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Chart: 2018 Farm Bill addresses major pain points for hemp industry

Several major hurdles undermining hemp cultivators’ ability to run successful, profitable businesses are set to crumble once President Donald Trump signs the 2018 Farm Bill. Challenges such as finding processors or accessing banking services – problems attributable to the patchwork of state laws and regulations that have so far underpinned the industry – will be […]

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Austria moves to tighten regulations governing CBD products

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Austrian Minister For Social Affairs Beate Hartinger-Klein has announced the government’s intention to review the current status of CBD products in the country. While plans don’t include the banning of sale stricter regulations could be placed on a number of goods.

Smoking products will not be banned but are likely to be subject to laws to prevent youth usage. Like e-cigarettes, these products will be for over-18’s and come with warnings. The shipping and postage of smoking products will also be restricted. Plans to make smokeable CBD products available in specialist shops which were mooted by the industry have been rejected by the Austrian Minister for Finance.

Foods are affected

It’s also been confirmed that CBD foods and drinks will need approval from the EU due to the ‘novel food’ status of CBD. This means a number of products in Austria will have to immediately come off the shelves including a popular brownie stocked in the Aida confectionery chain. Likewise, CBD cosmetics will also be taken off shelves under the new regulations.

Austria, like many European countries has a booming CBD market. A variety of smokables, edibles, sprays, tinctures, cosmetics and other items have emerged in recent years. These products are found everywhere in supermarket chains like Lidl, pharmacies, confectionery shops and even a vending machine located on Mariahilfer Street in Vienna.

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U.S. Farm Bill emerges from Congress with hemp provision intact

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U.S. lawmakers have reached an agreement on the 2018 federal Farm Bill, leaving intact a provision that will let American farmers grow, process and sell hemp – removing restrictions that have held back the industry in the USA.

Lawmakers in both houses of the U.S. Congress are expected to vote in favor of the measure and send the full bill to President Donald Trump for signing this week.

Bi-partisan issue

The hemp provision got unusual bi-partisan support in the Congress mainly because of farm state legislators’ goal to bolster the fortunes of their farming constituencies.

It essentially categorizes hemp as an agricultural commodity and removes it from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of schedule 1 drugs. Passage is expected to significantly boost CBD sales and advance other hemp sub-sectors

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Punishment of Czech hemp farmer over THC level angers activists

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A Czech hemp farmer has been given 2 years probation in lieu of being sentenced to 15 months for possessing hemp above the legal THC limit. The legal case, which wrapped up last month, dragged on for almost two and a half years and has left many in the Czech hemp community frustrated and angry at the outcome.

In 2016, Leopold Svatý, an industry veteran with two decades of experience, was attending the first-ever Konopex trade fair in Ostrava. Shortly after the event commenced local policemen arrived and told participants to hide any flowers they had on display. Svatý was found to be in possession of four kilograms of hemp which was immediately taken from him despite having the relevant certificates confirming its legality.

On-site testing questioned

On-site testing confirmed the presence of THC (as it would in any hemp flower) but not the amount found, which was later called into dispute by Svatý. The hemp was subsequently sent for testing in a laboratory which showed levels of 0.6%, which is 0.3% over the legal limit. Concerns over the methodology used in the laboratory to test the hemp have been raised with some fearing the correct standards weren’t followed.

Lawyers for Svatý claimed a number of his rights had been infringed during the course of proceedings. They filed a number of complaints against the police, including on the conduct of their searches at the fair and questioning the authorization of the seizure being confirmed by telephone. However, his complaints were rejected. Meanwhile, lawyers for the state countered that Svatý was using the hemp for narcotic purposes.

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‘Manx Hemp Campaign’ hopes to return crop to Isle of Man

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Activist Pippa Clare Byrne is clarifying a bit of history on Isle of Man while launching the “Manx Hemp Campaign,” an effort to reintroduce hemp cultivation to the island, situated in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England.

While some officials told her hemp was never grown on the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency, Byrne believes there is evidence to the contrary found in local literature, including a reference in “The Dictionary of Manx Place Names.”

What’s in a name

Manx is a term used to describe the people of the Isle of Man collectively and is also the name of the Celtic language once spoken on the island.

“The Island’s fishing community was dependent on the production of hemp as it was the essential material for weaving nets and making sails,” Byrne said. She believes hemp was also used for clothing, roofing, and other applications on the island down through its rich and unique history.

