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StaffFebruary 8, 2021


Editors Note: This is a guest post.


Even if you tried, you couldn’t have missed out on hearing at least something about the benefits that CBD has to offer. With a rapid industry expansion, there have been many CBD products showing up on the market – from vape juices and edibles to oils and tinctures used to treat different symptoms in patients.

There’s even an FDA approved medication based on CBD, which is a considerable step towards destigmatizing hemp and CBD as a whole. But, what you might have missed is that alongside everything already listed, you can also get hemp flowers that contain high CBD levels even in their raw form.

What Are High-CBD Hemp Flowers?

So, what are these hemp flowers, and why would you consider getting them? The number one reason is that it tastes, looks like, and smokes like marijuana does, without any psychoactive effects. It provides all the positive sides of CBD, and no negative sides of THC, so it is sort of the best of both worlds.

As for what they are, it’s relatively simple; they are flowers harvested from hemp strains that have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and only contain THC in trace amounts. If you were so inclined, you could even get seeds or flowers from these strains from a wholesale distributor and maybe even start a farm of your own. If you’re concerned about the legal process, read on, we’ll get into that as well.

Is CBD Hemp Flower Legal?

Hemp has a long history of being thrown into the same pot as marijuana, and its public image has suffered greatly because of that. However, in recent years, hemp has been getting the recognition it deserved all along, especially since the 2018 Farm Bill, which has been one of the greatest steps for hemp products in US history.

Why was this act so important? Because it finally pronounced that the cultivation and sale of hemp products are legal in all 50 states. The only condition is that the product must contain less than 0.3% of THC, and if it meets the requirement, it’s perfectly legal to sell it and even ship it to anywhere in the country.

Why They Are Becoming So Popular

CBD has been speculated to have many properties that have been discussed often and at length, but they are certainly present. So, why have people been choosing to get flowers over any other available form of CBD? 

Aside from the mentioned reasons of the process being reminiscent of consuming marijuana, it’s also said that the calming effects of CBD simply hit faster when it is consumed this way. This is because the cannabidiol that’s taken this way doesn’t have to go through your entire digestive tract to enter your bloodstream and your endocannabinoid system.

With the CBD products not yet being FDA regulated, you can’t be sure that what you’re getting is 100% what it says on the label. Because of that, a lot of people have been getting hemp flowers from trusted farmers and distributors and making their own CBD oil at home, which is a relatively simple process.

Who Can Benefit From High-CBD Hemp Flowers

As we’ve mentioned above, CBD consumed by smoking ground up hemp flowers hits faster than any other method of consumption would. That’s particularly important when you consider that CBD is regarded as an analgesic or pain reliever. Although it can be used to treat chronic pain, with a method of consumption that produces effects within minutes, it is also suited for alleviating acute pains, like cramps.

Besides all that, the cannabis industry is growing faster than ever, and it is expected that it will continue to do so in the coming years. There are already many small businesses opening up and a lot of farmers getting into hemp growing, simply because it’s expected that it will become even more profitable as new laws and regulations are being brought to the table. Scientific research keeps on making breakthroughs that prove CBD can indeed help with a lot of conditions.

In Conclusion

Hemp products are here to stay, there’s no doubt about that, but in which form they will be sticking around is also very important. Will small businesses and farms be able to keep their heads above water when huge pharmaceutical companies start getting into the industry? Most likely, yes, because no matter how much money you invest into a business, it will never be able to match the love that small businesses and farms offer to their crop and product. 

What is most important is always paying attention and only going for CBD products from trusted vendors who have a solid reputation and several positive reviews. Stay safe!


StaffJanuary 18, 2021


Editors Note: This is a guest post

How Hemp Helps You During the Winter

Discover the benefits of taking hemp during the winter and how it benefits our body. 

Hemp- A Helping Hand for the Cold Winters

Winter is here and during the winter season we barely get any long sunny days, it is rather filled with long cold nights. All we want to do is lay in bed under our comfy blankets and just be lazy, wishing someone would bring us a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallow toppings.

Moreover, the gloominess outside from the pale white skies makes us depressed and we feel a lack of motivation to go by our daily routine. It is that time of the year where due to dry weather, the sale of moisturizers, lip balms, and other such products increase and become our basic need. If you think winter completely brings your spirits down then we have the perfect solution for you – Hemp.

