Hemp History Week 2016 Begins Monday, June 6th

hemp history week 2016The 7th Annual Hemp History Week – and industry wide initiative of the Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp – begins on June 6th, and goes through to June 12th. Together with grassroots organizers, farmers, producers, and advocates from all walks of life will use the week to work towards a change in federal hemp policies, while raising awareness about the benefits of hemp and hemp products.

This year’s campaign will include grassroots events across the country, nationwide retail promotions, hemp plantings (in some states where hemp farming is legal under Section 7606 of the U.S. Farm Bill), documentary screenings, farmer outreach, and much more.

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Report: Over Half a Billion Dollars in Hemp Products Sold in U.S. in 2015

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has released a report detailing thehemp size of the U.S. retail market for hemp products for 2015.

According to the report, there was $573 million in hemp products sold throughout the United States in 2015: This is, of course, despite the cultivation of hemp remaining illegal.

Of the $573 million, $283 million came from hemp food, supplements and body care products. Textiles constituted $95 million of this total, industrial hemp products (such as car parts) made of $116 million of the total number, and in regards to hemp derived CBD products, there was roughly $65 million sold. Other consumer products such as paper and construction materials accounted for the remaining 2% of the market.

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Nevada Governor Signs Hemp Research Bill Into law

Sprouting hemp plants.
Sprouting hemp plants.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law legislation that allows hemp to be cultivated for research purposes.

Senate Bill 305, introduced by Senator Tick Segerblom and passed by the state’s legislature with a unanimous vote, allows universities in the state, as well as the state‚Äôs Department of Agriculture, to grow and produce hemp for the purposes of researching the plant, with hemp being defined as having no more than 0.3% THC.

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It’s Hemp History Week 2015

hemphistoryweekThe 6th annual Hemp History Week, “a nation-wide education campaign and marketing program that seeks to renew strong support for hemp farming in the U.S. while raising awareness about the benefits of hemp products”, is now officially underway.

This year’s campaign will include “grass-roots events across the country, nationwide retail promotions, hemp plantings (in some states where hemp farming is legal under Section 7606 of the U.S. Farm Bill), documentary screenings, and farmer outreach”, according to the Hemp Industries Association, the group that started Hemp History Week.

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Florida Senate Agriculture Committee Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Hemp

Florida’s Senate floridaAgriculture Committee has voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 902, a proposal to explicitly legalize the production and cultivation of hemp.

Senator Jeff Clemens, the bill’s primary sponsor, says his bill would create numerous jobs and would be a boon to the state’s economy.

If passed into law, the proposal – titled the Hemp Industry Development Act – would direct the state’s Agriculture Department to distribute licenses to those wanting to cultivate hemp, and to regulate the plant to assure that crops don’t have a THC percentage above 0.3%.

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Over $620 Million in Hemp Products Sold in the U.S. in 2014

The Hemphemp Industries Association has released a report which estimates the amount of hemp products sold in the United States in 2014.

According to the report, there was $200 million worth of hemp food and body care products sold in 2014. An additional $420 million worth of hemp milk, seeds, soaps, lotions, clothing, auto parts, building materials and various other products were sold (congressional research estimates the hemp market to consist of over 25,000 various products), bringing the total amount of hemp products sold in the United States in 2014 to $620 million.

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