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StaffStaffApril 6, 2020
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Editors Note: This is a guest post by Jonathan Davies of Beeco.

They are both natural plant fibers. Yet, in this article, we will see that natural doesn’t always mean eco-friendly!

On one hand, we have cotton, the king of the fashion industry. But does being the most used fiber for clothing worldwide make it the best option?

Hemp, on the other hand, doesn’t know the same popularity. But again, does that lack of use make it a bad clothing alternative? By the way, if you still see hemp as rough, stiff fabric, let these hemp hats convince you of the opposite!

In the current economy, we all know popularity doesn’t always mean the best. Low production costs, low retail prices, and good marketing are often the main ingredients of success.

But let’s take popularity out of the equation and compare both fabrics for their inherent qualities.

Actually, let’s add a third contender in that competition: organic cotton.

Which of the three fabrics is the best for the environment?

You may already have an idea of the answer, but read until the end… you will see that as it’s often the case, eco-friendly goes hand in hand with quality!

Cotton, does it deserve the throne?

Cotton has been used to make clothes for more than 7000 years. Useless to say that it’s here to stay!

It’s understandable….

Cotton is natural, biodegradable and makes a great clothing fabric as it is soft, breathable and lightweight.

However, the king of the clothing fabrics has a huge environmental issue at the growing level.

Firstly, the amount of water required to grow the cotton plant is tremendous when compared to the amount of usable cotton produced by the plant.

In fact, it takes around 2700 liters of water to grow enough cotton to make one simple t-shirt…

Then, while the manufacturing process of the cotton fabric itself doesn’t require intensive use of chemicals, it doesn’t mean those are out of the picture. Actually, chemical dyes are often used for regular cotton.

Finally, the fabric is a victim of its success.

Being the most common clothing fabric worldwide, demand is huge and cotton producers often have to rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides to grow cotton faster in order to meet that demand.

And where do most of these fertilizers and chemicals end up? In rivers…

Considering that India is the largest producer of cotton in the world, and that the country is facing a crisis in terms of availability and quality of drinkable water, cotton fabric isn’t only creating environmental issues, but ethical concerns as well!

What about organic cotton?

Organic cotton has been created as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional cotton.

The difference?

Organic cotton producers fix the environmental issues at both the growing and manufacturing steps.

This means organic cotton is grown from non-GMO seeds and without the use of fertilizers. When it comes to pest control, insects are used instead of harmful pesticides.

Also, way less irrigation is required as a clever soil rotation system is used by the farmers in order to maintain soil fertility. In terms of numbers, this system needs around 85% less water than the traditional growing way.

Then, the bad chemicals used during the traditional cotton’s manufacturing process are replaced by environmentally-friendly alternatives such as water-based dyes.

Organic cotton also generally offers a much better textile quality than traditional cotton. The crops are not only healthier, but they are also harvested by hand, which preserves the softness of cotton much better than when harvested by machines (like it’s the case with traditional cotton).

Why don’t we replace traditional cotton with organic cotton then?

Organic cotton takes more time than traditional cotton to grow, to harvest and to manufacture. Which means that the demand for cotton couldn’t possibly be met with organic cotton.

Plus what makes traditional cotton so attractive is its low price, and organic cotton being more complex, it is also more expensive.

Hemp, marijuana’s cousin

Here comes the last contender, and let’s cut to the chase, it is our clear winner here!

Actually, hemp is considered one of the most eco-friendly clothing fabrics you can get.

And maybe this is the fabric that should be king.

Why?

As we stated in the title, hemp comes from the cannabis Sativa plant. Yes, the same plant that is used to produce marijuana and hashish. Yet, the psychoactive effects of the plant are not the reason behind that coronation. (In fact, industrial hemp has a really low concentration of THC).

Hemp is actually one of the fastest-growing plants in the world as it takes only 3 to 4 months to reach maturity. And a single hemp plant yields 220% more fiber than a cotton plant!

Moreover, it needs very little water to grow and it is naturally pest resistant. And the best? Hemp’s roots are actually beneficial to the soil as they protect it from toxins and erosion.

In three words: hemp is strong!

