Oneida Nation eyes hemp production as a way to diversify, strengthen tribal economyOneida Nation’s hemp production is still in its experimental phase, but the hope is that it could eventually become a lucrative product that will help the tribe to help diversify its revenue. Project organizers see a future market for the Nation to make hemp fiber products, such as "hempcrete," to sell to construction and manufacturing companies.
Hemp Not Just for Hippies With Levi’s Next-Gen Cottonized FiberCotton makes up more than 90 percent of Levi’s product portfolio, but the brand’s senior innovation designer, Una Murphy, says the brand encourages more sustainable methods of cotton cultivation while looking at alternatives, like hemp. Levi’s is currently working on scaling up use of the fiber “significantly” across its product lines, and it expects to deploy cottonized hemp in greater quantities with each subsequent season. “To us, this is precisely the time to double down on sustainability, to reinforce and communicate about our progress and ambitions,” she said. “We think that the ongoing exploration of breakthroughs like cottonized hemp will not only make our products more sustainable, but will enable our business to be more environmentally and economically resilient by reducing the quantities of natural resources required to make them.”
Hemp production bill advances, but fate uncertainSadly Hawaii is on the verge of NOT passing hemp legislation once again. The buffer zone requirements only for hemp crops and not other types of crops are unfair, unnecessary and set a bad precedent. Allowing USDA to handle licensing is probably a good idea though as the Hawaii Department of Agriculture has repeatedly sabotaged efforts to get hemp growing. Contact your state representatives ASAP to urge passage of H.B. 1819.
On this day, July 1st, 2002: the Hemp Industry files a lawsuit against the DEA in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to overturn DEA’s Interpretive Rule on THC in hemp foods. Learn more hemp history here: https://buff.ly/3igtI11
Georgia lawmakers approve licensing fees for growing, transporting hempState lawmakers approved legislation that would require a license for possessing hemp, whether it’s cultivating, transporting, or selling the plant. Licenses wouldn’t be required to possess finished hemp products. One of the bill’s aims is to clear up confusion during traffic stops when an officer needs to distinguish between hemp and marijuana.
Erik Rothenberg Rest in Peace | Vote HempWe are sad to learn of the loss of one of our founding board members Erik Rothenberg, who passed away last Thursday. He was a smart, witty and inspirational visionary who helped us develop a treatise on returning sustainable hemp farming to U.S. agriculture. Our condolences go out to his family and may he Rest In Peace. Check out the tribute to Erik from David Bronner of Dr. Bronner's.
A 0.3% max THC definition of hemp doesn't work for farmers, regulators, or the industry. Help us get the attention of Congress! Please sign the petition to Congress to redefine hemp to include up to 1% THC: https://buff.ly/2NWsqdE