Medical Marijuana, Inc Subsidiary HempMeds Brasil Sponsors Autism Event At Rice University In Houston

 CALIFORNIA: Medical Marijuana, Inc., the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States that launched the world’s first-ever cannabis-derived nutraceutical products, brands and supply chain, announced today that its subsidiary HempMeds Brasil, in partnership with the Consulate General of Brazil in Houston, sponsored “Autism Together We Are Stronger” at Rice University on February 22.

“We see events like this one as prime opportunities to educate people on what cannabidiol, or CBD, is and its potential benefits,” said HempMeds® Brasil Vice President Caroline Heinz. “CBD can be legally imported in Brazil and is even subsidized by the Brazilian government for many indications including autism. We want to do everything we can to help bring awareness to current research that is being conducted on how CBD can be used by people around the world.”

In addition to sponsoring the event, HempMeds® Brasil shared the event stage with two researchers who the Company has worked with frequently in the past, Dr. Alysson Muotri, Professor at the School of Medicine, University of California in San Diego, and Dr. Abram Topczewski, Neuropediatrician and Enuresis Clinic Director at the Albert Einstein Hospital.

“Education is the most important thing when it comes to helping the world become more accepting of cannabis and its compounds,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. CEO Dr. Stuart Titus. “We’re proud to be able to sponsor events like these and work with such prestigious doctors such as Dr. Muotri and Dr. Topczewski to help further medical research around the world.”

USDA Publishes “Economic Viability Of Industrial Hemp In The United States: A Review of State Pilot Programs”

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BY TYLER B. MARK, JONATHAN SHEPHERD, DAVID OLSON, WILLIAM SNELL, SUSAN PROPER, AND SUZANNE THORNSBURY

After a hiatus of almost 45 years, the 2014 Farm Bill reintroduced industrial hemp production in the United States through State pilot programs. This study documents outcomes and lessons learned from the State pilot programs and examines legal, agronomic, and economic challenges that may impact the transition from the pilot programs to economically viable commercial production.

In this publication…

Cannabis & CBD Retail Market To Reach $33 Billion In 2024

MARYLAND:  U.S. retail sales of cannabis and CBD products reached $14 billion in 2019, and are on pace to increase 18% per year to $33 billion in 2024, according to data published in Cannabis and CBD: U.S. Retail Market Trends and Opportunities, the latest report by leading market research firm Packaged Facts.

Cannabis products can be segmented by delivery format—i.e., the method by which the product’s desired compounds are ingested:

  • The most common delivery format, flower—smoked in the form of buds or pre-rolled cigarettes—accounts for nearly 40% of retail sales.
  • Another smokable product, vaporizer cartridges with concentrated THC or CBD compounds, comprises the second largest share. However, this share is falling as concerns about vaping-related lung illnesses rise and as states increasingly restrict sales of both nicotine- and cannabis-infused vaping products.

The fastest annual gains are projected for those delivery formats—namely edibles and topicals—that stand to benefit the most from federal legalization of hemp-based CBD. Major retailers—including foodservice establishments in certain states—are increasingly offering CBD-infused food, beverages, cosmetics, and toiletries that appeal to consumers because these products have the therapeutic benefits of CBD without the psychological effects of THC.

Other major delivery formats include tinctures, pills and capsules, and ingestible oils, which are used for both marijuana- and hemp-based products. Ingestible oils made from hemp seed oil (which does not include CBD or THC) have been available for decades and are used by health-conscious consumers for their purported nutritional benefits.

For more information on this emerging market purchase the report from our website.

USDA Announces Details Of Risk Management Programs For Hemp Producers

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of two programs that protect hemp producers’ crops from natural disasters. A pilot hemp insurance program through Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) provides coverage against loss of yield because of insurable causes of loss for hemp grown for fiber, grain or Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage protects against losses associated with lower yields, destroyed crops or prevented planting where no permanent federal crop insurance program is available. Producers may apply now, and the deadline to sign up for both programs is March 16, 2020.

“We are pleased to offer these coverages to hemp producers. Hemp offers new economic opportunities for our farmers, and they are anxious for a way to protect their product in the event of a natural disaster,” said Farm Production and Conservation Undersecretary Bill Northey.

Why Athletes Should Consider Taking CBD

It’s no secret that the life of an athlete can be rough. Hour after hour of cardio, lifting weights and refining your skill set is bound to be accompanied by soreness and other ailments that, if ignored, could lead to greater risk of injury. Of course, if you’re serious about your athletic goals, you’ve likely steeled yourself to the inevitability of injuries. “Pain is just weakness leaving the body” is a phrase that you’ve almost definitely heard at least once in your life, and while the sentiment is positive, it supports a flawed mindset.

