Hemp in the News – Hemp industry soon to be launched in NZ

An upcoming summit in New Zealand has Hemp in the News this week. It will be the first hemp industry summit to be held in NZ and will take place in July. The goal of the summit is to fuel a domestic industrial hemp economy.

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Recent changes in NZ’s hemp legalisation have spurred interest in industrial hemp’s business potential for food, fibre and medicinal products. The summit will delve into the prospect of making New Zealand one of the most successful hemp producers and processors in the world.

The summit welcomes businesses, farmers, researchers, sponsors, community leaders, economy experts, and anyone who has an interest in playing a role in the development of a hemp industry in NZ.

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Hemp Politics – The Senate majority leader is to have last word

An attempt to put legalisation of industrial hemp into the large farm bill has put Hemp Politics in the limelight this week. Many supporters of the idea were stymied this week and told that it will all come down to the opinion and/or support of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader.

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Rep’s Andy Barr and James Comer of Kentucky, and a few others, have tried to get the legalisation issue in front of the House for a vote, but they were told by the Rules Committee Chairman, Pete Sessions, R-Texas, to leave it alone. The final say on this will be had by McConnell.

McConnell has been a longtime supporter of the issue, bringing it in as a research project in the 2014 Farm Bill. McConnell, a Senator of six terms, is looking to run again in 2020 and will need all the support possible from the farming and agricultural communities.

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Hemp in the News – Wisconsin Attorney General walks back earlier issues

In Wisconsin, the state Attorney General Brad Schimel has once again put Hemp in the News, by allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp for the purpose of producing CBD oil, as long as they are doing so in obeisance of new laws passed by the Wisconsin state legislature.

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This has been agreed to, only after a meeting between state lawmakers, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

Three things were agreed on: Wisconsin farmers can grow industrial hemp without legal repercussions, farmers can sell their crop to anyone, and they can also grow the plant for the purpose of producing CBD oil.

The agreement between the farmers and DOJ only apply to farmers strictly following the DATCP regulations and in compliance with the Farm Bill.

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Hemp in the News – Industrial hemp legalisation on a federal scale could soon become a reality in the U.S.A.

The proposed Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would remove industrial hemp from the U.S.A’s list of controlled substances, making it a legal crop once again, and it’s putting Hemp in the News.

The state of Kentucky once had a thriving hemp industry, long before the success of the tobacco industry, but in 1937 hemp was dragged into the war on drugs along with its cousin, marijuana, and deemed illegal. Now the crop is making a comeback.

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Hemp and marijuana look like the same plant, but hemp contains a minuscule amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the element that gives the marijuana high. Hemp can be used to make thousands of products, such as food, fibre, oil, medicine, paper and fuel.

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Hemp Politics – The misguided ban on industrial hemp needs to be lifted

There are varying opinions among lawmakers in U.S. Hemp Politics, but with the support and advocacy of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the hemp industry in the U.S. could soon be taking a giant leap forward.

Many other countries are reaping the financial benefits of this versatile crop, but in the U.S. the stigma remains. Hemp was once a thriving crop across the U.S., but mistaken assumptions resulted in a federal ban against it, and it was lumped in with marijuana on the controlled substances list.

Unfortunately, this federal ban meant that farmers, producers and consumers have missed out on decades of fortune and benefits that hemp has to offer. There are thousands of uses of this industrious plant, from food products and cosmetics, to paints, animal feed, paper and clothing.

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The stigma stems from the misconception that hemp and marijuana are the same plant, but hemp contains less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

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Hemp in the News – It’s time to make the ultimate leap and legalise it

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s advocacy for hemp, has put Hemp in the News this week. McConnell declared that he will introduce legislation to make hemp legal as an agricultural commodity.

For the past few years, several states have been growing hemp under the regulations of the 2014 Federal Farm Bill. The farm bill permits the cultivation of hemp by state agriculture departments, for research purposes only.

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What keeps hemp from legalisation is the stigma attached to it, due to its relation to marijuana. However, although hemp and marijuana are both species of the Cannabis sativa plant, hemp contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana that gives the high.

Hemp has so many more valuable uses, including clothing, food products, and building materials. It’s high time hemp was removed from the controlled substances list and made a legal crop, once and for all.

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Hemp in the News – Saskatchewan Indigenous groups seek opportunities in hemp and cannabis industries

A conference for Indigenous Inclusion in the Hemp and Cannabis Industries put Hemp in the News this week. Indigenous dignitaries and hemp industry leaders gathered together at the inaugural event in Saskatoon.

The Kawacatoose First Nation founded the event to help bridge business relationships for Indigenous people with hemp and cannabis companies.

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Darin Poorman, director of operations for Kawacatoose First Nation, recognises the economic benefits of the hemp industry, and would like to see Indigenous groups get involved.

Like many others, the Kawacatoose First Nation has immense agricultural property, ideal for the cultivation and processing of cannabis and hemp.

Poorman’s goal is to establish an Indigenous cooperative within the next two years.

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Hemp Politics – Arkansas governor stalls industrial hemp bill

The Hemp Politics in the state of Arkansas are not working in favour of the farmers who are eager to get their first hemp seeds in the ground.

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Hemp was legalised in Arkansas last year already, but final approval is still needed by the governor, and he’s stalling. With planting season just around the corner, this is a worry for the industrial hemp farmers and for Nicolas Dial, President of the Arkansas Hemp Association.

Dial was part of the team that formed the bill for hemp legalisation last year. In April of 2017, state lawmakers were all in favour and passed the hemp bill, but now, almost one year later, it is under scrutiny.

Farmers are disheartened by the delay, and are concerned that they’ll have to wait until next year to plant their first crop.

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Hemp in the News – Missouri lawmakers open doors to industrial hemp

Missouri lawmakers put Hemp in the News again this week, with the passing of Senate Bill 547. This means that Missouri can now set up a hemp pilot program, and selected farmers will be able to grow and produce hemp.

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The Department of Agriculture will oversee the production and selling of the crop. The program is the first step towards a new industry that promises economic growth for farmers and businesses.

The other benefit of the bill is that it recognises the distinction between hemp and marijuana, and will protect farmers from the federal laws of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. Although hemp is related to marijuana, it is a different strain that contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient.

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Hemp Politics – Alaska’s economy to get boost from new hemp industry

In Alaska’s Hemp Politics last month, lawmakers moved to legalise industrial hemp. This is great news for the state, which is in need of new economic opportunities, but the Senate Bill still needs Gov. Bill Walker’s seal of approval.

Once approved, a hemp pilot program will be introduced, which will allow approved applicants to grow hemp for research purposes. The bill will also distinguish hemp from marijuana by removing hemp from the regulations imposed on marijuana.

Hemp and marijuana are both species of the cannabis sativa plant, but they differ greatly. The most important difference to note is that hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives the high.

In addition, the new ruling will allow hemp-based food products. Hemp seeds are highly nutritious, full of vitamins and minerals, high in protein, and a balanced source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Hemp Seed Hearts can be eaten in raw form, as hemp oil, or as hemp protein powder.

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