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Newsletter – May 12, 2021

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – May 12, 2021

In-person CBD Trade Shows are Returning

By Jean Lotus

CBD trade shows are coming back to in-person gatherings as vaccination rates for the COVID-19 pandemic have risen. The CBD Expo Mountain took place last week at the Aurora, CO-based Gaylord Rockies Resort, the facility’s first pandemic trade show in 2021.

“2020 was a dry year for us,” trade show organizer Celeste Miranda told Let’s Talk Hemp. “People are so happy to be together and see each other and network again.”

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CBD companies are returning to live tradeshows, with some, like Ohio-based HempHera, erecting elaborate displays at the Gaylord Rockies Resort last week. Photo by Jean LotusCompanies may have to change their approach to delta-8 THC as more states and the DEA crack down on the cannabis compound. Photo: Jean Lotus

U.S. Southwest Farmers Gather to Build Hemp-based Emergency Sleeper Cabins

By Jean Lotus

Builders and designers met on one of the earliest licensed industrial hemp farms in southwest Colorado in late April to learn about adobe hemp construction and create a hemp-based prototype for a small emergency shelter. 

Hemp farmer/builder teams from the southwest—Rezolana Farm, San Luis, CO; Duckberry Farm, Paonia, CO; and Loma Linda Pharms, Mora County, NM—met in the San Luis Valley to build a prototype mobile hemp-insulated cabin as part of the Hemp Sleeper Cabin Innovation Project.

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Photo: Hemp farmer and architect Arnie Valdez shows off his sleeper cabin prototype with hemp flooring and insulation at a workshop in San Luis Valley at Rezolana Farm

Hemp News Spotlight

Federal Judge Dismisses Hemp Industry Association’s Lawsuit Against DEA
By The Capital Press

Three Tips for Hemp and CBD Businesses Orphaned by Big Banks
By Hemp Grower

MercantE, Fresno Bank Partner to Serve CBD Businesses with Digital Commerce, Payment Processing Services
By MerchantE

Better Business Bureau Warns Consumers of Free CBD Product Trial Scams
By The Herald Dispatch

A Preview of the Many Cannabis Intellectual Property Battles in the Years to Come
By The Hoban Law Group

Jane Fonda Is Hot on Hemp for the U.S.
By Forbes

High Times Magazine Announces Winners of the Hemp Cup: People’s Choice 2021 Awards
By High Times

Leaf Report: Not Enough CBD Brands Test Products for Potency, Purity
By Nutritional Outlook

Former Massachusetts Cannabis Regulator Jennifer Flanagan Joins Leading Law Firm Vicente Sederberg as Director of Regulatory Policy
By Vicente Sederberg

High Grade Hemp Seed Earns AOSCA Certification for Matterhorn CBG Hemp Varietal
By High Grade Hemp Seed

Political Consultant to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Arrested in Alleged Scheme to Exchange Money for Hemp Licenses
By The Texas Tribune

Online Natural Retailer — and Leading CBD Seller — Thrive Market Seeks to Be First Climate Positive Grocer
By Forbes

Can Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Capitalize on the Hemp Rush?
By Diverse : Issues in Higher Education

Tribal Hemp & Cannabis (THC) Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 2, Available for Free Download and at Tribal Dispensaries
By Indigenous Cannabis Coalition

Winnebago Tribe Launches Its First Hemp Product
By Winnebago Agriculture and Industry

Sustainably Minded Levi’s “Made & Crafted” Spring 2021 Fashion Collection Features Cottonized Hemp
By Sourcing Journal

Cordura Durable Clothing Brand Ventures into Hemp Denim
By Fibre2Fashion

The Current State of Cannabis in Mexico
By Benzinga

Italian Economic Initiative, Multicanapa, to Explore Ways to Spread Innovations in Industrial Hemp in Sicily
By HempToday

Zimbabwe: Industrial Hemp Production Set for a Boom
By All Africa


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NoCo Hemp Expo Virtual

Hemp Products & Animal Health Virtual Conference, produced by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, May 18-19, 2021

Cannabiziac University Presents: Women in Media, featuring Honeysuckle Magazine’s Ronit Pinto, May 19, 2021, Noon, EDT

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

TX Cannabis Collective Initial Meeting, June 3, 2021, Dallas, TX

USA CBD Expo, Atlanta, GA, June 11-13 2021

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

2021 Virtual Cannabis Research Conference, Aug. 3-5, 2021, presented by the Institute of Cannabis Research at the University of Colorado-Pueblo in partnership with Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center

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

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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.

Urge Support for AB 45 and SB 235 in California
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.

Take Part in Hemp Benchmarks Planting Survey 2021
Hemp Benchmarks is encouraging all hemp farmers to participate in it 2021 Hemp Planting Survey to help better inform the hemp industry in assessing and analyzing the hemp supply chain. Five respondents will have to chance to win a free Hemp Spot Price Index Report. The survey takes only a few moments. Take the survey here.

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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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Have You Joined Leafwire Yet?

If you’re not a member of Leafwire yet, you should definitely check out the largest business network in the cannabis industry, with more than 40,000 members. Members include growers, budtenders, accountants, lawyers, CBD companies, equipment manufacturers, investors and more. Leafwire is for anyone who works in the cannabis industry, and also features a job board with 1,100 open cannabis and hemp jobs. Leafwire is designed to be a LinkedIn-style business network where the cannabis Industry can share news, promote events, find new jobs, find investors and simply network with their peers. Leafwire is 100% dedicated to the Cannabis and Hemp industries and the perfect place to post and share information about your company, new product launches or other related news. We’ll see you on Leafwire!

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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