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 Politics – 20 years later, hemp is finally turning heads in U.S. politics

Two decades ago in Idaho, legislator Tom Trail was determined to bring Hemp Politics into the limelight, but the stigma of the hemp plant hindered any progress.

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During his time as State Representative, Trail advocated for hemp legalisation and sought support from fellow legislators. He made several attempts to raise awareness in the Congress about the value of industrial hemp and its misalignment with its disreputable cousin.

Unfortunately, Trail’s attempts were not recognised, and the one bill of his that actually made it out of committee, was voted out by the House with a 47-15 vote.

This is significantly different from what’s happening today in the U.S. Senate. Twenty years after Trail’s thwarted efforts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pushing to make hemp cultivation legal at the federal level, and he’s getting plenty of support.

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Hemp Politics – McConnell advocates for hemp inclusion in Senate farm bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has brought up Hemp Politics again this week.

McConnell is looking to finally legislate hemp as an agricultural product just like any other. He has been the heartbeat behind getting it into the legislation known as “The Farm Bill.” A little less than a fortnight ago, it was said that without him, hemp would not have made it into the bill.

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Along with the farm bill, McConnell, together with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have introduced a solo bill looking to take hemp off the infamous federal list of controlled substances and make it what it is – just another agricultural crop.

The sign that things might be changing is the fact that there are two “Dems” and two “Reps” involved in this separate bill, collaborating to review the antiquated view of hemp.

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Hemp Politics – U.S. Senators agree to build up a national hemp seed bank

In U.S. Hemp Politics, Senators are taking a significant leap forward with their decision to reestablish a national supply of high quality hemp seeds.

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They’ve given orders to the agriculture departments to start collecting cannabis genetics that can become the nations hemp seed bank, and they’re investing $500,000 to get the job done.

The Senators understand the importance of developing a hemp industry in the U.S., and that without a national collection of high quality seeds, progress is hindered.

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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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