January 30, 2015

Interest high in hemp, but acres stable

The Western Producer
Demand for hemp cereal, hemp milk and hemp protein bars is booming in North America, but western Canadian hemp acreage is unlikely to expand in 2015.

Near bumper yields in 2013 and 2014 will cause a significant carryover into 2015-16.

As a result, hemp processors aren’t contracting additional acres in 2015 because they need to consume the existing supply, said Clarence Shwaluk, director of farm operations for Manitoba Harvest, a hemp foods manufacturer in Winnipeg.


Congress Introduces Industrial Hemp Farming Act with Bi-partisan Support

“I’m excited to join with Representative Massie to introduce common-sense, bipartisan legislation that will once again allow American farmers to benefit from industrial hemp,” said Representative Jared Polis. “The federal ban on hemp has been a waste of taxpayer dollars that ignores science, suppresses innovation, and subverts the will of states that have chosen to incorporate this versatile crop into their economies. I am hopeful that Congress will build on last year’s progress on hemp research and pilot programs by passing the Industrial Hemp Farming Act to allow this historical American crop to once again thrive on our farmlands.”

“Because of outdated federal drug laws, our farmers can’t grow industrial hemp and take advantage of a more than $500 million market. We rely on imports to sustain consumer demand. It makes no sense,” said Representative Blumenauer. “Our fear of industrial hemp is misplaced – it is not a drug. It is time to pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act and allow American farmers to cultivate this crop.” 

Debate on hemp cultivation bill to start next week

Cyprus Mail
Agriculture minister Nicos Kouyialis had assured that the government has no plans to disregard the EU law, fully intending to harmonise national law but stumbling upon bureaucratic inertia.

The Cyprus Mail contacted both ministers for comment. Kouyialis claimed that his ministry did its part in the process and that the bill is out of its hands, while Patsalis said that he will be awaiting Legal Services to conclude their work on the bill.

Failed hemp bid hits industry

The Examiner
Industrial Hemp Association of Tasmania president Phil Reader said if approved as a food, the state’s industry could have doubled or tripled in size from a current value of about $600,000 a year.

Farmers, government express dismay over national industrial hemp ruling

The Advocate
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association president Wayne Johnston said the decision to not allow hemp seeds and oil to be used in products such as health bars, salad oils and non-dairy cheeses was "incredibly disappointing".

"Where's the logistics in allowing hemp seed oil to be sold as a food in New Zealand, but not in Australia?" he asked.

New Bill Would Establish an Industrial Hemp Study Committee

Tuckson Weekly
State Sen. Lynne Pancrazi, a Democrat from Yuma, has introduced a bill asking for the creation of an industrial hemp study committee to examine the economic opportunities associated with the industry and to review actions the federal government and other states regarding hemp.

Purdue industrial hemp pilot project fires up

In addition to Purdue’s pilot projects, a capstone class is being offered at the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
“Agricultural and Industrial Business Ecosystem around Hemp” has been approved for spring 2015.
The purpose of the class is to explore, develop and recommend a comprehensive business ecosystem supportive of industrial hemp for use as a source of electricity, biofuels and value-added byproducts from the conversion process. 

“The project scope encompasses seed development, agriculture, pre-processing, transport, manufacturing and distribution,” Campbell said. 

Hemp lobby dashed after ministers block call for its use in nutrition

Food Navigator-Asia
Australia and New Zealand’s health and food lawmakers do not appear to be backing down in their opposition to the use of low-THC hemp as a food following a meeting of ministers in Auckland.

Industrial hemp advocates lobby to end Australia's ban on hemp foods

"The export market is huge and the internal demand within Australia is huge.

"At the moment the [Australian] Government is essentially turning a blind eye to hemp imported for food being sold in health food shops and lots and lots of other venues.

"Of course, it says 'not for human consumption' and there might be something there [on the label] or on the teaspoon in the picture.

Tasmania eases hemp farming restrictions

9 News
The Tasmanian government will ease regulations on commercial hemp farming, allowing the state to cash in if national authorities overturn a ban on foods containing the plant.

Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced plans on Thursday for legislation that will increase the allowable level of tetrahydrocannabinol, which is commonly known as the mind-altering component of the cannabis plant.