And your clothes will be stronger as well. Plus, that fabric is perfect for hot climates as it is very breathable and has great antibacterial properties.

So hemp grows fast, without the need for much water or chemicals and it provides much more fiber than cotton… all that while being beneficial to the soil…

Then why isn’t hemp everywhere?

We like to believe that hemp will rule the fashion industry soon. In reality, hemp’s popularity is growing as more and more brands are including the fabric in their collections.

The fabric suffered from a few drawbacks and that’s mostly the reason for its delayed popularity.

Indeed, it’s only in the 1980s that experts managed to manufacture a hemp fabric soft enough to be an alternative to cotton.

Then most people don’t differentiate industrial hemp to marijuana as a drug, and the fabric suffered from this reputation. For example, it’s only up to recently that the ban on hemp farming has been lifted in the US.

Hemp is also currently more expensive to produce than both traditional cotton and organic cotton, which doesn’t help.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 26, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 26th, 2020. 

On the Site

U.S. Hemp Could Benefit from the Coronavirus

As a major supplier of cut-rate hemp fiber and CBD for the world market, China has proven stiff competition for United States’ suppliers both domestically and internationally. The disruption of that supply chain by the coronavirus outbreak means that U.S. producers could finally gain an advantage in domestic and international markets.

MedMen Reports Revenue Of $44 Million, But A Net Loss Of $96 Million

MedMen Enterprises Inc.  (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) delivered its financial results for the second quarter of 2020 ending December 28, 2019. Revenue across MedMen’s operations in California, Nevada, New York, Illinois, and Florida increased to $44.1 million for the quarter, up 50% year-over-year and 11% sequentially. 

The net loss for the quarter was a staggering $96 million versus last year’s $64 million. The loss per share was ($0.09) versus last year’s ($0.23), so some improvement there.

Surviving Legalization 

Green Market report republished a story from Cannabis Law Report, diving into what has happened to the Emerald Triangle, and specifically Humboldt County, since legalization. The article is a response to the article “Cannabis Regulation: The Struggle of Small Farmers,” written by Lance Griffin. The responding article notes that legalization has been a disaster for Humboldt County, but not necessarily for their growers and shifts some of the blame of the financial crisis of Humboldt County since legalization to the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission, and pins the greatest responsibility of Humboldt County’s financial disaster on the “cadre of consultants, experts and advisors who took so much money for knowing only a little more than their clients.”

 

Acreage Holdings Reports 2019 Revenue Of $74 Million, Net Loss Of $195 Million

 

Acreage Holdings, Inc. (ACRG-U.CN) (ACRGF) delivered fourth-quarter revenue of $21.1 million and full-year 2019 revenue of $74.1 million, a 101% and 251% increase, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2018.

The net loss was a whopping $65 million versus last year’s $29 million for the same time period. The net loss for the full year was a staggering $195 million versus the fiscal year 2018’s loss of $32 million. 

 

Nevada Publishes List of Cannabis Test Failures

The Nevada Department of Taxation issued a Public Health and Safety Notice Advisory 2020-05 on February 21, 2020, advising consumers and patients to avoid consuming marijuana which was listed in the notice. The affected marijuana failed secondary microbial testing conducted by an independent testing laboratory. The cannabis was tested for yeast and mold, bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria, coliforms, and Aspergillus. The products were sold at the following dispensaries: 

  • Rise (owned by GTI or Green Thumb Industries)
  • Essence
  • Thrive Cannabis Marketplace
  • MMJ America
  • Fine Cannabis Dispensary
  • Jardin Premium Cannabis Dispensary
  • Curaleaf
  • ShowGrow
  • Blum
  • Nevada Made Marijuana
  • Jenny’s Dispensary
  • Las Vegas ReLeaf
  • Sahara Wellness
  • Top-Notch Health Center
  • Deep Roots Harvest
  • Acres Cannabis
  • The Source
  • Thrive Cannabis Marketplace
  • Exhale
  • Silver Sage
  • The Grove
  • Oasis Cannabis and The Dispensary NV

Products were from various strains and the statement said that there was no reason to believe that the dispensaries or cultivators had any knowledge that the products exceeded allowable limits.