Weed or Hemp can help you in many ways by giving the oomph you need to get yourself going. Our body constantly keeps reminding us that the season has changed by developing dry skin, increased body pains, fatigue, and many more such issues. Don’t worry, Hemp is your knight in shining armor.

Let’s Talk About the Skin During Winter

Do you ever look at your skin during winter and feel terrified of how ashy and scaly it becomes? You can almost feel like a desert lizard if you touch it. You probably have to apply lotion a million times to keep it moisturized but even that’s a problem because lotion works differently on every individual.

So while you are struggling to battle this dryness, if you want to save some skin cells, you better get yourself some CBD oil or any CBO-infused topical creams. Your skin remains hydrated and this is because hemp molecules are extremely tiny and can easily penetrate through the skin, unlike other creams.

If you are worried about how to purchase these products, well this pandemic has made everything virtual and you can easily buy weed for sale online. The solution to all your winter problems will now be at your doorstep with just a few clicks and you wouldn’t even have to get up from your seat.

Regulate Your Mood

Sometimes all we need to feel good is a beacon of light which is pretty much what’s missing during the winter. The dark and doomed days may lead you into seasonal depression. It is nothing to be ashamed of, we all have our darker days when we need some sunshine.

Yet what happens in the winter when there is no sunshine? Rest easy as hemp comes to you as a symbol of hope. Hemp helps relieve stress and makes you feel relaxed. It also acts as an antidepressant and has worked for many people. So you can go ahead and give it a shot.

The light may be gone for many days during the winter but that does not necessarily mean it should be the same in your personal lives. Take some CBD/Hemp and observe the difference. It is time to make winter a wonderland.

Are Your Muscles a Little Sore?

Just like us, our muscles too can become lazy during the winter. You may be a crazy sport junky and only during the winter can you go skiing on the snow and ice skating (even though nowadays you can do that in summers also) these things altogether make the winter chic.

However, after a day of fun, your muscles may give up on you as soon as you hit the bed. You can even feel fatigued the next day and may have some leg cramps and increased pain and this is all due to winter. The season adds to these problems.

A quick way of recovering would be using hemp oil. It will help you reduce the soreness in your muscles and is a very handy tool to keep. If you are sitting in front of a bonfire, enjoying some music and wine yet your muscles hurt, just apply some CBD oil and let it work its magic.

Need a little Hike up of Energy?

As the sun goes down during the winter, so does our energy. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to wake up on a winter morning compared to a morning in the summer? We suddenly feel like an empty canister and have this craving for energy. Hence we start losing motivation too.

A good cup of coffee should help that situation; yet if you drink too much coffee you can end up being immune to its effects, plus coffee has additional backlashes like anxiety and restlessness. We don’t want that added to our list of winter problems. One might think of taking prolonged naps and yet not feel sufficiently energized.

So how do we overcome this? You can use some hemp. They are said to give a rush of energy by consolidating the cells in your body. Not only that, it keeps you awake which means that you can carry on the regular activities you do during the day without feeling tired or losing motivation. Now that by itself is a plus point.

Want to Quit Smoking?

If you are a smoker then winter is a very difficult time for you. due to seasonal depression, you may be smoking several packs of cigarettes every day. This is not good for health and especially if you end up catching a cold. You may end up having an asthma attack.

If you are looking to quit smoking, you can just start using hemp. Smoking is a health hazard as it can cause various diseases like lung cancer, heart disease, liver cancer, and many more. Hemp will fulfill your nicotine cravings and even though it may not give you the same feeling as smoking a hot cigarette during winter, it will help you get rid of that habit.

This is an advantage for your health and everyone around you is being affected by passive smoking.

 Facing Anxiety Problems?

Winter is a perfect excuse for people to stay at home and completely stop interacting with people. As the darkness of winter hits, for some odd reasons, it amplifies every feeling that we have and among them is anxiety.

Anxiety is like sweet poison. You will not be able to do anything if you have anxiety. You won’t be able to work,  sleep, or eat, all you will be able to do is feel agitated and twitchy.

Using CBD oil will help ease these anxieties. You will feel way better and able to cope up with the world around you regardless of what season it is. That’s the kind of incentive we all need.

Having Chronic Pain?

An annoying truth about winter is that all your chronic pains return like the dead walkers of The game of thrones, to torment you. The cold breeze of winter may find shelter in your joints and yes it is very hard to sleep or even function when you are experiencing continuous pain in your body.