As it stands, there are several ways in which you can address pre and post workout ailments, some being more natural than others. You could always try stretching properly and allowing your body adequate time to recover from the work it put in, but this is easier said than done. You won’t always get the chance to stretch/rest, and even if you do, you’ll really only be able to mitigate a small portion of the soreness and pain that you feel. Certain products and medications are being hailed for their anti-inflammatory effects, but the negatives that come with them far outweigh the relief that they may or may not bring.

As professional athletes are discovering, there are more natural means of achieving relief that avoid the dangers of addictive prescriptions and other potentially harmful products. CBD is a potential answer to many of the aches and pains that you suffer from in your athletic ventures. In multiple studies, the compound has been found to possess anti-inflammatory properties, preventing you from encountering much of the soreness that you would usually encounter.

CBD, or cannabidiol, enters your body and is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it seeks out the receptors that make up your endocannabinoid system. This system runs throughout your body and is a key component in ensuring that your body remains in homeostasis — a state that is disrupted by pain and inflammation, among other things. It produces its own form of cannabinoid, which is sent and received by different receptors within the system. When CBD is introduced to this system, it can act as an endocannabinoid, both boosting the system’s activity and preventing the release of certain neurotransmitters that would result in feelings of pain and discomfort.

It only makes sense, then, that CBD would be embraced by the world of athletics with open arms. Athletes could benefit from adding CBD products to their daily workouts, and they could even use these products as part of their pre and postgame routines as well. It would provide them with a means of recovering from especially intense workouts and games, potentially preventing them from waking up and having to will their bodies out of bed the following morning.

CBD products such as CBD balms and hemp creams are the perfect gym buddies, fitting into any bag and offering availability at a moment’s notice. Unlike the creams and balms that can normally be found in gym bags, these also boast servings of high-quality CBD hemp extract, and if you’re buying from reputable sources, such as the lab-tested products by CBDfx, you’re sure to get a product that walks the walk.

While the number of active athletes backing CBD might seem small, it’s mainly because of the rules currently prohibiting the compound. For years, CBD has been lumped in with other compounds found in cannabis plants that possess psychoactive effects, and therefore it’s been kept away from professional athletes. However, now that it’s widely understood that CBD doesn’t possess any psychoactive or intoxicating effects, sports leagues are warming up to the compound.

Meanwhile, multiple prominent ex-professional athletes are championing the cause for CBD in athletics, including those with backgrounds in everything from baseball to bicycling. MLB and NBA hall of famers such as Goose Gossage and Rick Barry are actively campaigning for the acceptance of CBD as an alternative to the more controversial medications that athletes are currently being subjected to.

Many ex-pro sports advocates are also pointing to CBD’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects as a reason for the compound to be permitted for athletes. Social anxiety is just as prevalent amongst athletic superstars as it is for the rest of the world, and ex-NBA champion Paul Pierce is even on record stating that he used CBD for the express purpose of curbing his feelings of anxiety and depression.

With a million reasons to embrace CBD and little to no reason not to, it seems obvious that the compound should — and will — thrive once made more available to athletes and the world of sports in general. Its anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory attributes are only the tip of the iceberg, and its other facets will prove just as crucial to your own athletic aspirations. It’s only a matter of time before the floodgates open and CBD gains the limelight that it so rightfully deserves.

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Asheville Hemp Project Launches CBD Infused Gum

First Product from Asheville Hemp Project Brand Highly Efficiency Delivery Method

NORTH CAROLINA: Asheville Hemp Project (AHP), an Asheville, NC-based hemp cultivator, is unveiling its new CBD Mint Gum. The launch marks the first consumer product for the brand, with other SKU’s in the pipeline. Asheville Hemp Project aims to connect consumers to the source of the natural plant, and their own inner nature.

The brand reminds us of the calming effect that nature provides, with a view through an open-slatted tobacco barn imprint. AHP selected gum as the first product to introduce because of its super-efficient delivery of CBD. Each piece of AHP’s CBD Mint Gum contains 10 milligrams of CBD and comes in a convenient foil pack that maximizes freshness and improves product protection and dispensing. AHP Gum is available for sale in the U.S. via the Company’s online store and at retailers including boutique food markets, CBD dispensaries, gas stations and smoke shops, and soon in sports emporiums and golf pro shops. A single pack containing 8 pieces sells for $19.90 online.

Leslie Hoffman, co-founder of AHP, stated, “This is our first consumer product, and we are excited about its potential. It delivers hemp-derived cannabinoids most efficiently through mucosa glands being activated by the chewing of the gum. Our gum enhances wellness for anyone who can benefit from CBD – and delivers it in a refreshing ‘normal’ format that is as discreet as it gets.”

