Dramatic Increase in Kentucky Hemp Production
May20

Dramatic Increase in Kentucky Hemp Production

Hemp and the state of Kentucky are friends from way back in the day.  They are quickly remembering their old relationship.   Kentucky agriculture officials say the state's hemp production will surpass 1,700 acres this year as the crop's comeback starts to attract investment from processors looking to turn the once-banned crop into products. One of those investors is Andy Graves, CEO of Atalo Holdings. Graves said Tuesday his...

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Minnesota One Step Closer to Industrial Hemp
May13

Minnesota One Step Closer to Industrial Hemp

The re-legalization of the cannabis plant will include the reintroduction of industrial hemp.    [State] House members on May 4 voted 110 to 18 in favor of legislation, HF 1437, to authorize the state-sanctioned production of industrial hemp. The measure now goes to the [State] Senate for further consideration. Last year, members of Congress approved language in the omnibus federal Farm Bill explicitly authorizing states to...

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Industrial Hemp Skateboards
Mar18

Industrial Hemp Skateboards

A cannabis business website called Ganjapreneur hosted Brian Westphal, founder of Lotus Boards.   Westphal also discussed his belief that the future of manufacturing will likely hinge on ecological, renewable practices and 3D printing. "Hemp offers many benefits to our current methods of manufacturing paper, textiles, houses, and of course, plastics. Saving the amount of energy used, reducing carbon emissions, and the amount of...

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Hemp Farming (Almost) Underway in Oregon
Feb18

Hemp Farming (Almost) Underway in Oregon

Oregon is ready to start licensing hemp farmers.   Oregon farmers could put in their first crop of industrial hemp this spring, the state Agriculture Department says. The department has finished making rules and is now accepting applications for licenses to grow. . . . The crop is still illegal under federal law, but eighteen states have removed barriers to production, said Lauren Stansbury of the Hemp Industries Association told...

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Congressional Update
Dec15

Congressional Update

At long last Congress is paying some attention to changing drug policy.   Language approved by the US House of Representatives on Tuesday restricts the Justice Department's ability to take criminal action against state-licensed individuals or operations that are acting are in full compliance with the medical marijuana laws of their states. The amendment, which states "None of the funds made available in this act to the Department...

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Hemp Update
Nov19

Hemp Update

You may recall last spring when the DEA seized a shipment of hemp seed bound for a research project.  Here's the harvest end of the story.   Hemp is grown in more than 30 nations, led by China. Even though it couldn’t be grown in the U.S., sales of hemp products, such as oilseeds and fiber, reached $581 million last year, up 24 percent from a year earlier, said the Hemp Industries Association, a trade group. “I see hemp’s future...

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