"Industrial hemp refers to varieties of cannabis that contain very low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and at the allowable threshold there is no psychoactive (drug) inducing effects," Mr Rockliff said.

Farmers will also be able to apply for cropping licences of up to five years. They were previously limited to one year.

Editorial: Time to allow industrial hemp farms?

The Dalles Chronicle
Once you eliminate the THC, it turns out that hemp itself has a number of uses, including as a fiber. A number of farmers are positively high (sorry; couldn’t resist) on prospects for industrial hemp, including a Salem-area enthusiast who told The Oregonian that it “could save America. I am talking about everything from biodiesel fuel to food to health care products to paper. It’s endless. There are thousands of applications.”

Hemp chance missed: Tas Gov, growers

Stock and Land
"This decision was a missed opportunity to remove an unnecessary prohibition on the use of low-THC hemp in food products," Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson said. 

Western Eligible for Hemp Research

The Western Courier

Western Illinois University, along with any other Illinois universities that have four-year degree agricultural programs, will become eligible to grow industrial hemp for research purposes.

Illinois’ previous governor, Patt Quinn, signed HB 5085 on Aug. 26, 2014, which is the bill that allows this to go into effect. 

Andrew Baker, director and professor of agriculture education at Western, said now that there’s a new governor in office, it’s hard to say what will happen in Illinois regarding hemp research.

Hemp Farming Bill Could be Boom for Hemp Stocks

Wall Street Newscast
The Hemp Farming Act bill, which was recently introduced into Congress in January, could provide not only explosive growth for the emerging Hemp industry, but for a number of Hemp stocks as well.

Why Some States Will Have a Head Start on Hemp

Nutritional Outlook
Should the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 pass, there will still be states that do not allow commercial hemp cultivation, at least for the time being. The model says Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Spring, MD), will be akin to U.S. state and federal laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages. “It’s not that out of the ordinary where there are federal regulations that govern various elements and state regulations that govern retail distribution. I think that’s fairly standard,” he says.

But states that do not make way for industrial hemp will be missing out on what may soon become a very valuable U.S. cash crop. In essence, these states “will be years behind” states that do allow it, says Chris Boucher, vice president at hemp CBD oil company US Hemp Oil/CannaVest Corp. (San Diego).

Hemp, Inc. Launches "Breaking News" Video Updates

Nasdaq Globe Newswire
Hemp, Inc. (OTC:HEMP) announced today the launch of its "Breaking News" video updates through www.HempIncPresents.com. As a result of a high volume of positive messages from its shareholders, Hemp, Inc. executives have decided to make the video updates a permanent, ongoing corporate feature. The series of new videos will provide the latest updates on Hemp, Inc.'s Industrial Hemp processing plant in Spring, Hope, NC. 

Industrial Hemp Bill Clears House Panel

The bill to legalize growing industrial hemp in Virginia is sponsored by Pearisburg delegate Joseph Yost.  If it becomes law in the spring session, it would begin with research by State Universities such as Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. And if the federal government allows it, crops could be in the ground by 2016.
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Overwhelming support for legalising hemp food sales

One News
A proposed move to allow hemp products to be sold as food in New Zealand is overwhelmingly backed by ONE News readers.

The New Zealand and Australia Food Ministers Forum will vote today on whether hemp seed oil and hemp seed products, dubbed a "new super food", should go on sale.

Currently, New Zealand allows the sale of hemp seed oil only and Australia allows no hemp seed oil or products.

CSU to plant hemp seeds, begin hemp research

Collegian Central
According to Mark Wdowick, assistant vice president for CSU’s Research and Industry Partnerships, the University is considering hemp cultivation studies, and plans to plant hemp seeds in the summer of 2015.

CSU plans to collaborate with CU and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) for the hemp research. The Colorado Research for Novel Translational Applications, or CoHeReNT will oversee this research.

Food ministers reject advice on hemp in food

The Sydney Morning Herald
The nation's food ministers have rejected advice from Australia's food standards agency that hemp be allowed to be used in food.

Hemp is a species of cannabis, but unlike marijuana contains no or very low levels of the mind-altering chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

It is used in Australia in clothing and building products, but cannot be used in food.

