U.S. Hemp Roundtable Hosts Private Virtual Fly-In With Members of Congress to Discuss Key Legislation, Core Values
By Elaine Lipson
On Tuesday, September 28, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable hosted a private members-only virtual fly-in to discuss hemp and CBD legislation with seven members of Congress and hemp champions, including Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and staff from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office. Jonathan Miller, General Counsel to U.S. Hemp Roundtable, led the discussions.
Key officials from the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and White House staff also participated to share insights on the current state of federal hemp and CBD regulations.
Shine on You: Let’s Talk Hemp Q&A Profile with Morris Beegle and Jamie Campbell Petty
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. As the LTH Volume Up podcast is taking a break for a bit, I wanted to continue to highlight individuals I’ve had a chance to work with over the years or have admired from afar. Either way, there are plenty of amazing people working across the supply chain to build out infrastructure and a foundation to what will ultimately impact the world in such a positive way that it may truly save humanity.
Let’s get to know this week’s guest a bit better and why they love hemp!
Jamie Campbell Petty has been a passionate hemp advocate since 2013, when she first engaged with her home state of Indiana to support passage of the 2014 Farm Bill. Jamie, and now fellow co-founder of Midwest Hemp Council, Alan Kimbell first met while testifying before the Indiana General Assembly in January of 2014, in support of Indiana’s first hemp legislation. Jamie lived in Southern California for 25 years before returning to Indiana, where she and her Husband have a small hobby farm, where they continue to strive for a more efficient and self-reliant lifestyle.
Hemp Paper Moving Forward with Pulping Technology
By Jean Lotus
The world depends on paper, but the manufacture of paper is one of the most environmentally damaging industries on earth. Innovators are finding out that fast-growing industrial hemp is a tree-free source of fiber that can be manufactured into pulp for paper and cardboard at domestic paper mills, bringing sustainability to a toxic industry.
More than 40% of the world’s commercially cut timber is used to make paper and the world’s paper industry pumps hundreds of millions of tons of toxic pollution into the air and water each year.
Hemp News Spotlight
California to Allow Hemp and CBD in Food & Supplements; Legal Risks Persist for the Unwary
By The National Law Review
Amazon’s Labor Shortage Solution: Relax Cannabis Testing
By Business Insider
Cannabis Industry Jobs Are Becoming a Refuge for Retail and Restaurant Workers
By The Washington Post
How Hemp Is Helping Fight Climate Change
By Green Entrepreneur
Helping Veterinarians Understand CBD
By DVM 360
Why Snacking on Hemp Seeds Can Help You Sleep More Soundly
By Well and Good
Levi’s Targets More Hemp, Sustainable Cotton in Jeans
By The Sourcing Journal
Is Hemp Insulation a Game-changing Housing Technology?
By Hemp Benchmarks
Vermont Farmers Grow and Process Hemp to Manufacture their Own Pre-rolls
By The Daily Review
Crop Failure: Why a Montana Jury Gave Hemp Growers $65.5 Million
By The Montana Standard
West Tennessee Law Enforcement Learn More About Hemp
By WBBJ Channel 7 News, Jackson, TN
Oregon Inspectors Find 54% of Licensed Hemp Farms to Be Growing Illegal Marijuana
By Jefferson Public Radio
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The Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) is a compendium of internationally recognized standards for the identity, purity, and quality of food ingredients. It features over 1,200 monographs, including food-grade chemicals, processing aids, food ingredients (such as vegetable oils, fructose, whey, and amino acids), flavoring agents, vitamins, and functional food ingredients (such as lycopene, olestra, and short chain fructooligosaccharides).
The comment period for The Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) monographs for hemp as a food ingredient is closing on Thursday, Sept. 30th. We feel it’s important that these monographs accurately reflect hemp as a food ingredient. The better the information contained in these ingredient monographs the more legitimate hemp becomes as a food ingredient, so it is our responsibility as an industry to make sure these monographs are on point.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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