CBD Mint Gum

Users include those with busy modern (and sometimes stressful) lives or those who need to lessen arthritis and joint pain or need better sleep. Sports aficionados might find that they can focus more intently or diminish the inflammation that sometimes follows a strenuous workout.”

Hoffman continued, “We intend to follow up with the launch of our CBD premium pre-rolls which will be unfiltered to ensure the consumer ingests the cannabinoids. Further, we have plans for releasing a CBD tincture. The number of potential products is enormous.”

Transitioning to the 21st Century Economy

Hoffman, whose pedigree in the cannabis industry includes farming, a hemp fashion business, and work in medical cannabis, formed Asheville Hemp Project in 2017 with co-founder, Scott Brinkley, a scientist and grower. Hoffman was a pioneer in sustainability and was previously a designer and builder of green construction projects.

The two saw an opportunity in North Carolina where tobacco had once been king. The agricultural and processing infrastructure for tobacco is well-suited to the cultivation and production of hemp.

Hoffman said, “The equipment and buildings needed to grow and dry the leaves, and the factories for rolling cigarettes already exist and are under-utilized. The workforce has the requisite skills to produce high quality products. The difference is the plant. Hemp is vastly more useful than tobacco. We aim to share a point of view, a connection to nature, and our understanding of the plant and its many uses. And so, we expanded our activities beyond the farm.”

She added, “Asheville has a reputation as an epicenter for craft cuisine and breweries. The region’s old tobacco farms are benefitting as they are revitalized by a thriving hemp farming community. Our brand’s tagline is Look Homeward, a reference to Thomas Wolfe’s famous book written in Asheville and set there, called Look Homeward, Angel. We believe this is the right business, with the right values, operating in the right place at the right time.”

Asheville Hemp Project’s base is a 23-acre hemp farm outside of the small city of Asheville, North Carolina nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.

“This is where our experience grows, thoughts and ideas turn into new product innovations,” Brinkley states. “We work with other local farmers and processors in developing new products and establishing new markets. The vacuum tobacco left behind provides an atmosphere for us to all work together to build the hemp industry. As a community, we can do more and do it better.”

Washington And Oregon Marijuana Regulators To Discuss Impact Of Hemp On The Northwest’s Marijuana Market

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Policy Experts at Hemp-CBD Connex Conference to Meet with Hemp Industry

OREGON: The top regulators from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Washington Liquor & Cannabis Board will discuss how hemp is influencing the legal cannabis industry in their respective states at the Hemp-CBD Connex conference.

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Portland Expo Center. OLCC Executive Director Steve Marks and WLCB Director Rick Garza will talk about the intersection, integration and divergence of the under-regulated hemp market with the regulated marijuana markets in Oregon and Washington.

OLCC staff and policy experts will be on hand to answer questions during both days of the conference according to the subject matter schedule below.  Look for OLCC and policy experts from other government agencies at Booth 218.

Wednesday January 29, 2020

10 AM to 12 PM Packaging & LabelingOMMP & Recreational Marijuana Programs
11 AM to 1 PM Hemp & Marijuana RulesMetrc cannabis tracking system
12 to 2 PM Hemp & Marijuana Rules
1 to 3 PM Packaging & LabelingMetrc cannabis tracking system
2 to 4 PM Recreational Marijuana Program

Thursday, January 30, 2020

10 AM to 12 PM Licensing
11 AM to 1 PM Metrc Cannabis Tracking System
12 to 2 PM Hemp & Marijuana Rules
1 to 3 PM OMMP & Recreational Marijuana ProgramsMetrc cannabis tracking system
2 to 4 PM Compliance

 

USDA To Present At Oregon Hemp & CBD Connex Conference

OREGON: The HEMP & CBD CONNEX CONFERENCE will take place January 29-30, 2020 at the Portland Expo. 

GROWING HEMP IS NOT THE “FIELD OF DREAMS”
What you need to know before you grow: From seed to harvest to shelf, invest in two days in educating yourself in all aspects of the industry.

When the farm bill passed in December 2018, there were 500 farmers growing 11,000 acres of hemp. We saw a demand for hemp biomass and smokable flower with a limited supply. Biomass was selling for $35-$45 a pound. Fast forward to 2019: this looked like the “Field of Dreams”. Applications increased to 1,900 farmers registered and over 60,000 acres farming hemp. We estimate that over 50% of the crops failed in 2019 for many reasons: lack of planning, bad genetics, and harvest and drying roadblocks. Mother nature brought record rainfall and a hail storm that damaged over 1,000 acres. With any new industry and no limit to how many acres could be grown, farmers planted too many acres, not realizing the massive undertaking and hurdles they would encounter. In 2019, farmers soon realized this was not the “Field of Dreams” with overproduction and prices plummeting to $5-$15 per pound and finding reputable buyers makes for a challenging year.

