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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is urging Americans to wear face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus—and he wants those coverings to be made of hemp. During an event at the Kentucky-based hemp company Ecofibre on Monday, McConnell talked about the challenges the burgeoning market for the newly legal crop has faced, especially amid the pandemic, but he said it represents a viable commodity that is bolstering the economy. Ecofibre, which is producing hemp face masks, is an example of how businesses are innovating since the crop’s federal legalization under the 2018 Farm Bill, the majority leader said. “We’re gonna need a massive number of doses [of a vaccine for COVID-19]—not just for our country but for the entire world. The coronavirus is not gone. And in the meantime, I recommend a hemp mask as one of the best,” he said, adding that the company “adapted to the pandemic situation and produced products that were helpful.” Hemp “had a great history in Kentucky,” the majority leader, who also promoted a hemp-made pen last year, said. He added that the industry is “meeting a number of different startup challenges.”
“Even though we’ve had some rough patches here at the beginning of the comeback of hemp in Kentucky, it does have a future,” he said. “There’s some challenging issues that we were confronting even before the pandemic.” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) similarly said in March that the marijuana and hemp industries in Colorado are helping the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by donating protective equipment and developing cotton swabs for medical tests. During his visit to the Kentucky hemp company, McConnell also talked about the passage of coronavirus relief legislation earlier this year, touting the fact that Ecofibre was able to obtain $1.2 million through the federal program to stay in business. But he also criticized a subsequent package approved in the House that he said is “full of a whole lot of things that were unrelated to the coronavirus.”   Watch McConnell’s full comments on hemp and coronavirus relief in the video below, starting around 26:30: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=359672865034266&extid=jenB54S10bOUvDam Notably, he didn’t explicitly mention the marijuana banking provisions included in that bill as he’s done several times in recent weeks. The House-passed legislation would protect banks that service state-legal cannabis businesses from being penalized by federal regulators—something McConnell has characterized as non-germane, though he’s focused largely on diversity reporting components for the market. The majority leader said on the Senate floor earlier this month that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is “still agitating for strange, new special interest carve-outs for the marijuana industry and even claiming they are COVID-related.” “She said that, with respect to this virus, marijuana is ‘a therapy that has proven successful.’ You can’t make this up,” he said. Senate leadership unveiled their latest round of coronavirus relief legislation last month, and it does not include the cannabis provisions. And given McConnell’s particular focus on those components, it seems likely that any attempt to get the language inserted in a bicameral conference will be met with resistance on the Senate side. Meanwhile, the standalone Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act has continued to sit in the Senate Banking Committee without action in the months since the House initially approved it. Last month, a bipartisan coalition of state treasurers sent a letter to congressional leaders, asking that they include marijuana banking protections in the next piece of coronavirus relief legislation. Several of the group’s Democratic state treasurers renewed that call last week in the face of attacks on the issue from McConnell, Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans. In May, a bipartisan coalition of 34 state attorneys general similarly wrote to Congress to urge the passage of COVD-19 legislation containing cannabis banking provisions. By
  • Mitch McConnell Wants Americans To Wear Hemp Face Masks To Prevent Coronavirus Spread

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is urging Americans to wear face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus—and he wants those coverings to be made of hemp.

    During an event at the Kentucky-based hemp company Ecofibre on Monday, McConnell talked about the challenges the burgeoning market for the newly legal crop has faced, especially amid the pandemic, but he said it represents a viable commodity that is bolstering the economy. (more…)

  • FDA Notifies Public About Recall Of CBD Product That Tested High For Lead

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is publicizing a voluntary recall of a CBD product, notifying consumers about potentially high levels of lead in a batch of tinctures that were tested by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

    The federal agency reported on Friday that Summitt Labs, which produces a wide range of hemp-derived cannabidiol products, voluntarily pulled a batch of its Kore Organic watermelon tincture after the state agriculture department conducted a test on a random sample and found high levels of lead, which when ingested can cause various symptoms such as pain, nausea and kidney damage. (more…)

  • Dog CBD Treatment

    Study Finds Arthritic Dogs Benefit from CBD Treatment

    A recent study published in the journal Pain found that CBD treatment for dogs with osteoarthritis was beneficial in 9 out of 10 cases.