Vehicle body made from cotton, hemp, and wood

Carbon and glass fibers reinforce synthetics so that they can be used for vehicle body construction. But in this regard, there is an abundance of potential found in natural fibers -- obtained from hemp, cotton, or wood. If you combined bio-based textile and carbon fibers, you can obtain extremely light yet very sturdy components.

UH Gets Federal Approval to Import Hemp Seed

Honolulu Civil Beat
The University of Hawaii has received a permit from federal Drug Enforcement Administration to import industrial hemp seeds from Australia.

The seeds will be used for Hawaii’s Industrial Hemp Research Project, which was created via a state law in 2014.

“This project is just the first step in establishing Hawaii as a leader in the growth and production of industrial hemp and its products,” Rep. Cynthia Thielen (Kailua-Kaneohe Bay) said in a press release Wednesday.

January 27, 2015

Does the Legalization of Marijuana Finally Debunk the Hemp Conspiracy?

Top Secret Writers
Furthermore, Hearst was also into lumber and paper and owned vast acres ready for harvesting. The theory states that had Hearst been unsuccessful in stopping the use of hemp, America would have recovered very quickly from the Great Depression by creating thousands of jobs with the production of hemp. This would have boosted the clothing and paper industries while providing oil and of course medicine to the nation.

Photo Release -- All Eyes on Kannaway: Dallas Launch Creates New Cannabis-Based Economic Development Opportunities

Yahoo! Finance
Kannaway, LLC is the first hemp lifestyle network marketing company to offer cannabidiol (CBD) oil products. Prior to the San Diego headquartered company expanding its footprint to include its first regional office in Dallas, Texas, members of the media were invited to an historic Jan. 23 press conference announcing cannabis' arrival in the Lone Star State. Veteran reporter Steve Picket of CBS Dallas reports, "There is no question this is legal because we are not talking about marijuana use." Picket continues in his live report, "We are talking about cannabis and particularly hemp oil."

Totally Hemp Crazy Inc. (THCZ) Signs Agreement With Mr. Checkout for Distribution of Rocky Mountain High Beverage Drinks

Yahoo! Finance
Totally Hemp Crazy Inc. (OTC PINK: THCZ) announced today that as a result of the recent Florida Road Show, a merchandising agreement has been signed with Mr. Checkout, which is a national marketing Co-Op for a distribution group of approximately 35,000 convenience stores around the country.

The Mr. Checkout group consists of approximately 800 independent convenience store distributors, merchandisers and wholesale-to-distributor warehouse companies. Mr. Checkout has also developed relationships with buyers in nearly every major big box store for over 30 years now.

CSU sets legal framework for hemp studies

Cortez Journal
“We’ve made major progress,” said Steiner. “We’ve done a lot of work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the CSU Office of General Counsel to create the legal framework to be able to do research with industrial hemp, and this spring after the frost is gone, we’re going to have research plots with industrial hemp – one in at the station north of Fort Collins and one here at Yellow Jacket.”

Will FDA Grant Hemp GRAS, NDI Status If U.S. Hemp Growing Is Legalized?

Nutritional Outlook
U.S. lawmakers in January introduced two congressional bills, one in the Senate and one in the House, that aim to legalize industrial hemp growing in the United States. If passed, the bills would remove industrial hemp from the U.S. Controlled Substances Act list of Schedule I drugs and widely enable legal, commercial industrial hemp agriculture in the United States. Food, dietary supplement, and other hemp product manufacturers would finally be able to source hemp ingredients domestically. But for food and supplement firms using hemp seed ingredients, there is still another piece to the puzzle, and that is whether FDA considers hemp ingredients legal for use in dietary supplements and food and beverages.

Vague laws can stand in the way of unlocking hemp's benefits

Net Nebraska
Since there’s so little we know about the plant’s basic composition, Kane and his team of plant scientists formed the university’s Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative to build an intricate map of the plant’s entire genetic code. Most agricultural commodity crops, like rice and sunflowers, are well-known to plant scientists. Part of the allure is the mystery surrounding the plant, says Kristin White, a research assistant in Kane’s lab.

North Dakota House Bill Would Legalize Industrial Hemp, Effectively Nullify Federal Ban

Tenth Amendment
A North Dakota state house bill would authorize the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same once put into effect.