In Other News

3 Sixty Announces Interim CFO

3 Sixty, a Canadian company that works closely with the cannabis industry offering security solutions, has announced Candice Matthews as the interim CFO of the company alongside her current duties as the Director of Finance. 

“The Board and I have full confidence in Ms. Matthews’ ability to lead our finance operations in the short term, and we expect a seamless transition once the new CFO has been recruited in the near future,” said Thomas Gerstenecker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Nutritional High Announces Non-Binding Letter of Intent with Calyx Brands, Inc. 

Nutritional High International Inc, a cannabis oils and edibles company has announced its non-binding letter of intent to sell a controlling interest in Calyx Brands, a cannabis distribution and logistics company based in California. Closing is expected in the second quarter of 2020. 

“Current challenges in the capital markets have been especially acute for distributors, who require working capital to grow their business,” commented Dakota Sullivan, CEO of Calyx. “We see this as an opportunity to combine our distribution reach with our new Partner’s supply chain and flower business to form a powerful, end-to-end brand.”

Harvest One Announces Sale of Non-Core Interest in Burb and Lillooet Property Totaling Proceeds of $2.3 Million

Harvest One Cannabis Inc. has announced its entry into a definitive agreement to sell its interest in Burb Cannabis Corp, a British Columbia based cannabis retailer, along with its interest in the Lillooet, British Columbia based 398-acre site, dubbed the “Lillooet Property.” Harvest One has agreed to sell its 19.9% equity stake in Burb back to the founders of Burb and has forgiven a shareholder loan with a face value of $250,000 in exchange for total cash consideration of $1,512,600. Per the Lillooet Transaction, Harvest One has entered into a contract to sell the Lillooet Property for cash consideration of $770,000. The transaction is scheduled to close on March 31, 2020.

AYR Strategies Q4 Revenue Increases to $32.3 Million 

Vertically-integrated cannabis company AYR Strategies reported a total revenue increase of 75% to $124.2 million compared to $70.9 million, and an Adjusted Gross Profit increased 78% to $63.0 million compared to $35.5 million. 

Enviva Reports Q4 Earnings 

Enviva has announced its Q4 earnings. For the fourth quarter of 2019, the company reported a net income of $0.9 million, adjusted net income of $17.2 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $53.3 million. 

For the full year of 2019, it reported a net loss of $2.9 million, an adjusted net income of $33.4 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $141.3 million. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 24, 2020
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The Trump Administration has proposed the removal of a rider provision protecting state-legal cannabis businesses from the federal government’s interference. 

This comes with the release of his fiscal year 2021 budget plan.

The rider in question specifically states the Justice Department can’t use federal funding to prohibit states or territories “from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

Removing this provision would leave a lot of room for government interference, potentially destroying many state-legal businesses.

This action comes contrary to many things President Trump has said and expressed in the past. Most famously, declaring that cannabis legalization should be a state issue. What he is pushing now directly negates that previously spoken belief.

“I think it certainly has to be a state—I have not smoked it—it’s got to be a state decision … I do like it, you know, from a medical standpoint … it does do pretty good things,” Trump said on the 2016 campaign trail. “But from the other standpoint, I think that it should be up to the states.”

Donald Trump also previously spoke in favor of the STATES Act, a bipartisan bill that protects legal cannabis states from federal interference.

When asked if he supported the legislation filed by Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren and Republican Senator Cory Gardner, he said “I really do. I support Senator Gardner.” Trump said in 2018. “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

To add fuel to the already ablaze fire, President Trump was heard in a leaked audio clip say that he believes smoking cannabis makes you lose IQ points, though experts seem to disagree.

This rider has been renewed every year since 2014, however, it has faced scrutiny in the past, with President Obama asking for it to be removed during his time in office.

Trump is choosing to take it a step further than Obama by stating he could ignore any medical marijuana protections provided by Congress. This was revealed in his large-scale spending legislation released in December.

The President wrote in a signing statement “Division B, section 531 of the Act provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds made available under this Act to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories.” Trump continues by saying “My Administration will treat this provision consistent with the President’s constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.”

