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FARM BILL UPDATE – December 4th

As reported in this space earlier, a deal has been reached on the 2018 Farm Bill that includes the full text of the Hemp Farming Act, providing permanent legalization of hemp and popular hemp products like cannabidiol (CBD). Final passage of the bill was expected to take place this week, before Congress adjourns for the holidays.

However, in honor of the nation’s mourning for the late President George H. W. Bush, the House has canceled all votes for this week, while the Senate will not convene until after the Bush funeral today.

The next votes in the House are scheduled for Monday morning, December 10, so the Farm Bill is expected to be passed sometime that week.  While you can never predict what will happen on Capitol Hill, the stars look bright for imminent permanent legalization.  Read more here.

Keep calm and continue to follow this space for further updates.  In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to contact your Members of Congress to urge them to support the Farm Bill with hemp legalization, please use our easy online portal:

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We Now Accept Credit Cards … Really!

We are very happy to announce that Herb-a-lites is one of the first Hemp and CBD merchants who can now accept all major Credit and Debit cards! Through our extensive network of merchant processing contacts, we were called last week by a long-time contact who shared with us a breakthrough opportunity with a major US bank and the 2nd largest credit card processing company to obtain secure credit card processing.

Unlike the numerous processors we have had for short periods of time, this solution is 100% transparent and offers us traditional financing terms and the knowledge that we will not be shut down for openly offering hemp products.

When you arrive at our checkout page just select the “Pay by Credit Card” option and a simple dropdown window will appear where you can enter your card information and complete your purchase.

This change is partly due to the knowledge that with the imminent passage of the Farm Bill as soon as this month, financial institutions are stepping into this industry with the full confidence that industrial hemp will join the ranks of other agricultural commodities such as wheat, corn, and soy.

We are building up our product inventories to assure that the additional ease of ordering can be matched by Herb-a-lites products. Happy shopping and we look forward to serving you soon.

 

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We Should Be Pouring Time And Money Into Hemp, Period.

By Janet Burns

For centuries, North Americans have utilized hemp in their homes, diets, and health regimens. For decades, we’ve also turned to imported products to meet much of our growing need.

And now, after years of major change for US agriculture and industry, real investment in this versatile crop stands to significantly elevate our economy and quality of life for generations to come.

The idea of upping hemp production is already common ground politically. As farmers have faced water shortages, unstable markets, and punishing seasonal conditions, communities around the country have pressured lawmakers to help them restore US agriculture with more profitable, sustainable plants.

Hemp has long been seen to fit that bill. Best known for its use in textiles, it offers wide-ranging applications that countless sectors are keen to get in on.

For example, hemp seeds in whole or processed form contain an impressive amount of protein, nutrients, and essential fatty acids, among other things — offering an efficient way to boost nutrition in human and animal diets — while hempseed oil has increasingly become a preferred ingredient in common food, beauty, and health products.