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Hemp Farm Bill, Emergency forms packet for Farm Bill Hemp Program
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The Future of the U.S. Hemp Industry: Your Voice Matters
Growers have an important role in the ongoing transformation of hemp regulation. Now is the time to speak out about the USDA’s interim final rule for hemp production. [...]
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Your Guide to the USDA’s Interim Final Hemp Rule
Here’s a rundown on hemp licensing, sampling, testing and transportation protocol, plus what people are saying so far. Head over here to read the whole article... https://www.hempgrower.com/article/your-guide-usda-interim-final-hemp-rule-crop-farming-processing-farm-bill/ [...]
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‘Hemp. We’re On It.’ campaign jabs at Gov. Kristi Noem in fight over hemp legalization
A new "Hemp. We're On It." website is taking aim at Gov. Kristi Noem's opposition to legalizing industrial hemp. The Libertarian Party of South Dakota created the website onhemp.org and "Hemp. We're On It." logo in November. Both mirror Noem's recent anti-meth campaign "Meth. We're On It," which included the website onmeth.com, that went viral in November "Misinformation" about industrial hemp is "everyone's problem," and it remains illegal in South Dakota due to Noem's "misguided stances," the Libertarian Party states on its website. "But we can approach this problem from different angles, so one person doesn't prevent our counties, towns and neighborhoods from benefiting from this versatile crop," the Libertarian Party stated. South Dakota is one of three states that haven't legalized industrial hemp. Legislators have a bill ready to be introduced during the next legislative session to legalize it, but Noem has already said she'll veto it. She vetoed a bill legalizing hemp in the 20 [...]
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Hemp Grower
NOTE: this is a "must subscribe" publication if you have real interest in Industrial Hemp. Supporting legal hemp cultivators with: industry trend analysis, business strategy, expert cultivation advice, extraction, marketing, financial topics, and legal issues. HG’s mission is to support legal hemp cultivators by providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business—from regulatory news to analysis of industry trends and business strategy, as well as expert advice on cultivation, extraction, marketing, financial topics, legal issues and more. HG focuses strictly on the business of legal hemp and aims to provide timely information—through its website, e-newsletter, print magazine and annual Cannabis Conference—to help the reader make timely, informed decisions to help them run their hemp businesses more efficiently and more profitably. The first issue of Hemp Grower will be published and distributed to subscribers in late 2019. [...]
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DEP, City of Jeannette again order closure of hemp facility
The City of Jeannette and the state Department of Environmental Protection have separately ordered a controversial hemp-drying facility in Jeannette to close. The DEP issued its order Monday, telling facility owner Patriot Shield to cease operation within 48 hours. The order prohibits the company from receiving, processing or storing hemp. The DEP previously issued two notices of odor violations to the company for the strong marijuana-like smell around the Thomas Avenue warehouse. To resume operations, the company must submit a plan to install and operate air cleaning devices. The DEP would need to review the plan and issue a permit. “While hemp drying facilities are relatively new operations in this area, they must follow Pennsylvania’s air quality regulations by obtaining DEP authorization through a request for a determination or an application for an air quality plan approval prior to installation and operation of any air contamination source or air cleaning device,” the depar [...]
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S.D. lawmakers take 2020 aim at legalizing industrial hemp
PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Lawmakers on a 10-1 vote Monday decided to take another run at legalizing industrial-level hemp in South Dakota next year. Republican Governor Kristi Noem vetoed similar legislation in March, warning its passage would open the way to legalizing marijuana. But House Republican leader Lee Qualm of Platte said Monday that CBD oil from low-THC hemp relieves pain and isn’t addictive like opioids can be. “I think CBD oil is here to stay,” Qualm said. He called it “a good thing” and noted vitamins aren’t federally regulated. Senators fell four ayes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto. The governor lost one of her backers Monday. Senator Rocky Blare, an Ideal Republican, supported the 2020 version. He twice voted with Noem this year. The six-page draft would again allow producing, transporting and processing hemp in South Dakota, if the crop’s THC content is at three-tenths of one percent or less. There also would be licensing back [...]