By calling out this rider specifically, Trump is vaguely saying he believes his administration can enforce federal drug laws that interfere with the state’s laws, even though there is a provision saying he can’t.

Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget also includes a rider that prohibits Washington D.C. from using local tax dollars to regulate the legal sale of cannabis.

Donald Trump has given the cannabis community good reason to believe that he supports them and their cause. These recent actions and statements may prove otherwise.


Video StaffVideo StaffFebruary 24, 2020

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Front Range Biosciences is sending hemp tissue cultures to space. CEO Dr. Jonathan Vaught met with Green Market Report during the Northeast Cannabis Business Conference in Boston to explain why the company was involved with the studies on hemp in space. Thank you for watching the Green Market Report! Be sure to subscribe to stay up to date on all of GMR’s videos.


Julie AitchesonJulie AitchesonFebruary 21, 2020
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Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on our sister site Hemp Market Report.

Amidst concerns on the federal and state levels about violations of FDA regulations regarding CBD products, efforts are being made to allocate more money in the upcoming fiscal year to further define and more stringently enforce CBD laws. President Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021, should he gain re-election and have the opportunity to present it to Congress, allocates an additional $5 million to the Food and Drug Administration specifically for further regulation and law enforcement pertaining to cannabis and cannabis-derived products. This is the first time that CBD has been mentioned in a federal budget proposal, which suggests that hemp and CBD may be buzzwords cropping up in Presidential debate topics alongside marijuana leading up to the election.

So where would it leave the future of CBD regulation if Trump is ousted from the White House? Democratic Presidential frontrunners Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both support the legalization of cannabis, with Sanders proposing to legalize within 100 days of his election to office. A historically outspoken proponent of the war on drugs, Joe Biden is sticking to a half-measure platform with a focus on decriminalization, allowing states to regulate hemp for themselves. Michael Bloomberg supports putting legalization in the hands of individual states, though he is personally opposed to legalization. Pete Buttigieg takes the side of veterans with PTSD who often use cannabis and its derivatives to deal with the aftermath of military service, advocating for the decriminalization of all controlled substances. 

As hemp has yet to be a talking point for presidential candidates, overshadowed as it is by the larger topic of marijuana as a flashpoint for racial justice issues (as criminalization disproportionately affects people of color), what Americans can expect from future budgetary support should a Democrat win office is unclear. What is clear is that the time for comprehensive, consistent regulations and enforcement of cannabis laws on the part of the FDA is long overdue.

  During his January 2020 testimony before the Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the U.S. House of Representatives, Douglas C. Throckmorton, Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs at the FDA, highlighted the current illegality (per the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act)  of interstate commerce of food with CBD additives. He also described in some detail concerns with current CBD marketing tactics that put consumers at risk, such as those products that claim to treat cancer or Alzheimer’s. Throckmorton also identified some particular concerns related to the potential negative health impacts of CBD use, such as liver damage, problematic drug interactions, male reproductive toxicity, and various ill side effects. 

While studies of these impacts are still ongoing and inconclusive, the FDA is clearly intent on taking them, and the future of CBD in the U.S. market, seriously. Whether the President-elect of the United States, whoever he or she may be, manages to pass a budget that supports the FDA in its mission to ensure public safety in regards to CBD is, in many respects, for voters to decide.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 12, 2020
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Amid layoffs appearing as a constant, The Supreme Cannabis Company is the latest in the industry to let a percentage of its staff go. Last night after the market’s close, the company announced a 15% layoff, releasing a third of corporate positions and 13% of its operational ones. This report comes after the announcements of companies like Tilray and Aurora also slashing jobs. 

All hope is not lost though in the ganja workforce. Leafly found 243,700 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs in the United States that are supported by legal cannabis as of January 2020. That is a 15% annual increase. 

This data was reported in Leafly’s fourth annual Cannabis Jobs Report. Even more encouraging, the report shows that the industry created 33,700 new jobs nationwide in 2019, effectively making it the fastest-growing job arena in the United States. 

According to the report, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Illinois are leading the fight in terms of employment expansion. Massachusetts recently celebrated the one year anniversary of legalizing cannabis for adult-use in the state and added 10,226 jobs to boot. Oklahoma saw a 221% growth in 2019, supporting 9,412 full-time jobs. Illinois adult-use market rolled out on the first of the year, and early 2020 data shows this is already a $470 million annual market supporting 9,176 jobs.

