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 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 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 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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Hemp Politics – Indiana amends hemp bill, stalling progress of promising new industry

The Hemp Politics of the state of Indianapolis are not working in favour of the promising and versatile new crop, industrial hemp.

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Although a bill allowing Indiana farmers to grow industrial hemp was unanimously approved in the House in January, it was averted last week by sceptical members of the Senate.

Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb is being blamed for the delay. He says that he doesn’t think the state is ready for a statewide hemp industry. He wants to move ahead, but with extreme caution.

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Hemp Politics – West Virginia may become leader in hemp seed development

West Virginia’s Hemp Politics are moving in a positive direction. Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee are backing Bill 475, which supports the development of hemp seed strains for various industrial purposes.

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Many hemp farmers in the state are growing hemp for its oils, which can be used to produce fuels or plastics, but hemp business owner Don Smith is interested in cultivating seeds for other industrial uses, such as hempcrete.

Bill 475, also known as the Industrial Hemp Development Act, would open up opportunities for farmers to breed different varieties of hemp plants, and for West Virginia to spearhead industrial hemp seed production.

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Hemp Politics – Kansas lawmakers want to reverse progress of medicinal hemp laws

In several U.S. states, Hemp Politics are taking positive steps towards recognising the benefits of hemp and legalising its growth, sales, and use. But lawmakers in the state of Kansas want to reverse progress, thus taking a big step backwards.

Certain lawmakers in the state of Kansas have requested that hemp-derived cannabidiol be made illegal, claiming that it is too similar to its cousin, marijuana.

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For those using CBD oil as treatment, it has altered their lives in a very positive way. CBD oil is used to treat severe epilepsy, anxiety, autism, and many other conditions.

This week, in the state capital, a bill was presented to the state legislature that would implement a law to penalise CBD oil possession to the same degree as possession of marijuana.

Brian Pitts, owner of Phoenix Natural Wellness in Overland Park, is speaking up about the injustice of removing the choice from Americans. He understands, first hand, the incredible benefits of CBD oil. His 17 year old daughter has autism, which  sometimes puts her into an unconscious, trance-like state. Taking CBD oil has enabled her to become a functional, dynamic kid.

With the threat of a store raid hovering over him, Pitts has moved his inventory out of state, to keep it safe, and is encouraging his customers to contact the Kansas attorney general directly, to voice their concerns and help fight this law change.

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Hemp Politics – Indiana lawmakers victorious in vote to ease laws surrounding CBD oil

The Hemp Politics in the U.S. are evolving these days, and lawmakers in Indiana are the latest to have a win in the battle towards making CBD oil legal. On Tuesday, a vote to pass a bill for CBD oil legalisation was victorious, and will now move forward to the Senate.

The original Senate Bill for CBD oil recommended that CBD contain 0% THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis plants.

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The vote on Tuesday was in favour of making several modifications to this bill. The modifications included a change to the legalised CBD level from 0% to 0.3%. According to the 2014 Farm Bill, this limited amount of THC refers to industrial hemp, and distinguishes it from marijuana.

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Hemp Politics – 2014 Farm Bill was a start, but what is the future for the U.S. hemp industry?

The United States put Hemp Politics to the fore in 2014, with the introduction of the Farm Bill. The problem is, the Farm Bill is up for renewal in 2019. This has those involved in the emerging hemp industry worried.

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What will this mean to the industry? Some are saying that a complete and permanent protection for industrial hemp is a must, to ensure the continuation and growth of this exciting new industry.

While it is still classified as a schedule 1 drug along with marijuana, New York law makers are saying that it should be reclassified as an agricultural commodity rather than being included into this wide classification.

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Hemp Politics – California state legislators overlook industrial hemp opportunities

In California Hemp Politics, legislation has been resistant to allowing a hemp industry to thrive in the state. Instead, marijuana has been getting the spotlight.

At this point, there is only farm in Santa Barbara County that is cultivating hemp, so it’s hard to imagine that industrial hemp will grow in demand and become a prevalent cash crop in California.

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There is speculation that marijuana crop prices could fall, and some of the cannabis farmers would then have the option to switch to growing industrial hemp instead. This could help to spur on a hemp industry in the state.

For several decades, hemp has had illegal status in the United States, lumped in as a Schedule 1 drug along with its psychoactive cousin. The difference between hemp and marijuana, however, is that hemp contains only trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient, which makes it impossible to get high from hemp.

Hemp has several other uses. In fact, an estimated 50,000 products can be made from hemp, including sunglasses, construction materials, composites for building cars, and health and nutrition products.

California Legislature has approved several Bills that aim to relax the restraining hemp laws, but they have not been effective.

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