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Alberta Bound

Posted on December 23, 2014
Alberta Bound

Starting up an industrial hemp enterprise takes more than a good idea, enthusiasm or a bunch of capital. Fiber processing remains underdeveloped, but that could be changing. Three fiber start up in western Canada, Alberta, are worthy of attention. Alberta seems well positioned to become a hemp fiber industry leader in North America. American start ups should pay close attention.

Congressional Omnibus Appropriations Bill Includes Hemp Amendment

Posted on December 15, 2014
Vote Hemp

The 2014 Commerce, Justice and Sciences (CJS) appropriations bill includes an historic amendment to prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from spending funds “in contravention of Section 7606” of the 2014 Farm Bill. By approving this measure, Congress is sending a clear message to DEA that it should respect the law and work cooperatively with states to allow them to conduct hemp research and pilot programs.

Global Hemp Heralds the Passage of Illinois Bill HB 5085

Posted on August 29, 2014
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The growing of industrial hemp (“hemp”) in Illinois for research purposes will become legal on January 1, 2015 thanks to Governor Quinn’s signing of HB 5085 on August 26th, 2014. This marks the third time hemp legislation has been put before a governor in the state. The two prior attempts were made in 1999 and 2000, but both were vetoed by Governor Ryan.

Kentucky’s Famous Products Postcard

Posted on August 5, 2014
Kentucky's famous products postcard

Kentucky was once the heartland of the American hemp industry, as this evocative turn-of-the-century postcard shows. It depicts a man’s world: hemp, horses, beautiful women, tobacco, and bourbon. It draws a nostalgic picture of quiet rural roads, guarded by leafy stands of hemp waving in the warm wind, sitting on the front porch in the rocking chair with a tall glass of iced tea, the coon dogs keeping you company, a Winchester rifle on your lap, and wafting out the window is the sweet aroma of fresh apple pie!

Hemp Research Projects in Colorado and Kentucky

Posted on July 20, 2014
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At this point, sixteen states have passed legislation allowing them to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the 2014 US Farm Bill. But there are only two states which were really ready this year: Colorado and Kentucky. They make for an odd couple and have taken apposite approaches. Kentucky is by the book, by the rules, with a methodical, rational, planned, and scientific approach. Colorado is freewheeling, entrepreneurial, risk taking, and hyped up. Together they make a compelling story. If they were people on a TV sitcom, they could share an apartment.

Allergic Reaction to Hemp Foods

Posted on July 9, 2014
Types of Allergies

Allergies and food intolerance seem to be on the rise. Poor physical responses to food are frustrating it makes something that is necessary and should be enjoyable — eating — uncomfortable and possibly dangerous. Is Hemp an Allergen? The hemp food business has expanding steadily for the last 15 years, driving acreage and building the case for hemp’s cultivation in the United States. The good news to date is that hemp has no documented allergies. However, there is no reason to suspect that there will not be reported allergies in the future. People being a diverse lot, we pretty much have to wait and see.

Illinois Hemp Research Bill

Posted on May 21, 2014
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Global Hemp President Eric Pollitt’s lobbying for an industrial hemp research bill has finally paid off as the Illinois Senate passed HB 5085 on Monday, May 19th, with all voting in favor of the bill. Two prior Industrial Hemp bills, one in 1999 and another in 2000, passed the House and Senate, yet were vetoed by Governor Ryan, who stated a lack of private funding for research led to his veto of the second bill. Mr. Pollitt worked with State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria, IL) to create the bill, and HB 5085 acts as a research bill, one that will allow the industry to move forward.

New! Hempz After Sun Cooling Spray & Body Hydrator

Posted on May 16, 2014
Hempz After Sun Cooling Spray and Body Hydrator

Sun exposure can make your skin dry and over time it can create wrinkles and rough patches. Your skin is thirsty after being outdoors and needs tender loving care when it’s sunburned. Apply a hydrating product such as Hempz After Sun Cooling Spray and Body Hydrator. It will quickly give your skin the hydration is needs and at the same time relieves any minor pain that can be caused by sunburn.

Doug Fine’s Hemp Bound

Posted on May 7, 2014
Hemp Bound cover

There has been many books written about hemp, and many would argue the whole modern renaissance began with Jack Herer’s Emperor Wears No Clothes. The highlights of Hemp Bound’s are that the author provides a newer, contemporary material and the on-the-scenes journalistic field work. Doug Fine writes from a first person perspective without being overindulgent. A few personal and small descriptive details scattered all through his narrative ensures that his spiel remains grounded. It’s an enjoyable read and I greedily want more.

State of Hemp: Update on US Legislation

Posted on April 29, 2014
US Pro Hemp States Map

In the wake of the passing of the 2014 US Farm Bill in January there has been, as predicted, a further green wave of pro hemp legislation passed and hemp research activity announced. While there is great activity, how this shapes out is anyone’s guess. Several states are positioned to conduct hemp research. To date, only Kentucky and Hawaii have announced specific research programs. While recognizing that there are valid obstacles, questions, and legal gray areas, much comes down to political courage, leadership and vision.