An interesting tidbit of information, Massachusetts has more cannabis industry workers than hairstylists and cosmetologists, and Illinois has twice the number of cannabis industry workers than they do meat packers. When compared to other industries, it is truly amazing to see the creation of jobs in the United States by the industry, as well as the cannabis industry’s growth in general. 

Though the previously mentioned states take the prize for the fastest job growth, California is still America’s largest cannabis employer. However, Colorado may be the nation’s biggest per-capita cannabis job market. With California offering one job per 980 residents, Colorado supplies one job per 165 residents. 

Colorado is also passing Washington state in terms of jobs. Though both states legalized cannabis for adult-use in 2012, Colorado supplies nearly 10,000 more jobs than Washington state, despite Washington’s population containing nearly 2 million more residents. 

Despite cannabis job expansion’s rapid growth in most of the country, California and Michigan suffered technical job losses. 

Leafly’s experts estimate that their job markets fell due to changes in laws and regulations. In California, an estimated 8,000 jobs moved from legal to non-legal status, but as mentioned before it is still America’s largest cannabis job provider. Michigan’s new regulatory processes pushed hundreds of legally operating dispensaries into illicit status. 

Leafly started their annual job counts four years ago, upon the discovery that federal and state labor economists do not account for state-legal cannabis jobs in their employment reports. The reason? Federal prohibition. The NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) codes classify cannabis retail stores in the same category as art supply stores, hot tub stores, and auction houses. While cannabis cultivators have the same job code as hay farmers and agave growers. 

It is important to note that this report does not include jobs created by CBD since it’s recent change in legal status. Because the regulations for CBD differ from state-legal cannabis, there is no data to build from yet.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueFebruary 6, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for February 6th, 2020. 

On the Site

Planet 13 Cafe Is Paying Off As Sales Stay Strong

 

Las Vegas-based cannabis dispensary Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE: PLTH) (OTCQX: PLNHF) reported record-breaking January sales driven by strong traffic and attributed it to the company’s newly opened cafe and event space. The company said that the average ticket size was approximately $100. Planet 13 said that January revenue was ~10% higher than the seasonally slow months of November and December.

CBD Craze Sparks ‘Weed Washing’ Trend

 

Remember the term ‘pinkwashing’? Where companies slapped a pink ribbon on just about anything and claimed to be donating lots of money to breast cancer research? It’s happening again, but this time it’s in the cannabis industry.

“Weed washing” is a disturbing trend that appears to be most dominant in the beauty industry and refers to the act of adding hemp oil that does not contain CBD or only contains a minuscule, non-therapeutic amount to a product in order to capitalize on CBD’s popularity and high price point. 

Psychedelic Clinic Company Field Trip Raises $8.5 Million

 

Psychedelic clinic company Field Trip Psychedelics Inc. closed its oversubscribed Series A financing round. The financing, which was completed through a private placement, raised $8.5 million for the company.

The company said the funds will be used to execute the initial stages of Field Trip’s strategic plan to build out the world’s first network of medical centers focused exclusively on psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. In addition to that, the financing will help fund the final construction of its research and cultivation facility at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. 

South Carolina Kicks Off Hemp Farming Season

 

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) said that it will begin accepting applications for hemp farming, handling and processing permits for the 2020 growing season starting Feb. 1, 2020. Now in its third year, South Carolina’s hemp farming program has grown from 20 farmers in 2018 to 114 permitted farmers and 43 processors at the end of the 2019 season. 

Requirements to receive a hemp farming permit include:

  • Proof of South Carolina residency
  • Criminal background check
  • $100 nonrefundable application fee and $1,000 permit fee
  • GPS coordinates of all locations on which hemp will be grown
  • Attending an SCDA orientation and signing a Hemp Farming Agreement prior to possessing any hemp, including clones and seeds

In Other News

Aurora Cannabis Appoints Two New Independent Directors

 

Lance Friedmann and Michael Detlefsen have been appointed as two new directors for the Canadian cannabis company, Aurora Cannabis. The two have held roles with Kraft Foods and Pomegranate Capital Advisors, respectively. 

