Hemp in the News – Illinois farmers eagerly await approval for hemp cultivation

The state of Illinois continues to put Hemp in the News this week, as farmers wait for government approval to grow industrial hemp.

Profits for Illinois farmers have plummeted, with the dropping prices on corn and soybeans. State lawmakers see hemp as a profitable alternative to these failing crops.

The recent unanimous Senate vote for industrial hemp legalisation now awaits approval from the House committee. This approval will allow farmers to obtain a license to grow from the Department of Agriculture. There are many benefits to hemp as a crop, such as its short growing cycle, its tall yield, low maintenance, and its ability to squeeze out weeds.

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Rebecca Osland of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, says not only will the legalisation of hemp provide farmers with a new crop that can provide additional revenue, the plant is also great for the soil.

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Hemp Politics – Following Illinois Senate approval, hemp bill moves to the house

Hemp Politics are getting a lot of attention in the state of Illinois these days. The Illinois Senate gave their collective endorsement of a measure for the legalisation of growing and selling industrial hemp, and now the Industrial Hemp Bill is on its way to the House.

Like marijuana, hemp is a species of cannabis, but it differs greatly in that it has a much lower content of the key compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and all parts of the plant can be used to make a vast amount of products.

The hemp-based company, Global Hemp, based in Peoria, Illinois, is exploring new uses for hemp fibres. The fibres can be manufactured into particle board and construction materials, or softened to replace cotton products such as clothing.

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Global Hemp President Eric Pollitt believes hemp can give Illinois an economic boost in both manufacturing and transportation industries.

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Hemp in the News – Recent legalisation in Australia gives advocates hope for thriving hemp industry

The recent legalisation of hemp-based foods in Australia is putting Hemp in the News a lot these days, boosting morale of hemp supporters eager to get the new industry rolling.

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Georgina Wilkinson, co-owner of the Margaret River Hemp Company, says the legalisation of hemp foods in Australia will encourage farmers to grow hemp, as it can used to produce food and building products.

Just last week, the Office of Drug Control issued its first license for growing medicinal cannabis in Western Australia, to the company AusCann. The company is also looking into establishing a base in the Margaret River region.

Wilkinson, along with many other hemp advocates, is pleased with the recent hemp approval because it means more opportunities for Australia on a domestic and international scale.

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Hemp Politics – Arizona is well on its way to hemp legalisation that will allow farmers to sow seeds of hemp

In Arizona Hemp Politics, the House voted unanimously to take the first steps towards legalising hemp. However, there is concern that allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp will result in marijuana plants being hidden in their midst.

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The initial approval of SB 1337 administers the state Department of Agriculture to begin issuing hemp cultivation licences to farmers. Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis family, but hemp contains only trace amounts, (less than 0.3 percent), of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound.

In other words, as stated by Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, you could try smoking hemp but all it’ll give you is a bad headache.

Borelli recognises hemp as a prosperous crop and wants to see the laws change to allow Arizona farmers to cash in on the up and rising industry. Hemp has many uses, from fibres for textile production to oils for food and medicinal use.

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Hemp in the News – Thailand Tobacco is entertaining the idea of producing healthy hemp cigarettes

The Thailand Tobacco Monopoly’s discussion of possibly planting and processing hemp for consumer goods put Hemp in the News.

The company is especially keen on the idea of growing hemp to produce hemp seed oil and rolling papers, both of which are used to make hemp cigarettes.

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When hemp seed oil is added into cigarettes it actually reduces the amount of nicotine and tar residues, without altering the flavour of the cigarette. Also, because hemp rolling papers don’t burn, the cigarettes don’t exude as much second hand smoke.

Thailand Tobacco became interested in hemp rolling paper when it discovered research that was conducted abroad. The company will do their own investigation into the product benefits before committing to production.

Ultimately, the goal is to create a cigarette that is not harmful to ones health, by lowering levels of nicotine and tar.