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Regulators Detail Banking Rules For Hemp Firms | PYMNTS.com
Four federal agencies, in conjunction with state bank regulators, clarified the legal status of hemp-related businesses and the applicable edicts under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for financial institutions (FI) offering services to those businesses, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) said in a joint agency press release on Tuesday (Dec. 3). Banks no longer have to submit a suspicious activity report (SAR) just because a business is growing or cultivating hemp. Financial institutions should follow standard SAR procedures and submit a report only if there is questionable behavior. The statement provides FIs with federal data that defines the legal status of hemp, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule on hemp production. It also clarifies the BSA guidelines when offering financial services to hemp-related businesses. [...]
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The little-known truth about hemp
U.S. media tycoon William Hearst bought paper for his newspapers from Dupont, owner of the DuPont Camicles Corporation. Which extracted pulp from wood. Hemp paper was in every respect superior to Dupont’s paper. Its production was highly competitive. So Hearst started a PR campaign. Formally against marijuana. But in fact against hemp competitors. Her main thesis was that the use of cannabis was the main drug problem. “Marijuana caused extreme violence in people.” Businessmen managed to pass the Marijuana Tax Act in Congress. This law even prohibited the medical use of marijuana. It forced cannabis producers to pay such exorbitant taxes that they shut down their now unprofitable businesses. Paper from the trees was not the only thing. During the same period, DuPont patented the production of plastic from oil and coal. Since then the production of plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, and nylon from oil products has begun. [...]
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Farmers with a license can grow hemp but cannot sell hemp products to the public
Monday, the Alabama Political Reporter talked with Gail Ellis with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries about industrial hemp and complaints from hemp farmers that their state licenses are too restrictive. Ellis told APR that it is illegal in Alabama for a farmer to sell hemp material to the general public or to anyone without a hemp license. The Alabama Political Reporter asked about the legality of smokable hemp products being widely marketed in the state. Ellis said that all of those products are presently illegal as are the hemp gummy bears and other chewable hemp products. The 2018 Farm Bill make industrial hemp legal throughout the country. After the product was legalized by the federal government farmers applied for and received licenses from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to grow hemp in Alabama in 2018. These are the first farms to grow hemp in Alabama legally in approximately 80 years. While hemp historically has been used to make paper, [...]
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PolitiFact Florida: 25,000 uses for hemp, including a replacement for concrete and plastic? Hold up
Hemp has been used inside a BMW electric car, as fiber in jeans and in the walls of a Tarpon Springs home. Now Florida’s lone statewide elected Democrat, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, will oversee a new state industrial hemp program. Fried, a former lobbyist for the marijuana industry, says that hemp has a massive number of uses and will replace some common materials. "What most people don’t understand is that hemp has 25,000-35,000 known usages," she said at a Florida Democratic Party conference in Orlando. "That means it is going to be something that is going to replace plastics, and styrofoam and concrete." That’s a giant heap of hemp. But is Fried’s claim accurate? While hemp and marijuana are from the same species of plant, hemp is nonpsychoactive and is used for a variety of products. Industry-friendly legislation has helped to grow the hemp market in recent years. But don’t expect it to replace plastics or concrete anytime soon. Vast research and development [...]
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USDA opens door for more industrial hemp farming
WASHINGTON — The federal government is ready to regulate the production of industrial hemp, allowing more farmers in more states to grow the plant that is related to marijuana but has many uses in the marketplace. An interim final rule establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, to be published in the Federal Register Oct. 31, includes provisions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve hemp production plans from states and Indian tribes and to establish a federal plan for hemp producers in areas that have allowed hemp production but do not have their own approved hemp production plan. The state rules must include procedures for tracking where hemp is produced; testing for THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high; disposing of plants that exceed 0.3% THC; licensing growers; and ensuring resources to run hemp programs. Farmers in states that have not authorized hemp production — including South Dakota — still will not be able to grow th [...]
