Hemp With Heart: Making Small-Batch, High Quality Activewear at Seam of Life
By Elaine Lipson
In the emerging U.S. hemp industry, some companies have ambitions for big growth and corporate structures. Others are drawn to hemp for different reasons, working on what might be called a micro-business scale. Seam of Life, an apparel company that describes itself as “small batch hemp and merino wool activewear handmade in the Columbia River Gorge,” is just that. Founder, manufacturer, and chief-everything-officer Morgan Kurz operates as a solo entrepreneur from her home in Hood River, Oregon, with a deep commitment to natural and sustainable materials and high-quality, built-to-last apparel that she makes herself.
Kurz’s entrepreneurial and creative journey began just five years ago, when she began learning natural dyeing and garment construction as an apprentice, then employee, of a friend’s business. After tearing her ACL and having surgery in 2018, she started making and selling on her own while sidelined from an active athletic life. “I really started sewing on my own to keep mentally sane throughout my healing process,” she says. “I started with hemp hoodies with upcycled Pendleton [wool].”
Shine on You: Let’s Talk Hemp Q&A Profile with Blake Butler
By Morris Beegle
Welcome to my new Let’s Talk Hemp weekly industry profile – Shine on You – where I get to feature folks involved in the industry and who are doing important and interesting work from various corners and crevices of the hemp space. This week I have Blake Butler, Executive Director, of the Southeast Hemp Association. I’ve known Blake since 2015 as someone similar to myself who produces events, advocates for the plant, promotes the local, regional, and global hemp industries, and comes from a media and entertainment background. We both share a passion for bringing people together for education, networking, and collaborating, on how to grow and mainstream the hemp industry so it can have the impact we all know it is capable of.
Let’s get to know Blake a bit better and why he loves hemp!
Hemp News Spotlight
This is How Cannabis Gets Turned into CBD
By Wired UK
AB-45: California Finally Welcomes Hemp Products To The Marketplace
By National Law Review
Vanishing CBD in Beverages: Are You Getting What You Think You’re Getting?
By Natural Products Insider
The Green (Hemp) Building Revolution Hits Cape Cod
By The News Station
5 Tips for Successful Use of Cover Crops and No-Till in Hemp
By Lancaster Farming
Hemp Home Builds a Bright Future for Farmers
By DON Enterprises
Lithuanian Hemp Growers Seek New (Legal) High
Dairy Calves Use Hemp Ropes for Toothbrushes
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Save Ti & His 329 Rights
If you or a loved one are a medical cannabis patient, this affects you. Ti is an autistic 15 year old who was abruptly removed from his mother/medical caregiver on June 3, 2021 by Child Welfare Services in Hawaii. This GoFundMe has been set up to pay for his legal fees needed to promptly dismiss the CWS case and enforce their civil and medical rights to have access to his medical professionals to participate in providing for his medical needs. Any donation no matter how big or small means we are that much closer to getting Ti back.
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.
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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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