Texas Taps on the Brakes

The Lone Star State is the latest example of growing momentum for hemp’s permanent legalization.   As we shared a few weeks ago, the Texas Department of Health Services announced that it was considering a misguided crackdown on hemp-derived cannabidiol (“CBD”), and asked for public comments.   The Roundtable responded with this comprehensive letter, and…

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Farm Bill

  You may have heard that this morning, the House Farm Bill was voted down, due to an intra-party dispute over immigration reform.   While this development was unexpected, please do NOT view this as a setback for passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018.   First, as we informed you yesterday, the House…

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Hemp Farming Act Update

We wanted to give you a quick update on action in Washington – and enlist your help in getting permanent hemp legalization across the finish line. Passing legislation in the US Capitol has been compared often to making sausage.  We prefer the analogy to a three-dimensional game of chess – every action results in multiple…

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Huge Win for Hemp in Wisconsin

  All we do is win, win, win…   Two weeks ago, the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center issued a report stating that the sale and possession of cannabidiol (CBD) was illegal as a matter of state and federal law, and suggested that store owners and purchasers could be subject to arrest.  Last week, Wisconsin Attorney…

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We Want Your Input on the U.S. Hemp Guidance Program

As you may be aware, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable’s Technical Committee has been hard at work developing the U.S. Hemp Guidance Program, a comprehensive effort to develop self-regulation and guidance for hemp growers, processors and product sellers. As an emerging agricultural industry, hemp farmers and firms understand that they must demonstrate professionalism and promote confidence. The…

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Senate Minority Leader Schumer Endorses Hemp Farming Act!

Game-changing news from Washington, DC… In a town where it seems like Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything, common ground has been found in the hemp fields. Friday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined his often-adversary U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in co-sponsoring S.2667, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018.…

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DEA’s Marijuana Extract Rule Does Not Apply to Hemp

Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition from the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) to review the controversial “marijuana extract rule” issued in 2016 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  This was a disappointment to some who were hoping that the Ninth Circuit would issue an historic ruling akin to its 2004 order…

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Voice Your Support For Hemp!

The momentum is on our side — The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 stands a real chance of passage by Congress THIS YEAR.  But we need your help to make the permanent legalization of hemp a reality. If passed, Senate Bill 2667 and House Bill 5485 would redefine hemp as an agricultural commodity and permanently remove it from…

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Movement in Congress on Permanent Hemp Legalization

This week, nearly four dozen Members of the Roundtable hit Capitol Hill, meeting with their U.S. Senators and Representatives, and asking them to co-sponsor S.2667 and HR 5485, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018.   As part of this day, our Board of Directors sat down with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss our…

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Roundtable Submits Public Comment to FDA on Hemp-Derived CBD

Last fall, in a bombshell for the hemp industry, the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence delivered its preliminary judgment that hemp-derived CBD is safe and well-tolerated in humans (and animals), and is not linked with any negative public health concerns. The WHO also concluded that CBD does not induce physical dependence and…

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