Hemp Politics – Canadian government revises hemp regulations to allow for whole plant harvest

In Canadian Hemp Politics, the government has amended hemp regulations, to allow farmers to harvest the whole plant, including the flowers and leaves.

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According to the Canadian government, this regulation upgrade could result in a massive economic boost within the coming decade. The government recognises the growing popularity and demand for Cannabidiol (CBD), which is used to produce medicinal products, as well as supplements and beauty products.

In Canada, the cultivation of industrial hemp was legalised in 1998, but the law didn’t permit the whole plant to be harvested. The flowers and leaves, the parts that contain the cannabinoids, had to be discarded, but not anymore.

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Hemp in the News – Virginia has a new hemp cultivation program

The state of Virginia put Hemp in the News this week with its new industrial hemp research project.

Up until now, hemp growing was limited to the hemp pilot programs conducted at four universities in the state. But now the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a new industrial hemp program that is open to anyone.

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As it’s a cannabis plant, interested growers need to register to participate, but it’s important to note that although hemp is a member of the cannabis family, it contains no more than three percent THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis.

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Hemp in the News – Hawaii’s hemp industry set in motion, with launch of hemp cultivation program

Hawaii has set its hemp industry in motion by granting the first permits for growing hemp, thus putting Hemp in the News this week.

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The growing licenses were issued to three selected farmers, and only for research purposes for the state’s industrial hemp research and cultivation program. This is great progress for the state of Hawaii, as the potential for a fruitful new crop and industry is promising.

The three farmers are permitted to sell what they harvest, but they need to provide the Department of Agriculture with information about their process of planting, harvesting and distribution.

It’s good news for farmers, and even better news for the hemp industry as a whole.

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Hemp Politics – 20 years later, hemp is finally turning heads in U.S. politics

Two decades ago in Idaho, legislator Tom Trail was determined to bring Hemp Politics into the limelight, but the stigma of the hemp plant hindered any progress.

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During his time as State Representative, Trail advocated for hemp legalisation and sought support from fellow legislators. He made several attempts to raise awareness in the Congress about the value of industrial hemp and its misalignment with its disreputable cousin.

Unfortunately, Trail’s attempts were not recognised, and the one bill of his that actually made it out of committee, was voted out by the House with a 47-15 vote.

This is significantly different from what’s happening today in the U.S. Senate. Twenty years after Trail’s thwarted efforts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pushing to make hemp cultivation legal at the federal level, and he’s getting plenty of support.

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Hemp in the News – Sustainable tech company takes action to save our soil

Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc. has put Hemp in the News this week with the announcement of their Hemp and Cotton Clean Fibre Initiative.

Earth Alive focuses on global environmental responsibility and sustainability for the agriculture and mining industries, by producing microbial technology solutions that help our environment.

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The Hemp and Cotton Clean Fibre Initiative is a global research project that aims to scale down the environmental impact of the cotton industry.

Introducing hemp as a crop rotation with cotton will help to replenish the soil. Hemp uses a fraction of the water that cotton crops require, and it can rejuvenate the soil.

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Hemp in the News – Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee vote in favour of farm bill that includes hemp legalisation

A vote within the Senate Agriculture Committee put Hemp in the News this week. On Wednesday, June 13, the senators voted 20 to 1 in favour of passing the farm bill.

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The farm bill, or ‘Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,’ is an extensive bill that includes a wide range of topics, from financial assistance for farmers to rural development procedures and, of course, the legalisation of hemp.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky has been the mastermind behind the advancement of hemp legalisation. At the meeting on Wednesday, he spoke about the importance of legalising hemp, for the benefit of Kentucky farmers who are still looking for an alternative to tobacco.

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Hemp Politics – McConnell advocates for hemp inclusion in Senate farm bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has brought up Hemp Politics again this week.

McConnell is looking to finally legislate hemp as an agricultural product just like any other. He has been the heartbeat behind getting it into the legislation known as “The Farm Bill.” A little less than a fortnight ago, it was said that without him, hemp would not have made it into the bill.

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Along with the farm bill, McConnell, together with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have introduced a solo bill looking to take hemp off the infamous federal list of controlled substances and make it what it is – just another agricultural crop.

The sign that things might be changing is the fact that there are two “Dems” and two “Reps” involved in this separate bill, collaborating to review the antiquated view of hemp.

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Hemp in the News – Surge of Alaskans sign up for hemp pilot program

In Alaska, the dawning of a new industry has Hemp in the News this week, as many rush to sign up for the soon to be launched hemp pilot program. Applicants are hoping to be part of this project for the study of farming commercial hemp in the state.

Not to be confused with marijuana, industrial hemp is a separate strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant that contain less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive component.

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Industrial hemp, once a thriving crop in the U.S., was used to make rope, textiles, and many other products and materials. But in 1937 the federal government deemed it illegal, partly due to its relation to marijuana.

Since the introduction of the 2014 Farm Bill, many states have introduced hemp pilot programs to study the potential of hemp as a crop and, ultimately, to reestablish the industry. Alaska is the 35th state to get on board with the program.

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Hemp Politics – U.S. Senators agree to build up a national hemp seed bank

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Senators are taking a significant leap forward with their decision to reestablish a national supply of high quality hemp seeds.

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They’ve given orders to the agriculture departments to start collecting cannabis genetics that can become the nations hemp seed bank, and they’re investing $500,000 to get the job done.

The Senators understand the importance of developing a hemp industry in the U.S., and that without a national collection of high quality seeds, progress is hindered.

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Hemp in the News – Virginia’s senators get on board with hemp

The decision by two Virginia senators to support new legislation for industrial hemp commercialisation, has Hemp in the News this week.

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Democratic Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner declared their new positions as co-sponsors to the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. The most important role of this bill is to remove hemp from the list of Schedule I controlled substances, thus allowing hemp to be an unrestricted crop between the states.

Current hemp laws are hindering the progress of what could be a booming industry, bringing great economic benefits to the state of Virginia and the U.S. as a whole. The Hemp Farming Act will broaden opportunities for farmers, manufactures, and businesses alike.

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