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Newsletter – May 3, 2023

Let's Talk Hemp Newsletter


Newsletter – May 3, 2023

Romanian Designer Brings Old-World Styling to Hemp Fashions

Ionut Rus is passionate about producing elegant and sustainable 100% hemp clothing. The founder of De IONESCU spoke to Let’s Talk Hemp from Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania.

By Elizabeth Lunt

How did your career lead you to hemp? 

In school I studied business and economics. But my main passion since I was a little boy was clothes. In high school and university I would buy things in vintage or secondhand shops and, with a good friend who was a tailor, adjust and sell them. After that I was bringing in clothes from China and selling them online from Bucharest. It was a side hustle for pocket money during school. 

After completing my master’s degree in international business and management at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, I took a job in Prague in 2016. I was a recruiter and lasted a year and a half. That experience led to a solemn vow that I will never take an office job and I will always work for myself.

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Ionut Rus is passionate about producing elegant and sustainable 100% hemp clothing. The founder of De IONESCU

Hemp on the Agenda at Southern Textile Association Meeting in North Carolina

A recent STA Northern Division meeting featured a panel discussion on bringing hemp textile production back to the U.S.

By Elizabeth Lunt

Hemp was on the agenda at a Southern Textile Association meeting held last month in North Carolina. The April 18 event at the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University in Raleigh included a presentation titled “Hemp: Farm, Fiber, Fabric & Fashion – The Path Forward,” which examined the current state of the hemp textile supply chain in the United States.

Devin Steele, secretary/treasurer of the 115-year-old organization, said that only two hemp speakers had ever previously presented at an STA meeting, Daniel Yohannes, CEO of Renaissance Fiber, and Guy Carpenter, president of Bear Fiber. Yohannes and Carpenter were on hand to moderate the April panel.

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Hemp was on the agenda at a Southern Textile Associatio

Colorado Intoxicating Cannabinoid Legislation Threatens an Industry, Fails to Protect Patients and Endangers America’s Children

By Hunter Buffington (Agriculture Policy Solutions) part of the Alliance for Safe Hemp that includes Alan Lewis (Natural Grocers) and Thuy Vu (Thuy Vu consulting) among others.

Colorado has been leading the US in developing a safe and federally compliant hemp CBD industry since we initiated our program in 2014. Colorado farmers jumped in to register, grow and harvest the first legal hemp crop in over 80 years. Coloradans now have reliable access to federally compliant, safe CBD products of all kinds.

At the same time, an unacceptable practice is the new business of creating novel intoxicating compounds like synthetic Delta 8 THC, which has been implicated in an increase of adverse events across the country. To make matters worse, these are being sold outside of age-restricted dispensaries.

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Colorado Intoxicating Cannabinoid Legislation Threatens an Industry

Hemp News Spotlight

Startup Hopes Its Tree-Free Hemp Lumber Helps Save Forests
Times Union 

SAFE Banking Bill Is Back  Back Again  Again, Again, Again …
Cannabis Business Times

INCA Renewable Technologies Secures $40M Funding Commitment, as Part of Series B Round Led by Private New York Family Office
Inca Renewtech

Schumer Applauds Marijuana Banking Bill but Says Adding Justice Provisions Is a ‘Moral Responsibility’
Marijuana Moment

Cannabinoids Global Market Report 2023
Yahoo Finance

Cannabis Consulting Leaders Merge: GPS Global and Gordon Cannabis Group Forge a Powerful Partnership

Hemp Building Materials to Be Showcased on National Mall in D.C.
HempBuild Magazine

Cannabis-Derived Products Like Delta-8 THC and Delta-10 THC Have Flooded the U.S. Market – Two Immunologists Explain Medicinal Benefits and Potential Risks
The Conversation

Is Delta-8 THC Legal? Here’s Where (and Why) the Hemp Product Skirts Marijuana Laws
USA Today

Did New York’s Office of Cannabis Management Just Overreach on Hemp Cannabinoids?
Cannabis Law Journal

Hemp-Based Highway Vodka Is Texas’ First Black-Owned Distillery — and They’re Expanding
Austin American-Statesman

Czech Republic Announces New Measures to Ban CBD, Portugal Tables Legalisation Bill & Lithuania to Reconsider Decriminalization
Business of Cannabis

NYPD Cop Claims He Was Fired After Hemp Soap Caused Positive Drug Test
New York Post

CT Hemp Farmers Want to Grow Cannabis. Here’s Why It May Not Happen.
Connecticut Insider

Florida Senate Approves Hemp Bill — Without Limiting THC Levels in Products
Florida Phoenix

New Arkansas Law Bans Hemp-Derived Psychoactive Cannabinoids, Including Delta-8 THC
Cannabis Business Times

Why Hemp Farmers Worry About Minnesota Legalizing Cannabis
Pioneer Press

Industrial Hemp Harvest and Storage
Cannabis Tech

What Is HHC and How Does It Compare to THC?
Vaping 360

Spread of Products That Mimic Marijuana Is a Black Eye for European CBD
Hemp Today

New Interest in Fiber Hemp

Czech Hemp Cluster CzecHemp Opposes Planned CBD Ban
Cannabis Therapy

High Cost of Hemp and Its Potential to Transform the Indian Fashion and Textile Industry 


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.

The Summit for Business Leaders in the Cannabis Industry, May 27, 2023, Prague, Czech Republic.

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

The Mushroom Summit: Cultivating the Future of Functional Mushrooms, June 19-20, 2023, Colorado Convention Center, Denver. The event is co-located with Psychedelic Science 2023.

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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