or other related news. We’ll see you on Leafwire!

About Let’s Talk Hemp

Let’s Talk Hemp is a publication of Colorado Hemp Company (a division of We Are For Better Alternatives) focused specifically on the subject of industrial hemp and cannabis. We present features and curate news from across the globe to share the benefits of cannabis on health, energy, manufacturing and planet (H.E.M.P.). Colorado Hemp Company also is the Producer of NoCo Hemp Expo and Southern Hemp Expo, the nation’s leading hemp conferences and expositions.

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