    A recent study by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in collaboration with Medterra CBD found nine out of 10 dogs with osteoarthritis benefitted from CBD treatment. The study, published in the journal Pain, found the cannabinoid treatment reduced production in both inflammatory molecules and immune cells linked to arthritis, suggesting the study could support future scientific evaluation of CBD for human arthritis. (more…)

  • CBD, Hemp, legal

    The CBD Industry Is Here To Stay

    The CBD Industry Is Here To Stay

    Hemp legalization has solidified that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) aren’t going away. Last February, Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), acknowledged that it was “a fool’s game” to attempt to pull hemp-derived CBD products off the market.


  • CBD Nation

    ‘Facts Can Save Lives:’ 10 Powerful Takeaways From New Documentary ‘CBD Nation’

    Have you watched the new documentary CBD Nation?

    Only in recent years has CBD made its way into mainstream vernacular and consequently, cannabidiol has never fully been told on-screen. Buzzword status was reached roughly in 2018—the same the year National CBD Day (August 8) was recognized by the registrar at National Day Calendar. The soon-to-be-released documentary, CBD Nation, is the first wide-release film dedicated to the cannabis plant compound’s deep roots.


  • Hemp acreage 2020 US

    2020 Outlook: Licensed US hemp acreage falls 9% from 2019, but grower numbers increase 27%

    U.S. farmers are planting less hemp than they did last year due to regulatory uncertainty, a surplus of hemp flower and biomass held over from 2019 and continuously falling wholesale prices.

    As of Thursday, licensed total hemp acreage to date has reached 465,787 acres for the 2020 production season, with 47 state departments of agriculture reporting numbers to Hemp Industry Daily.


  • CBD oil, lab testing, quality

    CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil: What’s the Difference?

    CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil: What’s the Difference?

    For many consumers, cannabis plays a significant role in the treatment of medical conditions and managing general well-being. As a result, certain products have seen a rapid increase in popularity in recent years.

    But while awareness of these products is at an all-time high, false or misleading information continues to cause confusion, and creates an unnecessary barrier for consumers who want to experiment with, or try different products. (more…)

  • Health and Wellness with Terpenes

    Recently while we were in Washington, D.C. engaging with stakeholders, we kept on being asked, “What are terpenes?”  The short answer: they are the main producer of scent from plants. The long answer: specific plants create certain smells that are unique to natural compounds. When a botanical such as lavender or sage is distilled and concentrated, you can create an individual terpene. Isolated terpenes have a wide range of natural primitive health and wellness benefits to help people live a better quality of life.


  • The Five Minute Hemp Newscast- Subscribe anywhere you get your podcasts

    Podcast: 5 Minute Hempcast

    This week we discuss Washington and Arizona legislature updates and new Hemp acreage numbers for 2018 are in!  Plus, Martha Stewart’s new interest in Hemp.


  • Frequently Asked CBD Questions

    What are the benefits of using CBD?

    CBD, regardless of whether it is sourced from Hemp or Cannabis, has outstanding health and wellness benefits that can be used to supplement everyday needs. The most common and most celebrated healing properties are associated with pain relief, anti-inflammation, sleep deprivation, sunburn, muscle spasticity, mood enhancement, high levels of stress, and boosting immune systems. Scholarly articles and accredited medical studies are largely increasing through state and federal funding to expand on the medicinal values interweaved in this miracle plant.

    What is the difference between Isolate, Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum CBD?

    CBD is a specific cannabinoid botanical compound found in industrial hemp. Full Spectrum CBD is derived from hemp and is non-psychoactive. It contains contains terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids from the plant, and has less than .03% THC, qualifying it legal in all 50 states. Full Spectrum products do contain trace amounts of THC. (more…)

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