Kentucky’s Hemp Industry Looks Ahead Despite a Tough Year
By Jean Lotus
Hemp entrepreneurs in Kentucky are facing discouraging challenges from state officials and market forces, but Kentucky hemp growers and innovators still see a bright future, members of the Kentucky Hemp Association (KYHA) told Let’s Talk Hemp.
The association of farmers, vendors and suppliers is hosting its annual conference and trade show Aug. 5 in Louisville after a disheartening year when COVID-19 and state crackdowns on quasi-legal Delta 8 THC have disrupted the bottom line for many of the state’s cannabinoid hemp growers and producers.
Top Headliners Announced For Southern Hemp Expo Conference & Trade Show
Organizers of the Southern Hemp Expo are pleased to announce a powerhouse line-up of both veteran and new industry leaders, including ground-breaking cannabis medical expert Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, who will speak during the three-day event starting on Thursday Sept. 2, 2021 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.
$50M Investment Pushes CBD into TV Ad Space
By Jean Lotus
Seen any CBD advertisements on television lately? As CBD becomes more mainstream, television ads are planned for some of the brands you can find in Big Box retailers, and it’s being financed with money from large cannabis investment funds.
Newport Beach, CA-based Kadenwood, LLC announced in June that the plant-based wellness holding company had raised $50 million in a Series B fundraising round, with $20 million worth of “media value” for TV ads that will forward the company’s mission “to normalize CBD in health and wellness products through scale, strategic partnerships and acquisitions.”
Hemp News Spotlight
Industry Pioneer and Hash-maker, Frenchy Cannoli, Dies at Age 64
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Hemp Organizations Divided on Delta-8 THC
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The Complexity of Marketing Hemp Products, by Asa Waldstein
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The Environmental Potential in Hemp
By Cannabis Tech
Prince Charles Says Cheap Food and Industrial Farming Are Ruining the Planet
By The Washington Post
California’s Field Fresh Farms Introduces Fresh Organic Baby Hemp Greens
By Produce Blue Book
More People Are Using Hemp in Everyday Cooking
By Global News
Dad Grass CBD Pre-rolls Featured in the Daily Beast
By The Daily Beast
University Students to Study How Long Hemp Building Products Last
By The Reading Eagle
Hemp Groups Say Federal Regulation Could Mean Lower Costs for Farmers
By Wisconsin Public Radio
Hemp Operation is a Family Affair for Watertown, WI, Sisters
By Wisconsin State Farmer
Early bird tickets for the 3rd Annual Southern Hemp Expo are on sale now through July 31st! Exhibitor Booths and Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Stay tuned, as our speaker page is updated weekly.
Visit www.southernhempexpo.com for more information.
2021 Virtual Cannabis Research Conference, Aug. 3-5, 2021, presented by the Institute of Cannabis Research at the University of Colorado-Pueblo in partnership with Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center
Add your event to Hemp Events, a free listing service for legitimate hemp industry events. Visit www.HempEvents.org.
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.
Let’s Talk Hemp Podcast – Season 4, Episode 9
Available On June 10, 2021
As hemp continues to become more connected on the global landscape, as more countries and continents advance and mature their markets, there are relatively few individuals who have been working in the space at a high level, around the world, for more than 20 years. This week’s guest is Paul Benhaim and he is one of those individuals who has pioneered the industry since the 1990’s. From hemp foods to hemp plastics to hemp cannabinoid based wellness products, Paul has been innovating with hemp in every hemisphere on Earth. He is the founder of some of the most recognized hemp brands in the world including Hemp Foods Australia, Elixinol Global and The Hemp Plastic Company.
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