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Newsletter – January 9, 2020



Newsletter – January 9, 2020

What’s Going On With FDA’s Stance on CBD?

By Bob Hoban, Hoban Law Group

“Ripple in still water, When there is no pebble tossed, Nor wind to blow.” 
– Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

In late November, the FDA released a consumer update on products containing cannabis or cannabis derivatives. It’s unclear to me what the FDA is saying. Do they have studies to indicate that CBD is toxic? Are they using the same argument they used back in 2014, that hemp derivatives are adulterants? Or is it simply a language issue – that because CBD is not on an approved ingredient list, it’s considered an adulterant by default. We need clarity.

Presently, unless the FDA can show otherwise, there are no studies indicating a degree of toxicity to hemp derivatives. In fact, last year, the World Health Organization released a report finding no public health risks for CBD, effectively putting the issue of toxicity to rest.

Three years back, on the heels of the 2014 Farm Bill passing, the FDA labeled hemp derivatives as adulterants, with the exception of hemp seeds or hemp seed oil. There are two reasons the FDA can use to designate hemp derivatives as adulterants.

Learn more about what 2020 will bring for the industrial hemp and CBD industry at the 2nd Annual Winter Hemp Summit, Thursday, January 16, 2020, Boulder, CO. Visit

News Briefs

Is Cannabigerol (CBG) the Next Big Thing?
by Cannalaw Blog

Will Class Action Lawsuits Threaten CBD Industry?
by Stat News

Coach Freddie Hosts iHemp Revolution Podcast
by iHemp Revolution

CO Winter Hemp Summit, Jan. 16, Highlights Regulatory, Market Growth
by Winter Hemp Summit

Headline News

HIA Task Force Aims to Standardize Hemp Sampling, Analysis
by Hemp Industry Daily

Ohio Evolves from Anti-Hemp to Hemp Trendsetter in Matter of Months
by Crain’s Cleveland Business

Senate Stalls on Safe Banking Act for Cannabis-related Businesses
by Fox6 News, Milwaukee, WI

Cannabis Confusion Pushes States to Ban Smokable Hemp
by The Pew Charitable Trusts

KY Hemp Industries Association Delivers Position Paper on USDA and FDA Interim Regulations
by the Lane Report

Biotech Startup to Open Hemp Extraction Lab in Western PA
by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jailed Man Freed After Feds Mistake 3,000 Pounds of Hemp for Marijuana
by The Bellevue News-Democrat

$250K Grant Approved to Bring Hemp Processing Facility to Halifax County, VA
by ABC13 News, Lynchburg, VA

Food, Beverage & Supplements

Nielsen Predicts $2.5 – $2.75 Billion Market for CBD in U.S.
by Inside Radio

Elixinol to Slim Product Line, Focus on U.S., EU
by HempToday

CBD Wars 2020: The Empire Strikes Back
by New Hope IdeaXchange

Coca-Cola Shoots Down CBD-Infused Beverage Rumors
by CBD Insider

Secret Shopper: How Much Hemp CBD Do I Need to Take?
by Natural Foods Merchandiser

SC Dept. of Agriculture Cracking Down on Use of Hemp, CBD in Pet Treats
by WIS News 10

Florida Agriculture Department Now Regulates CBD Products
by Orlando Weekly

Fashion and Fiber

104th Pennsylvania Farm Show Features BMW Automobile Made with Hemp
by WNEP16 ABC News

Sebastopol, CA, Building First in Region to Use Hempcrete
by Northern California Public Radio

Highland Hemp House Featured in Ministry of Hemp Video, Podcast
by Ministry of Hemp

Farming and Agriculture

USDA Issues Update on Importation of Hemp Seeds
by Vote Hemp

Sonoma County, CA, Supervisors Agree to Lift Ban on Commercial Hemp Cultivation
by The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA

PA’s New Hemp Rules May Hurt Early Farmers But Boost the Industry
by The Philadelphia Inquirer

Montana Farmers Union Hosts Hemp Meeting
by KPAX News8, Missoula, MT

EPA Approves Sustainable Biofungicides for Use on Indoor, Outdoor Hemp
by The Davis Enterprise

Successful Farming Magazine: USDA Approves State Hemp Production Plans
by Successful Farming

International News

Hemp Stakeholders Push for Clear Path in Greece
by HempToday

German Retailers Could Face Prison Time for Selling Hemp Tea
by Hemp Industry Daily

Brazil Readies New Cannabis Regulatory Framework; CBD Individual Imports Still Growing
by Marijuana Business Daily


CBD Health Revolution Free Online Webinar, featuring Morris Beegle and Cait Curley, Jan. 13-19, 2020
by CBD Health Revolution

Winter Hemp Summit, Jan. 16, 2020, Boulder, CO
by Colorado Hemp Company

Texas Hemp Convention, Jan. 28-30, 2020, Dallas, TX
by Texas Hemp Convention

Asian Hemp Summit, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020, Kathmandu, Nepal
by Asian Hemp Summit

International Cannabis Business Conference, Feb. 6-7, 2020, San Francisco, CA

World Ag Expo Hemp Innovation Challenge, Feb. 11-13, 2020, Tulare, CA
by World Ag Expo

Natural Products Expo West, March 3-7, 2020, Anaheim, CA
by New Hope Network

NoCo Hemp Expo Expands 2020 Show at National Western Complex in Denver, March 26-28, 2020
by NoCo Hemp Expo

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Let’s Be Blunt with Montel Williams – Interview with Morris Beegle, Hemp Entrepreneur

Emmy Award winning TV personality Montel Williams is one of the nation’s leading advocates for medical cannabis, which he credits for helping manage the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, a disease he was diagnosed with in 1999. Now the host of a leading cannabis lifestyle and interview show, “Let’s Be Blunt,” Montel and his guests explore the intersection of cannabis, activism, health, and wellness. The podcast works to bridge the gap between common cannabis knowledge and in-depth research, while also giving high-profile guests a chance to “be blunt” about their lives, what they’re passionate about, and what they believe in. This episode features Let’s Talk Hemp’s very own Morris Beegle. As producer of NoCo Hemp Expo, Southern Hemp Expo and founder of Tree Free Hemp, Silver Mountain Hemp Guitars and other ventures, Morris shares his insights and perspectives.

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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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