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Newsletter – July 7, 2021

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – July 7, 2021

Cross-Pollination Laws Hammered Out for Marijuana and Hemp

By Jean Lotus

The state of Colorado is taking steps to deal with cross-pollination of cannabis plants in a way that may provide a roadmap for the emerging industrial hemp and marijuana industries going forward.

A new cannabis bill, signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis in June, aims to address the problems of pollen drift which can interfere with the final production of both crops. A new working group, convening in November for seven months, will come up with recommendations to curb pollen spread among cannabis plants. The recommendations have the potential to provide a blueprint for hemp and cannabis growers nationwide.

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A cannabinoid hemp field grows near Pueblo, CO. Photo by Jean Lotus

Ojai Energetics Cracks the Code with Water-Soluble CBD

By Heather Collins 

When Will Kleidon, the CEO and Founder of Ojai Energetics, first started his California-based CBD company, he was on the hunt for a CBD oil made without chemicals or unnecessary ingredients. 

“I was working on a senior class project based on the science of essential oils and terpenes. Ultimately, I wanted a CBD product that was clean and contained zero synthetic fillers and heavy metals. I was unable to find one, so I created my own,” explains Kleidon. “Today, the possibilities are endless, as we have secured intellectual properties and patents to advance our technology in hemp.”

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Will Kleidon, CEO and Founder, Ojai Energetics

Hemp News Spotlight

Hemp and CBD Measures Advance in Congressional Spending Bills; Lawmakers Take Issue with 0.3% THC Cap
By Marijuana Moment

Hemp Advocates Say Recent FDA Communiqué Makes Need for Legislation More Pressing
By Food Navigator-USA

Petition Calls for Olympic Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson to Be Reinstated after Testing Positive for Marijuana
By ABC4 News, Salt Lake, UT

Three Predictions for Cannabis and Hemp in 2021
By Green Entrepreneur

America’s Hemp-based CBD Industry Poised for Heightened M&A Activity
By Natural Products Insider

Utah Company Uses Blockchain To Measure C02 Emissions For Hemp Farms; Researcher Says Hemp Captures More CO2 Than Forests
By Yahoo Finance

California-based Vertical Wellness Merges with Publicly Traded Canafarma Hemp Products; Plans to Launch Line of Kathy Ireland CBD Products
By MarketWatch

Can CBD Help with Heart Arrhythmia?
By Medical News Today

Colorado’s Hemp Advisory Committee Application Deadline Extended to July 9
By The Valley Courier, Alamosa, CO

New Connecticut Cannabis Law Makes Sale of Certain CBD and Hemp-derived Products Illegal
By NBC News Connecticut

Oregon Bill on Its Way to Governor’s Desk Would Increase Testing and Law Enforcement for Marijuana and Hemp Farmers
By Jefferson Public Radio

Atlanta-based Concept, Cru Hemp Lounge, Founded by Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Dennis Mckinley, to Open Location in Dallas
By Culture Map Dallas

The Hemp Bar “Cannabis Cafe” Opens in Portland, OR
By KOIN News 6, Portland, OR

The Hippies Were Right: Frankfort, KY, Locals Open Shop Offering CBD and Tie-dye Printing
By The State Journal, Frankfort, KY

Hemp-infused Seltzer Company Kaló Expands to 10 States, Launches New Flavors

Hemp Among Sustainable Innovations that Are about to Change the Fashion Industry
By Be Global Fashion Network

Tech Pub Reviews Grado Hemp Headphones
By EFTM Magazine Australia

And We’re Off … Lancaster Farming’s Editor Eric Hurlock Hits the Road to Report on Hemp Farming Across the U.S.
By Lancaster Farming

Pennsylvania’s Pocono Organics Becomes First Regenerative Organic Certified Hemp Grower
By News Direct

South Dakota Farmers Eschew CBD in Favor of Fiber and Grain
By HempToday

Hemp Farmers Get the Hint They’re Not Welcome in California’s Contra Costa County
By Mercury News

Belize to Establish Industrial Hemp and Cannabis Control Commission to Ensure that Small Scale Producers Can Reap the Benefits of the Cannabis Industry
By News Channel5 Belize

India-based Entrepreneur Hopes to Make Hemp Foods as Widely Used as Mustard Oil and Rice in Indian Kitchens
By Your Story

U.K. Rules Hold Back Use of Hemp in Architecture and Design, Says Farmer and Film Producer
By Dezeen

Could Hemp Be an Ecological Wonder Plant for U.K. Farming?
By Farming UK

Southern Hemp Expo

Hemp has been growing in America long before the signing of the Declaration of Independence (which, btw, was drafted on hemp paper). Now, after a lengthy and arduous period of unfounded prohibition, hemp in the U.S. is finally making its way back into American agriculture and industry. While we are still in the infancy stage of this re-emerging market, the promise for the future of hemp as an environmental and wellness solution for society shines bright, and the potential for business, even brighter.

As such, we invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual Southern Hemp Expo on September 2-4 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC as the hemp industry looks to reboot and rebound after a tumultuous pandemic and oversupply problem from the 2019 and 2020 growing seasons. As challenging as it has been, the mission remains the same. Free this plant and this crop so its potential is maximized and can have a significant positive and lasting impact on our planet and the future of humanity. 

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Virtual B2B Speed Networking – Hemp, July 8, 2021

Connect Asheville, Hosted by the Southeast Hemp Association, Asheville, NC, July 8, 2021, 5:00-7:00 pm

International Hemp Summit, Virtual, July 22, 2021

2021 Virtual Cannabis Research Conference, Aug. 3-5, 2021, presented by the Institute of Cannabis Research at the University of Colorado-Pueblo in partnership with Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center

KYHA Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Louisville, KY, August 5, 2021

Hempstock, Presented by Better Together CT, Aug. 14-15, 2021, North Stonington, CT

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

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

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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

Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 9
Available On June 10, 2021

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As hemp continues to become more connected on the global landscape, as more countries and continents advance and mature their markets, there are relatively few individuals who have been working in the space at a high level, around the world, for more than 20 years. This week’s guest is Paul Benhaim and he is one of those individuals who has pioneered the industry since the 1990’s. From hemp foods to hemp plastics to hemp cannabinoid based wellness products, Paul has been innovating with hemp in every hemisphere on Earth. He is the founder of some of the most recognized hemp brands in the world including Hemp Foods Australia, Elixinol Global and The Hemp Plastic Company.

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Have You Joined Leafwire Yet?

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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