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Fresh from Victory, Hemp Food Companies Exhibit at Expo East

Posted on October 12, 2004

Manufacturers of nutritious hemp foods will exhibit a wide variety of products at the Natural Products Expo East at the Washington Convention Center, October 14-17, 2004.

Weed Watch: Oh, All Right, Eat the Hemp

Posted on October 8, 2004

After years of legal wrangling and posturing, the feds have finally given up their quest to ban food products containing hemp seeds and oils. On Sept. 28, the Hemp Industries Association claimed victory after the feds declined to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals protecting the sale of hemp-containing foods.

Hemp: the gateway food

Posted on October 7, 2004

Farmers export the seeds and plant fibers to the United States, where manufacturers use it to make goods such as flour, bread, cheese, butter, birdseed, clothing, and personal care products. High in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, hemp foodstuffs appeal to those looking for an alternative to fish, which can contain mercury. The Hemp Industry Association estimates annual sales of U.S. hemp food products is $40 million.

Court Tells DEA it Cannot Regulate Naturally-Occurring THC in Hemp Food Landmark Decision Opens Way for Expansion of Hemp Food Industry

Posted on February 6, 2004

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), representing over 200 hemp companies in North America won their 2 ½-year old lawsuit today against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a decision that permanently blocks DEA regulations that attempted to ban nutritious hemp foods such as waffles, bread, cereal, vegetarian burgers, protein powder, salad dressing and nutrition bars.

The Demonized Seed

Posted on January 18, 2004

The world needed relief from its addiction to oil and petrochemicals. From deforestation and malnutrition. From dirty fuels, sooty air, exhausted soils and pesticides. The extraordinary hemp plant could solve all those problems. Herer was sure of it. Thus began his journey as a heralding prophet.

Foods containing hemp face impending DEA ban

Posted on March 28, 2003

The use of hemp in corn chips, frozen waffles and other foodstuffs will be nipped in the bud next month under a new ruling by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Any cannabis products intended for human consumption will not be allowed to be manufactured or sold after April 21, the agency said yesterday.

DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion

Posted on March 1, 2002

The move has generated a firestorm of controversy among natural foods producers and consumers. The mainstream media has added to the controversy by misreporting the DEA action as a ban on all hemp foods. This, in turn, has caused lost business for manufacturers because many retailers and distributors think all hemp foods must be removed from store shelves. The DEA move has also given rise to several legal challenges by industry groups and members.

THC Issue Threatens Hemp Industry Growth

Posted on April 1, 2001

Richard Rose, founder of the Hemp Food Association and owner of HempNut Inc., a hemp foods company, both based in Santa Rosa, California claims the industry is only hurting itself by attacking DEA rather than concentrating on improving production to eliminate THC content.

North American Industrial Hemp Council letter to the DEA

Posted on December 28, 2000

We are informing the NAIHC membership of a letter that has been mailed from NAIHC to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) concerning their proposed new rules affecting hemp foods and body car products.

When is Salad Dressing a Drug?

Posted on December 22, 2000

Late last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) set in motion plans to bar hemp-based foods and other hemp products that can enter the human body, such as lotions and creams.