California: CBD Gets OK In Food and Cosmetics, but New Rules Irk Hemp Farmers
By Jean Lotus
A new California hemp bill opening a path for CBD to be used in food, supplements and cosmetics was passed by state lawmakers Sept. 9 and awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature. But some hemp farmers are disappointed and say new bureaucratic compliance rules will make it more difficult for small producers.
The legislation, AB 45, was considered a breakthrough for the use of CBD in consumable products, allowing the retail sale of products containing non-intoxicating hemp-derived extracts such as CBD, and giving the hemp market access to California’s large marketplace.
Hemp Textile and Apparel Industry Ready to Grow, Expand Reach
By Elaine Lipson
The story of hemp textiles and clothing began thousands of years ago, and continued well into the 20th century. But in countries throughout the world, legal prohibitions on growing Cannabis sativa put an end to this ancient story and took hemp textiles and apparel out of the market for many decades.
Today, as regulations on hemp farming change to allow growing and processing of Cannabis sativa (with THC and cannabinoids under a threshold) as hemp, textiles and apparel are back on the radar throughout the textile supply chain. The Global Industrial Hemp Market Report and Forecast 2021-2026 by Expert Market Research estimated a value of USD 4.7 billion for the global industrial hemp market in 2020. The report projected market growth at a CAGR of 22.5 percent between 2021 and 2026 to reach USD 14.6 billion by 2026, supported by regulatory changes that are likely to foster market success.
Hemp News Spotlight
National Hemp Association Seeks $1 Billion in Infrastructure Bill to Boost Hemp Fiber & Grain Production
By The National Hemp Association
FDA and CDC Issue Warnings on Delta-8 THC Products Derived from Hemp
By Marijuana Moment
California Gov. Newsom Expected to Sign State’s New Hemp Bill
Nevada Is First State to Allow Veterinarians to Treat Animals with CBD
By The American Veterinary Medical Association
AHPA Comments on New Cannabis Legislation that Would Also Regulate CBD
By Nutritional Outlook
Dispatches from Southern Hemp Expo 2021
By Indy Week
Franny’s Farmacy Celebrates Grand Opening of New Retail Franchise Location in Charlotte, NC
By The Charlotte Weekly
Flora Growth Corp. Launches Hemp Clothes on Zulily E-Commerce Site
By Green Market Report
Former Marine Opens Hemp Businesses in Tampa to Help Vets with Mental Illness
By The St. Pete Catalyst
Hemp and Carbon Credits: What Does the Future Hold?
By Lancaster Farming
Patchwork of Laws Hurts Cannabis Growers, Other Farmers
By The Mail Tribune
Hops to Hemp: Hemp Changed How a Family Does Business
By Michigan Farm News
Industrial Hemp Promises Sustainable Solutions for New York, but Will Anyone Buy In?
By City & State New York
Scientists Shed Some Light on Growing Hemp in Florida
By Growing Produce
Hemp: Controversial Plant that Is Gaining Popularity
By Southeast AgNet Radio Network
Scottish Scientists: Hemp Could Be Used to Make Eco-friendly Foam Cushions
By The Daily Record, Scotland
Malaysia University to Study Hemp Production, Economic Potential
By The Star Malaysia
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Support the “Regulate CBD Now” Campaign
As we enter the last two weeks of Congress in session, U.S. Hemp Roundtable is encouraging hemp industry leaders to do a social push to promote the new RegulateCBDnow.com website and campaign. USHR is asking industry members to please share the following text and link on your company Twitter and LinkedIn accounts sometime (or multiple times) starting now (7/20) through Friday, July 30:
Tell Congress to #RegulateCBDnow! Visit https://regulateCBDnow.com and use the online portal to take action today by contacting your members of Congress urging them to support critical legislation that would regulate #CBD as a dietary supplement and/or food and beverage additive!
Contact Alyssa Erickson at USHR, firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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.
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 hempsupporter.com.
Lancaster Farming Podcast
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