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Newsletter – August 18, 2021


Newsletter – August 18, 2021

FDA Objects to CBD Being Sold as a Dietary Supplement; Industry Leaders Speak Out

By Steven Hoffman

FDA’s recent decision to reject New Dietary Ingredient applications for full-spectrum CBD from Charlotte’s Web and Irwin Naturals casts a cloud of market uncertainty; passage of Congressional legislation is only option, say industry leaders

Despite months of diligent communications with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the submission of volumes of data demonstrating the safety and efficacy of full-spectrum, hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), FDA in a letter posted on August 10 rejected two New Dietary Ingredient notification (NDI or NDIN) applications for CBD submitted by pioneering CBD brand Charlotte’s Web and leading natural supplement brand Irwin Naturals.

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EarthX Acknowledges the Promise of Hemp

By Jean Lotus

A Dallas-based global environmental nonprofit is expanding after its first decade, and industrial hemp is playing a role in the vision of a more regenerative future, the founder says.

EarthX prides itself in being a platform for advocating a variety of solutions to solve our immediate environmental challenges.  

“I am intrigued by the possibilities hemp can offer in the arena of sustainability and look forward to learning more about what some call ‘the miracle tree,’” Trammell S. Crow, founder of EarthX told Let’s Talk Hemp.

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EarthX founder Trammell Crow speaks at the Dallas conference. Photo courtesy of EarthX.

Hemp News Spotlight

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Emerging as Hemp, Cannabis Power Couple
By High Times

Popular Colorado CBD Brand Bluebird Botanicals Acquires Precision Botanical of Oregon
By Green Market Report

Hemp-focused Elixinol Wellness Delivers Best EBITDA and Earnings Since First Half of 2019
By Proactive Investors

Tilray Bets on Federal Cannabis Legalization in the U.S. with Acquisition of Retail Chain MedMen

Woman-owned Tennessee Company Launches Sustainable Tampons Made from Hemp
By The Nashville Tennessean

Honeysuckle Magazine Lights Up Times Square with First Nations, Women and Organics for National CBD Day
By Honeysuckle Magazine

Ozric Tentacles Founder Ed Wynne Recalls Printing Prog Rock Band’s 1993 CD on Hemp Paper
By Louder Sound

High Praise: Willie Nelson Endorses Colorado’s Newly Approved Hemp Plan
By Mix 104.3 FM

Idaho-based Hemp Hop Beverage Company Launches Functional Relaxation Drink

Court Rules Smokeable Hemp Can Be Sold in Texas, as Long as It’s Not Produced Inside the State
By The San Antonio Current

Noted Hemp Attorney Jonathan Miller Debuts New Podcast, Hemp Legally Speaking
By Hemp Legally Speaking

The “THC in Milligrams” Limit: A New Approach to Regulating Hemp Products
By Above the Law

Why Hemp Could Be the Next Big Thing in Sustainable Fashion
By Greener Ideal

Historic Water Cuts Mandated for the Colorado River; West States Request Federal Funding to Aid Farmers

Marijuana Has Never Been More Popular, and its Carbon Emissions Have Never Posed a Bigger Threat to the Climate
By Politico

Exposure to Mix of Pesticides Used in Agriculture Is Killing Way More Bees than We Realized
By Science Alert

New Colorado Bill Aims to Reduce the Risks of Cross-Pollination of Hemp and Cannabis
By Cannabis Tech

University-led Research Shows Promising Future for Hemp in New Mexico
By The El Paso Herald-Post

Hemp Grower Offers State-by-State Guide to Hemp Cultivation and Processing Fees
By Hemp Grower

U.K.’s Good Hemp is Britain’s First and Biggest Hemp Milk Producer
By The Guardian


Colorado Hemp Association Membership Drive, Aug. 22, 2021, Denver, CO; Happy Hour Begins at 4:30pm; Presentations Begin at 6:00pm

Texas Hemp Row-Crop Field Day, Hosted by the Texas Hemp Growers Association, Aug. 26, 2021, Meadow, TX

Rocky Mountain Industrial Hemp Summit, August 28, 2021, Longmont, CO

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

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

Southwest Colorado Tribal Hemp Symposium, Oct. 4-5, 2021, Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, CO

The Jack Herer 2nd Annual Golf Tournament, October 8, 2021, Littleton, CO

Conversations in Cabo II for Hemp & Cannabis, Produced by Colorado Hemp Company and Powered by We Are for Better Alternatives (WAFBA), Nov. 5-6, 2021, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Support the “Regulate CBD Now” Campaign
As we enter the last two weeks of Congress in session, U.S. Hemp Roundtable is encouraging hemp industry leaders to do a social push to promote the new website and campaign. USHR is asking industry members to share the following text and link on your company Twitter and LinkedIn accounts sometime (or multiple times) starting now (7/20) through Friday, July 30:

Tell Congress to #RegulateCBDnow! Visit and use the online portal to take action today by contacting your members of Congress urging them to support critical legislation that would regulate #CBD as a dietary supplement and/or food and beverage additive! 

Also feel free to share and promote the Regulate CBD Now Press Conference held during our Summer 2021 meeting in Denver. Here is ashort clip for social media and the YouTube link.

Contact Alyssa Erickson at USHR, for more info.

Save Ti & His 329 Rights
If you or a loved one are a medical cannabis patient, this affects you. Ti is an autistic 15 year old who was abruptly removed from his mother/medical caregiver on June 3, 2021 by Child Welfare Services in Hawaii. This GoFundMe has been set up to pay for his legal fees needed to promptly dismiss the CWS case and enforce their civil and medical rights to have access to his medical professionals to participate in providing for his medical needs. Any donation no matter how big or small means we are that much closer to getting Ti back.

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.

Urge Support for AB 45 and SB 235 in California
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.

Support S. 1698, The Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act
S. 1698, The Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act, which would establish a legal and regulatory pathway for the sale of hemp-derived extract products such as CBD as dietary supplements and food and beverage additives., needs your support. We applaud Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for sponsoring this bill ,which will help stabilize hemp markets, open a promising economic opportunity for U.S. farmers, and protect consumers by requiring hemp extract product manufacturers to comply with the entire existing comprehensive regulatory framework for ingestible products. Urge your Senators to support S. 1698 – visit this form letter at

Move Forward with Mandi Kerr
Featuring Special Guest Morris Beegle

Join Mandi Kerr & Morris Beegle, Co-founder and President of the We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA) family of brands on this episode of Moving ^HEMP Forward.

Morris Beegle is Co-founder and President of the We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA) family of brands. His background includes 25+ years in the music and entertainment industries. He has spent the last 10 years working in the hemp industry producing events and tradeshows, creating several product brands along with a multimedia and education platform. Beegle organizes the NoCo Hemp Expo and the Southern Hemp Expo, along with The Winter Hemp Summit, Hawaii Hemp Conference, and the Experience Hemp Virtual Series that emerged at the front end of the Covid pandemic. In addition to events, he has a hemp paper and printing company at and a hemp guitar and amp company at Beegle also appears at trade shows and conferences around the world, on radio programs and webinars, and hosts the Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast @

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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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