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Newsletter – May 10, 2023

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – May 10, 2023

Commentary: Is Full Spectrum Hemp a Thing of the Past in Colorado?

By Alan Lewis

Intoxicating synthesized D8 and D10 are now legal in Colorado. Your full spectrum hemp extract is not. 

Read that opener again. It is, in fact, correct. 

How did this happen? Lawmakers were told that marijuana street drugs are dangerous — so they must legalize their sale to take them off the market. They were told full spectrum extracts may contain dangerous THC, so they have to make them illegal

These upside-down statements highlight the broken logic that resulted in passage of SB23-271.

These fractured changes are the result of a back-room collaboration between the governor’s marijuana czar, national marijuana lobbyists, and a Boulder County legislator with an axe to grind. Yes, there was a months long public stakeholder process during 2022, but it proved to be more like political theater as its recommendations were abandoned as soon as the legislature sequestered itself into back-room negotiations.

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Annual Building Man Festival Showcases Strengths Of Hemp Construction

By Elizabeth Lunt

The last week of April this year, the Building Man hemp construction workshop was held in the remote desert of Utah. Stephen Clarke, a hemp advocate and builder based in Mexico, led the workshop along with World Hemp Alliance partners Stephen Cutter and Thatcher Michelsen. Clarke said the harsh desert is a good place to test hemp building because of the extreme weather swings. 

He said that the spot had once been a military missile base because of its remoteness. “We have been told that nothing built out there has lasted, so we are taking up the challenge.” He said, noting that a structure proving it will withstand the conditions there would last anywhere. 

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Building Man 2023

Re-shoring Advocate Sees Big Future for US Hemp Fiber

Marty Clemons, General Counsel of startup FyberX, is passionate about the development of hemp textiles. She spoke to Let’s Talk Hemp from Asheville, NC.

By Elizabeth Lunt

How did your career lead you to hemp? 

My first exposure to cannabis was in 2013 when Illinois, where I lived at the time, became one of the first medical states. They were issuing twenty-two licenses and a dad at my kids’ school was looking for investors so I went in. I was excited because it was supposed to be a social justice play, righting the wrongs in cannabis. We were the only applicant that was 51% minority owned. We got the license for Cook Country for cultivation and a dispensary and the company ended up bringing in somebody to run it. The social justice play became about money and in the end it got sold. 

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Marty Clemons

Hemp News Spotlight

Hemp-Derived HHC Products Sold in European Market, EMCDDA Reports

World’s Tallest ‘Hempcrete’ Building in South Africa Captures More Carbon than it Emits
Good News Network

Free to Grow Act Aims to End Discriminatory Hemp Policy
Lancaster Farming

HempAmericana Penny Stock Schemers Settle for $39 Million
Green Market Report

Border Patrol Agents—And Their Family Members—Warned To Just ‘Say No To CBD’ Due To Concerns About Unregulated Products
Marijuana Moment

Montana, South Dakota, Oregon Report Most Acres of Hemp Planted in 2022
Cannabis Business Times

Jon Tester Wanted to Soften Hemp Regulations and Turned to Industry Officials to Help Craft the Bill

Online Members Event to Feature Trailblazers in Hemp Building and Design
HempBuild Magazine

Bill Would Recognize Pot, Hemp as Food Under the ‘Right to Food’ Amendment
News Center Maine

Maryland Hemp Businesses ‘Feel Left Out’ as Cannabis Legalization Gets Closer

Farmer: Mass. Hemp Industry ‘May Not Survive’ Without Regulatory Changes
NBC Boston

Hemp Builds Hope for Lower Sioux Indian Community
Red Lake Nation News

Tour Inside South Dakota’s First Hemp Decortication Plant
Dakota News Now

Tennessee Legislature Passes Hemp Cannabinoids Regulation Bill

Virginia Hemp Businesses Concerned About Impact of New Law

Czech Republic Crackdown On Hemp CBD
Hemp Gazette

Synthetic Cannabinoids Market to be Worth $14.8 Billion by 2033: Fact.MR Report
Yahoo Finance

CBN vs CBG: Two Minor Cannabinoids With Tons of Potential
Green State

Is The “Woolly Umbrella” The New Cannabis?
IFL Science

The Rise and Fall of Hemp — and How We Can Make it Great Again
ZME Science

Podcast: ‘The Spock Of Cannabis’ And Top CEOs Reveal The Key To Thriving Hemp And Marijuana Industries


Growing Industrial Hemp as a Multipurpose Crop in Organic Cropping Systems, May 10, 2023, from 2-3 pm EDT. Free webinar by the Rodale Institute.

Reimagining a Regenerative World Through Cannabis & Hemp, Regennabis Live, May 11, 2023, United Nations, New York, NY

US Hemp Building Association members-only virtual event, May 13, 2023, 11 am-4 pm (your local time). Hear from trailblazers and business owners and get the latest updates on policy and certification in U.S. building codes.

Register for the 20th EIHA Conference, June 7-9, 2023, Renaissance Hotel, Brussels.

It Takes a Village: A Hempcrete Build Experience & Healing Arts Festival, June 7-11, 2023. Presented by, Digger’s Compost Cooperative, Acton, ME

Cannabis Research Conference, Presented by Colorado State University Pueblo, Institute of Cannabis Research, Aug. 3-5, 2023, Denver

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Help Rebuild Ukraine With Hemp
Sergiy Kovalenkov, aka Doctor Hemphouse, one of the world’s renowned specialists in building with hemp, is appealing to the hemp industry for help in rebuilding war-torn Ukraine, including building Ukraine’s biggest social housing project to date — a 10,000-square-foot residential building to house refugees and orphans who lost their parents to the war. In particular, the project is seeking builders, sponsors, automated block-making machinery and a hempcrete spraying system. Visit or contact or

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