Hemp vs. Marijuana – Texas DPS raids raises red flag for hemp industry

The Texas Department of Public Safety conducted raids on pharmacies in the Austin vicinity, spurring concerns about Hemp vs. Marijuana laws.

Hemp industry advocates and state legislators are now pushing for clear definitions of the laws surrounding hemp and marijuana products.

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Members of the Texas Hemp Industries Association affirm that the confiscated hemp products are legal under federal and state law, and want to see a clear distinction of laws between hemp products, medicinal marijuana and recreational marijuana.

In early September the Texas DPS targeted four Peoples Pharmacy Inc. locations in Austin where they confiscated Cannabidiol (CBD) products.

THIA Policy Director Sheila Hemphill explained that CBD products do not contain the psychoactive properties found in recreational marijuana, so you can’t get high from it. The federal Agriculture Act of 2014 legalized industrial hemp products nation-wide and, as a result, CBD products have become common non-prescription pain medications in pharmacies. Hemphill suggests that DPS officials are not clear on the legalities of hemp products in the state of Texas.

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Hemp Politics – New policy could harm Kentucky hemp industry

In Hemp Politics a suggested policy could harm Kentucky’s developing hemp industry. The policy has been put forth by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and other federal authorities.

The future of industrial hemp in the U.S. is an ongoing political debate, and its legal status remains an uncertainty. Some U.S. states have legalized the growing of hemp for research purposes, as per the 2014 Farm Bill, but cannabis is still deemed an illegal, controlled substance.

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Kentucky currently has the largest hemp industry in the United States. The Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles wants to keep it this way. However, the portion of the aforementioned policy that appeared in a federal publication has people worried about the future of hemp in Kentucky.

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Hemp in the News – Virginia’s first hemp crops

The state of Virgina puts Hemp in the News with the first hemp crops coming to fruition.

It was a late growing season for the Virginia’s first plots of industrial hemp in years. The first hemp seeds were planted after the summer solstice, on June 28. Despite this, the plants grew remarkably well, reaching 6 to 8 feet tall after just 72 days.

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Glenn Rodes’ farm by the Shenandoah River is one of the first two farms in Virginia to have a legal plot of industrial hemp. The success of this years crop is a stellar example of hemps potential for food, fuel and fibre.

Rodes, the owner of Riverhill Farms, believes hemp will quickly become a “high-value crop.”

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Hemp in the News – ‘Women Grow’ activists in the Kootenays

Nelson, B.C. was the location for Hemp in the News this week, as a group of cannabis activists gathered for an evening in Nelson’s Hume Hotel last Thursday, to launch the ‘Women Grow’ Kootenay chapter. Hemp in the News - Hemp_leaves

Women Grow is a group of individuals with the goal to connect, educate, and inspire young people who are interested in creating business in the cannabis industry. They aim to create educational programs, seminars and community events to empower and influence women in the cannabis industry. Ultimately, they promote the success of industry leaders.

The Women Grow Kootenay chapter is the third chapter to open in Canada. There are also Toronto and Vancouver chapters. The organization began in Denver, Colorado in the fall of 2014.

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Hemp in the News – Growing hemp in Fargo

A company in Fargo, North Dakota, brings Hemp in the News with their prospect of building a greenhouse and growing industrial hemp. Hemp is an ancient crop. In China hemp was used to make clothing as far back as the 28th Century B.C. Hemp in the News - hemp plants historical

Local artists in Fargo are hoping to see hemp become popular again. They recognize the versatility of hemp fabric and the opportunities that growing hemp can bring.

One local textile artist, Lisa Cook, commented on how hemp is a softer and stronger fabric than linen.

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Uses of Hemp – The facts about Henry Ford’s hemp car

The legalization of marijuana is a growing interest for advocates, but they’re also interested in the benefits of industrial hemp. Uses of Hemp hemp_crop

There are an estimated 25,000 Uses of Hemp. Among them are fuel, food, fabric and plastics. Hemp cultivation was once a thriving industry in the U.S. Back in 1941 Henry Ford produced a car made of hemp.

Ford’s hemp car proved that hemp is 10 times stronger than steel.

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Hemp vs. Marijuana – Environmental benefits of hemp

Many lawmakers in the U.S. are looking to legalize marijuana, but what about industrial hemp? Although hemp is slowly being recognized across the states as a viable and beneficial plant, it remains illegal in most states. Hemp vs. Marijuana hemp_crop

When we compare Hemp vs. Marijuana the major difference is that while marijuana is used for its psychoactive substance, industrial hemp has over 25,000 uses – but getting high is not one of them.

In addition to it’s many uses, hemp cultivation also has several environmental benefits such as removing toxins out of the soil and preventing pesticide pollution.

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Hemp in the News – Australian co-op supports hemp

An Australian workers co-op puts Hemp in the News. Earthworker Co-operative wants to start a hemp clothing business for construction workers and emergency services. Earthworker supports sustainable, clean energy job solutions in local communities.

The goal of the hemp clothing business is to promote and encourage industrial hemp manufacturing in Australia. Hemp in the News hemp_crop

A co-operative in Melbourne recently acquired a solar hot water company in Dandenong, and is keen to set up a textile mill for hemp processing. Currently, hemp needs to be exported for processing overseas.

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Uses of Hemp – NY waking up to hemp industry

New York is starting to recognize the value and Uses of Hemp. There is still a ways to go, though, due to concern over its relationship to marijuana.Uses of Hemp - Hemp_leaves

Industrial hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives the high. But unlike marijuana, hemp can be used to make healthy edible products from its seeds, and many products from its fibrous bark and core, such as plastics, building materials,  paper, insulation, animal bedding and cosmetics.

Two lawmakers from the Southern Tier recognize the economic benefits of industrial hemp. After the 2014 federal farm bill was put into effect, Assemblywoman Lupardo and Sen. Tom O’Mara sponsored bills to allow hemp research permits. Lupardo has been pressuring New York to get on board with the booming hemp industry.

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