ThursdayAug 22, 2019 4:00 pm

EPA Calls for Public Comment on 10 Hemp Pesticides

Farmers who have been growing hemp under the pilot programs of states and under the recently passed Farm Bill of 2018 have been doing so without using any pesticides since none had been approved by the EPA for use on this newly legalized commercial crop. Now this situation is set to change because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revealed that it will publish a notice in the next few days calling on members of the public to submit comments about ten pesticides being considered for approval for use on hemp. This revelation was made by Andrew Wheeler, the EPA…

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ThursdayAug 22, 2019 9:00 am

Smokable Hemp Debate Rages on in North Carolina Legislature

The subject of smokable hemp continues to be divisive in the North Carolina legislature as industry advocates clash with law enforcement agencies regarding when or even whether to ban the latest cash crop creating a lot of consumer interest not just in the U.S. but around the world as well. The stalemate between the two sides resulted in some kind of compromise being agreed by both sides of the debate on Tuesday. Currently, smokable hemp is legal but both parties have agreed to have it banned on May 1 next year. Before the ban is effected, the law enforcement agencies…

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WednesdayAug 21, 2019 4:00 pm

Minnesota Hemp Driver Arrested and Charged With Marijuana Possession in South Dakota

A Minnesota driver who was delivering a consignment of industrial hemp to a processor in Minneapolis was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and intent to distribute the drug. While the driver has since been released, the charges still stand and he is awaiting trial. The Minnesota Hemp Association has voiced its protest regarding this incident, saying that South Dakota has acted in a way that blatantly violates the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized the cultivation, transportation, processing and sale of industrial hemp and its products throughout the U.S. This case brings to light the importance of having uniform…

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WednesdayAug 21, 2019 9:00 am

Hemp Legalization in Florida Causes Feds to Take Over Cannabis Prosecution

When hemp was legalized in Florida, many state attorneys announced that they would delay or no longer prosecute misdemeanor marijuana cases. This development has prompted the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida to announce that the feds will now take charge of prosecuting those marijuana charges. This approach is expected to set new standards regarding the prosecution of marijuana cases. Florida law is clear that marijuana is illegal except for patients who are certified to use medical marijuana. However, the hemp law complicates matters for law enforcement because hemp is identical in appearance and smell to marijuana. To…

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TuesdayAug 20, 2019 4:00 pm

USDA Admits National THC Testing Standards Are Difficult to Formulate

William Richmond, the head of USDA’s Specialty Crops Program, has revealed that the federal regulator is finding it hard to formulate THC testing standards for the entire country. He made this admission while speaking at a hemp industry conference organized by the American Herbal Products Association in Denver last week. Richmond also stated that the USDA has to adhere to the requirement stipulated in the 2018 Farm Bill to the effect that a testing protocol which uses a reliable method, such as post-decarboxylation testing, has to be included in the national hemp rules written by the federal regulators. Finding those…

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TuesdayAug 20, 2019 12:09 pm

SinglePoint Inc. (SING) Projects Solar Initiative Will Generate $5 Million Revenue, Expands CBD Product Line

SING president reports that the company’s solar division is growing in residential markets and expanding into commercial markets In the industrial hemp and CBD sector, SING is debuting a lotion product, expanding TorusMed and adding a water-soluble tincture product SING was named as the master distributor for the Pure Hemp line of American-grown hemp cigarettes SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) President Wil Ralston said on MoneyTV that SING is growing in several directions. During an interview with host Donald Baillargeon (http://cnw.fm/2E86p), Ralston projected that the company’s solar division will generate some $5 million in revenues this year as it continues to increase…

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TuesdayAug 20, 2019 9:00 am

Gov. Polis Outlines Colorado’s Hemp Plan During Supplements Conference

A widely anticipated hemp and CBD supplements conference gave Colorado Gov. Jared Polis a platform to reveal the direction in which he wants to steer the industry within the state. Governor Polis took to the podium and revealed that he wants to keep Colorado ahead of the pack in terms of dominance of the hemp and CBD industry. The American Herbal Products Association organized the event at which the governor and his administration outlined what they planned to do to make Colorado dominant in the hemp industry. The governor started by revealing that Colorado has been exporting industrial hemp to…

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MondayAug 19, 2019 4:00 pm

Farmer Field Day Organized in Wisconsin to Share Hemp Cultivation Tips

A farmer field day is due to take place on September 6 to give prospective hemp farmers in Southern Wisconsin valuable tips learned by the researchers at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. This one-day event will focus on hemp from which CBD can be extracted. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will showcase the different cultivation methods that it has experimented with over the past year. Leah Sandler, a research agronomist at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, says that the production trials that they conducted will be helpful to the prospective hemp farmers. The institute was one of the few entities that…

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MondayAug 19, 2019 9:00 am

Georgia Hemp Farming Act Prompts Police to Drop Marijuana Charges

When Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s Hemp Farming Act in May, little did he know the ripple effects that this law would have regarding the prosecution of marijuana cases in the state. By law, hemp is defined as cannabis whose THC content is less than 0.3 percent while marijuana has a higher percentage of the psychoactive compound (and that is why users get high). With the enactment of the hemp cultivation law, prosecutors around the state are announcing changes to the way they handle low-level marijuana cases. For example, the Solicitor General of Gwinnett County publicly announced that the county…

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FridayAug 16, 2019 4:00 pm

Australian Hemp Farmers Look to Minnesota for Lessons

As different jurisdictions pass hemp cultivation laws in Australia, prospective farmers in the country are closely following industry events in U.S. states like Minnesota in order to learn valuable lessons and avoid making costly mistakes. The following are some of the issues of mutual concern in Minnesota and Australia. Dwindling Commodity Prices Aaron Peterson currently runs a family farm which dates back to the 1880s. The farm, which is located just outside Minneapolis, was initially used to grow grain crops, but Peterson’s grandfather switched to vegetables in order to remain profitable. Today, Aaron Peterson is looking at hemp as the…

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