Industrial Hemp

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Guyana: Lobby For Industrial Hemp Begins

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

A group in Guyana has begun lobbying the government for approval to produce and export industrial hemp.

Turhane Doerga, head of the Guyana Hemp Association, says he is confident at least 5,000 jobs would be created in the first year and that hemp would earn income five times greater per acre than rice. “There is no reason not to do hemp and become the major supplier of hemp products to the world,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

He says the objective is not to replace rice or other products. “Not at all! We have to add it to the two other excellent products that we have,” he said. “Hemp can only be an addition to what we are doing and you have to make sure that not because of the windfall from hemp that you destroy your other industries.”

Doerga says the GHA has written to President David Granger, asking for permission to grow industrial hemp on the basis that the 1961 United Nations Single Convention Treaty excludes that plant from the list of narcotics. “There cannot be a better way to get poverty eradicated, get people a job and make this country prosperous and please understand that half an acre of hemp gives a guy a good income so if we don’t do this, this is a crime against Guyana as it was a crime against humanity to have it criminalized in those days,” said Doerga.

Global: Facebook Waging Weird War On Hemp

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Facebook’s weird and inexplicable history of attacking CBD (hemp oil) pages is well documented. It doesn’t make any sense, but we all know it happens: Facebook routinely shuts down pages for any number of often-unspecified reasons, and evidently CBD falls afoul of one of its labyrinthine, incomprehensible and arrogant policies.

So it was perhaps no surprise that one of the most popular UK CBD pages, Canabidol who produce the CBD Gel-Tab, the UK’s best selling CBD supplement, was last week shut down by Facebook admins.

Facebook is a vital tool for pretty much any business today. If you want to sell anything -- especially if you’re selling a niche product -- a social media presence is vital.

Many businesses, like Canabidol, spend thousands on Facebook advertising. It’s an investment into building an audience of potential customers, so when businesses lost their Facebook pages their profitability takes a hit, especially if they have client information, order details and other vital data stored in the page’s inbox.

North Carolina: House Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Research Study

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

North Carolina lawmakers are aiming to allow researchers to begin planting industrial hemp next spring.

The House Agriculture Committee approved a bill Thursday that will allow state land grant universities to grow hemp under the guidance of a nine-member commission and the Department of Agriculture.

Hemp is a variety of cannabis with low levels of the psychoactive chemical tetrahydrocannibinol, or THC. It has high nutritional value and can be used to make biodegradable plastics, fuels, clothing, construction materials, and rope. In 1937, before hemp was banned, Popular Science magazine called hemp "the new billion dollar crop."

The bill would allow the commission to fine growers up to $2,500 for growing marijuana on property designated for hemp.

Rep. Mark Brody, R-Union, assured the committee hemp grows differently than medical or recreational marijuana plants, and growers are unlikely to mix the two.

U.S.: 7th Annual Hemp History Week Features Events June 6-12

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The 7th annual Hemp History Week will be observed June 6-12, 2016, marked by several special events during the campaign. Hemp History Week is the national effort of grassroots organizers, leading hemp product manufacturers, farmers and advocates from all walks of life, working to change federal policy on industrial hemp in the United States.

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. The 7th annual campaign will include grassroots events across the country, nationwide retail events and promotions, hemp plantings (in some states where hemp farming is legal under Section 7606 of the U.S. Farm Bill), documentary screenings, farmer outreach, and more.

In addition to its sponsorship of the national program, CV Sciences, via their PlusCBD Oil™ brand, will also be hosting and participating in a number of events focused in California and Kentucky.

U.S.: Hemp Industry Generates Half a Billion Dollars In Sales

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

The hemp industry netted half a billion dollars in sales in the United States last year, despite unconstitutional federal restrictions on industrial hemp farming.

As reported in The Weed Blog:

"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….The HIA has also reviewed sales of clothing, auto parts, building materials and various other products, and estimates the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2015 to be at least $573 million."

Eric Steentres, executive director of the Hemp Industries Association, says the next step is very obvious.

“We need Congress to pass federal legislation to allow commercial hemp farming nationally, for this ripe industry to finally be able to bloom,” he said.

But congressional action seems unlikely anytime soon.

It is technically "legal" to grow hemp, but farmers are required to obtain a permit from the DEA. That happened just once in four decades up until 2014. Since then some states have taken action to nullify the federal regulation.

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