The Hemp & CBD Connex Conference is a collaboration of the entire hemp supply chain from seed to harvest to products on the shelf. Invest two days in educating yourself in all aspects of the industry. Here is your chance to have one-on-one contact with the pros that will guide you in best practices for your business. Oregon & Washington Department of Agriculture and the USDA will present updated rules and regulations and offer clarity to the confusing, evolving nature of these regulations. The conference will feature hands-on displays and demonstrations, will address roadblocks and offer solutions for best production and profit. Visit the “Farmers, Processors & Buyers Lounge” to consult on selling your biomass. Learn about crop insurance, farmer co-ops, futures contracts and partnering with processors for splits and toll processing.

With 30+ educational seminars and nearly 60 speakers, the CCC 6.0 Hemp + CBD Connex offers educational sessions, providing up-to-date data on Regional and Federal legislation. We are honored that USDA Under Secretary, Greg Ibach has the Chief of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Plan for the USDA, Bill Richmond, joining us to review and provide updates on the Interim Hemp Regulations. Ben Thiel, USDA Risk Management Agency Regional Director, will discuss NEW Hemp Crop insurance as well as Whole Farm Revenue Protection. Regionally, both Oregon and Washington will be providing updates via their Departments’ of Agriculture representatives, Sunny Summers and Steve Howe, and via their cannabis programs with Steve Marks and Rick Garza.

Dr. Jeffrey Steiner from the Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center will touch on Hemp Research. Economic analysts Beau Whitney and Chase Hubbard will discuss issues regarding economic impact and global market hemp supply chain that limited the market in 2019, and what it will take to be successful in the future. Additional topics below will be covered by representatives from the likes of Big Sky Scientific, Canopy Growth, CO2 Dynamics, Empower Bodycare, Lazarus Naturals, Strength of Hope and Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

The INDUSTRIAL HEMP SHOWCASE will feature displays of the many industrial uses made from hemp-fiber, including hempcrete, biofuel, livestock feed, paper, rope, bioplastics. The is even discussion about Hemp as a replacement for Kevlar. Hemp offers many different uses that can promote a more sustainable world. Hemp products can be recycled, reused and are 100% biodegradable. Proponents of hemp claim that it can help reduce global warming because it takes out large amounts of carbon dioxide per acre, more than most plants.

The CBD MARKETPLACE, a shop within the expo, will offer a wide variety of hemp and CBD products to review and purchase, from health food products, topicals, transdermal patches, edibles, beverages, pet brands and much more. On January 30th, consumers are invited to try products, meet the producers and consult with medical professionals about the benefits of CBD products.

In this 6th year of the conference, we explore the expansion of the Hemp industry highlighting the vast potential of HEMP and CBD products. We are grateful for the many people who donated their time to help others in this industry, including top pros and regulators sharing their insights. We’re proud to offer this conference at an amazing value compared to other higher-priced events. Oregon is at the forefront of establishing a business model that can be shared with other states. We’re focused on fostering the innovators so they can learn, share and help build the industry. The Hemp & CBD Connex Conference is brought to you by the Cannabis Collaborative Conference.

 

USDA Extends U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program Interim Final Rule Comment Period To January 29, 2020

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the comment period for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program interim final rule until Jan. 29, 2020, to allow stakeholders additional time to provide feedback.

USDA published the interim final rule on Oct. 31, 2019, as authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The rule outlines provisions for USDA to approve plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of hemp. It also establishes a federal plan for producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan.

Stakeholders are invited to submit written comments on the interim final rule and proposed information collection by visiting www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail to Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; or by fax at (202) 720-8938. Comments received by Jan. 29, 2020, will be considered before a final rule is issued.

More information about the provisions of the interim final rule is available on the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program web page on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website.

Congressman Riggleman Sends Letter To Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, On Hemp Production

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congressman Denver Riggleman sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to discuss potential changes to the implementation of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.  The letter suggested improvements to benefit farmers and align the rules with the realities that hemp farmers face while growing.

“Virginia and the 5th District are uniquely positioned to lead in the arena of hemp production and I am grateful to the entire Virginia delegation for signing this letter regarding the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program,” said Congressman Riggleman.  “Industrial hemp is a potential game changer for Southside Virginia.  If we can improve the USDA hemp program to help Virginia farmers, we have the potential to bring huge economic growth to the 5th District.  This letter will provide clarity for farmers and help production.”

Congressman Riggleman’s letter was cosigned by the Virginia delegation in the House of Representatives. The changes it asked for would reduce regulation surrounding hemp farming as well as its post production and distribution.

You can read the full letter here.