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Hemp advocates in Guyana push government for legalization

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The Guyanese government should eliminate legislative barriers that are preventing farmers and processors from creating a vibrant new industry for the South American coastal nation, said Michael Kirton, co-chairman at Guyana Hemp Industries (GHI) a lobbying group.

Hemp could not only provide economic growth but “provide a better life for the men, women and children of our nation,” Kirton said in advance of a “hemp liberation day” organized by GHI this past Saturday.

Lobbying & education

Saturday’s event was part of a broader lobbying and education effort by GHI, which is also hosting meetings across Guyana to educate the public about the economic potential for industrial hemp. Kirton said GHI has established 25 local hemp lobby groups in Guyana and counts 100 hemp advocates among its ranks.

The group also has requested permission from the Guyanese government to conduct hemp trials on a total of 100 acres in various regions of the country, Kirton said.

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WHO committee delays review on global status of cannabis

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A World Health Organization (WHO) Committee has delayed until January its review of the global legal status of cannabis, which was expected to be delivered during a meeting last week in Vienna.

The WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) said it needs until January to sort out volumes of input it received ahead of the review’s release.

Highly anticipated

The highly anticipated review is one of the final steps in the process of determining whether cannabis will continue to be in the most restrictive international drug classification. A recommendation on such rescheduling is expected at a meeting of the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) set for March 2019 that will take the WHO review into consideration.

A UN CND recommendation for cannabis to be removed from international control would impact national reform efforts around the world.

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Hemp ‘compromise’ in U.S. Farm bill: Create 2 classes of felons

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Negotiations to eliminate a proposed rule that would ban drug felons from joining in the industrial hemp boom are reported to have moved off center, but latest proposals arising out of U.S. Farm Bill negotiations would still force those with federal drug convictions to sit on the sidelines for a decade.

In what critics will no doubt see as a tepid move, a “compromise” is reported to have emerged that would let such felons grow hemp beginning 10 years after their convictions, McClatchy reported.

Grandfathered into hemp

Oddly, negotiators have also apparently agreed that felons already growing hemp under an earlier Farm Bill (2014) would be allowed to continue, thus creating two classes of felons for the American hemp industry.

Congressional negotiations over the long-awaited 2018 Farm Bill – key to cracking wide the American hemp markets – are expected to result in final legislation next week.

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Outlook: Taking stock of hemp a decade after the financial crash

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By Steve Allin | International Hemp Building Association – The materials we obtain from the hemp plant can help us get back to basics but how about the basics of hemp? The original aspects of hemp are promoted as being able to provide great improvements to our environment, our quality of life and essentials such as food, clothing and shelter.

Meet Steve Allin at the International Cannabis Policy Conference Dec. 7-9 in Vienna.

As we pass the 10-year commemoration of the Great Crash of 2008, it is time to take stock of where we now find ourselves from a society and community perspective. Many media outlets have been reviewing the situation as we pass the decade mark since first Lehman Bros. and then the rest of the financial world very nearly completely collapsed. What is often forgotten is how we managed to avoid a complete disaster. Some people will remember terms such as “quantitive easing” or “debt restructuring” being banded about at the time, and up until recently you might be forgiven for thinking that these seeming solutions worked at least partly to fix things.

The reality, unfortunately, is far from that. In fact, the underlying picture is getting far worse. The main reason for that is that all the money created and put into the global economy was in reality debt, and debt has not only to be paid back but paid back with interest; and here is the problem.


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Blocking of hemp as animal feed angers farmers in New Zealand

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Hemp farmers in New Zealand have reacted angrily to the news they are unable to use hemp as an animal feed. The news has come as a shock to the industry which has seen a number of positive changes in recent months.

A document released by the Ministry for Primary Industries informed farmers that feeding hemp to any animal is in breach of the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act. The message contradicts documents the Ministry released previously, including one in 2004, which said feeding hemp to animals was permissible.

Restricted by 2 Acts

As hemp contains cannabinoids it comes under New Zealand’s Medicines Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act. Officials are concerned that cannabinoids from the plant could transfer to meat and milk if animals are fed hemp. The head of New Zealand Food Safety, Bryan Wilson told media “MPI’s position on the use of hemp in animal feed is in line with other countries.”

Tom Welch, a dairy farmer, planned to feed hemp to his cows until he was informed it’s illegal to do so. “These constant roadblocks by government are killing our industry’s future. We need government to help, not hinder, for hemp to flourish to its economic and ecological potential.” Welch told local media.

