Franny’s Farmacy Expands Retail Franchise Operations
By Heather Collins
Franny Tacy, the CEO, and Founder of Franny’s Farmacy, a retail hemp and CBD dispensary, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, especially when she’s on her farm in North Carolina. Inspired by her passion for regenerative agriculture, Franny quit her corporate sales & marketing career in pharmaceuticals in 2016 to grow hemp for food and fiber. Without knowing it, she became the first female hemp farmer in North Carolina in more than 75 years.
Today, Franny manages the vertically integrated companies under the Franny’s Farmacy corporate ‘hemp-ire’ umbrella, which includes the farm, production facilities, retail stores and dispensaries, plus other business aspects. The company focuses directly on the production of hemp from seed to shelf and believes in cutting out the middleman, which provides cost savings to customers at the retail level.
Hempitecture, Inc. Raises $1 Million in Two Days through Investor Crowdfunding Campaign
By Jean Lotus
Ketchum, ID-based Hempitecture, Inc., a pioneering U.S. company in hemp building materials, raised almost $1 million in the first two days through an online regulation crowdfunding investment campaign this week.
The company is seeking $2.5 million to build a manufacturing facility in Idaho’s Magic Valley to make their HempWool product, a hemp fiber insulation batt. Both accredited and non-accredited investors can support the company with investments starting at $100.
Hemp News Spotlight
Lessons from FTC’s Crackdown on CBD Marketing Claims
By Asa Waldstein
How Hemp Can Help Moderate the Climate Crisis
By The Good Men Project
HempFusion Acquires Topicals Maker Sagely Naturals for $25 Million
By New Cannabis Ventures
Hemp Among Plant-based Options Disrupting the Dairy Category
By Progressive Grocer
Portland’s First Hemp Bar Is Now Open
By Willamette Week
Social Connections Keenly Influence CBD Consumers’ Behavior
By New Frontier Data
Cannabinoids Featured among Three Top Ingredients to Fight Inflammation
By New Hope Network
Progressive Grocer Magazine Highlights Current CBD Trends
By Progressive Grocer
Exploding Lumber Prices May Be Good News for Hemp
By Green Entrepreneur
Montana Law Now Allows for Hemp in Animal Feed , with Limitations
By The Intelligencer
Texas Law Enforcement Keeps Confiscating Legal Hemp Products
By The Dallas Observer
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 hempsupporter.com.
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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 8
Available On May 13, 2021
D8, Delta 8, Delta 8 THC is popping up everywhere. It showed up in force at NoCo Hemp Expo a little over a month ago and seems to be the hottest thing in hemp currently. But does it belong under the hemp umbrella? Does Delta 8 get you high? Should Delta 8 be regulated like CBD and other non-intoxicating cannabinoids that have become popular consumer health supplements? Hemp-derived CBD supplements that, by the way, still need a clear regulatory pathway defined by the FDA. Or should Delta 8 be regulated alongside Delta 9 THC, in the adult use system, or maybe in some other manner? These questions and more will be discussed with this week’s guest Marielle Weintraub, president of the US Hemp Authority, the hemp industry’s self-regulating organization that provides certification for high standards.
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