EcoGen Biosciences Expands on Colorado’s Western Slope, Shares Future Growth Plans
By Heather Collins
To say the past year was busy for hemp industry veteran Garrett Bain, President of Grand Junction-based EcoGen Biosciences, would be an understatement.
Last summer, Bain took the top job at EcoGen Biosciences, a leading hemp and CBD manufacturer, after joining California-based Kadenwood LLC and helping to complete the acquisition of EcoGen Labs in August of 2020. Additionally, he was instrumental in transitioning the company to EcoGen Bioscences and restructuring the business into a more efficient footprint on the western slope of Colorado.
U.S. Hemp Authority Updates Industry Standards
By Jean Lotus
The U.S. Hemp Authority announced this week it has released Certification Standard 3.0 for food and topical uses of CBD and hemp products, an update of an earlier standard released in 2019.
The standards apply to CBD/hemp edibles and topicals including food, dietary supplements, personal care products, pet supplements and products based on hemp fiber.
The certification process, derived from “lessons learned” and “significant public input,” is meant as an industry guideline to provide high standards, best practices and self-regulation, the Lexington, KY, based organization said.
In Memoriam: Hemp Industry Mourns Passing of Hemp Building Pioneer Dion Markgraaff
By Jean Lotus
The hemp industry is mourning the death of Dion Markgraaff, 51, a pioneer in the cannabis industry and hemp building.
On Tuesday afternoon, Andre Markgraaff reported on Facebook that Dion had passed away in his sleep on Sunday.
“I am stunned. His energy was undeniable and I will miss him,” posted Jacob Waddell, president of the U.S. Hemp Building Association.
Hemp News Spotlight
8 Out of 10 Farmers and Processors Support Industry Checkoff Program for Research, Promotion and Consumer Education
By Hemp Industries Association and National Industrial Hemp Council
Minnesota Researchers: High-CBD Hemp Plants Have a Mostly Marijuana Genome
By University of Minnesota News and Events
Hemp-derived CBD Oversupply Has Farmers Reevaluating 2021 Strategy
By Natural Products Insider
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Former Congressman Jared Polis was for hemp before hemp was cool. Now that Polis is the Governor of Colorado, he has another opportunity to boost the hemp industry. In January 2021, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued proposed industrial hemp regulations intended to improve the regulatory framework for hemp products such as CBD. We applaud the agency’s efforts to promote a strong regulatory regime, however, several aspects of the proposed regulations could add burdens to hemp farmers and companies, without providing added value protection to consumers. Click here to learn more and take action.
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 for hemp farmers and businesses. On Feb. 7, 2021, Reps. Schrader and Griffith and 17 of their colleagues reintroduced the bill as H.R. 841. Support the passage of this bill by lending your voice 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.
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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 3
Available on February 18, 2021
From the elation of 2018, when hemp was first legalized in the U.S. after 80 years of prohibition, to an uncertain market in 2020, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, the hemp industry’s road to success has been rocky. However, with recent legislative and regulatory developments in Congress, USDA and FDA, along with groundbreaking rulings in the EU and the United Nations, 2021 holds promise for those who continue to dedicate themselves to all things hemp. In this episode of Volume Up, host Morris Beegle and co-host Josh Hendrix of Driftless Extracts interview Patrick Atagi of the National Industrial Hemp Council and Jonathan Miller of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable for a 2021 Hemp Regulation and Legislative Forecast to help you chart a course for the road ahead.
Available on February 4, 2021, on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartMedia and LetsTalkHemp.com.
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