Hemp in the News – Hemp is the eco-friendly solution for the fashion industry

The consumer demand for eco-friendly fashion alternatives has Hemp in the News this week. The fashion industry is looking to hemp for sustainable fabrics.

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Consumers are increasingly seeking apparel that is sustainable, and progressive designers are turning to hemp for the answers.

Wearing hemp could conjure up images of old sacks and stiff, uncomfortable clothing, but this is a  misconception. Hemp fabric is produced from fibres of the stalk, then spun into threads and woven into fabric.

Cotton has monopolized the fashion world for decades, but it is hard on the environment. Hemp, on the other hand, is a biodegradable fibre and uses a fraction of the water that is used to grow cotton. It also revitalises the soil, and is substantially more eco-friendly than cotton.

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Hemp in the News – Customers Bank is backing the budding hemp industry

A bank in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, has Hemp in the News with its announcement to provide banking services to registered hemp companies in Pennsylvania and New York.

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Banking has long been a challenge for hemp growers and business owners. Banks haven’t wanted to take the risk of serving the controversial, and often misunderstood industry. Now, Customers Bank is making it possible for hemp businesses to access basic business banking services, such as online and mobile banking, bank fraud protection, and online wire transfers. They’ll also be able to get business bank loans. It’s a milestone for the hemp industry in the U.S.

Hopefully, Customers Bank is setting a precedent that other banks will follow.

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Hemp in the News – How carbon negative cars can help the climate crisis

It would make sense if, during Climate Action Week (Sept 20-27), there was more Hemp in the News, as hemp has the potential to help reverse our climate catastrophe.

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When you think of hemp, snazzy sports cars are probably the furthest thing from your mind. Think again. In 2017, Bruce Dietzen, of Renew Sports Cars, built the world’s first hemp car.

However, the idea of building cars out of hemp was not a new one. Henry Ford invented a plant-based car in 1941. It was even fueled by plants. Imagine how far we’d be today, if Ford’s sustainable vehicle was launched 80 years ago.

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Hemp in the News – How one plant can save our whole planet

There is a growing presence of Hemp in the News worldwide. Based on its many uses and benefits, which can help save the planet, it’s no wonder.

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Hemp is an extremely versatile plant. New industries are popping up everywhere, from clothing and food to construction and sustainable development. Hemp can be used as an alternative to materials that are harming our planet, such as plastics, cotton, and fuel.

Hemp can be grown without herbicides or pesticides and, unlike cotton, it requires very little water to grow. It also has the ability to detoxify soil.

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Hemp in the News – Georgia farmers poised for new hemp laws

This week it’s the state of Georgia putting Hemp in the News, as farmers eagerly await the deadline for new hemp regulations.

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The rocky U.S.-China relations and recent hurricane disaster have some farmers looking to hemp for economic recovery. State law makers are in the final stages of preparing new hemp regulations that will allow farmers to become licensed growers.

The trade war with China has some farmers paying a quarter of their export profits in tariffs. The 2018 hurricane also caused much hardship for Georgian farmers.

The Georgia Hemp Farming Act, which will legalize hemp cultivation, will provide much-needed opportunities for farmers to become profitable again.

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Hemp Politics – Croatian opposition party pushes for hemp legalisation

Croatia’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) is stirring up some Hemp Politics. SDP leaders Davor Bernardic and Mirela Holy have proposed the full legalization of industrial hemp. They say the crop would help the advancement of tourism and agriculture.

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The SDP believes that by legalizing and controlling industrial hemp, the industry would give the economy a boost and provide new employment opportunities.

According to Holy, recent law changes implemented to combat drug abuse, have created restrictions for industrial hemp uses. He wants to see the liberation of hemp so that Croatia can reap all the benefits that hemp has to offer.

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Hemp in the News – The success story of hemp in Kentucky

The fast-growing industry in the state of Kentucky has Hemp in the News this week, as fields and jobs continue to expand.

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Kentucky is now the leading state in hemp production, with over 60,000 acres. What also makes them the leading state is the immense employment growth that its hemp industry has created. Close to 1,000 jobs have been created in Kentucky since December 2015.

Although a lot of this new employment is in farming, most of it isn’t. Jobs have been created in many other fields, such as sales, delivery, and lab technicians.

In the past three years, Kentucky has seen sixteen hemp processors establish plants in the state.

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Hemp Politics – The ripple effect of hemp legalization on marijuana

The 2018 Farm Bill legalizing hemp did not put an end to Hemp Politics in the U.S. The new law has inadvertently effected hemp’s controversial cousin, marijuana.

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In Texas, the new law has created confusion for state prosecutors. District attorneys across the state have been dropping pot possession cases and they are not taking on any new ones.

Now, state leaders are getting involved. A letter has been sent from Republican leaders to district attorneys statewide, informing them that changes in hemp legislation did not include marijuana.

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Hemp in the News – Smell of cannabis no longer enough for police search

In Palm Beach County, the ripple effect of federal hemp legalization has made an impact on local law enforcement, putting Hemp in the News once again.

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What used to be the norm, is no longer permitted. The suspected smell of marijuana is not a sufficient reason for police to search vehicles without a warrant anymore. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg has informed local law enforcement that marijuana arrests in Florida are going to be much more difficult now.

The message to law enforcement was that the distinction between the two plants, hemp and marijuana, must be determined before prosecutions can proceed.

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Hemp Politics – CBD products get support from hemp industry

A group of Massachusetts hemp farmers has decided to get involved in Hemp Politics by supporting a new bill for CBD products.

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Recent political developments have brought the legal issue of CBD products to the fore. The State Department of Resources has stated guidelines that basically outlaws the sale of food products that include CBD.

The bill, introduced by former Marijuana Policy Committee chairman Rep. Mark Cusack, will effectively legalize these goods and relieve the confusion.

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