Controversial Debate Regarding Legal THC Levels In Hemp Sets Stage for Larger Discussion at Experience Hemp SUMMER SOLSTICE, June 16-19, 2020
By Heather Collins, Compass Natural Marketing
It’s spring and hemp farmers are busy putting seeds in the ground, hoping that this year’s crop will not only be bountiful but safe from destruction due to the USDA’s 0.3 percent mandate. It’s a risk that resonates throughout the industry, specifically for farmers who must wait to see if their crop gets the green light at harvest.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), all domestic hemp plants receive THC level testing and cannot exceed 0.3 percent in THC, which differentiates legal hemp from illegal marijuana. For example, the USDA deems that if a tested hemp plant exceeds the mandated 0.3 percent at harvest, then that farmer must destroy that crop.
That mandate has not been favorable in the eyes of farmers, which has left many empty-handed in a field of green hope. Last year, according to Pew Trust’s Stateline, 4,309 acres of hemp in 16 states were destroyed because those plants tested over the 0.3 percent limit. Additionally, Cannabis Business Times reports that the U.S. trails other countries, such as Thailand and Switzerland, where they have enacted the one percent rule for hemp plants.
Hemp Advocates Lobby to Change Rigid Government Policies. Panelists to Discuss Why The One Percent Ranking is the Solution for the Hemp Industry and Why The USDA’s 0.3 Percent is Arbitrary and Wrong. Join the Conversation and Have Your Voice Heard on Hemp Regulations at NoCo Hemp Expo’s Experience Hemp SUMMER SOLSTICE Virtual Conference and Trade Show, June 16-19, 2020.
Study: Hemp Oil Extract Effective in Treating Chronic Neuropathic Pain
By Medical Xpress
Hemp and CBG: What Will the 2020 Consumer Market Look Like?
By Prohibition Partners
USDA Specifically Denies COVID Relief to Hemp Farmers, then Backtracks
By Marijuana Moment
By The National Hemp Association
SAFE Banking Provision of Federal Relief Package Approved in House, Faces Difficult Path in Senate
By The National Cannabis Industry Association
Ag Biotech Company Arcadia Biosciences Raises $6.8 Million to Fund Hemp Division
By Arcadia Biosciences
Charlotte’s Web Earns U.S. Patent for Improved Hemp Variety
By New Cannabis Ventures
Judge Approves $77 Million Sale of GenCanna Global Assets Out of Bankruptcy
By CBD News Direct
FOOD, BEVERAGE & SUPPLEMENTS
CBD Companies See Jump in Online Sales As Coronavirus Impacts Retail Stores
By Hemp Industry Daily
FASHION, FIBER AND CONSTRUCTION
Hempitecture’s First Hempcrete Build of 2020
EU’s Largest Hemp Producer Moves into Building Products
By The Construction Index
FARMING AND AGRICULTURE
Podcast: Hemp in Pennsylvania
By Lancaster Farming
Advice to Beginning Growers: Industrial Hemp Production Lucrative, but Start Small
By The Sentinel-Record
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Podcast: Chris Boucher – In the Beginning
In this episode, we discuss the beginning of the Hemp Industries Association. Before the HIA was established in 1994, there was the True Hemp Industry Alliance (THIA), first established in 1992, who called the meeting where HIA name was created. THIA created a certification program called the True Hemp seal certification – to test and confirm products being labeled as hemp were 100% hemp, and preventing unscrupulous players from mislabeling products. This group pooled together funds to import millions of tons of hemp textiles into the USA.
Like any new movement, there were competing groups, and trying to gather everyone on one platform was not easy. Chris Boucher discusses some of the issues in the “beginning” of hemp’s reformation – the difficulty confirming that imported Chinese hemp was truly hemp and not mixed with cotton or other fibers. It wasn’t without obstacles as competing certifications were created, debate raged on using the hemp plant leaf versus those that didn’t want the stigma attached, and police threatened arrest for serving hemp seeds at festivals. For the past 3 decades, Chris has fought to raise awareness of hemp and its benefits. His stories provide insight into where the industry started and some of the battles fought along the way.
About Colorado Hemp Company
The Colorado Hemp Company, the producer of the 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo (NoCo7), is a leading organization for the advancement and advocacy of hemp farming, processing, production, innovation, education, and legalization in the USA. The entire team is committed to researching and developing alternatives so that hemp can once again thrive and help individuals and communities throughout America and around the globe. The 7th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo will take place August 6-8, 2020, at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO.