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Newsletter – March 10, 2021

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Newsletter – March 10, 2021

Endocannabinoid System: The Plot Thickens

By Felicia Dawson, M.D.

Have you ever been to the beach, walked into the ocean and the floor suddenly dropped off more than you were expecting? That’s what it’s like when you explore all the knowledge that’s been gained since the first components of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered approximately 30 years ago. We’ve come to know that this system, present in all mammals, is 600 million years old. It is intelligent and very complex. It helps us maintain mental and physiologic balance in the face of stress. It controls memory, digestion, movement, cognition, sleep, pain, immunity, pleasure, mood, fear, appetite, attention, reproduction and protects our nervous system to name a few functions.

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Guest contributor and medical cannabis specialist Felicia Dawson, M.D., updates Let’s Talk Hemp readers on the latest information about the endocannabinoid system and health

Himalayan Hemp Brings Economic Opportunity to the ‘Land of the Gods’

By Jean Lotus

Uttarakhand, a northern Indian state in the Himalayan mountains is known as the “Land of the Gods” because of its mountain beauty and the number of Hindu temples built there.

But in 2018, it was also the first Indian state to legalize Industrial hemp cultivation.

Serial entrepreneur Vishal Vivek, who ran multiple IT companies in Deli and Australia, visited the region on vacation and noticed how fiber hemp grew wild in the area, and how the people in ancient mountain villages of Uttarakhand had still not recovered from devastating monsoon floods in 2013.

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Women weavers in Uttarakhand, in northern India, are creating heirloom textiles with wild Himalayan hemp through an economic program administered by the Hemp Foundation. Photo Courtesy: The Hemp Foundation

NoCo Hemp Expo Warns: Beware of Scammers and
Hotel Poachers

By Jean Lotus

As excitement builds in Denver for the 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo, Mar. 25-27, organizers are spreading the alarm about online “list scammers” and “hotel poachers” who have come back with a vengeance as in-person events return in a post-pandemic world. 

Shady online companies, mostly based overseas to skirt the U.S. legal system, offer to sell fake exhibitor or attendee lists. Other illicit companies claim that hotels for the event are full and offer to book alternate lodging.

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NoCo Hemp Expo 2021 is scheduled for March 25-27, National Western Complex, Denver

Hemp News Spotlight

USDA Secretary Vilsack Signs Off on Final Rule Governing Hemp Cultivation, Set to Take Effect on March 22
By The Dales Report

New DEA Report Suggests Hemp Legalization Is Causing Problems for Law Enforcement
By HempToday

National Law Review: Common Ground for Hemp in an Uncertain World
By The National Law Review

How Does Hemp Become an Influential Crop in America Beyond Cannabinoids?
By Natural Products Insider

Winona LaDuke: Indigenous Tribes Are Reviving Traditional Hemp Economies
By Civil Eats

Hemp Is a Hot Crop, So Why Are So Few Black Farmers Growing It?
By Carolina Public Press

Cannabis Channel, Premiering on 4/20 on Six Streaming Services, Set to Reach 250 Million U.S. TVs
By Best Wire News

25 Female Celebrity Cannabis Advocates Celebrated During International Women’s Month
By CelebStoner

From Snoop Dog to John Legend: 10 Musician-backed CBD & THC Brands
By BIllboard Magazine

Comedian, Actor Tommy Chong Partners with Swiss Company on CBD Brand for EU Market

Hemp-based Wigs for Lawyers Offer UK Barristers a Vegan Option Instead of Horse Hair
By VegNews

Chicago Pizzeria to Feature Hemp Leaf Microgreens in Place of Basil By Request
By KHQ News, Spokane, WA

High Times Features “Best Smokable Hemp Strains of 2021”
By High Times

New West Genetics Obtains Certified Seed Status for Abound® High-yield Varieties
By New West Genetics

Naturopathic Doctor “Doc Rob” Streisfield Partners with Retail Chain CBD Emporium
By EIN Presswire

Black-owned “Hemp in Everything” Partners with Hideaway Lounge to Open CBD Lounge in Charlotte, NC
By Benzinga

Colorado Artist Ellie Paisley Designs Colorful Hemp Backpacks for Women
By Westword

Idaho State House Passes Legalization Bill for Industrial Hemp on 44-26 Vote
By The Idaho Press

Florida Researchers Publish Insights on Controlling Mites in Hemp Crops
By Growing Produce

Thai Government Hosts Event to Educate the Public about Hemp and Promote Business
By The Bangkok Post


Hemp Happy Hour, Hosted by Cannabiziac, March 10, 2021

Working Women in Cannabis, Presented by Cannabiziac Univ., March 17, 2021

NoCo Hemp Expo – March 25-27, 2021, National Western Complex, Denver, CO

Diversify Hemp Meetup at NoCo Hemp Expo 2021, March 27, 3:30-5:00pm MST, National Western Complex, Denver, CO

Advancing Hemp: Gary Reding Teaches Hemp Farming Systems, May 20, 2021, Presented by Acres USA

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

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

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

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Urge Colorado Governor Jared Polis to Support Hemp-friendly Regulations
In January 2021, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued proposed industrial hemp regulations intended to improve the regulatory framework for hemp products such as CBD. We applaud the agency’s efforts to promote a strong regulatory regime, however, proposed regulations could add burdens to hemp farmers and companies, without providing added value protection to consumers. Click here to learn more and take action.

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.

Farmers of Color Need Your Support
The U.S. Hemp Roundtable encourages the hemp industry to support the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act, as it “fits precisely into our mission.” The legislation would deliver $5 billion in direct relief to Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic farmers and other agricultural producers of color to help them respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as address longstanding inequity in agriculture. Learn more and take action.

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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 4
Available On March 4, 2021

Let's Talk Hemp Podcast March 3

There has been a lot of talk and chatter coming out of Mexico and Latin America around cannabis legalization over the last 4 years. From recreational use to medicinal use to industrial and nutritional hemp, all forms of cannabis have been picking up traction for our neighbors south of the US border. In this episode of Volume Up, host Morris Beegle is joined by co-host Lorena Beltran of CannabiSalud and ALCANN, along with Bob Hoban and Luis Armendariz, to break down what is currently legal, what isn’t currently legal, and projected time frames on when all things cannabis will be legal and the obstacles and opportunities that lie ahead of us.

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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