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Ex-doctor found innocent in Australian cannabis treatment case

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An ex-doctor in Australia has sucessfully defended himself in a landmark medical cannabis trial, arguing that his unauthorized treatments with cannabis compounds were of “medical necessity” to the patients he served.

Andrew Katelaris, who lost his medical license in 2005 under a previous case in which he prescribed cannabis in Australia, was acquitted last week after choosing to defend himself in the case before a jury.

Gripping testimony of parents

“The evidence from the parents of epileptic children was just too overwhelming” for the jury to convict him, Katelaris told the UK’s Daily Mail after he was found not guilty at the end of the four-week trial.

Katelaris, who called the parents of sick children as well as medical experts to give testimony, was charged after his May 2017 arrest following a police raid on his Sydney home during which authorities found 8 kg of cannabis oil, 10 kg of cannabis leaf, and $10,000 cash.

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Iowa medical CBD sales set to begin Saturday under cloud of confusion

Iowa's five CBD dispensaries open for business Saturday to serve roughly 1,000 patients in one of the nation's most limited medical cannabis markets.

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U.S. lawmakers ‘close’ to consensus on bill that would free hemp

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Lawmakers in the United States say they are close to reaching a consensus on the U.S. Farm Bill, Reuters reported. The measure is eagerly anticipated by hemp stakeholders who see it as the gateway to a full-fledged hemp industry in the USA.

The bill is expected to include language that will categorize hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of schedule 1 drugs. Passage is expected to significantly boost CBD sales and advance other hemp sub-sectors

The U.S. Farm Bill would fund a total $867 billion in food and agriculture programs. Lawmakers have not offered details of what the Washington Post termed an “emerging compromise.” One Senator, Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas, said word of any “complete agreement” is “premature.”

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With pre-fab hempcrete house, Dun Agro sets another milestone

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By Brian Houlinan | HempToday – Legacy European hemp firm Dun Agro will mark another industry milestone tomorrow (Nov. 30) at a ceremony celebrating completion of a pre-fabricated hempcrete house.

“This is the first hemp building that is completely built in this new prefab technique,” said Albert Dun, founder at Dun Agro, Netherlands, which put up several smaller demo structures during development of its HempCal modular building system.

Walls and roof elements for the two-story house were formed in Dun Agro’s facility in Oude Pekela, in northern Holland, and demonstrate the feasibility of building with hemp on a large scale, Dun said.

Moving hemp mainstream

“For me, it was important to create a process that makes hemp building accessible to the regular building industry,” said Dun, who has visited many hemp building projects around the world, most of which he noticed are private and small-scale.


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Italy tells EU it will set maximum THC levels for hemp foods

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The Italian Ministry of Health has informed the European Commission (EC) of its plans to set maximum levels of THC in food and food supplements. The regulation is aimed at providing clarity to authorities and the food sector.

In a letter sent to the EC in October, the Italian government outlined its intentions and their rationale for the move. The Italian government notes that they sought the advice of a number of bodies including the Italian National Institute of Health in May 2017 before proceeding. They also outline their intent to sample and analyze products for THC levels as per European Union guidelines.

Clarity on food

The regulation proposed by Italy provides clarification for the authorities and the food sector on which foodstuffs derived from hemp can be produced and placed on the market. It also provides instructions for authorities and the food sector on the application of regulations on food hygiene and official inspections. It also

It’s proposed the maximum THC levels would be as follows: Hemp seeds and flour obtained from hemp seed should have a maximum of 2.0 milligrams per kilogram. Likewise, supplements containing foodstuffs derived from hemp would also have a maximum of 2.0 milligrams per kilogram. Oils obtained from hemp seeds can have a maximum of 5.0 milligrams per kilogram.

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Second study of European CBD products reveals deficiencies

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A recent round of tests among CBD products on the European market uncovered several deficiencies, according to the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI), which recently performed the second such independent sampling this year.

ICCI performed the assessment of 35 products under ISO 17025 standards in cooperation with the first European laboratory certified under the Patient Focused Care (PFC) regime, administered by the Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition of the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague. (VŠCHT).

THC risk levels

ICCI said 9 samples in the latest round of testing had THC levels “involving risk,” while only 10 samples reviewed had correct labels on their packaging regarding THC content. Thirty samples fulfilled requirements concerning CBD content, according to ICCI.

