Hemp in the News – NY Gov paving the way for hemp industry success

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support for the expansion of New York State’s industrial hemp industry put Hemp in the News this week. He has taken legislative action to help make the hemp industry a success in the state, which is a great leap forward for the state’s agricultural economy.

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The new legislation assures that industrial hemp will be recognised as an agricultural product, according to the New York Agriculture and Markets Law. A specialised hemp group will be in place to provide information about research and regulations pertaining to hemp cultivation. Also, there will be an estimated $10 million allotted for grants focused on the growth of the industry through research and economic progress.

Cuomo says that with the focus being on both farms and businesses, New York is setting an example of how to expand the industry and generate economic growth from the farms through to the manufacturers.

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Hemp in the News – It’s time for North Dakota to remove the barriers for hemp

North Dakota puts Hemp in the News as hemp test plots across the state conclude that hemp is a viable crop for the state. Now it’s time to remove the barriers to allow all farmers access to the financially promising crop, and to give communities the opportunity for new employment in manufacturing.

The U.S. government treats industrial hemp and marijuana much the same. Without regulations for hemp farming, law enforcement would have great difficulty maintaining the laws for marijuana. A major difference between the two plants is that hemp contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Hemp is of no use to those interested in getting high from smoking the plant.

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However, hemp has many other uses, and is a very beneficial crop for farmers. It is a versatile crop that can grow in almost any conditions, including the salty soil of North Dakota. It can also help replenish the soil for other crops like corn and soybeans. But hemp doesn’t just benefit farmers. A large scale hemp industry would require processing plants to process the hemp into oil and fibres, promising new industry jobs across the state.

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Hemp Politics – Sen. Mike Gabbard rallied the crowd at Hawaii Hemp Conference

Last Saturday, at the Hawaii Hemp Conference, Hemp Politics were brought to the forefront with a performance from Oahu state Sen. Mike Gabbard. He took the stage with guitar in hand and sang a revamped version of “The Times They Are a Changin’,” giving the song a hemp twist.

Hemp was, at one time, a mainstay crop in the United States and an essential part of the American economy. That was before regulations were imposed on the crop by classifying it as a controlled substance, due to its close relation to marijuana.

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In contrast to hemp, marijuana, contains an average 9 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient. Industrial hemp, on the other hand, has less than 0.3 percent.

Gabbard spoke about the history of hemp, commenting on the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which put a ban on all cannabis products, hemp included, despite the impossibility of getting high on hemp.

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Hemp in the News – Hemp History Week gives farmer of the year award to local farmer

This week marks the 8th Annual Hemp History Week in the U.S., putting Hemp in the News with daily news stories. Hemp History Week has given a local hemp farmer the farmer of the year award, and she’s the first female to ever receive it.

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Margaret MacKenzie works at Salt Creek Ranch, and in response to being the first female to win the award she said she has many amazing mentors and that she is certainly not the first female hemp farmer.

In April 2017 there were 31 states that had legalised hemp farming and production, including Colorado. Hemp advocates and farmers alike would like to see hemp legalisation happen at the federal level, so that all farmers across the country can have access to the crop.

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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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