Hemp in the News – National Hemp Association hosts hemp awareness event in Pennsylvania

A hemp awareness event at a farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania, put Hemp in the News this week. It was the first of its kind in the state.

Geoff Whaling, chairman of the National Hemp Association, was there to showcase a field of hemp for farmers and investors who might be interested in the crop.

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Local farmers and business owners attended the event to see and learn more about this crop that is being revived all across the country.

One of the key speakers was State Senator Judy Schwank. She spoke about the economic benefits that industrial hemp could bring to the state.

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Hemp Politics – The one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on

American Hemp Politics are making headway these days as the Senate’s Farm Bill gets closer to realization.

They might not agree on much, but if there’s one thing the Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it’s hemp. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been the mastermind behind getting hemp into the limelight. He’s been backed by several Senators including Minority Leader Chuck Schemer and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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The Senate Farm Bill includes a clause that would remove hemp from the Schedule 1 list of controlled substances. It’s possible that the Bill will be passed at the end of this month. If so, restrictions would be lifted and hemp would become a legal crop in the U.S.

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Hemp Politics – Delaware is all set and ready to go!

Delaware’s Hemp Politics have made excellent progress and the state is both hopeful and prepared for federal legalisation of industrial hemp.

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On August 28th, Senate Bill 266 was signed, which paved the way for industrial hemp farming in the state of Delaware.

The 2014 Farm Bill made it legal for individual states to set up hemp pilot programs through state agriculture departments and universities, but for research purposes only. Now the federal government is considering removing all restrictions and barriers, making industrial hemp a legal crop nationwide.

Bill 266 puts everything in place, so that once the federal ban is lifted, Delaware is all set and ready to go!

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Hemp Politics – Whole plant harvest now legal in Canada

In Canadian Hemp Politics, the federal government has legalised the harvest of hemp flowers, buds and leaves. Hemp growers are no longer limited to just the seeds, stalks and fibres of the crop.

This change in industrial hemp regulations was put into effect on August 10th by Health Canada. Prior to this, it was illegal to harvest the flowers, buds and leaves of hemp plants in Canada.

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Whole plant harvest opens up opportunities for the production of CBD and other medicinal products.

This is a good boost for Canadians’ health and economy.

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Hemp in the News – Lebanon looks to legalise hemp to help boost economy

Lebanon’s parliament put Hemp in the News this week, with talk of industrial hemp legalisation.

Lebanese Forces member of parliament, Antoine Habchi, has proposed a modification to the country’s drug regulations, to allow Lebanese farmers to cultivate industrial hemp.

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The parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, announced that he is looking into this possibility and considering the formation of a specialised team to oversee cannabis production.

Lebanon is also exploring the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use.

Establishing and regulating a legal industrial hemp industry in Lebanon would give farmers, and the economy, a much-needed boost.

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Hemp Politics – Skepticism of Indiana legislators hindering hemp progress

In the state of Indiana, Hemp Politics are holding back the revival of a very fruitful crop.

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State leaders are still skeptical about hemp, while Indiana farmers are eager to grow it and process it into a variety of products, from food to auto parts.

Indiana implemented a hemp pilot program, whereby the Purdue University has permission to cultivate hemp for research purposes. According to Ronald Turco, Department Head of Agronomy, the studies show that Indiana’s climate and soil are well-suited for growing hemp. He says there’s a hemp industry that is just waiting to happen.

The Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources is responsible for establishing regulations on how to regulate the crop in the state. Their report will be released in November.

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Hemp in the News – The success of SC’s inaugural hemp crop has captured the interest of farmers

The success of South Carolina’s first hemp crop has put Hemp in the News this week, and farmers are eager to be selected for the next round of growing permits.

Last year, SC initiated a hemp pilot program. Twenty farmers were selected to grow up to 20 acres of hemp, for research purposes only.

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Farmer Nat Bradford, of Sumter County, was one of the chosen few. He tested different strains of hemp to see which could sustain strained growing conditions. He is now focusing on cultivating the surviving plants.

The success of South Carolina’s inaugural hemp crop, has resulted in the decision to allocate an additional 20 permits this year. In addition, the plot size has been extended from 20 to 40 acres. The 162 applications show that interest is growing amongst farmers.

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Hemp Politics – New federal hemp legislation means huge potential growth for U.S. hemp industry

In U.S. Hemp Politics, federal legalisation is on the horizon, and hemp supporters are predicting that hemp will become a mainstream crop.

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On Friday, Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., defined this legislation as bringing back hemp as a standard crop which, due to its association with marijuana, has been illegal to grow for many years.

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant, but it has low or untraceable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.

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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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