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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Hemp Politics – Virginia summit will make way for hemp opportunities

In U.S. Hemp Politics, hemp continues to be illegal to grow without a stamp of approval from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

The reason for this limitation is that hemp is classified as a schedule one drug, along with it’s close cousin, marijuana. However, THC levels for hemp are around 0.3%, whereas marijuana THC levels are an average 10%.

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The classification for hemp is likely to change, hopefully in the near future. Institute for Advanced Learning and Research Executive Director Mark Gignac feels that Southside Virginia its losing out on a profitable crop and industry that could greatly benefit local farmers and the economy.

The U.S. spends an estimated $700 million on imported hemp. As more and more states join the hemp movement, Virginia could very well be next.

A summit will be held at the end of February by the institute and Halifax County, to explore the opportunity of a potential hemp industry in the Southside Virginia.

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Hemp Politics – Thai government opening doors for industrial hemp cultivation

In Thailand, Hemp Politics took a step forward last week, although some argue that it’s not enough.

The Thai government has amended its narcotics laws in favour of hemp cultivation. Hemp is now a legal cash crop in six provinces in northern Thailand. It’s a good move, permitting hemp to be grown in these designated areas, but unfortunately hemp continues to be classified as a type 5 narcotic elsewhere in the country.

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The law change originates from Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), which supports the production of hemp for its fibres. Hemp farming will be restricted to government affiliated farms, and will be watched over closely by authorities.

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Hemp Politics – Environment Minister predicts huge growth in Jersey’s hemp industry

In Hemp Politics, Environment Minister Steve Luce is rallying for Jersey farmers to grow more than just Jersey Royals, a type of potato grown in Jersey which has a Protected Designation of Origin. He wants to see farmers vary their crops to help sustain the soil and local economy.

A hemp crop was grown this year as a trial, to see how well it could grow in the area. It was a successful crop, and the Environment Department hopes this will result in more hemp being grown next year.

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Planting hemp on Jersey Island will help to sustain the farmland by replenishing the soil, improving the water quality, and limiting the amount of fertilisers and pesticides.   

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Hemp Politics – Wisconsin joins the hemp movement

The state of Wisconsin is the hot topic in Hemp Politics this week. On Thursday, a bill was passed, making industrial hemp farming legal in the state.

Farmers without drug convictions will be able to obtain a license to grow hemp. The hemp must contain no more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana.

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Wisconsin will be among the thirty or more states that have approved hemp farming. Advocates say there are many uses of hemp, and economic advantage that farmers will now have access to.

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Hemp Politics – A Native American tribe is set to buck the rules in Wisconsin

The St. Croix Chippewa are going against State legislators in Wisconsin to once again bring Hemp Politics to the fore in local news.

The tribe is about to start growing hemp to produce CBD oil to help with a large problem in their community, where many children are suffering from seizures.

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At the cost of millions, the Menominee tribe tried to grow the crop in 2015, which on harvesting was taken by the feds and destroyed. The Chippewa have stated that the State law does not apply to them because of federal law giving special benefits to tribes on reservation land.

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Hemp Politics – U.S. Senator speaks up about the benefits of hemp

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Senator Lena C. Taylor talks about how the fears surrounding marijuana, and the lack of knowledge about hemp, make conversations about legalising either one of them a challenging task.

There is a lack of awareness about the significant differences between the plants, their uses and methods of cultivation.

In 2010, Taylor was part of a group of legislators who studied the uses and economic benefits of hemp. The group researched the use of industrial hemp as an alternative source for producing fuel and motor oil, and making food and body care products.

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In addition to finding positive results for product creation, they also discovered the sustainable and economic benefits of this versatile plant.

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Hemp Politics – Wisconsin wants to revive its hemp industry

Looking back at the Hemp Politics in Wisconsin, we learn that during World War II, citizens across the state called for the U.S. government to install processing plants across their state.

The crop they were looking to grow and process was hemp. At that time, hemp was used to make all kinds of products for the war effort, and just like today, it had the potential to boost the economy and create jobs in small communities and towns. Southern Wisconsin had ideal soil conditions for growing the crop and the area was perfect for setting up processing facilities.

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Today, hemp advocates are trying to bring the crop back to Wisconsin. The fertile soils of Southern Wisconsin hold the same promise as eighty years ago, before hemp was made illegal.

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Hemp Politics – Industrial hemp is making a comeback in Pennsylvania

Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of the Industrial Hemp Research Act in 2016, a hemp pilot program is giving Pennsylvania’s Hemp Politics a positive-looking future.

Hemp is on the rise in Pennsylvania, and Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is home to one of the hemp research teams appointed to study the economic potential of industrial hemp.

Professor Greg Roth is excited to be one of the leaders in hemp research for Pennsylvania, recognising the multiple benefits of the crop, and it’s immense potential for product development. It promises an economic boost that would be a welcome opportunity to any state.

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Industrial hemp is a sustainable crop that has thousands of uses, from clothing and carpeting to biofuel and building materials. The seeds of hemp are an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp Seed Hearts can be added to almost any meal to boost your daily nutritional intake.

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Hemp Politics – Meanwhile in Africa, Zimbabwe group applies for permission to grow industrial hemp

As in many countries, the Hemp Politics of Zimbabwe also make industrial hemp illegal, as the confusion between marijuana and industrial hemp continues.

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Speaking to a conference of Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, Dr. Maroveke explained the hugely beneficial and economic advantages of the crop. With Zimbabwe looking to rebuild its economy with largely agricultural based industries, she explained that the current laws are in need of a revamp. Explaining the many uses of industrial hemp, Dr. Maroveke also told the Conference about the difference between marijuana and industrial hemp.

Calling the product “phenomenal,” she has been meeting with Zimbabwe leaders trying to get legislation passed to allow for the introduction of the crop. Some international countries are also interested in investing in the country.

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