A Big Week For Hemp in New Mexico and For Farmers Nationwide
By Doug Fine
I think we can now say that the independent regenerative farmer renaissance is a real phenomenon. In New Mexico, our state government is showing it appreciates independent farmers having a voice in our state’s economic trajectory – we’re a thing. A party to the discussion. You see, when a legislative committee advances a bill written by a state agency to the next committee with a “pass” recommendation, it is very often fast-tracked to become law. Not so, thankfully, with HB 88 in New Mexico this legislative session.
Regenerative farmers inside the Land of Enchantment rallied to outlast a dancing legislative hearing schedule until this deeply problematic bill was finally and very graciously pulled from consideration by its sponsor, Representative Derrick Lente (D-Rio Arriba, Sandoval and San Juan Counties). Lente said via the chair of the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee, Gail Chasey (D-Bernalillo County), that our hemp production rules will be best formulated following further discussion with stakeholders. That was a big gesture by an elected official who is performing as a leader. He was listening and accessible all along, and seemed in our discussion to be a bit surprised about all the hubbub. Heck, when an agency sends a bill with a “pass” recommendation…
COVID-19 Relief Vape Laws May Be Disrupting Hemp Shipping
By Jean Lotus
Some hemp companies are finding that shipping hemp products in the United States has suddenly become more difficult, and the reason why may be buried in the December’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Act.
A federal clampdown on shipping vaping products was inserted in the dense legislation signed by then-President Donald Trump as amendments to the Jenkins Act and the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act.
Virtual Industrial Hemp Summit Brings B2B Hemp Leaders Together
By Jean Lotus
“One Industry United” was the theme of the Southeast Hemp Association’s 4th Annual Industrial Hemp Summit, held virtually Feb. 22 – 23 from the Danville, VA., campus of conference partner the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.
About 230 participants from 28 states attended the event, which covered topics ranging from the state of the industry and market opportunities, as well as financing, state regulations, legal policy, genetics and testing.
Hemp News Spotlight
NFL Issues Request for Information on Pain Management Alternatives to Opioids, Including CBD
By National Football League Player Health & Safety
NoCo Hemp Expo, Cannabis Industry Events Returning in 2021
By Celeb Stoner
In a Record Year, Sales of Natural and Organic Products Grew 12.7% to Surpass $250 Billion
By Nutrition Business Journal
CBD Supplements Drive 21% Growth in Pet Supplement Sales in 2020
By Packaged Facts
Men’s Health Announces 2021 CBD Awards
By Men’s Health
Ex-partners in Boulder County Hemp Operation File Dueling Lawsuits
By The Daily Camera
USDA Seeks Information from 20,000 Hemp Farmers on Production Practices
By Federal Register
South Dakota State Senate Passes Bill to Allow Banks to Work with Hemp and Cannabis Businesses
By The Rapid City Journal
Hemp a Budding Industry in New Mexico
By The Santa Fe New Mexican
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Urge Colorado Governor Jared Polis to Support Hemp-friendly Regulations
Former Congressman Jared Polis was for hemp before hemp was cool. Now that Polis is the Governor of Colorado, he has another opportunity to boost the hemp industry. 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, several aspects of the 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 for hemp farmers and businesses. On Feb. 7, 2021, Reps. Schrader and Griffith and 17 of their colleagues reintroduced the bill as H.R. 841. Support the passage of this bill by lending your voice 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.
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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 4
Available On March 4, 2021
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.
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