Sep 062016
 September 6, 2016
Marketing CBD Oils and Related Products

Cannabidiol (“CBD”) products have emerged on the market in several states with various claims, including the treatment of specific illnesses, reportedly backed by scientific research. CBD is a non-psychoactive component of both marijuana and hemp. While products containing this substance have been permitted in certain states, marketing CBD oils and related products as treatments for specific conditions has been disallowed by the FDA. For companies that market CBD related products, having an understanding of the federal and state regulations that are applicable to their businesses is crucial. Here is a brief guide on the current regulations regarding the marketing of

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May 072016
 May 7, 2016
Does Hemp Growing/Cultivation Affect Marijuana Growing/Cultivation Via Cross Pollination?

A lot of marijuana growers fear hemp cultivation because they fear that cross pollination via nearby help cultivation will affect a marijuana grower’s crop. But is  that true? A recent article by Capitol Press suggests otherwise: Marijuana growers fear hemp pollen because they want to avoid the formation of seeds in their crop, which decreases the quality and volume of psychoactive flowers. As part of his experiment, Norton grew numerous hemp plants in a greenhouse that also contained several marijuana plants. In Oregon, recreational use of the psychoactive crop became legal this year and its medical cultivation has been legal since

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May 042016
 May 4, 2016
2015 Annual Retail Sales For Hemp Products Estimated At $573 Million

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has released final estimates of the size of the 2015 U.S. retail market for hemp products. Data from market research supports an estimate of total retail sales of hemp food, supplements and body care products in the United States at $283 million. Sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled seed, soaps and lotions have continued to increase, complemented by successful hemp cultivation pilot programs in several states, and increasing grassroots pressure to allow hemp to be grown domestically on a commercial scale once

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Apr 082016
 April 8, 2016
Hemp Makes Landmark Strides In White Plume Case, Market Growth And Environmental Sustainability

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp have announced the dates for the 7th annual Hemp History Week, to be held June 6-12, 2016. This year promises to be an historic time in the movement to legalize hemp farming, as more farmers than ever before are planting hemp in states that have lifted prohibition on the crop. Over half of all U.S. states have lifted the ban on industrial hemp farming at the state level, however federal law still prohibits commercial industrial hemp cultivation due to outdated and inaccurate drug policy. Hemp in Current Events On March 28, 2016,

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Mar 302016
 March 30, 2016
Federal Judge Finally Lifts Injunction Against Native American Hemp Farmer

If you are not familiar with the story of Alex White Plume and the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s thwarted efforts to cultivate hemp in the 2000’s, you should be. The Oglala Sioux Tribe is a sovereign nation according to the United States government, at least on paper. I say at least on paper, because in reality the nation has not been treated as such over the years. The Oglala Sioux Tribe, led by Alex White Plume, tried to cultivate hemp in the early 2000’s because the tribe felt it was a viable crop that would help the tribe make money and provide much needed

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Mar 152016
 March 15, 2016
Washington Governor Vetoes Hemp Legalization Bill

Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. More and more states are reforming their hemp laws to either allow full cultivation, or at least cultivation for research purposes. Right now the United States has to import hemp products from other countries, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Those dollars should be going to American farmers, many of which have expressed a strong desire to grow hemp. A hemp research legalization bill was passed overwhelmingly by the Washington House and Senate, but the bill was vetoed by Washington’s Governor, and for a very dumb

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Feb 242016
 February 24, 2016
Maine Department of Agriculture To Hold Public Hearing On Draft Hemp Regulations

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF) is holding a hearing on the draft hemp regulations and seeking public input. If you can, we urge you to attend the hearing and present testimony. If you can’t make it, you can still submit your comments on the draft rules via email. Date/Time: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm Location: Deering Building Room 319 90 Blossom Lane Augusta, Maine 04333 Google Map: https://goo.gl/O3Ni5c Here are the steps that we want you to take: 1 * If you would like to read the draft rule, download it here 2 *

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Feb 192016
 February 19, 2016
Hemp Industries Association Responds To FDA Warning Letters Regarding Mislabeling Of Cannabidiol (CBD) Products

Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the non-profit North American hemp trade association, has published its statement in response to recent warning letters sent by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacturers of CBD products, regarding mis-labeling of drug claims on said products.  Available on the FDA website, the letters explain that per the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, CBD products may not be marketed as drugs, meaning manufacturers cannot make claims regarding CBD products’ efficacy in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. Furthermore, the FDA asserts that cannabidiol products may not be marketed as supplements, because ‘new

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Jan 182016
 January 18, 2016
Marijuana Reform Bills Stack Up In Georgia Legislature

Never before in the history of Georgia politics have so many cannabis related bills been filed in the General Assembly. Seven (7) bills have been filed during the 2015/2016 sessions. Bills ranging from an expansion of HB-1, a medical cannabis bills passed in 2015, to removal of felony charges for possession of more than one ounce of marijuana (SB-254). Also, a bill allowing for industrial hemp was filed in 2015 to allow farmers to experiment with the hemp plant. Yet another bill is expected to be filed this week. Georgia C.A.R.E. Project director James Bell attributes the interest in marijuana

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Jan 042016
 January 4, 2016
Long Time Virginia Hemp Activist Jim Politis Needs Help

I received the following alert from Vote Hemp. Jim has fought for hemp reform for a long time, so hopefully the community can help support him in his time of need: Jim has has worked closely with Vote Hemp and lead the effort to bring hemp farming back to Virginia. Jim began having difficulties breathing during a family reunion trip to Chicago in July. Doctors advised him that he needed a pump for his heart. After having an operation to insert the pump he improved but eventually faced complications including an infection. Doctors told him he needed a new heart to

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