House Bill 1436 (HB1436) was introduced on Jan. 19 by State Reps. David Monson (R-10) and Alan Fehr (R-36) along with State Sen. Tom Campbell (R-19). The bill would open up the industrial hemp market in North Dakota if successfully passed.

Mississippi House Bill Would Legalize Industrial Hemp, Effectively Nullify Federal Ban

Tenth Amendment
A Mississippi state house bill would authorize the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same once put into effect.

House Bill 562 (HB562) was introduced on Jan. 19 by State Rep. David Baria (D-122). The bill would open up the industrial hemp market in Mississippi if successfully passed.

Bill would legalize industrial hemp

The Hill
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has introduced legislation to exempt industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act's definition of marijuana, thereby allowing it to be legally cultivated nationwide.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill. Nearly 50 lawmakers of both parties signed onto the measure, including Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee.

Agriculture Department seeks farmers to grow hemp

The Tennessean
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is looking for a few farmers interested in growing industrial hemp.

Applications are now open for farmers and producers to work with department in the production of industrial hemp.

January 25, 2015

Come to terms with industrial hemp

The Land
I RECENTLY visited an industrial hemp production factory on the NSW North Coast. Now don’t jump to any conclusions! There was nothing illegal about it. 

Congress Introduces Industrial Hemp Farming Act With Bi-partisan Support

The Weed Blog
Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization working to change state and federal laws to allow commercial hemp farming, is pleased to announce the introduction of complementary bills in both the Senate and House, S. 134 and H.R. 525, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015.  If passed, this bill would remove federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis. The full text of the bill may be found at: http://votehemp.com/federal-industrial-hemp-legislation.html.

January 22, 2015

Hatfield aims to legalize hemp with SB 5012

The Daily World
State Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, is spearheading a bill aimed at legalizing the production of hemp throughout the state. 

The Committee on Agriculture, Water &Rural Economic Development passed Senate Bill 5012 on Tuesday. The bill allows the growth of “industrial hemp as a legal, agricultural activity” in Washington. 

47 U.S. Representatives Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Industrial Hemp Farming Act

“With bi-partisan support in the Senate and House, we are eager to see 2015 be the year Congress finally passes comprehensive legislation to legalize industrial hemp farming,” said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp. “Historic progress has been made on the issue this past year, as farmers in Vermont, Colorado and Kentucky planted hemp in 2014 thanks to Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, which allowed states that have legalized the crop to grow research and pilot hemp crops.”

Photo Release -- Medical Marijuana, Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Kannaway, LLC

CNN Money
Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC Pink:MJNA), a leading industrial hemp industry innovator, is proud to announce that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% membership interest of Kannaway, LLC. The amount of the sale is undisclosed. The valuation of Kannaway is in the range of $119.6-242.7 million USD. The agreement is expected to take at least 90 days to close and will effectively make the cannabis-based network marketing company a wholly owned subsidiary of the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company.

Will 2015 bring legalization of hemp?

There was a bit of excitement in the enviro blogworld last year, with posts boasting titles like “President Signs Farm Bill Legalizing Hemp” and “U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Legalize Industrial Hemp.” The legislation, some say, is a byproduct of the legalization of marijuana in some states, even though the two are vastly different with the main difference being that you can’t get high from hemp.

Growing hemp – the pragmatic pot – encouraged and regulated under bill

Palm Beach Post
The Hemp Industry Development Act would allow the cultivation of low-THC hemp “to promote economic development and job growth.” Growers would be required to register with the state and submit a statement that the seeds contain low levels of THC.

The grower would also be required to provide the location and acreage of hemp crops and allow crops to be inspected and tested during “growing season, harvest, storage, processing, manufacturing and distribution.”

Bill Aims To End Federal Ban On U.S. Hemp Production

The Huffington Post
Ironically, the U.S. is the world's largest consumer of hemp products, but is the only major industrialized country that outlaws domestic hemp production.

Massie tries again to legalize hemp

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie from Northern Kentucky is trying once again to legalize industrial hemp growth. He has powerful backup this time, and says such production could boost jobs in Kentucky.

After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

January 20, 2015

Local companies are raising the bar — with fruits, nuts and seeds

The Washington Post
Nearly as ubiquitous is Ever Bar, which launched in 2014 and is already in 80 stores, boasts founder Alex Hempfield. The University of Maryland grad wanted to raise awareness of hemp.