Aurora Cannabis Executive Chairman and Interim CEO Michael Singer stated, “We are pleased to welcome Lance Friedmann and Michael Detlefsen as independent members to the board at this critical time in our transformation. We expect to see cannabinoids grow as a category in consumer products and believe their depth of experience and strong track records of successful brand development and operational business transformation will provide helpful insights to our executive team. With the addition of Messrs. Friedmann and Detlefsen, Aurora has expanded its Board, independent directors.”

KushCo Holdings Announces $16 Million Registered Direct Offering

 

KushCo Holdings has announced its entrance to a definitive agreement with investors purchasing stock in the company. The agreement includes 10,000,000 units, with each unit representing one share of common stock. The transaction was set for $0.001 per share, and a warrant to purchase half a share of common stock, at an offering price of $1.60 per unit, pursuant to a registered direct offering.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueJanuary 30, 2020
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for January 30th, 2020.

On the Site

CLS Nevada Projects 2020 Revenue Of $17 Million

CLS Holdings USA, Inc (OTCQB: CLSH)(CSE: CLSH) released its 2019 calendar year-end statement for CLS Nevada, not long after the company reported its quarterly earnings on January 14. The company said in a statement that it was “forecasting CLS Nevada 2020 revenue of $17 million and positive EBITDA of $4 million.” The company will need to hustle if it wants to hit that $17 million goal. CLS said that it plans to increase sales by 100% at City Trees by eliminating low return on investment SKUs, re-branding and increasing visibility through better marketing channels. That includes expanding the  Oasis Cannabis parking lot and vault to allow it to efficiently serve 1250 customers a day. The company also wants to create new revenue streams by offering advertising opportunities to brands and partners.

High Times Tells Shareholders It Needs More Capital

It’s been a tumultuous two months for venerable cannabis publisher High Times following an equally bumpy road to going public. On Wednesday, Chairman Adam Levine sent a letter to shareholders of the private company stating that it would once again extend its fundraising campaign and abandon its efforts to list on the NASDAQ Marketsite Exchange (NASDAQ: NDAQ).

The latest extended offering will terminate on the first to occur of either the date on which all 4,545,454 shares are sold or March 31, 2020. These shares though are priced back at $11 with the goal of raising another $5 million. According to the most recent corporate presentation, High Times had 32,460, 313 issued shares and if all were valued at $11, that is a $357 million market cap. The company’s current total liabilities are $68 million.

The First Historically Black College Is Launching A CBD Line

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, along with its partner Ilera Holistic Healthcare is launching a CBD product line called ALAFIA. Southern is the first HBCU (Historically Black College University) to start its own CBD product line that is available for sale at dispensaries and other retail locations.

“Southern has been a leader in agriculture and the sciences for 140 years while staying true to its mission of access,” said Ray Belton, the president of the Southern University System. “This CBD venture with Ilera encompasses all of that.”

Hemp Glut Causing Prices To Drop, Unsold Harvests

Hemp Benchmarks report for January was published on Wednesday at the Hemp Benchmarks website. Founder Jonathan Rubin noted that wholesale hemp markets continue to face significant challenges, including oversupply and declining prices.

The report stated, “We have in previous reports emphasized the current glut of biomass on the market, which has led to farmers being unable to move their harvests. Such market conditions continued in January, with numerous members of our Price Contributor Network reporting that relatively little buying and selling of biomass was taking place. Transactions that were reported showed high-CBD biomass prices continuing to sink, with the assessed rate for transactions of over 1 million pounds down 53% from last month.

In Other News

Two Kentucky Hemp Companies Facing Bankruptcy 

Two companies are facing financial trouble as GenCanna has had three separate creditors try and force the company to declare bankruptcy. The three creditors are owed $50,000 collectively. Separately, Sunstrand owner William “Trey” Riddle filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in a Louisville court. 

A creditors’ meeting is scheduled for February 6th in Louisville, KY. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueJanuary 29, 2020

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US-based company, EcoGen Labs, is continuing to expand and grow as it successfully closes on a $40 financing arrangement through private placement. 