Even though you are using many remedies to try and fix this problem, none of them seem to work. Start using CBD oil regularly, this will reduce the pain in your joints and muscles and help make you feel 100 percent better again.

You can get right up and do your daily chores and make things a little less painful for yourself. Feel the joy of winter and holidays more.

 The Big Question – What is Hemp?

Even after reading all these amazing benefits of hemp, there might still be a big question in your mind. What exactly is hemp? Hemp is typically a variety of the cannabis plant which is dioecious in nature. This simply means it can have both male and female plants.

Hemp has been used for many different purposes for a very long time such as fiber for making clothes, ropes, furnishing, and other building materials. Apart from that hemp can be taken as oils and topical creams for health benefits.

You may wonder if hemp has any tetrahydrocannabinol more commonly known as THC which is very strong and intoxicating. The amount of THC present in hemp is very little which makes it a good therapeutic agent and a popular one these days.

So Now That You Are Aware of the Benefits, Don’t Delay the Purchase

Make winter your favorite season again by having some hemp by your side. Winter is a blessing, and the holidays bring everyone back together. You do not want to be spending such times sulking and in pain. Grab your favorite hemp product and make this winter memorable.

Don’t just get it for yourself, get some extra ones for your family too but make sure to keep the kids away.

Have a wonderful winter!


StaffJanuary 15, 2021


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the final rule regulating the production of hemp in the United States. The final rule incorporates modifications to regulations established under the interim final rule (IFR) published in October 2019. The modifications are based on public comments following the publication of the IFR and lessons learned during the 2020 growing season. The final rule is available for viewing in the Federal Register and will be effective on March 22, 2021.

“With the publication of this final rule, USDA brings to a close a full and transparent rule-making process that started with a hemp listening session in March 2019,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “USDA staff have taken the information you have provided through three comment periods and from your experiences over a growing season to develop regulations that meet Congressional intent while providing a fair, consistent, science-based process for states, tribes, and individual producers. USDA staff will continue to conduct education and outreach to help industry achieve compliance with the requirements.”

Shawn Hauser, partner and chair of the Hemp and Cannabinoids Department at Vicente Sederberg LLP said, “The transition from prohibition to a legal and regulated system takes time, and USDA’s final rule is a historic step forward for hemp in the U.S.  Many are justifiably disappointed by the DEA’s continued (and in some ways expanded) role in the agricultural hemp program, but there were also a number of positive improvements. The expanded harvest window, alternative disposal/remediation authorizations, and increase of the standard of negligence to 1% will be critical to building a successful hemp industry, and they indicate the USDA gave meaningful consideration to stakeholder’s comments. We are undoubtedly making progress, and we will continue to work with regulators and through Congress to perfect the regulatory structure for hemp.”

Key provisions of the final rule include licensing requirements; recordkeeping requirements for maintaining information about the land where hemp is produced; procedures for testing the THC concentration levels for hemp; procedures for disposing of non-compliant plants; compliance provisions; and procedures for handling violations.

StaffDecember 3, 2020


The United Nations has voted to remove cannabis from its classification as a dangerous drug. This week the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs. This decision could potentially jumpstart the global medical marijuana industry. Many cannabis companies have eyed global expansion, but the markets have proven to be challenging as laws have remained strict.

The Vienna-based U.N. agency said in a statement that it had voted 27-25, with one abstention, to follow the World Health Organization’s recommendation to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, where it was listed with heroin and several other opioids. The drugs that are on Schedule IV are a subset of those on Schedule I of the convention, which already requires the highest levels of international control. The agency voted to leave cannabis and cannabis resin on the list of Schedule I drugs, which also includes cocaine, Fentanyl, morphine, Methadone, opium and oxycodone, the opiate painkiller sold as OxyContin.

Debra BorchardtDecember 3, 2020


Ackrell SPAC Partners I said it plans to raise $100 million for a SPAC (special purpose acquisition corp.) primarily focusing on the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage and wellness sectors, as well as hemp-based branded consumer goods. It plans to list on the Nasdaq under the symbol ACKIU.

The company said in its filing, “Our strategy is to identify and complete our initial business combination with a target operating in the branded FMCG industry. Our focus will be on the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage and wellness sectors of the FMCG market. In addition, we believe that there is an emerging opportunity within these sectors to target businesses that are focused on hemp-based branded consumer goods. While we intend to initially focus on potential opportunities in the United States, the branded FMCG industry is global and we may pursue opportunities internationally.”

