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Newsletter – February 17, 2021

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Newsletter – February 17, 2021

Hempstead Project HEART Advocates to Protect
“Earth’s Medicine” on Tribal Land

By Heather Collins

“Hemp is our ancestral ally. Now is the time to remember this alliance with hemp after decades of prohibition. Hemp won’t save us, but it can help us. That’s what Earth Medicine does.”

Those are the revered words spoken by the late Native American hemp advocate, recording artist, and poet John Trudell before his passing in 2015. Trudell is the Co-founder of Hempstead Project HEART, an organization he formed in 2012 to raise awareness on industrial hemp nationwide.

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Marcus Grignon, Project Director, Hempstead Project HEART
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U.S. Hemp Entrepreneurs Face Account Turbulence from Big Banking

By Jean Lotus

A Virginia importer of pre-packaged hemp animal bedding said he got a nasty shock Feb. 10 2021, when he found out multiple accounts at his bank had been closed with no warning or explanation.

Marty Phipps, 47, founder of Waynesboro, Va.,- based Old Dominion Hemp, had been depositing funds with his local branch of Bank of America since his business first opened in 2015.

When his card declined multiple times Wednesday, he called customer service and was “immediately transferred to the account closing department,” he said.

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Old Dominion Hemp Founder Marty Phipps poses in front of industrial hemp bales. Courtesy of Old Dominion Hemp Facebook Page

Hemp News Spotlight

DEA Is Asking Job Applicants About Hemp and CBD Use Before Hemp Legalization in 2018
By Marijuana Moment

South Dakota Judge Appointed by Gov. Kristi Noem Overturns State Cannabis Legalization Measure Approved by Voters in November
By Cannabis Newswire

Indiana House Bill 1224 Would Legalize Hemp Flower; Police Express Concern Over Being Able to Enforce State Marijuana Laws
By The IndyStar

Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture Announces New Grant Program to Support the State’s Hemp Producers; Deadline to Apply is March 5
By TribLive

Idaho Farm Bureau Advocated for Introduction of New Legislation to Legalize Industrial Hemp in the State
By The Idaho Press

Wyoming Bill Would Crack Down on Smokable Hemp
By KGAB AM 650, Cheyenne, WY

Jane Fonda Uses a Hemp Vape Pen to Help Get a Good Night’s Sleep
By Female First

NBA Legend Isiah Thomas Invests $3 Million in Hemp and Cannabis Ingredient Producer One World Pharma
By Black Enterprise

Former NFL Players Calvin Johnson, Rob Sims Found Cannabis Company to Help Athletes Manage Pain
By ESPN

Woman-owned “TheCannabossLady” Opens CBD Retail Storefront in New Jersey
By Patch News

Woman-owned Green Leaf Lab Receives Certification from Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
By CBDOil Blogger’s Daily

Omaha’s KETV Reports on Effects of Delta 8 THC in CBD Products as “Weed Light”
By KETV – ABC7 News, Omaha, NE

CBD Supplement Companies Can Benefit By Hiring Dietary Supplement Veterans
By Asa Waldstein, Supplement Advisory Group

Ecofibre’s Hemp Black Business Takes Aim at Mainstream Fashion and Electric Car Markets
By The Australian Financial Review

Victory Hemp Foods Raises $170K in Crowdfunding Loan to Finance U.S. Regenerative Hemp Grain Production
By Steward

5 Cool Measurement Tools to Quantify Regenerative Agriculture
By GreenBiz

Hemp Feed Coalition Submits First Ingredient Application in the U.S. for Hemp to Be Federally Approved for Use in Poultry Feed
By The Hemp Feed Coalition

EU Focus Group Report Highlights Hemp in Sustainable Industrial Crops Outlook
By European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture

Australian Maker of HempBLOCK to Bring Hempcrete Building Products to U.S. Market
By HempToday

Armenia Ponders Production of Hemp to Spur Agriculture
By Hetq Online, Association of Investigative Journalists, Armenia


EVENTS

Industrial Hemp Summit, Danville, VA, Feb. 22-23, 2021

2021 Illinois Virtual Hemp Summit, Presented by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Feb. 23, 2021

4th Annual Indigenous Hemp Conference, Presented by Winona’s Hemp and Heritage Farm, Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, and the White Earth Land Recovery Project, Virtual Event, March 5-7, 2021

NoCo Hemp Expo – NoCo7, March 25-27, 2021, National Western Complex, Denver, CO

Southern Atlantic Hemp & Arts Expo (SAHAE) and AsheJam, June 25-27, Asheville, NC, produced by Southern Atlantic Hemp Inc.

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

Add your event to Hemp Events, a free listing service for legitimate hemp industry events. Visit www.HempEvents.org.


TAKE ACTION

Urge Colorado Governor Jared Polis to Support Hemp-friendly Regulations
Former Congressman Jared Polis was for hemp before hemp was cool. Indeed, there was no member of Congress more supportive of the development of the hemp industry. Now that Polis is the Governor of Colorado, he has another opportunity to boost the hemp industry. In January 2021, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued proposed industrial hemp regulations intended to improve the regulatory framework for hemp products such as CBD. We applaud the agency’s efforts to promote a strong regulatory regime, however, several aspects of the proposed regulations would add significant burdens to hemp companies, without providing significant value to consumers or added consumer protection benefits. This would result in limited products to consumers, increasing prices, and in the end, will financially disadvantage Colorado farmers. Click here to learn more and take action.

Support H.R. 841, The Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act
In September of 2020, U.S. Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced a legislative solution – 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. In a few short months, the bill garnered 30 co-sponsors, 18 Democrats and 12 Republicans, demonstrating deep and broad bi-partisan support for hemp farmers and businesses. On Feb. 7, 2021, Reps. Schrader and Griffith and 17 of their colleagues reintroduced the bill as H.R. 841. Support the passage of this bill by lending your voice 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. Please share this U.S. Hemp Roundtable page with your friends, colleagues, customers, and social media contacts throughout the country.

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 because they were slightly over the limit. We need Congress to change the definition of hemp to allow up to 1% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) so that farmers can grow hemp crops without fearing that they will later have to destroy them. Please add your name to the Vote Hemp petition urging Congress to redefine hemp as up to 1% THC and share this with your friends.

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Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 3
Available on February 18, 2021

Let's Talk Hemp Podcast

From the elation of 2018, when hemp was first legalized in the U.S. after 80 years of prohibition, to an uncertain market in 2020, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, the hemp industry’s road to success has been rocky. However, with recent legislative and regulatory developments in Congress, USDA and FDA, along with groundbreaking rulings in the EU and the United Nations, 2021 holds promise for those who continue to dedicate themselves to all things hemp. In this episode of Volume Up, host Morris Beegle and co-host Josh Hendrix of Driftless Extracts interview Patrick Atagi of the National Industrial Hemp Council and Jonathan Miller of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable for a 2021 Hemp Regulation and Legislative Forecast to help you chart a course for the road ahead.

Available on February 4, 2021, on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartMedia and  LetsTalkHemp.com.

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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