EcoGen Labs is a vertically-integrated, seed-to-sale manufacturer and supplier of specialty hemp-derived ingredients and proprietary formulas in the United States. The company also produces private-label finished product, as well as providing unique genetics.

Since its launch in 2016, the company has expanded rapidly, producing over $80 million in revenue last year. EcoGen supplies nearly 70% of the ingredients used in various retailers across the US, including Whole Foods, Sephora, and CVS Health Corp.

Alexis Korybut, the Co-Founder of EcoGen says “We are very encouraged by the strong support we’ve received from the institutional marketplace. This investment is an important step forward that will allow us to further grow and expand our business.”

EcoGen has a solid strategy for the utilization of this transaction, the plans include supporting the further development of its facilities, focusing on its research and development, and the expansion of marketing and sales divisions. Advancing the company’s seed and genetics, the expansion of private-label finished goods, and new technologies are also on the agenda for EcoGen.

“With engineering as a passion and also my background, the prospect of new innovation is what led me to this industry,” says Joseph Nunez, Co-Founder of EcoGen. “When we first started, we were on a mission to create a state-of-the-art process to produce exceptionally pure CBD that set the standard for the industry. We’re proud to say that goal was quickly achieved and this capital raise will allow us to expand that success into other verticals of the business.”

EcoGen also has plans to develop their new national headquarters on a nearly-20 acre property located in Grand Junction, Colorado. When development is complete it will include everything from seed production to the making of CBD products.


Julie AitchesonJulie AitchesonJanuary 29, 2020
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Just over a year from the date when the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the list of controlled substances and legalized it for industrial growth, issues plaguing hemp producers in 2019 are coming to light. The most dominant pitfalls include a glutted market, unpredictable climate, problems with mold and pests, and a chronic shortage of adequate drying facilities.

Seasoned farmers are no strangers to these types of problems, but industrial hemp poses a new challenge: how to bring a crop in under the .3% THC limit mandated by the federal government.

In an October article by Chuck Abbot at www.agriculture.com, analysts at agricultural lender CoBank forecasted that changing federal regulations would make it difficult for growers to keep up with guidelines for testing plants for excess THC. The National Law Review published a piece on Jan. 19, 2020 entitled “Key Takeaways From USDA Final Interim Rules for Domestic Hemp Production”. (These interim rules are set to expire in 2021 and will be replaced by finalized regulations.)

The scope of the rules includes conditions for growing, processing and/or selling hemp, and requires an approved testing and sampling procedure to ensure that no plant exceeds .3% THC content. Unfortunately, the currently approved method focuses solely on identifying the THC content of the plant rather than its genetic profile (which can definitively identify the plant as hemp). Testing only for THC content leaves this undetermined.

A hemp plant can “go hot” (aka experience a spike in THC levels) due to using a new seed variety, environmental factors, or a plant left to flower for too long. This can lead to what the National Law Review article describes as “excessive non-compliance and crop destruction”, not to mention devastating financial losses for growers. Writing for local Denver publication Westword, Mathew Van Deventer reports that fourth-generation farmer Randy Taylor was forced to destroy eighty acres under hemp production when that hemp tested at .47% THC by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The CDA is attempting to address this conundrum by approving and overseeing the development of industrial hemp seeds specifically engineered for low THC/high CBD content.

Theresa Bennett’s Q&A with Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra at www.hempgrower.com  provides further insight into the issue. Steenstra shares that there has been almost a 500% increase in the number of people growing hemp nationwide over last year. These new growers are largely unfamiliar with the complexities of the genetic seed make-up required to keep THC in crops from spiking. As a result, buyers are favoring larger-scale operations with tested seed stock and reliable facilities, which edges new growers out of the market before they gain a foothold.

Despite the obstacle that regulations regarding THC content pose for unseasoned producers, industrial hemp still shows a profit margin generous enough to lure those willing to educate themselves and keep abreast of the changing guidelines into the industry. Hopefully, the lessons of 2019 will make for a less perilous and more profitable learning curve for aspiring hemp entrepreneurs in 2020.



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