The Claymont, DE-based company plans to raise $100 million by offering 10 million units at $10. Each unit contains one subunit and one-half of a warrant, exercisable at $11.50. Each subunit contains one share of common stock and one-half of a warrant. At the proposed deal size, Ackrell SPAC Partners I would command a market value of $133 million. It has 12 months in which to establish a business combination.

The company is led by Chairman Michael Ackrell, founder and CEO of Ackrell Capital; Vice Chairman Shannon Soqui, co-founder and CEO of Next Frontier Brands; CEO nominee Jason Roth, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Next Frontier Brands; and COO nominee Stephen Cannon, who serves as President of Everest Partners and has experience from several other SPACs.

At this time, it looks as if all the members of the board of this SPAC are male. NASDAQ recently filed a proposal with the Securities and Exchange Commission that would require listed companies to have at least one woman on their boards, in addition to a director who is a racial minority or one who self-identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

Roth will serve as the Chief Executive Officer. Since April 2020, Roth has served as Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the board of directors of Next Frontier Brands. From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Roth was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors of Mile High Labs International, which the company said it believes was one of the world’s largest processors of hemp-derived CBD concentrates in 2019. 

Ackrell has been a director of a number of private companies, including Stable Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of water-soluble CBD products, CMLM Holdings, Inc., doing business as QIND, a branded retailer of CBD products, American Giant, Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of apparel and activewear, Vator, Inc., a professional network for entrepreneurs, and Scrubbed.net, LLC, an online accounting and bookkeeping services company. CMLM Holdings, Inc. was acquired by Next Frontier Holdings, Inc. in August 2020.

From 2018 to 2020, Mr. Soqui was the Chief Executive Officer of CMLM Holdings, Inc., prior to its acquisition by Next Frontier Brands. From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Soqui was the head of U.S. cannabis investment banking at Canaccord Genuity, a leading global cannabis investment bank. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Soqui was the Head of Cannabis Investment Banking at Ackrell Capital.

Ackrell SPAC Partners I was founded in 2018 and. The company filed confidentially on October 17, 2019. EarlyBirdCapital is the sole bookrunner on the deal.

StaffNovember 16, 2020


Editors Note: This is a guest post.

CBD products have become incredibly popular thanks to new legislation legalizing hemp-derived products with minimal THC content. The popularity of CBD is also attributable to the number of people experiencing benefits from it; CBD is being used to alleviate anxiety, help people sleep, and give people a deeper sense of wellness and relaxation.

But what does the future hold for this industry? Is CBD just a fad, or will it continue growing in popularity? And how will innovators direct the development of this market?

Product Innovation

First, let’s take a look at the area of product innovation. Already, there is a wide range of different CBD products available for consumers to try. You can buy and smoke CBD flower, just as you can buy and smoke weed, but most people prefer a different delivery system due to concerns about smoke and lung health. 

Instead, many people are turning to full spectrum CBD oil, an extract designed to provide you with a full spectrum of different cannabinoids (except THC, of course), in a much cleaner, more efficient delivery system. We’re also seeing the development and circulation of topical forms of CBD, including creams, and CBD cartridges for vaporizers.

In the future, we’ll likely see an even wider range of products that contain CBD. Already, we’re seeing hints of what’s to come. For example, there are gummies and other edibles that contain CBD being sold by food manufacturers. There are also some restaurants offering signature dishes cooked with CBD oil. Over time, as extracts become more concentrated and new forms of CBD delivery become discovered, we’ll see an even more diverse range of options for consumers.  

Consumer Demand

Consumer demand for CBD is unlikely to let up anytime soon. After becoming legalized, there was an understandable surge in demand due to the novelty of the substance. Some experts suggested that this would be short-lived; once people got over the newness of the substance, they would move onto something else.

But the numbers suggest something different. The market for CBD in 2020 is $967.2 million, but it’s projected to grow to $5.3 billion by 2025. There are many reasons why this growth trend will likely continue.

For starters, people who try CBD and like it tend to keep buying it. They discover the benefits, and don’t want to lose them. It’s not a fad for them; it’s a source of relief. Additionally, the benefits of CBD are still being discovered; new studies are constantly emerging to suggest new benefits from the substance, or to reinforce already existing ideas about how it works.

