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Federal Legislation Supports Industrial Hemp


Submitted by: The Hemp Roundtable

As you may have read, Congress has agreed upon, and will soon pass, a new Omnibus Spending bill that keeps the entire federal government operating.  The document, as you can imagine, is thousands of pages long.

Within the new Omnibus bill are some critical provisions that protect hemp farmers and businesses – as well as the interstate sale and transport of hemp — and specifically call out the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ordering them not to interfere with hemp pilot programs.

Specifically, the FY18 Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Rural Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act includes the following section:

SEC. 729. None of the funds made available by this Act or any other Act may be used—
(1) in contravention of section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (7 U.S.C. 5940); or
(2) to prohibit the transportation, processing, sale, or use of industrial hemp, or seeds of such plant, that is grown or cultivated in accordance with subsection section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 6 2014, within or outside the State in which the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated.

(See pp. 98-99 of the full text .pdf)

Furthermore, the FY18 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act includes the following section:

SEC. 537. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 7606 (‘‘Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research’’) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.

(See pp. 239-240 of the full text .pdf.)

Finally, the Agriculture Appropriations Act also encourages USDA to award competitive grant funding for hemp research:

SEC. 730. Funds provided by this or any prior Appropriations Act for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative under 7 U.S.C. 450i(b) shall be made available without regard to section 7128 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (7 U.S.C. 3371 note), under the matching requirements in laws in effect on the date before the date of enactment of such section: Provided, That the requirements of 7 U.S.C. 450i(b)(9) shall continue to apply.

(See p. 99 of the full text .pdf.)

 

All and all, this is great news for the hemp industry: more access to grant dollars and less interference by federal agencies.

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Coming to a Store Near You

The word is out and the reviews are coming in. People are excited about the opportunity to consume CBD in the form of whole plant material. The response we have received from a wide variety of CBD, Smoke and Vape shops has been very positive. While many of these stores have been selling extracted hemp oil for a while in a variety of concentrations, they have not yet known of or had access to raw plant material. That is all about to change.

If you are interested in helping expand the Herb-a-lites Brand and are good at sales and talking to retail owners, please get in touch with us about becoming an Herb-a-lites Distributor. We offer our products at a deeply discounted rate to our Distributors and then support you to get these products into your local stores. The wholesale price is typically 30% above your distributor price so you can make money while doing good!

To learn more please contact us at info@herbalites.com.

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WHO findings are thumbs-up for CBD

POSTED BY: HEMPTODAY 

Stakeholders advocating for cannabidiol (CBD) have crossed a second important hurdle as a preliminary evaluation of the substance by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Vienna last week produced positive findings.

World Health OrganizationCBD has been under pre-review by WHO as a potential psychotropic substance, with the risk WHO could propose controls similar to those for THC. WHO’s evaluations eventually go to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).

“This round has ended up favorably, but the critical review of CBD will happen in May,” said Boris Baňas (The Hemp Cooperative, Slovakia), board member at the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA). The Association joined the Foundation for Alternative Approaches to Addiction (FAAAT) in drafting a joint statement of guidance ahead of the most recent WHO evaluation.

The next review is expected at WHO’s 40th Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) meeting in May or June, 2018.

CBD had previously been given a green light at the 39th meeting of the ECDD in Geneva in early November.

EIHA lauded the work of independent WHO experts, who found:

  • No case reports of abuse or dependence relating to the use of CBD.
  • No public health problems (e.g. impaired driving) should be associated with the use of CBD
  • No evidence that CBD as a substance is liable to similar abuse and similar ill-effects as substances in the 1961 or 1971 Conventions (including cannabis and THC).
  • CBD is being actively explored for a range of therapeutic applications and has demonstrated effectiveness in treating some forms of epilepsy.

In addition to Baňas, EIHA was represented by associate member Hana Gabrielová, Hempoint, Czech Republic. FAAAT was represented by Kenzi Riboulet Zemouli, Farid Ghehiouèche and Amy Case King. Other CBD proponents present were Michael Krawitz (Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, USA), Raul Hector Elizalde Garza (Por Grace, Mexico), Dusan Nolimal and Tanja Bagar (International Institute for Cannabinoids, Slovenia) and Marie Nougier (International Drug Policy Consortium).

The following companies supported a campaign backing the EIHA-FAAT effort before WHO: Bluebird Botanicals, Buddingtech, CannaWell, CBD life UK, CBD oils UK, CBDepot.eu, Deep Nature Project, Greenindustries.shop, Hemp and humanity, HempConsult GmbH, Hempflax, Hempire Ltd., Hempoint.cz, Hempura, MCU Botanicals, MeetHarmony, MH medical hemp GmbH.

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Launching Soon

Welcome to the online home of Herb-a-lites,  sustainably-grown raw full spectrum industrial hemp products. Our tobacco-free hemp offerings are rich in cannabinoids and can be consumed in a variety of ways from smokable devices, sprinkled raw in salads, sauteed with vegetables, cooked in soups, or brewed as herbal teas.

Our hemp and herb mixtures are locally grown and hand harvested by small farms in U.S. states where the growing of industrial hemp has been fully approved by the state legislature and the program is overseen by their State Departments of Agriculture. Our hemp products are fully compliant with the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill.

We are currently building our network of distributors – contact us if you are interested! You can expect to see Herb-a-lites in retail outlets before the end of 2017.