Hemp Industry to Congress and FDA: “Regulate CBD Now”
By Steven Hoffman
The U.S. Hemp Roundtable (USHR) at a press conference on June 18 in Denver called on members of Congress in Colorado and in states across the country to support national legislation that would call on the FDA to regulate CBD like any other dietary supplement.
With approximately 100 people in attendance in person and online via Zoom at its Spring 2021 membership meeting held at the Denver History Museum, USHR underscored its lobbying efforts by announcing the launch of Regulate CBD Now, an online campaign to encourage citizens to contact their representatives about important legislation impacting consumer access to hemp and CBD products in the U.S.
Alabama’s BastCore Moves Forward with Textile and Nonwoven Contracts
By Jean Lotus
Based in a century-old Montgomery, AL, steam plant that once powered the city’s trolley system, hemp fiber processors BastCore are moving forward with a proprietary system to process clean fibers from industrial hemp, founders say.
The company closed on a $2.8M Series A financing round in April which will allow them to expand capacity and hire more people after long years of R & D, founder Coleman Beale told Let’s Talk Hemp.
Epic U.S. Seed and Fiber Hemp Road Trip Begins
By Jean Lotus
Pennsylvania hemp podcaster Eric Hurlock is taking his industrial hemp show on the road this summer. Hurlock, the hemp reporter for Lancaster Farming newspaper, will load his family into an RV and take off June 30 for a six-week road trip visiting hemp businesses in the fiber and grain value chain across the United States.
“My job is multifaceted, I’m here to tell the stories of hemp nationwide in the fiber and grain supply chains,” Hurlock told Let’s Talk Hemp. “But I’m also sort of an ambassador for Pennsylvania’s hemp industry too.”
Hemp News Spotlight
Focus on Medterra: Growing a Successful CBD Brand
By Packaging World
Milwaukee’s Canni Hemp Company Hosts “Garden Vibes” Backyard Concert Series
By The Milwaukee Record
International Hemp’s Eric Singular Profiled in Shoutout Colorado
By Shoutout Colorado
Veterans Hemp Market Retail Store Opens Near Albany, NY
By Spectrum News 1
Humboldt County, CA, Supervisors Extend Industrial Hemp Ban in Coastal Zone
By The Times Standard
With Arizona in Drought, this Farmer Thinks Hemp Could Be the Future of Small Agriculture
By Rose Law Group Reporter
California’s Imperial Valley Farmers Face Reality of Growing Hemp
By Calexico Chronicle
Machinery Maker New Holland Agriculture Still Believes in Hemp
By Farm Progress
Oregon Farm Sees $600,000 for Lost Hemp under Hay Insurance Policy
By The Capital Press
Australian Company Receives Government Funding for Hempcrete Plant
By The West Australian
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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.
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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