Consumer acceptance is also likely to grow. While some people were excited to try something new when it became legalized, CBD still carries a stigma among some circles, due to its association with marijuana, which is still illegal at the federal level. In time, negative perceptions will likely decline, and more people will be willing to try this substance for their own personal benefit.


While the 2018 Farm Bill allowed hemp-derived products to be sold legally, this isn’t the end of the line in terms of regulation. In the future, the FDA and other governmental bodies may step in to more heavily regulate the manufacture, advertisement, and sale of CBD products. This is an area of much uncertainty since it’s unclear how or when the government may intervene.

Right now, there are minimal regulations for how hemp is grown and tracked. Companies are making bold claims about the health benefits of CBD, despite much of the research being new and limited in capacity. And some products, such as extracts, are hard to control in terms of potency and consistency. Increased regulation could make it more difficult for new companies to enter the space, and could cause headaches for companies that are trying to innovate and serve more consumers.

Increased Competition

No matter what, we’re likely going to see more competition in the CBD space. The CBD market has already proven itself to be a lucrative one, and it’s only going to grow in the future. Thousands of businesses are competing to become a top name in the CBD world, and entrepreneurs are coming up with new ways to help themselves stand out from the crowd.

This will have a cascade of different effects on the market. It will introduce more novel products. It will lower prices for consumers. It will bring more attention to the industry. And it will make it harder to be a business owner in the space.

The future of CBD products is somewhat uncertain, given the potential for further regulation. However, the CBD market is consistently growing, and will likely continue to grow for the foreseeable future. New CBD products will inevitably follow that demand. 


StaffSeptember 25, 2020


Editors Note: This is a guest post. 

Hemp may have phenomenal versatility, but it’s not one of the easiest plants to store long-term. Indeed, many farmers now classify hemp as a “risky crop” due to its high susceptibility to mold. Cultivators must pay extreme attention to their storage room’s climate if they want to keep their hemp buds fresh for months.

Although there’s still a lot we don’t know about proper hemp preservation, a few storage strategies have emerged in recent years. Knowing about these techniques could help farmers keep their hemp in prime condition even one year after harvesting.

Keep The Mold Out – Test & Re-Test Your Buds Before Storage 

The first step to creating a successful storage facility is to screen your buds before bringing them indoors. Expert cultivators always recommend sending multiple samples to third-party labs for thorough screenings before adding them to your storage room.

The purpose behind these preliminary tests is to prevent microscopic mold spores from entering your storage area. As we hinted in the intro, mold is the most significant threat for long-term hemp storage. You don’t want to risk exposing your storage room to mold. Even tiny mold spores could scatter onto other plants, which could create a multi-million-dollar mess.

As a bonus, COAs protect against various legal issues and could improve your brand’s credibility. Not only will these screenings show that you knew your plants were mold-free, they’ll also document traces of heavy metals, pesticides, and THC.

While you wait for lab results, cultivators recommend drying your hemp flowers in an industrial dryer and keeping them in a humidity-controlled room away from your storage facility. 

Climate Over Containers – The Importance Of Environment For Hemp Storage 

The key to successful hemp storage is quality climate control. It doesn’t matter how high-quality your storage sacks are; without proper environmental conditions, your hemp buds won’t survive the long-haul.

So, what are the ideal climate conditions for hemp? Although there’s still debate over specific levels, most agronomists agree hemp does best in a dark environment with low humidity and moderate temps. Indeed, many farmers recommend keeping moisture levels as low as 8 – 10 percent.

The reason you want to maintain this semi-arid climate is to keep moisture at bay, thus preventing mold formation. To further decrease the risk of mildew, storage facilities should also invest in reliable air circulation systems.

As for temperature, farmers have to be careful not to let their storage area get too steamy or too chilly. If your buds are exposed to too much heat, the delicate cannabinoids and terpenes could degrade quickly. On the opposite extreme, cold temps invite moisture into the room, hence a greater potential for mold. Today, most farmers agree that temps between 65 – 70°F are ideal for hemp storage.

Please note: hemp flowers bred for smoking might perform better in an environment with slightly more moisture. Some cultivators have found hemp buds stored in arid conditions create flowers that are too harsh for smoking. Cultivators should carefully experiment with slightly above-average humidity when evaluating their smokable hemp strains.

What Should I Store My Hemp In? 

Now that you’ve got your humidity and climate well-situated, it’s time to decide where to place your precious buds.

