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Newsletter – January 6, 2021

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – January 6, 2021

Hemp and Tribal Economic Development: Hemp Is the Way to Reclaim Our Past, While Supporting a Sustainable Future

By Muriel Young Bear

Do you remember the first time you realized the power of the Cannabis plant? Some of us have had a longer relationship than others, but today we are facing a much different world. Some of you may recognize me from social media, but I want to share some details that you may not have heard before. This all started in 2017, when a curious graduate student went on a journey to meet some incredible people and became a business leader working toward a green revolution. I also want to introduce you to others who empowered me, because I did not do this alone.

My Meskwaki name is Mek wiid (Mequish) or “Bear head”. I am a member of the Meskwaki Tribe in Tama, Iowa, and owner of Bear Cub Consulting. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Business at Haskell Indian Nations University, with experience primarily in Tribal Economic development and entrepreneurship. I have been a passionate Industrial hemp advocate, working in education, legislation, cultivation over the past four years. As a business student, I realized the economic opportunities but as an indigenous woman, I was instantly drawn to the environmental and sustainable aspects of Hemp.

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Muriel Young Bear, a member of the Meskwaki Tribe in Tama, Iowa, is pictured wearing a hemp twine bag. This is recreated from Tribal artifacts found at the Iowa History Museum. Twine Bags are traditional to the Woodland Tribes in the Great Lakes area.  

USDA Asked to Crackdown on Misrepresentation in Organic Marketing Case Study: CBD Products and the “Wild West” of Fraudulent Labels

By Mark Kastel, Director, OrganicEye

Since Congress charged the USDA with protecting organic stakeholders from fraudulent practices, illegal organic marketing claims have been the most common violations reported to the agency. Our most recent report at OrganicEye examines the rapidly expanding CBD market, uncovering numerous examples of gross violations flying under the radar screen.

In Spotting the Hackers of Hemp: The Value of Authentic Certified Organic CBD Products, we offer examples of companies claiming organic status without going through the rigorous third-party inspection and auditing process required by federal law. As with certified organic food, organic CBD eliminates the risks and hazards of environmentally dangerous farming practices, including use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, sewage sludge, and GMOs. Organics also shuns toxic ingredients and processing substances and practices, like volatile solvent extractions.

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Hoban Law Group Announces Plans to Serve as Presenting Sponsor of 3rd Annual Winter Hemp Summit, January 14, 2021

The Hoban Law Group is pleased to announce its plans to serve as the presenting sponsor of the 3rd Annual Winter Hemp Summit Virtual Conference & Networking Event, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday, January 14, 2021. Powered by NoCo Hemp Expo and Let’s Talk Hemp, the Winter Hemp Summit is a marquee event for the hemp community to stay informed and plan for the future.

Continuing the tradition of thought leadership, the legal firm is partnering with event producers We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA) and Colorado Hemp Company for a power-packed day full of discussions on ways to advance the industry, including expert advice, insight, tips, and trends. “We are very excited for the 2021 Winter Hemp Summit to explore the most recent industry developments in-depth,” says Bob Hoban, President, and Founder, Hoban Law Group.

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Hemp News Spotlight

Cannabis Stocks Soar Following Georgia Run-off Elections

2020 Hemp Hindsight — the Highs and Lows of a Remarkable Year
By U.S. Hemp Roundtable

CBD and Supplement Predictions for 2021: Is Flat the New Up?
By New Hope Network

Michigan Governor Signs Law Allowing Veterinarians to Talk About CBD
By HempGazette

Pennsylvania Students Learn About Hemp in STEM Program at 2021 Farm Show
By PA Media

cbdMD announces January 2021 as National CBD Month
By National Day Calendar

Supermodel Kathy Ireland on Her CBD Brand: “The Powers of CBD Cannot Be Ignored”
By Benzinga

In California, a Push to Allow CBD in Food Resumes
By Cannabis Wire

U.S. Dept. of Defense Warns: Use of CBD Products Can Result in Separation from Service
By Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Humboldt County Planning Commission Considers Permanent Ban on Industrial Hemp
By The Times Standard, Eureka, CA

Hemp Plastics Maker Sana Packaging Releases Cannabis Industry’s First Reclaimed Ocean Plastic Jars
By Yahoo Finance

Former Tobacco Exec Pitches Hemp Cigarettes to Curb Nicotine Addiction
By The Columbus Dispatch

Seed Money: Employing an Ancient Human Technology to Reinvigorate Agricultural Biodiversity
By Medium

The Push to Get Florida’s Hemp Textile Industry Going
By The Tallahassee Democrat

Farmers Challenged in Race to Build Maine’s Hemp Market
By The Portland Press Herald

Colorado Hemp Farmer Earns USDA Organic Certification
By BizWest

Pakistan Government Optimistic about Hemp Production
By Deutsche Welle


Industrial Hemp Workshop, Presented by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the University of Missouri Extension, USDA and Lincoln University, Jan. 11-15, 2021

Cannabiziac Hemp Happy Hour Virtual Event, January 13, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 pm EST

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

Labeling & Marketing Claims: Fireside Chat, January 20, 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

Preparing for FDA Inspections: Fireside Chat, February 12, 2021

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.

NoCo Hemp Expo - Denver, Colorado

Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars

Hemp Opportunity Report

Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4 Coming Soon!

Tune in January 21st for the Season 4 kickoff of the Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast. Volume Up with Morris Beegle is a bi-weekly show that will feature a rotating guest co-host along with multiple hemp industry leaders from North America and around the globe. From policy and legislation conversations to discussing all the amazing products that can be created from the hemp plant, Volume Up is an entertaining and engaging perspective on the current state of the hemp industry.
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#LetsTalkHemp is the ultimate platform that focuses on “Changing the Cannabis Conversation”. We provide news, education, and information about Hemp and Cannabis to our viewers so that they can learn more about the industry and get tips and tricks on the latest technologies. Subscribe to our channel and learn about everything from legal updates, farming, production, and new products entering the Hemp & Cannabis space.

The Future of Hemp | How to Start a Hemp Business

The possibilities of hemp are truly endless. Hemp can be used to produce building materials, fuel, fabric, and more!  Morris Beegle joins to discuss the future of hemp and how you can get started on your hemp business.

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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