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Hemp in the News – Growth of NZ’s hemp industry hindered by laws

New Zealand continues to have very strict laws about growing hemp, which puts Hemp in the News this week. The laws are holding the country back from being a part of a worldwide booming industry, say many hemp growers.

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Last week, a gathering organised by Ruatoria social enterprise Hikurangi Enterprises, brought hemp growers together from Nelson, Auckland, Northland, Hawke’s Bay and the East Coast. They gathered in Gisborne for a two-day meeting to discuss the current status of growing in these areas, and what the hemp industry is doing globally. Project manager Manu Caddie said about forty people were present at the public forum portion of the gathering.

Caddie and Hikurangi Enterprises were both key players in the hemp cultivation trials that took place near Ruatoria last summer. Caddie says New Zealand’s hemp industry is not keeping up with the industry development that is happening globally. He recognises that big changes have to happen with NZ regulations before they can start enjoying all the benefits that this miracle plant has to offer.

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Hemp in the News – South Australian Parliament votes yes to hemp legalisation

The South Australian Parliament put Hemp in the News this week with their approval of legalising industrial hemp. This means farmers will be able to plant hemp in their fields in just a matter of weeks.

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This is not only good news for farmers. It is also a very helpful boost to the individuals and businesses who are making and selling hemp products, because they will no longer need to source their hemp supply from overseas, according to Tammy Franks, Greens Upper House member and sponsor of the bill.

At this time, the industrial hemp industry in South Australia is producing clothes, cosmetics and building supplies.

Industrial hemp is a type of cannabis plant, but it has less than one percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical that gives the high. So smoke it all you want, but you won’t get high.

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Hemp Politics – Alaska Senate approves bill to legalise hemp

In Hemp Politics this week, the Alaska Senate collectively agreed to pass a bill for the legalisation of hemp cultivation and marketing.

Sen. Shelley Hughes backed Senate Bill 6, saying that her bill will alter hemp’s status to be its own agricultural product distinct from marijuana, ultimately removing it from the controlled substances list.

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Hughes states that the economic potential and opportunities that hemp has to offer are endless. There are literally thousands of uses for hemp, from fibre products like paper and textiles, to building materials and insulation.

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Hemp in the News – NC hemp commission won’t be suing the DEA just yet

A potential lawsuit against the DEA has repeatedly put Hemp in the News lately, but the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission has decided not to join in the lawsuit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration just yet.

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The commission, formed in 2015 to help advance a hemp industry in the state, backs a local company that intends to sue the DEA for its recent law change that deems any products made with CBD (cannabidiol oil) illegal, and prohibits state to state distribution. The president of the Founder’s Hemp, Bob Crumley, invited the commission to team up with them on the lawsuit.

But rather than taking legal action right away, last week the commission requested that the Attorney General’s Office try to resolve the issue directly with the U.S. Department of Justice and try to determine why the DEA has a different understanding of the hemp transportation law than Congress.

The commission chairman, Tom Melton, said he is not completely opposed to taking legal action against the DEA, but wants to try resolving it outside of court first.

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Hemp Politics – Hemp research paying off in the U.S.

The 2014 federal farm bill has done a lot to transform Hemp Politics in the U.S.

Hemp research has been conducted in several U.S. states over the past few years, and the results have provided farmers with valuable information on how to grow industrial hemp. It has proven hemp to be a highly feasible crop with great economic potential for the U.S.

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The farm bill authorised universities and state agriculture departments to set up research programs to study the benefits of cultivating industrial hemp. Many products can be made from the fibre of the plant, such as paper and clothing, and the oil from hemp can be used in food and health products. There are currently fifteen states with research programs, and more states are signing up.

Hemp Industries Association Executive Director, Colleen Keahey, said the hemp research programs that have been in operation the last several years have had a significant impact on the industry. She believes there is great importance in government agencies working together to define industrial hemp according to the farm bill.

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