A common practice in the modern hemp storage industry is to place hemp buds in a bag known as a “super sack.” These large fabric bags often measure 35” x 35” x 53” and typically hold about 250 pounds of hemp biomass.

Although super sacks are the most popular option nowadays, plenty of farmers use large plastic bags or bins to store their hemp. Some cultivators even place their biomass in bales and add a layer of white plastic to deflect light exposure.

Do These Buds Go Bad? – Evaluating Hemp’s Longevity

No matter how well you store your hemp, it’s going to degrade over time. Even in ideal storage conditions, cannabinoids like CBD often reduce in strength by 2 percent per year. Plus, since every terpene has a slightly different boiling rate, these aromatic compounds could degrade even faster in a well-controlled facility. 

In general, farmers should store hemp biomass for no more than one year to offer their customers the highest-potency product. 

For High-Quality Hemp, Invest In Quality Controls

Just because you’ve successfully harvested your hemp doesn’t mean storage is smooth sailing. Farmers need to be as vigilant scanning their stored hemp as they were during cultivation. Be sure to establish a reliable quality control schedule to keep tabs on your facility’s humidity, climate, and lighting conditions. You should also examine your hemp buds for warning signs of disease, over-drying, or mold. All of these strategies will help preserve the potency of your hemp long after the harvesting phase.

Julie AitchesonSeptember 23, 2020


The West Coast wildfires may finally be slackening a bit thanks to kinder winds, merciful rain, and the heroic efforts of firefighters from Canada to Mexico, but the fight is far from over for cannabis growers whose crops went up in smoke and cannabis companies who will be struggling to stay afloat due to the diminished supply. The one-two punch of Covid-19 and the historic fires that ravaged (and in some cases are still ravaging) huge swaths of the western states may prove to be more than some businesses can withstand despite some industry leaders stepping up to lend a hand.

High winds, hurricanes, and these record-smashing fires are painting an even grimmer picture for 2020-21, particularly for states such as Oregon, one of the country’s top hemp-producing regions. Prior to the onset of the fires, Oregon farms were anticipating bumper crops. However, data from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the National Interagency Fire Center, and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management analyzed in a recent report by Hemp Benchmarks estimates that as of September 15, 17% of grow sites statewide were facing imminent danger from wildfires.  The latest report from Hemp Benchmarks said, “According to a September 11 update from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), 35% of the state’s 26,365 acres registered for outdoor hemp cultivation are located in the two aforementioned jurisdictions.” (Jackson and Josephine Counties, located in Oregon’s Southwestern Valleys)

Unfortunately, actual burning is not the only threat that the fires pose to the cannabis industry. Evacuations mean that plants cannot be tended, irrigated, and harvested and high winds can be just as deadly to plants as fire, as well as debris, not to mention the myriad risks to human safety. A reduction in lab availability and capacity will slow required testing turnaround while supply chain disruption in the face of increasing demand and the natural end of the cultivating season means fewer chances for growers to recoup their losses and replenish the shortfall.

But farmers, workers, and entrepreneurs need not face these challenges alone. San Diego-based Platinum Vape donated $5000 to the CalFire Benevolent Foundation, while Mondo, the brand known for its dissolving CBD powder, is giving away free jars of the stuff to firefighters, healthcare workers, and government workers. Henry’s Original in Mendocino, California is offering to store other grower’s licensed products as moving products to unlicensed areas, even in evacuation scenarios, is restricted. Given the fact that cannabis growers are ineligible for crop insurance and have far less access to bank loans, who better than the cannabis community itself to identify problems and extend solutions to help its own? With months of backbreaking recovery efforts and supply chain fluctuation ahead, one can only hope that this brand of intra-industry aid continues.

Wild weather is hardly a new threat to the agricultural sector, but the past year alone has seen a truly remarkable level of destruction wrought on crops and companies alike. A year ago in October, a catastrophic hailstorm and early freeze in Colorado caused 200,000 mature plants to be lost from one outdoor cannabis farm (Los Suenos) alone. A rogue derecho leveled 43% of Iowa’s crops in August, and Hurricane Laura walloped cannabis crops in Louisiana that same month. 

Hemp Benchmarks wrote that as of September 11, the following grow sites and cultivation areas were within fire perimeters or Level 2 or 3 evacuation zones.