Excessive THC content in the blood after using CBD oils represents unexpected risks for customers, said Pavel Kubů, ICCI managing director. Even relatively low amounts of THC can cause changes in perception, and can threaten consumers’ capacity to drive and make decisions in general, ICCI noted.

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North Indian startup aims to help beleaguered farmers’

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When five friends at Panjab University in the Indian city of Chandigarh became aware of an alarming suicide rate among the nation’s farmers, they decided to do something about it.

“All five of us belong to a farming background, and knowing that farming in India has played an important role in our development and identity as a nation, we realized that something needed to done for the backbone of the country,” remembers William Pal Singh.

Their answer was to form Esperanza Global Eco Solutions, a startup that’s exploring the agricultural, industrial and commercial potential of hemp as a multipurpose crop in India, with the ultimate goal to lift the fortunes of struggling Indian farmers.

Farmers on the edge

Nearly 70% of India’s 90 million agricultural households spend more than what they earn on average, pushing them towards debt, which is the primary reason for more than half of all suicides by farmers nationwide, statistics show.


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Searching for high-CBD hemp seeds? Don’t look to Europe

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Desperate to find certified high-CBD hemp planting seed? Don’t look to Europe. The uninitiated don’t seem to know this secret: There are no high CBD strains registered in the EU plant variety database, and European breeders have virtually no incentive to develop such strains as long as the continent is restricted by the EU benchmark 0.2% THC content rule.

European hemp varieties are developed and registered for seeds yield and/or fiber content — to serve sectors that have been the historical focus of European hemp producers since the revival of the industry in the mid 1990s.

Low THC means low CBD

It was only in the last few years, with the rapid rise of the global CBD market, that Europeans started to harvest the compound from their certified crops. But because CBD content is directly proportional to THC in a plant, Europe’s highly restrictive 0.2 THC limit means European plants have relatively low CBD in their makeup.

Furthermore, Europe’s focus on seeds and fiber means breeders on the continent have not set out to raise and stabilize CBD content in their cultivars. There are some high-CBD seeds produced by marijuana seed banks. But these are sold mostly as collector’s items, and the strains have not passed any approval process by a third party, so there are no guarantees as to quantity or overall quality with respect to CBD yield.


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Despite struggles with the law, Greek hemp advocate is upbeat

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By Brian Houlihan | HempToday – The Greek hemp industry continues to grow since it began five years ago. However, in the past year, there has been a crackdown on hemp farmers, producers, and consumers, Michalis Theodoropoulos, the President of Kannabio Hemp Cooperative told HempToday.

“The police during the past year have arrested producers, retailers, and customers of hemp products, the result of the incomplete and ambiguous legislation and due to misinterpretations of the law,” Theodoropoulos said.

One of the most profound cases involved Kannabio founding member, Serafeim Kandylas, who was arrested last June and charged with the possession of illegal substances. Kandylas was charged for being in possession of Kannabio’s packaged dried hemp flowers, hemp flour, hemp pasta, and hemp soap.

Bust is a bust

Similarly, Greek police in July announced they had destroyed 10,500 cannabis seedlings and detained the grower. The police statement said it was “the biggest cannabis plantation ever found in the country.” However, their joy was short-lived when it turned out the 3.5-hectare farm was actually a legal hemp cultivation.

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New Zealand stakeholders are forming hemp interest group

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A recent food conference in New Zealand has earmarked hemp as having the potential to impact the food industry and to boost the economy. While the laws around hemp foods are only now opening up, following the example of Australia, its hoped this will lead to an explosion of new companies and products.

More than 170 delegates from the New Zealand food industry met and discussed the global future of food and the opportunities for the country, and more specifically the Hawke’s Bay region where the conference took place. Delegates decided to form a hemp special interest group to explore customer oriented opportunities in the fibre, medicine and food categories.

James Cameron growing hemp?

Hemp has only recently returned to New Zealand with the rules being relaxed in 2001. However, restrictions on the industry have limited its capacity to grow. Nonetheless, there has been growing interest in the crop and even well-known figures are taking part in the hemp revolution. Film director James Cameron is among those growing and researching the crop in recent years through his company T base 2.

Previously, hemp producers could sell hemp oil but not the by-products like hemp seed meal. Earlier this year Andrew Davidson of Midlands Nutritional Oils told local media “We are going from being able to sell 25 percent of the raw material for human consumption to 100 percent, so that is a big change.”

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