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Newsletter – May 26, 2021

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – May 26, 2021

Hemp Bioplastic Research Awaits Stable Senators Wyden, Paul, Merkley Introduce Bipartisan Bill in U.S. Senate to Legalize Sale of Hemp-derived CBD in Dietary Supplements, Food and Beverages

By Steven Hoffman

In a bipartisan move, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on May 19 introduced S. 1698, the Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act, in the U.S. Senate, a bill that would allow the sale of CBD and other hemp-derived ingredients in dietary supplements and in food and beverage products.

The Senate bill joins H.R. 841 a bill introduced in February 2021 in the U.S. House of Representatives to allow for the use of CBD in dietary supplements only. The Senate version also allows for hemp-derived CBD in food and beverage products.

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As Lumber Prices Surge, Hemp Blocks Get a Closer Look

By Jean Lotus

The cost of U.S. construction timber is skyrocketing, and a national concern is growing for the carbon emitted by the construction industry. As homebuilders look for solutions, the nation’s small-but-growing number of hemp builders wonder if building with hemp will finally break through into the mainstream construction consciousness. 

The cost of framing lumber, OSB plywood and other wood building materials are adding an average of $36,000 to the cost of a new build, an April study showed — and costs have kept rising.

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Global Consumer CBD Market Worth $9.42 Billion in 2020, with a Projected Growth Rate (CAGR) of 24.6% from 2020 to 2027
By Natural Products Insider

Legal Hemp is Attracting Young Farmers to an Aging Agriculture Sector, Says Sen. Ron Wyden
By Marijuana Moment

Vegan Startup Grounded Foods Rolling Out Plant-based Cheeses Made with “Ugly” Cauliflower and Hemp to Over 160 U.S. Retail Locations
By Green Queen

Hemp Is Becoming the Fashionable Alternative to Conventional Fabrics
By The Star

Bast Fibre Technologies to Develop Hemp Fiber Factory in EU as Part of Recent $7 Million Funding Round
By HempToday

Biotechnology Company Lays Groundwork for Gene-edited Hemp
By The Capital Press

Halal-certified CBD Company Merges Islam with Hemp
By Westword

Florida Hemp Snuff Company Sets Sights on Global Distribution
By News Break

First Independent, Native American-owned Hemp CBD Company in Wisconsin Launches with Startup Help
By Green Bay Press Gazette

Pennsylvania Marks First House Built of Hempcrete and Hempwood
By Pittsburgh’s Action News

Milwaukee County, WI, Seeks Businesses to Cultivate Hemp Clones in One of the Dome Greenhouses at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservancy
By BizTimes Milwaukee Business News

20% of Indiana’s Hemp Crop Was Destroyed in 2020 Because It Had Too Much THC
By The Indy Star

New York State Set to Ban Products Containing Delta-8 THC

Hemp Grown in New York State for CBD, Other Cannabinoid Extracts to Be Overseen by Yet-to-Be-Formed Office of Cannabis Management
By The Times Union

New York State Dept. of Health Releases Amended Proposed Hemp Regulations
By JD Supra

Wyoming High Court Finds Police Investigator Lied in Hemp Case, Censures Prosecutor
By County 17 News, Gillette, WY

Hemp Seed Breeders Need Academic Research to Solve Total THC Problem
By The Anchorage Press

San Bernardino County, CA, Officials Seize, Destroy Over 76,000 Marijuana Plants at a Massive Grow Operation the Police Claim Was Posing as a Hemp Site
By The Victorville Daily Press

Five Tips for Preventing Disease on Hemp Crops
By Hemp Grower

Hemp in Japan: A Status Report
By HempToday


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Distributor Requirements for Hemp & Dietary Supplements: Pitfalls to Avoid, Presented by Supplement Advisory Group, June 3, 2021, Noon – 1:00pm EDT

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

Hemp Happy Hour Virtual Event, Hosted by Cannabiziac, June 9, 2021, 
6:00-7:00 pm ET

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

Southern Hemp Expo, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC, Sept. 2-4, 2021

Natural Products Expo East, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 22-25, 2021

The Jack Herer 2nd Annual Golf Tournament, October 8, 2021, Littleton, CO

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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.

Support S. 1698, The Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act
S. 1698, The Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act, which would establish a legal and regulatory pathway for the sale of hemp-derived extract products such as CBD as dietary supplements and food and beverage additives., needs your support. We applaud Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for sponsoring this bill ,which will help stabilize hemp markets, open a promising economic opportunity for U.S. farmers, and protect consumers by requiring hemp extract product manufacturers to comply with the entire existing comprehensive regulatory framework for ingestible products. Urge your Senators to support S. 1698 – visit this form letter at

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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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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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