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Newsletter – May 22, 2024

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – May 22, 2024

Hemp and Marijuana go to War

By Natalie Fertig, Politico

A farm bill battle is pitting hemp against its closest cousin: marijuana.

The fight centers on intoxicating hemp products, which have developed into a multi-billion-dollar industry subject to few rules and regulations.

Some marijuana companies and trade groups are pushing Congress to close a loophole that allows the production and sale of intoxicating substances derived from legal hemp. The hemp industry has a very different ask for lawmakers: leave the federal definition of hemp unchanged.

“This will probably be one of the more interesting debates and discussions in the farm bill,” House Agriculture Chair G.T. Thompson (R-Penn.) told POLITICO earlier this month.

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Measuring trade in hemp products: Why it matters and what needs to change

By UN Trade and Development

Over the course of one year, researchers in Italy’s Sicilian region aim to revolutionize the ways in which industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) can provide a sustainable solution to materials commonly used across global industries.

Although botanically related to another cannabis sativa species known as marijuana, hemp holds less than 0.3% of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In comparison, the entirety of the hemp plant provides a variety of uses conducive to everyday life around the world.

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Industrial Hemp Product Development in a Fractured Domestic Supply Chain
May 22, 2024, Syracuse University Webinar – Register Now

Experience Hemp Prague and the 21st Annual EIHA Conference
June 5-7, 2024, Prague, Czech Republic

The 1st Tokyo International Hemp Conference
September 24-26, 2024, Tokyo, Japan

Andean Hemp and Cannabis Trade Forum
October 17-18, 2024, Lima, Peru

 Asia International Hemp Expo and Forum 2024
November 27-30, 2024, Bangkok, Thailand

11th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo – We go to ELEVEN
April 10-12, 2025, Estes Park, Colorado

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