“I was tired of the lies being told to the public,” Hempfield says. (And yes, that’s also why he legally changed his last name two years ago.)

He spent a year playing with 2,000 recipes to develop a bar that could showcase hemp’s nutritional qualities and taste great. The resulting Ever Bars are now “handcrafted” in Gaithersburg.

News10 Special Report: Hemp Love, Part II

KTVL CBS Channel 10
Though it is illegal to grow hemp commercially by federal law, many supporters hope to see that change one day.

In a special report News10's Aaron Nilsson shows us how the crop's popularity and its economic benefits continue to grow in Canada and why local leaders say it is time for Southern Oregon to jump on board.


News10 Special Report: Hemp Love, Part I

KTVL CBS Channel 10
The industrial hemp market is growing in popularity across the nation.

In Southern Oregon, stores import it from Canada to make it available for their customers.

In a special report, you will see only on News10, Aaron Nilsson shows us why local businesses and leader say growing hemp in the community could lead to a regional economic boost.


Mountainsmith offers backpacks in hemp and recycled PET fabric

MountainSmith makes tough hiking packs and backpacks designed to tag along with their owner via a patented lumbar waist belt or, in some cases, slung over a shoulder.

The 35-year-old Colorado company’s extensive collection includes several packs made from recycled PET plastic or renewable hemp fabric, which grows quickly and uses less water than cotton.
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Letter: Hemp cultivation perfect for growing economy in the Garden State

Cannabis could be a great source of revenue to current local businesses, as well as new ones, farmers and government. Also, South Jersey cannabis country could be a tourist hit. It’s something to consider. We owe it to ourselves to consider the issue when campaign time comes around.

Cannabis And Hemp: America’s Next Great Industry?

Wall Street Cheat Sheet
“The crop right now is sellable,” Colorado hemp farmer Jim Denny told NPR reporters earlier this year. “I’ve already had people contact me on my website saying, ‘We know you’re growing stuff and we want to buy it from you already.’ And we haven’t even put it in the ground.”

Hemp Is a Superfood but Not in Australia?

With retail sales in the US worth $500 million, the sale of seed and oil also appear economically sound. However the local industry isn't likely to echo overseas economic success as Australia's delayed response means it's too late for Australia to play a major exporting role in the industrial hemp industry. Hemp Australia's Lisa Estreich adds, "In 1999 Canada's turnover was $50,000 and now they're a $500 million industry. We need it for Australian produce, but because Canada is so huge it's probably only going to be for our own local consumption. Sadly we've lost the potential to be great exporters."

Hemp Festival in Portland Denied 2015 Permit

Natural Society
The 2014 event was peaceful and orderly, with bands, speakers, vendors, and copious amounts of information about the cultivation of hemp. People generally didn’t smoke or sell marijuana since the festival took place prior to its legalization, but it wasn’t just a festival for pot smokers. It was also meant to promote “the many uses of agricultural hemp fiber, oil, protein, fuel and medicine.”

New Provisional Patents Filed for Pharmaceutical Cannabidiol (CBD) Formulation Consisting of Ibuprofen & CBD Compounds Aimed At Treating Pain

Cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) are an essential part of hemp and cannabis medicine that consist of aromatic compounds that work in concert to promote healing and well being through the consistent symptom relief.  Leading Cannabidiol Development Solutions Providers in focus today are: Stevia Corp. (OTC: STEV), GW Pharmaceuticals plc  (NASDAQ: GWPH), INSYS Therapeutics, inc. (NASDAQ: INSY), CannaVEST Corp. (OTC: CANV) and American Green, Inc. (OTC: ERBB)

Hawaii State Capitol to Fly Hemp Flag on Opening Day

Honolulu Civil Beat
On Wednesday, the opening day of the 2015 legislative session, Hawaii will join the U.S. Capitol and four other states in having flown an American-grown and -produced hemp flag.

State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, a Republican who has long advocated for hemp use, is sponsoring the local flag-raising and will borrow a flag from Colorado hemp advocate Michael Bowman.

Bowman, according to a press release from Thielen’s office, enlisted the help of area companies — including a Colorado hemp farmer — to make the flag.