Grow Sites within Fire Perimeters

  • 50 sites (1% of statewide total)
  • 103 acres (0.4%)
  • 99,976 square feet (1%)

Grow Sites within Level 3 Evacuation Zones (Leave Immediately)

  • 196 sites (4%)
  • 650 acres (2%)
  • 721,716 square feet (7%)

Grow Sites within Level 2 Evacuation Zones (Be Set – Prepare to Leave at a Moment’s Notice)

  • 576 sites (12%)
  • 2,097 acres (8%)
  • 1,142,955 square feet (12%)




StaffSeptember 22, 2020


R.E. Botanicals, Inc. and the Hemp Industries Association have filed a federal lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), challenging a rule the agency implemented last month that could have far-reaching consequences for the U.S. hemp industry.

The petition filed Friday afternoon in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asks the court to review an interim final rule, “Implementation of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” which was promulgated by the DEA on August 21. The lawsuit claims the rule is unlawful because it exceeds the DEA’s legal authority and violates the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. The petitioners also argue that acting DEA administrator Timothy Shea, who is individually named as a respondent along with the agency, issued the interim final rule without observing procedures required by law.

RE Botanicals, Inc. is a hemp manufacturer and retailer based in South Carolina. “We are a small, woman-operated company,” said Janel Ralph, CEO of RE Botanicals. “The DEA’s new rule could put us out of business overnight.”

The DEA’s interim final rule clarifies that all hemp derivatives or extracts exceeding 0.3% THC shall remain Schedule I controlled substances. This could be interpreted to include intermediate hemp derivatives that temporarily exceed 0.3% during processing, but contain less than 0.3% in final products. As such, it improperly establishes the DEA’s authority over legal hemp activities, which is contrary to the plain language and intent of the 2018 farm bill, according to the petitioners.

“When Congress passed the 2018 farm bill, it explicitly carved hemp and its derivatives out of the Controlled Substances Act so that hemp can be regulated as an agricultural commodity,” said HIA President Rick Trojan. “The DEA’s interim final rule could create substantial barriers to the legal manufacturing of hemp-derived products, a critical component of the hemp supply chain, and devastate the entire hemp industry. Although the DEA states that is not its intention, the rule must be amended to ensure hemp remains an agricultural crop, as Congress intended.”

HIA successfully challenged DEA rulemaking in 2003, when the agency amended federal regulations to include naturally occurring THC within the definition of “synthetic THC,” thereby treating it as a Schedule I substance despite it falling outside the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act.

The petitioners are represented by leading hemp industry attorneys at Vicente Sederberg LLP, Kight Law Office PC, and Hoban Law Group, along with appellate attorneys from Yetter Coleman LLP, which has received national attention for its work against the DEA in the realm of cannabis research.

“The DEA implemented this rule without following proper rule-making procedures, such as providing the public with notice and the opportunity to comment,” said Shawn Hauser, a partner at Vicente Sederberg LLP and chair of the firm’s hemp and cannabinoids practice. “The petitioners believe legal action is necessary to protect the lawful U.S. hemp industry that Congress intended to establish when it enacted the 2018 farm bill.

StaffSeptember 8, 2020


The USDA has decided it wants to hear from those in the industry with regards to proposed regulations now that they have gone through the 2020 growing season. The comment period for the interim final rule published on October 31, 2019, at 84 FR 58522, has been reopened. Comments must be received by October 8, 2020. The agency noted that people who were dealt with the regulatory requirements during 2020 could now comment on those requirements.

The Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) said it received approximately 4,600 comments from stakeholders during the initial ninety-day public comment period. These comments represent the perspectives of various organizations and individuals within the stakeholder community and provided AMS additional context for decision making. AMS is reopening the public comment period for the Interim Final Rule (IFR) to encourage additional input on several topics identified by commenters during the initial ninety-day comment period. The reopening of the public comment period allows stakeholders to provide AMS with further insight gained from the 2020 hemp growing season.


A domestic hemp production program was created as a result of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly called the Farm Bill. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must approve plans submitted by States and Indian Tribes for the domestic production of hemp. It also established a Federal plan for producers in States or territories of Indian Tribes that do not have their own USDA-approved plan.

The program includes provisions for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced, testing the levels of total tetrahydrocannabinol, disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements, licensing requirements, and ensuring compliance with the requirements of the new part. As a supplement to statutory and regulatory requirements, the USDA made available additional guidance documents on sampling and laboratory testing. In addition, on February 27, 2020, USDA delayed requirements for hemp testing laboratories to obtain Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration and clarified allowable cannabis disposal methods.


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