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NEWS

  • Oct, 01 2019 Big Ag, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, Big Paper, and Now Big Oil

    It’s no wonder hemp was made illegal, hemp is the disruptor of the century.

    Big Ag has control over strains of corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and virtually every other thing you put on your dinner table. Conversely, hemp is flourishing without their control and our industry is scrambling to ensure they won’t abuse it. However, eventually the best strains will gain notoriety and earn the lion’s share of the money and I expect whomever controls those strains will join the Big Ag community.

    Big Pharma uses the FDA to keep natural remedies out of the marketplace with logical concerns of safety and efficacy. CBD has luckily bucked this trend and thanks to the removal of hemp from the controlled substance list, its evident part of the industry will avoid the controlled research necessary to fall under the Big Pharma purview. Excitingly, Epidiolex has advanced through clinical trials and soon other medicines with THC and CBD ingredients will follow this path. The FDA has expressed concern over extended use of these elements for liver toxicity and sedation. In the future, I see low dose OTC CBD widely available and higher dose CBD, by prescription, in the next five years.

    Read at CannabisNewsFlorida.com »

  • Aug, 15 2019 Florida Hemp Council Launches

    The Florida Hemp Council (FLHC) has been formed by represent-atives of industry leaders: Blue Moon Hemp, Blume Hemp, Evello Global, Evio Labs, GenCanna Global, Green Roads, Mission Lago Farms, Natural Life and Veritas Farms. The Florida Hemp Council is a working group of farmers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and professionals dedicated to the future production of all hemp products.

    According to newly appointed FLHC Executive Director Eric Stevens, the nonprofit’s mission is to work collectively toward creating an ecosystem that will catapult the Florida Hemp industry and those who support it to the forefront as the leader in Hemp production. The vision of the organization is to have all channels of the state’s economic engine represented from farmers to retailers with everything represented in between.

    “This is truly a pivotal time for Hemp in Florida as we formally announce the establishment of this futurist association and its founding members of trailblazing leaders in the current market,” shared Stevens. “Hemp is projected to become a multi-billion dollar industry in Florida and The Florida Hemp Council has been formed to showcase and promote the ‘good actors’ in the industry and assist the State in holding the ‘bad actors’ accountable.

    Read at CommunityNewspapers.com »

  • Sept, 27 2019 Billions in Hemp Risks Rotting on Farms in Processing Bottleneck

    The euphoria from the burgeoning prospects of U.S. hemp, grown as an alternative to mainstream crops caught in a trade war, has turned to caution.

    In the first year of widespread commercial cultivation, hemp planting quadrupled as growers sought a profitable alternative to crops such as soybeans ensnared in the U.S.-China trade dispute. The hemp-derived compound cannabidiol, known as CBD, has a non-psychoactive cannabis ingredient at the center of a wellness trend sweeping the nation, showing up in everything from beauty products to dietary supplements.

    While Congress approved hemp cultivation, the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t cleared CBD yet for use in food and drinks, and the murky regulatory environment has limited expansion in the processing sector. Delta Separations, a Cotati, California-based manufacturer with booming sales of extraction machines used to make CBD, estimated that as much as $7.5 billion in hemp may rot on farms.

    Read at Bloomberg.com »

  • Oct, 01 2019 Lots of Athletes Say CBD Is a Better Painkiller. Is It?

    There’s almost no data on how the cannabis extract works in humans, but the sports world is embracing it anyway.

    In his eight seasons in the National Hockey League, Riley Cote estimates he got into hundreds of fistfights. Cote was an enforcer—a tough guy whose job was to keep the other team’s players in check. If an opponent got too physical on the ice, Cote would put him in line.

    He retired in 2010, having sustained repeated trauma to his brain and body. Cote suffered from chronic pain, and worried what might happen to his battered mind as he aged. Then in 2013, he tried cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. “It’s been a game changer for sure,” Cote says. Now he reports he uses it at least twice a day.

    Read at Wired.com »

EVENTS

  • UF Hemp Update (Gainesville)

    Join Dr. Kevin Korus and Jerry Fankhauser for an update on the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project.

    Date:
    October, 07 2019

    Location:
    UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County
    2800 NE 39th Ave
    Gainesville, FL 32609

    Read more »
  • Broward MMAB First Responder Educational Summit

    ​​Advise and make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for improving operations and services for growing, processing, and selling medical marijuana for qualified patients and users

    Obtain information concerning medical marijuana and related matters within Broward County

    Provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding regulations and fees related to medical marijuana treatment centers Develop programs to educate the citizens of Broward County as to the benefits and disadvantages of the use of medical marijuana

    Date:
    October, 16 2019

    Location:
    115 S. Andrews Ave,
    Fort Lauderdale, 33301

    Read more »
  • UF Dinner Miami ($150/seat)

    Join Dr. Kevin Korus and Jerry Fankhauser for an update on the UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project.

    Date:
    October, 26 2019

    For more info email:

    [email protected]
  • Cannabis Business Awards

    Celebrate outstanding achievements with industry game changers, trailblazers and cannabis thought leaders. Join us as we celebrate the fastest growing industry in America and the industry executives creating history as we take marijuana mainstream.

    Date:
    October, 28-29 2019

    Location:
    UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County
    2800 NE 39th Ave
    Gainesville, FL 32609

    Read more »
  • Cannabis: Law, Accounting & Business Conference

    Hemp Council Lounge (Disc. Conf Tix/Table with Code FLHC + Free Expo ONLY Tickets too!)

    Date:
    October, 28-29 2019

    Location:
    UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County
    HYATT REGENCY MIAMI
    400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33131

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  • FL Industrial Hemp Conference – (Disc. Tix/Table with Code FLHC)

    The Florida Industrial Hemp Conference and Exhibition will focus on the development of the industrial hemp industry in Florida. Conference related topics include, but are not limited to:

    Hemp Market Forecast – Federal and State Regulations and Legislation – Food Supplement and Nutritional Applications – Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Applications – Growing, Cultivation and Harvesting Industrial Hemp – Decortication – Crop Components: Seeds, Greens, Core Fiber, Root, Bast Fiber – Construction and Manufacturing Applications – Bio-Composites Applications and Research – Textiles Applications – Pulp and Paper Applications – Waste Processing and Handling – Analytical Testing…

    Date:
    November, 03-05 2019

    Location:
    UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County
    Rosen Centre
    Orlando, Florida

    Read more »
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