Newsletter – March 31, 2021
NoCo Hemp Expo Brings Back In-Person Hemp Conference
By Jean Lotus
NoCo Hemp Expo made a triumphant return to Denver’s National Western Complex, March 25-27, after a year of COVID restrictions and cancelled events nationwide.
Over 240 exhibitors on two floors of the complex showcased the range of hemp applications — from botanicals to bioplastics, genetics to farm equipment, health foods to building materials, cars to guitars, textiles, and much more. Exhibitors and visitors mingled following Denver’s COVID-safe protocols. Despite hurdles and new rules and regulations, the NoCo team was able to open doors after two years to enthusiastic exhibitors and attendees.
Indian Hemp Paper Company Wants to be Your Stationery
By Jean Lotus
A hemp paper company based in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, manufactures bags, stationary and packaging for clients to make a difference in carbon consumption.
OG Hemp Paper sells more than 200 different products made of 100% hemp bast fiber to clients in 18 countries — such as Audi — and their paper is the official stationery of the office of London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The Search is On for the Next Big Idea with Industrial Hemp
By Heather Collins
Organizers for the Hemp Innovation Challenge (HIC) want to hear from entrepreneurs, visionaries, and business leaders who think they have the next big concept in hemp.
Back for its second year, HIC is now accepting applications for unique, untested, or market-proven hemp-related successes that will continue to drive the industry forward. The competition is designed to accelerate the future of hemp and support those who aspire to launch the world’s most disruptive innovation for people, profit, and the planet.
Hemp News Spotlight
Sen. Rand Paul Reintroduces the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plant (HEMP) Act to Raise Allowed THC Limit from 0.3% to 1%
By Marijuana Moment
New York Legalizes Recreational Marijuana; Expunges Former Pot Convictions; State Could See $350 Million in Additional Tax Revenue
By ABC News
Colorado Gov. Polis Announces Release of State’s CHAMP Hemp Management Plan at NoCo Hemp Expo Event on March 26 in Denver
By Nutra Ingredients-USA
Caution Replaces Euphoria As NoCo Hemp Expo Attendees Wrestle with a Changing Market
By Food Navigator-USA
Charlotte’s Web, Gov. Polis Name April 7 Charlotte Figi Day after “The Little Girl Who Started It All”
By The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
U.S. Hemp Authority Announces It Will Not Certify “Hemp” Products that Are Marketed for Intoxication
By U.S. Hemp Roundtable
Leading Hemp Attorney Jonathan Miller Named Head of New Frost Brown Todd Washington, D.C. Office
By Frost Brown Todd
Natural and Organic Products Sales Grow 12.7% to $259 Billion in 2020
By The Fermentation Association
HealthLine Includes CBD in Top Vitamin and Supplement Trends of 2021
Arrested in Des Moines in 2019 for Selling CBD, Your CBD Store Franchise Owner Is Back in Business After Changes in Iowa Law
By The Des Moines Register
FDA Regulatory Enforcement Continues with OTC CBD Pain Relief Products
By JD Supra
What Is Delta 8? The Legal Hemp Product Giving People a “Light High”
By WIS News 10, Columbia, SC
Black-owned Vegan Hemp Burger Brand Cuts Investment Deal with Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban
Cannabis/Hemp Beverages Can Take Advantage of “Consciously Sober” and “Drinks with Benefits” Trends
T.S. Designs’ “Dirt to Shirt” Campaign Promotes American-made Hemp Clothing
By Solid State Clothing
HempBuild Magazine Launches Online Trade News Publication for the Hemp Building Industry
By HempBuild Magazine
New Hempcrete Wall Technique Cuts Drying Time in Half
By HempBuild Magazine
Packaging Label Maker Debuts New Hemp-based Label Material
By Label and Narrow Web
Rapper, Cannabis Entrepreneur Berner Launches 100% Organic Hemp Rolling Papers
Global Earth Day Live Broadcast, April 22, to Include Focus on Regenerative Agriculture
By The Packer
Israel’s CanBreed Receives Hemp Growing and Breeding License in California
By The Times of Israel
Kentucky Hemp Association Spring Virtual Conference, April 8-9, 2021
NJ Cannabis Insider Virtual Networking Event: Discussion on Home Grow and Hemp, April 13, 2021
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.
Latin Hemp CBD Cannabis Conference, Aug 4-6, 2021, San Jose, Costa Rica
Southern Hemp Expo, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, Sept. 2-4, 2021
Natural Products Expo East, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 22-25, 2021
Add your event to Hemp Events, a free listing service for legitimate hemp industry events. Visit www.HempEvents.org.
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.
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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 5
Available Now On Demand
Canada has been at the forefront of hemp foods since the late 1990’s and there is no sign of our friends to the north slowing down anytime soon. Today, Canada has legal recreational and medical cannabis in addition to being a leading global producer of industrial hemp. In this episode of Volume Up, host Morris Beegle is joined by co-host Anndrea Hermann of Hemp Production Services along with Ruth Shamai, founder of Ruth’s Hemp Foods, and Mike Fata, founder of Manitoba Harvest, as they revisit the early days of hemp becoming legal and the Rise of the Canadian Hemp Industry.
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