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Newsletter – June 16, 2021

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – June 16, 2021

Hemp Renaissance Man Turns Attention to Solving the Problem of Plastics

By Jean Lotus

Australian hemp pioneer Paul Benhaim might be considered a global hemp renaissance man. With broad and comprehensive knowledge of the plant’s many uses, Benhaim has created companies around hemp since 1993, from nutrition to medicine to industrial materials, including hemp plastic.

Benhaim is the author of nine books about hemp, including Growing Hemp For Profit, Building A House From Hemp, Hemp Body Care Guide, Hemp Plastic Industry and Modern Introduction To Hemp.

read full article here
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Raleigh Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for the 3rd Annual Southern Hemp Expo

By Heather Collins

Known as the tech center of the South, the city of Raleigh, NC, will soon take on the mantle of hemp industry host as the city welcomes the 3rd annual Southern Hemp Expo on September 2-4, 2021. Produced by Colorado Hemp Company and powered by We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA), this year’s event organizers are pleased to be working with Visit Raleigh to host the event at the Raleigh Convention Center.

“This year’s Southern Hemp Expo, held for the first time in Raleigh, is expected to sell out,” said Morris Beegle, President and Co-founder of We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA). “We had two very successful events in Nashville, TN, in 2018 and 2019. In our search to expand the event, we were extended an invitation to move the Southern Hemp Expo (SHE) to North Carolina. We’re excited to collaborate with Visit Raleigh in 2021 and bring the world of hemp to this thriving community and the country.”

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Hemp News Spotlight

National Football League’s Chief Medical Officer Lists Cannabis, CBD as Areas of Study in a $1 Million Grant Program to Develop Alternatives to Opioid-based Pain Management
By The Chicago Sun-Times

An Evolving Perspective on Therapeutic Use of Cannabis by Athletes
By Natural Products Insider

Sustainable Building Company Hempitecture to Open 20,000-Sq.-Ft. Facility to Make HempWool Insulation in Idaho’s Magic Valley
By Boise State Public Radio

Nation’s Largest Nutritional Ingredient Supplier, DSM, Partners with Mile High Labs to Enter CBD Market
By Nutra Ingredients-USA

Guide to State-specific Hemp & Marijuana Product Labeling Requirements
By Hoban Law Group

Made with Organic Hemp, these Handplanes Are Just in Time for Summer Body Surfing
By Etsy

Santa Cruz Lab Creates Hemp Testing Panel that Covers Range of Contaminants at a National Level
By SC Labs

California Cannabis Farmer’s Tiny Hemp House Featured on DIY Network’s “Building Off the Grid” Program
By Hoptown Chronicle

Fiber Processor Panda Biotech Withdraws Bid for State Funds to Buy Texas Facility; Says It Will Explore Other Debt Options
By Times Record News

California Food Company Launches Post-workout Nutrition Bars Made with Non-hemp CBD Derived from Citrus Terpenes
By Food Business News

Staten Island MTA Bus Driver Demoted after “Hemp Tea” Taints Drug Test
By The New York Post

Hempacco Launches Flavored Hemp Paper Wraps, Rolling Paper
By Yahoo Finance

Authorization of Hemp as Commercial Animal Feed Unlocks New Markets for Montana Farmers
By Hemp Grower

Winnipeg Students Promote Mixing Salt with Hemp Hurd to De-Ice Roads, Cut Salt’s Impact on the Environment
By CBC Canada

Iowa Hemp Farmer Alissa Gardner on a Mission to Normalize Hemp
By Successful Farming

Part of Georgia’s First Group of Hemp Farmers, Sedrick Rowe Hopes to Inspire Next Generation of Black Farmers
By Atlanta Magazine

Lancaster Farming Magazine Journalist to Take First-ever Cross-country Tour of Hemp Farms
By Lancaster Farming

Wisconsin Sees 40% Decline in Number of Hemp Grower, Processor Applications
By Wisconsin Public Radio

Kansas Hemp Farmers Find it Hard to Locate Processors for their Crops
By KCUR Kansas City

USA CBD Expo Photo Gallery Chronicles Event
By The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Canada’s Flora Growth Acquires Koch & Gsell, a Leading European Manufacturer of Hemp Products, for U.S. $22.2 Million
By Globe Newswire

Psychedelic Mushroom Shop Set to Open in Jamaica; First of Its Kind in the Americas
By Forbes

Pakistan’s Government Supports Hemp Production, But it Still Faces Serious Legal Challenges
By Global Village Space

Ireland’s Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Claims Hemp Can Deliver Viable Extra Income for Farmers
By Irish Farmers Journal

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EIHA (European Industrial Hemp Association) “Hemp for Europe” Conference, Online Event, June 16-18, 2021

Hemp Home Expo Virtual Event, for Builders, Developers and Home Improvement, June 19, 2021

Southern Atlantic Hemp & Arts Expo (SAHAE) and AsheJam, June 25-27, Asheville, NC, produced by Southern Atlantic Hemp Inc.

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

Southern Hemp Expo, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, Sept. 2-4, 2021

Natural Products Expo East, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 22-25, 2021

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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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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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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