Hemp Politics – McConnell stays the course for hemp legalisation in farm bill

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stays the course for hemp legalisation to be included in the new farm bill.

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Finalisation of the new farm bill is stalling, due to the issue of work food stamp recipients. Despite this delay, hemp legalisation remains one of McConnell’s key issues as this term of Congress comes to a close.

McConnell is steadfast in his promise to fully legalise hemp. He is committed to clearing hemp’s name, removing it from the list of controlled substances, and allowing hemp to make a full revival in the U.S.

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Hemp in the News – Malawi looks to industrial hemp for tobacco alternative

Talk of industrial hemp legalisation in Malawi has Hemp in the News this week. Researcher and business owner Sandro Righini, is advocating for hemp legalisation. He recognises the economic boost that a flourishing hemp industry could bring.

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His company has invested a substantial amount of money into the research of hemp cultivation.

Righini says that launching a hemp industry in Malawi would provide new jobs and economic growth. It will give Malawi the opportunity to cash in on a billion dollar industry that is growing in popularity worldwide.

Malawi has traditionally been a tobacco-growing nation, but demand for the crop has plummeted in recent years. Hemp could take its place and be the next cash crop for the country.

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Hemp Politics – Prairie farmers hit the jackpot with cannabis legalisation

The recent change in Canada’s Hemp Politics has broadened opportunities for Alberta hemp farmers, and promises a most profitable future.

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Canada’s cannabis legalisation is a big win for hemp farmers. Some predict that it’ll grow into a billion-dollar industry, just like canola.

Although hemp has been a legal crop in Canada for decades, there have been restrictions for interested farmers. However, the new Cannabis Act has eased or eliminated restrictions, thus broadening opportunities for hemp farmers.

Farmers were limited to harvesting the seeds and stems of the hemp plant, but now they can harvest the whole plant, including the leaves, flowers and buds.

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Hemp in the News – B.C. hemp home pioneers a new green era of construction

A unique, eco-friendly hemp home has put Hemp in the News this week. It was built on Vancouver Island and its the first of its kind in B.C.

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It was constructed with building blocks that resemble Lego, and there’s something very special about them. They’re sustainable, energy-efficient and fire-resistant.

These building blocks, often referred to as ‘hempcrete’, are made with a mixture of compressed hemp, lime and water.

Builder Mark Faber, of Just Bio Fiber, hopes this hemp house, which has been named the “Harmless Home,” is the first of many.

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Hemp in the News – Canada’s cannabis legalisation opens doors for hemp industry

Canada’s nationwide cannabis legalisation has Hemp in the News this week. The law changes are opening up opportunities for Canada’s hemp industry, as farmers are no longer limited to harvesting only the seed and fibre of the plant.

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With the new laws in place, farmers are now permitted to harvest the whole plant, including the flowers, branches and leaves. It’ll be a whole new learning curve for farmers as they need to test out methods of harvesting, storing and drying the new plant parts.

The new law was put into effect on Oct. 17, making hemp and marijuana legal. Although hemp and marijuana are both species of the cannabis plant, they differ greatly with regards to THC content (the psychoactive component.) Where marijuana has a THC level of between 10-20 percent, hemp contains no more than 0.3 percent.

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Hemp Politics – Will Colorado continue its hemp leadership stature?

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Colorado has been the pioneer state for hemp legalisation, and advocates would like this national leadership to continue.

Colorado’s hemp industry is flourishing. Colorado grows, processes and sells more hemp than any other state in the U.S. There are hundreds of registered hemp growers in Colorado, and they’re growing thousands of acres of hemp. The industry has boosted employment and rejuvenated many small farms. In short, hemp has been an enormous success across the state.

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Since 2012, when Colorado state residents voted in favour of hemp legalisation, the state has been at the forefront of U.S. hemp politics. Now, to keep its leadership stature, Colorado needs its residents to vote Yes on Amendment X.

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Hemp in the News – Lawmaker wants Michigan farmers to have hemp opportunities

Michigan State Rep. Dan Lauwers puts Hemp in the News. He is the mastermind behind getting hemp in the forefront of Michigan’s politics, and hopes farmers will soon have access to a new and profitable crop.

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Lauwers recognises the vast opportunities and economic benefits that a hemp industry could bring to the state.

There’s a stigma against hemp because of it’s controversial cousin, marijuana, but there are major differences between the two plants. First and foremost, the amount of THC. However, as Lauwers points out, most people aren’t even aware of the many uses of hemp and how versatile the crop can be.

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Hemp Politics – Canada’s upcoming marijuana legalisation will benefit hemp farmers, too

Upcoming law changes in Canadian Hemp Politics are going to have a very positive impact on hemp farming and the hemp industry as a whole.

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On October 17th, the Cannabis Act will be launched and marijuana use will become legal in Canada. Industrial hemp will also benefit from the new laws. A lot of the restrictions surrounding hemp cultivation will be eliminated, which will broaden the scope of the industry.

A significant change that the Cannabis Act will bring, is removing hemp from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The other game changer is that the grain and stalks of the hemp plant will no longer be included in the Cannabis Act.

Hemp farmers can breathe a sigh of relief as the process of growing hemp is going to be much easier and less economically taxing.

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Hemp in the News – State lawmaker dedicated to hemp, despite skepticism from colleagues

The actions of a state lawmaker in Tennessee put Hemp in the News this week. He is proving his dedication to industrial hemp by growing it himself.

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A year ago, Rep. Jay Reedy was a strong advocate for the industrial hemp bill and backed it in the house of representatives. Determining that he should know more about the plant he was supporting, he decided to grow some hemp on his own farm.

Many of his colleagues were skeptical, and Rep. Reedy realised it was due to fear that surrounds the misconception that hemp and marijuana are the same plant, which they’re not. He grew the hemp for research purposes, so he could gain information and share it with fellow lawmakers.

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Hemp Politics – U.S. hemp industry eagerly awaits legalisation and anticipated boom

It’s an exciting time in U.S. Hemp Politics, as Congress gears up to launch the 2018 farm bill, which includes a provision to legalise industrial hemp.

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The anticipated law change is getting the U.S. hemp industry revved up. There’s an increase in hemp cultivation and in sales of hemp products, and it’s expected that the legalisation will result in a major boost in the U.S. hemp industry.

However, the 2018 farm bill is just one hurdle for the U.S. hemp industry to overcome. There will still be strict regulations surrounding the crop.

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