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Newsletter – December 16, 2020

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Newsletter – December 16, 2020

Founding Farmer: Ryan Loflin Talks on Hemp

By Steven Hoffman

Known as the first modern-day farmer in the U.S. to harvest an industrial hemp crop after decades of prohibition, Colorado hemp producer Ryan Loflin shares his trailblazing tale

It takes a village. At least it did in the fall of 2013, when, lacking migrant workers who had all left for Texas for the winter, Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin put out a call on social media for his friends to help. In all, about 60 people from six states showed up to assist in the first harvest of an industrial hemp crop in the United States in more than 70 years.

Now, Ryan will be the first to tell you he wasn’t the first to plant industrial hemp. In that, he tips his cap to other hemp trailblazers, including California’s Chris Boucher, and South Dakota tribal leader Alex White Plume, who planted industrial hemp years before him, but whose crops were seized by government authorities before they could be harvested. Thus, Loflin’s status in the hemp community as the first modern-day farmer to harvest a crop of industrial hemp on U.S. soil.

read full article here
Ryan Loflin

Sen. Paul Introduces HEMP Act that Would Raise THC Limit from 0.3% to 1.0%

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on December 15 introduced a bill “to address Kentucky hemp farmers’ concerns with federal overreach and bring clarity, transparency and certainty to regulation” by introducing a bill, the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act of 2020, Senator Paul said in a statement.

The HEMP Act would change the legal definition of hemp to raise the THC limit from 0.3% to 1%. Currently, hemp crops testing above 0.3% are required to be destroyed.

Read Senator Paul's Statement Here
Rand Paul Hemp

Hemp News Spotlight

Texas Agriculture Commissioner: “We Need to Raise the THC Limit” on Hemp
By Chronicle CBD

Massachusetts Governor Agrees to Allow Marijuana Dispensaries to Sell Hemp Derived Products
By The Boston Globe

Michigan Bill to Allow Veterinarians to Discuss CBD with Pet Owners Advances; Awaits Signing by Governor Whitmer
By CBD Insider

DOJ Issues $350,000 Grant to NIST to Develop Testing to Distinguish Hemp and Marijuana
By National Institute of Justice

Molson Coors Launches Non-alcoholic CBD Beverages in the U.S.
By Yahoo Finance

CBD Can Extend Strawberry Shelf Life, Says New Study
By Marijuana Moment

Gut Bacteria Linked to Endocannabinoid Levels and Depression
By New Atlas

Sales in the U.S. for Food & Beverage Products Containing CBD Drop 75% Compared to 2019
By Food Business News

Vital Hemp Launches New E-Commerce Fashion Website
By Vital Hemp

Hemp Represents Investment Opportunity for Climate-friendly Textiles
By Kohan Textile Journal

Hemp Black Brings Unique Technologies, Innovation to Textiles
By Textile World

Blockchain Technology Could Help Drivers Hauling Hemp
By Freight Waves

Cannabis Goes Organic From California to Uruguay
By Bloomberg News

CBD Industry in the U.K. Could Present an Employment Lifeline
By About Manchester

China: Planning a Roadmap to Hemp’s Future
By HempToday


Winter Emerge Virtual Conference, Dec. 15-17, 2020

Winter Hemp Summit Virtual Conference & Networking Event, Powered by We Are for Better Alternatives, January 14, 2021

Midwest iHemp Expo, January 22-23, 2021, Presented by iHemp Michigan

Asian Hemp Summit, Presented by HempToday, January 29-31, 2021, Park Village Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal

Industrial Hemp Summit, Danville, VA, Feb. 22-23, 2021

NoCo Hemp Expo – NoCo7, March 25-27, 2021, National Western Complex, Denver, CO

Southern Hemp Expo, Aug. 20-21, 2021, Nashville, TN

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Submit Public Comment for the Newest Draft of the U.S. Hemp Authority Standard (Version 3.0)
The deadline for submission of comments is December 31st. Go to our website and click on the banner at the top (there is a button that says review), and follow the directions on page one. There is a link to a form we are using to collect the public feedback.

Help Urge Support for H.R. 8179, The Hemp and Hemp-derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2020, U.S. Hemp Roundtable Action Alert
Hemp Supporters, there’s never been a more urgent opportunity to support CBD on Capitol Hill. If passed, H.R. 8179 would ensure that hemp-derived CBD, and other non-intoxicating hemp ingredients, could be lawfully marketed as dietary supplements.

Comment on New York State’s Draft Hemp and CBD Regulations
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is accepting public comments on draft hemp and CBD regulations covering manufacturing, licensing, labeling, testing and inspections for processing and selling hemp extracts of cannabinoids and terpenes, including CBD. The DOH will accept public comments on the new regulations from Nov. 10, 2020 to Jan. 11, 2021 – meaning they could take effect as soon as the first quarter of next year. To comment, email, call 518-473-7488 or visit here for more information.

Complete the NIHC and HIA National Hemp Checkoff Survey
Please take a look at the attached survey, providing education on programs to research hemp, educate about him and promote hemp products nationally and internationally. The potential for a “Hemp Check-off Program” relies on bringing together the industry if there’s enough interest in these programs. Please take 2 minutes and complete the following survey, letting us know if your organization is interested in exploring check-off programs to benefit the hemp economy.

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