FridayMar 13, 2020 9:00 am

Texas to Start Receiving Hemp Applications on March 16

The past few years have been good for hemp. The cash crop had been outlawed for decades due to its close relation to the illicit marijuana until the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. The legislation classified industrial hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC and instructed states and tribes to create their own hemp programs and submit them to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval. The state of Texas had its hemp plan approved by the USDA earlier this year, a move that State Agriculture Commissioner called a 'victory for Texas farmers,' adding that the…

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ThursdayMar 12, 2020 4:00 pm

USDA Secretary Puts Blame for Strict Hemp Rules on DEA

According to the head of the USDA, the DEA is partly responsible for the stringent policies included in its interim hemp rules. Last week Secretary Sonny Purdue during a House was requested to express his opinion on the hemp testing requirement concerns of producers during a hearing by the House Agriculture Committee. As per the USDA interim final rules, THC testing must be conducted by DEA-registered labs. Farmers are worried that the restriction would hinder the growth of cannabis markets by creating costly delays, according to Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL). He further said that the testing requirement is making it…

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ThursdayMar 12, 2020 9:00 am

Illinois Hemp and Marijuana Symposium Planned for March 28

On March 28, a symposium on organic hemp and marijuana will be held to provide new and experienced farmers, producers, and growers with practical information and tools about the two industries. The symposium will be held at the (SIU) Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center’s Old Main Room. The following will be discussed during the seminar; current research, rules and regulations, financial issues, banking, insurance, security, as well as information on pre-season, in-season, and post-production season. The symposium, which will be held on March 28, would start at 8.30 a.m. and end at 4.30 p.m. Registration is open for a…

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WednesdayMar 11, 2020 4:00 pm

Minnesota Hemp Farmer Shocked When Samples Are Seized in the Mail

The current U.S. hemp scene can only be described as confusing. In fact, the cash crop’s resurgence has been marked with lots of confusion due to a lax regulatory structure. The Farm Bill legalized the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, and the only stipulation it made was that hemp had to have less than 0.3% THC to be considered legal. The industry has labored under this stipulation for the past year, and hemp farmers have had to bear the brunt. Ted Galaty, a Minnesota hemp farmer and owner of Hemp Maze Minnesota, recently had a package of industrial hemp…

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WednesdayMar 11, 2020 9:00 am

9 Uses of Hemp You May Not Have Known

When the founder of Hemp for Healthcare in Alaska, Sara Marie Williams, was discussing uses of hemp, she said that hemp is amazing and world-changing. Sara Marie also quoted Jack Herer, where he said that he is not sure if hemp is going to save the world, but it is the only thing that can. She further noted that lawmakers and leaders should learn everything about the hemp plant because it represents the hope for the future of Alaska and the world in general. Hemp is defined as the phenotype of the cannabis sativa L, whose THC content is 0.3%…

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TuesdayMar 10, 2020 4:00 pm

Maine Farmers Consider Hemp Value Addition to Beat the Competition

For many farmers across the country, the 2018 Farm Bill was a godsend. For a while, they'd been looking for a new high-value cash crop that would guarantee them high returns. The legislation legalized industrial hemp after decades of prohibition, finally giving farmers access to a high return crop. The bill classified hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, and instructed states and tribes to create hemp programs and submit them to the USDA for approval. Just a year in and the market for hemp is worth millions of dollars in sales, and future projections are exceedingly positive. Although…

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TuesdayMar 10, 2020 9:00 am

Georgia House Passes Hemp Bill

It will definitely take a while before the U.S. cannabis sector settles even if some states were already allowing medical cannabis within their borders before the 2018 Farm Bill liberated hemp from decades of prohibition. Defining hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, the legislation allowed growers to farm hemp under state or tribal programs. However, the bill didn't say much else regarding the regulation of hemp and its extracts, and this has resulted in a patchwork of state legislation and tons of confusion. Different states have different policies regarding hemp, and this has created major issues across the…

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MondayMar 09, 2020 4:00 pm

UN Narcotics Commission Has No Right to Classify Hemp, Says EIHA

The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UN-CND) has no right to classify industrial hemp as a potential narcotic, according to the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), which has requested for the provision of a transparent global legal framework for industrial hemp. In a press release, EIHA said that as per the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is not permitted to classify industrial hemp as a possible narcotic because hemp is not subject to international drug controls. EIHA further noted that industrial hemp has never been listed in that document nor the…

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MondayMar 09, 2020 9:00 am

SD Governor and Legislators Disagree on Hemp Legalization Costs

On Tuesday, South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem, and the state legislators differed on the cost estimates for legalizing industrial hemp as they discussed a final position to end their one year dispute over hemp. Legalizing industrial hemp would significantly change the way the state enforces its marijuana laws and more staff would be required, and, drug testing facilities would have to be increased as well as law enforcement across the three state agencies, the governor’s office argued. But the legislators argued that the industrial hemp program should be treated like any other agricultural crop that would require oversight by one…

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FridayMar 06, 2020 4:00 pm

Possible Benefits and Drawbacks of Coronavirus on the US Hemp Sector

The Coronavirus has led to a major slowdown in China's economy, and this has affected quite a number of industries. The country is almost infamous for producing tons of cheap raw materials and hardware, and industries that rely on it are feeling the pressure as a large number of factories see reduced or even zero production. The hemp sector is no different, and most hemp companies are likely to feel the fallout from the Coronavirus. The economic shock has reverberated throughout the entire world, and a certain cadre of U.S. cannabis firms may be adversely affected. Firms that sell CBD…

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