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White House approves USDA hemp rules; release imminent
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal hemp production rules, Hemp Industry Daily has learned. With approval from the OMB, which must sign off on new regulations from any federal agency, the public release of the interim production rules could come any day. Washington DC-based cannabis attorney Jonathan Havens wrote in an email to Hemp Industry Daily on Monday that he expects the USDA’s federal rules to include: - Review of state hemp programs (i.e., criteria for USDA sign-off on the same). - THC testing and, more specifically, the point or points at which THC must be tested. - Processing requirements. - Biomass transportation. One of the biggest questions that remained unclear after approval of the 2018 Farm Bill is the legality of the transportation of hemp and its derivatives through states that don’t have or don’t want hemp programs, including states that still consider hemp and hemp-derived CBD to [...]
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Seattle HEMPFEST
Seattle HEMPFEST, the undisputed King of Protestivals, and the largest cannabis convocation in the world. Seattle HEMPFEST, the premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture, is celebrating its 28th year. Hempfest’s crown jewels of achievement include its designation as the largest annual cannabis policy reform event in the world. But that could change with a single event. What is less likely to change is the fact that the Seattle HEMPFEST is the most sophisticated and socially responsible cannabis rally in history, and perhaps the largest annual free speech event in the nation. Hempfest 2019 Aug 16, 17, 18 hours are Fri Noon – 8PM, Sat/Sun 10AM – 8PM. With a laser focus on political content and a deep commitment to community values, Seattle’s HEMPFEST event has influenced regional and national public policy while being an economic generator in its community. Seattle’s HEMPFEST event paved the way and tilled the soil for Washington State citizens to legalize cannabis [...]
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Truck drivers sentenced for transporting hemp through Idaho
BOISE, Idaho — Three out-of-state truck drivers who were arrested for transporting industrial hemp through Idaho were sentenced Thursday on misdemeanor charges. All three men were given jail time, but the sentences were suspended with time served. Each will remain on unsupervised probation and have to pay fees and restitution. The truckers each faced felony charges at the time of their arrests, but struck plea deals with prosecutors earlier this month that lowered the charges to misdemeanors. Two of the truckers, Andrew D’Addario and Erich Eisenhart were arrested in April 2018 while transporting 915 hemp plants from Colorado to Oregon. Eisenhart and D'Addario were initially charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. They pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. On Thursday, they were sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 178 days suspended. They were given credit for the two days they already served in the Ada County Jail. Both men will serv [...]
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U.S. Hemp Farming Advocacy | Vote Hemp
The mission of Vote Hemp is to gain the acceptance of and free market for hemp as an agricultural crop in the U.S. Vote Hemp is a national nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to a free market for industrial hemp, low-THC varieties of Cannabis, and to changes in current law to allow U.S. farmers to grow the crop. Our ultimate goal is having hemp grown on a commercial scale in the U.S. once again and for the crop to be able to be processed here as well. We educate the public on the benefits of hemp farming and work with grassroots activists, legislators, businesses and family farmers to fulfill our mission. Vote Hemp has been working since 2000 to move federal regulation of industrial hemp farming out of the hands of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to state departments of agriculture. Vote Hemp also works to defend against any new laws, regulations or policies that would prohibit or restrict hemp commerce. Vote Hemp is not a drug policy organization, nor do we take po [...]
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Ask your Congressman to cosponsor the Hemp For Victory Act
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced H.R. 3652, the Hemp For Victory Act which helps lay the foundation for the emerging hemp industry in a manner that incentivizes family farmers and small businesses, protects against corporate monopolies, and studies the benefits of hemp cultivation and hemp-based products while ensuring safe agricultural practices, and environmental and labor considerations. Vote Hemp strongly supports the bill and believes this is the kind of legislation needed to help the nascent hemp industry build a solid footing. Please send a message to your Congressman and ask him/her to support hemp farmers and businesses by cosponsoring the Hemp For Victory Act. [...]
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