→ posted: Oct. 3, 2019:
The SAFE Banking Act has passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 321 to 103! SAFE Banking Act, originally a marijuana-only bill, was amended to encourage U.S. banks and credit card companies to do business with hemp and CBD companies. Specifically, the bill:
Provides a safe harbor for hemp financial transactions, ensuring that banks and other financial institutions would not face federal punishment for those activities; and Directs the federal financial regulators (FDIC, Federal Reserve, etc.) to issue clear, formal guidance to banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions about the legality of hemp and CBD commerce.
→ posted: Aug. 21, 2019:
HEMP NEWS AND UPDATES FROM VARIOUS STATES
The NCUA Issues Guidance on Providing Financial Services to the Hemp Industry
→ posted: July 30, 2019:
HEMP NEWS FROM OHIO – SENATE BILL 57 PASSES
Today, Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio signed Senate Bill 57 into law, surrounded by supporters, including the U.S. Hemp Roundtable’s lobbying team. The passing of this bill means that retail sale of hemp-derived CBD is now legal, ending months of product seizures and embargoes. In addition, it alleviates confusion and hopes to eliminate enforcement actions against retailers, while also clarifying that hemp is separate and distinct from marijuana in Ohio by adding new definitions of hemp and hemp products to the law.
The rule-making process for growers and processors is still in the works and will continue to be built out over the next several months to determine best practices in light of the bill passing. However, in the meantime, an emergency clause contained in the bill means the retail sale of hemp products can occur immediately.
For further information and instruction on the state of hemp in Ohio, the Department of Agriculture has posted new guidance on hemp and CBD in Ohio. Additionally, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy also released a statement on the new guidance.
→ posted: June 11, 2019:
OHIO ACTION ALERT – Contact your state rep. today in support of SB57! We are ONE floor vote away from legal CBD in Ohio!
→ posted: June 2, 2019:
USDA Issues Legal Opinions Establishing the Legality of Hemp
U.S. Hemp Roundtable: TSA-Policy Update Regarding Hemp
→ posted: May 15, 2019:
Iowa: MIXED NEWS FROM IOWA– Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 599, making Iowa the 43rdstate to authorize a hemp growing program. The Roundtable’s lobbyists were able to introduce into a once-restrictive bill protections from the Roundtable’s Model State Act for hemp-derived CBD products. The House floor leader, listening closely to Roundtable representatives, made clear on video here that this bill was intended to make retail sale of hemp-derived CBD legal.
Unfortunately, yesterday, Governor Reynolds issued a contradictory statement, arguing that the bill does NOT legalize the retail sale of CBD, that federal law controls, and that the FDA has declared that CBD is not a dietary supplement. Regular readers of this space know that the Roundtable strongly disagrees with this assessment – in our informed opinion, the FDA’s guidance is inaccurate, and it is neither final, nor legally binding. However, we anticipate a continued battle in the Hawkeye State. Hemp Supporters, please stay tuned for our next strategy.
→ posted: Apr. 25, 2019:
Iowa: After a local county attorney announced a March crackdown on CBD products, Senate File 599 was introduced that would bring Iowa into hemp growing and provides protections from the Roundtable’s Model State Act for hemp-derived CBD products. Initial language that required retail products to comply with the Food Drug & Cosmetics Act was modified to only require a vaguer compliance with federal law. The House floor leader, listening closely to Roundtable representatives, made clear on video here that this bill was intended to make retail sale of hemp-derived CBD legal. Senate File 599 passed the House on 4/24 with only one no vote and the Senate on 4/25 with only one no vote. On to the Governor’s desk!
→ posted: Apr. 11, 2019:
Ohio Update: The passage of SB57 will make hemp and the retail sale of hemp derived CBD legal!
SB57 Passed the Senate on 3-28-19. SB57 was sent to the House on 3-29-19 and is currently sitting in Committee as of 4-2 with the most recent hearing 4-9.
→ posted: Apr. 11, 2019:
The FDA has scheduled a public hearing on May 31 Silver Spring, Maryland from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to explore issues around products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD).
FDA is establishing a docket for public comment on this hearing. The docket number is FDA-2019-N-1482. The docket will close on July 2, 2019. Submit either electronic or written comments on this public hearing by July 2, 2019. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before July 2, 2019. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time at the end of July 2, 2019. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.
→ posted: Feb. 12, 2019:
Action Alert: The U.S. Hemp Roundtable is requesting the help from our grassroots – you! Please visit their newly developed State Action Center: (https://hempsupporter.com/introducing-the-us-hemp-roundtables-state-action-center/)
→ posted: Feb. 06, 2019:
Update on the state of Ohio. (https://hempsupporter.com/the-battle-for-hemp-in-ohio/)
→ posted: Jan. 30, 2019:
An update from the the U.S.Hemp Roundtable about their sister organization, the U.S. Hemp Authority, from its President, Marielle Weintraub. (https://hempsupporter.com/a-message-from-the-u-s-hemp-authority/)
→ posted: Jan. 11, 2019:
USDA Makes GMOs Disappear – ACTION ALERT
It’s official: the “mandatory” GMO labeling rule will obscure more than it makes transparent. ( http://www.anh-usa.org/usda-makes-gmos-disappear/)
→ posted: Dec. 17, 2018:
It’s the news we have been waiting for… now we await the president’s signature!
Mitch and Hemp ( http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/mitch-and-hemp/)
→ posted: Dec. 11, 2018:
The Senate just passed the Farm Bill with permanent hemp legalization! By an overwhelming 87-13 vote. Hopefully we will see final passage, in the House, by the end of the week!
Interested in how the legislative process works: (https://hempsupporter.com/farm-bill-update-2/)
Jonathan Miller’s expert tutorial summary on the hemp provisions: (https://hempsupporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/What-Does-the-Farm-Bill-Do.pdf)
→ posted: Dec. 04, 2018:
As our nation mourns the passing of President George H.W. Bush, respectfully, there will be no votes in the House this week. Don’t panic, events on Capitol Hill are always dynamic! The permanent legalization of Hemp-Derived CBD is just on the horizon!
→ posted Nov. 29, 2018:
Attention all Wolverines, Buckeyes and fans of the Crimson Tide, please take the time to read this critically important information from the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. This is a RED ALERT and time to make your voices heard!
→ posted Nov. 20, 2018:
It is remarkable what Hemp-Derived CBD has done for this Indiana Brick and Mortar Retailer but it’s even more remarkable what CBD is doing for the health of Americans across the country! The great state of Indiana wisely decided to pick this fight and win the right to legally market and sell these products! Business is booming at Adele’s and every one of her customers is a direct beneficiary of this store’s resolve!