Hemp Politics – Wisconsin joins the hemp movement

The state of Wisconsin is the hot topic in Hemp Politics this week. On Thursday, a bill was passed, making industrial hemp farming legal in the state.

Farmers without drug convictions will be able to obtain a license to grow hemp. The hemp must contain no more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana.

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Wisconsin will be among the thirty or more states that have approved hemp farming. Advocates say there are many uses of hemp, and economic advantage that farmers will now have access to.

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Hemp in the News – New hemp-based treats could soon be served in coffee shops in Australia

In Australia, small businesses are putting Hemp in the News once again by promoting raw hemp brownies in local cafe’s, restaurants and supermarkets. With the new laws coming about in the country, many in the hemp industry are looking into new ways to use this amazingly healthy product.

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Although some problems still exist due to the ideas that still surround hemp, people who were already aware of the benefits are a base market to start on, with hopes that with their help and growing acceptance the market will grow, in time.

With law changes beginning to happen the hemp’s future in Australia is looking much brighter.

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Hemp Politics – A Native American tribe is set to buck the rules in Wisconsin

The St. Croix Chippewa are going against State legislators in Wisconsin to once again bring Hemp Politics to the fore in local news.

The tribe is about to start growing hemp to produce CBD oil to help with a large problem in their community, where many children are suffering from seizures.

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At the cost of millions, the Menominee tribe tried to grow the crop in 2015, which on harvesting was taken by the feds and destroyed. The Chippewa have stated that the State law does not apply to them because of federal law giving special benefits to tribes on reservation land.

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Hemp in the News – Social visionaries look to hemp as possible solution to India’s destructive cotton industry

Recognising hemp as a sustainable solution for India’s destructive cotton industry puts Hemp in the News this week, as India faces severe social challenges.

Being the second largest cotton exporter in the world comes at a cost. To meet today’s demands, cotton cultivation and production requires dangerous amounts of pesticides and herbicides, and in developing nations these are not used sparingly. In addition to this, there is a growing number of suicides among cotton farmers in India.

Business visionaries are looking to hemp as a possible answer to creating sustainable social change in India. They are keeping a keen eye on the world-wide burgeoning hemp industries.

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Hemp is actually a native plant to India, and in the past it held cultural significance in Indian. However, like many other countries, India was compelled to ban hemp in 1980, due to the U.S.’s international war on drugs.

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Hemp Politics – U.S. Senator speaks up about the benefits of hemp

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Senator Lena C. Taylor talks about how the fears surrounding marijuana, and the lack of knowledge about hemp, make conversations about legalising either one of them a challenging task.

There is a lack of awareness about the significant differences between the plants, their uses and methods of cultivation.

In 2010, Taylor was part of a group of legislators who studied the uses and economic benefits of hemp. The group researched the use of industrial hemp as an alternative source for producing fuel and motor oil, and making food and body care products.

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In addition to finding positive results for product creation, they also discovered the sustainable and economic benefits of this versatile plant.

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Hemp in the News – The argument continues, drug or crop?

Farmers in Calloway County, Kentucky, have put Hemp in the News, as they are still busy trying to convince many, that although it looks the same as marijuana, it is not. The jobs that can be gained from this crop are just one of the reasons why hemp should be made legal.

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One of the problems that many are having in the area is that although farmers and universities have been growing the crop since 2014, they still have to prove that their crop is not a drug.

With more than 50,000 uses, including oil and food, farmers are still hesitant to grow the crop because it is uninsurable as it is still listed as a class 1 drug.

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Hemp Politics – Wisconsin wants to revive its hemp industry

Looking back at the Hemp Politics in Wisconsin, we learn that during World War II, citizens across the state called for the U.S. government to install processing plants across their state.

The crop they were looking to grow and process was hemp. At that time, hemp was used to make all kinds of products for the war effort, and just like today, it had the potential to boost the economy and create jobs in small communities and towns. Southern Wisconsin had ideal soil conditions for growing the crop and the area was perfect for setting up processing facilities.

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Today, hemp advocates are trying to bring the crop back to Wisconsin. The fertile soils of Southern Wisconsin hold the same promise as eighty years ago, before hemp was made illegal.

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Hemp in the News – Ontario college first to launch commercial cannabis program

A southern Ontario college puts Hemp in the News this week, with its announcement to launch a commercial cannabis production program.

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Starting in September 2018, Niagara College will offer a one-year certificate program for students interested in pursuing the commercial cannabis industry. The program will be for the licensing of marijuana, hemp fibre, and hemp seed.

The program has been given the go ahead by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Eligible students will hold a diploma/ degree in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, or natural sciences, or an equivalent amount of education combined with experience.

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Hemp Politics – Industrial hemp is making a comeback in Pennsylvania

Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of the Industrial Hemp Research Act in 2016, a hemp pilot program is giving Pennsylvania’s Hemp Politics a positive-looking future.

Hemp is on the rise in Pennsylvania, and Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is home to one of the hemp research teams appointed to study the economic potential of industrial hemp.

Professor Greg Roth is excited to be one of the leaders in hemp research for Pennsylvania, recognising the multiple benefits of the crop, and it’s immense potential for product development. It promises an economic boost that would be a welcome opportunity to any state.

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Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop that has thousands of uses, from clothing and carpeting to biofuel and building materials. The seeds of hemp are an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp Seed Hearts can be added to almost any meal to boost your daily nutritional intake.

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Hemp in the News: In South Carolina it’s legal, but no one wants to give it a try!

Having passed legislation in S.C., finding someone to grow the crop is becoming a problem, putting Hemp in the News once again.

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Applications for licenses opened in South Carolina on August 1st, but there is yet to be one person willing to take the gamble, according to state officials.

Much of the blame has been put on regulations and unfamiliarity with the crop and its markets. Another problem still seems to be the stigma that remains between hemp and marijuana. Many people still believe that, because they look so much alike, they are the same, and farmers also worry about the attitudes of people when they see the crop growing on their farms.

There are, of course, other teething troubles, and this is holding back many, who in the not too distant past, were fighting to make it legal.

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