NAIHC 2014 Annual Meeting, October 15, 2014 – The nonprofit North American Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC) held its 19th annual membership meeting Wednesday October 15, 2014. NAIHC members participated and discussed progress toward re-commercialization of industrial hemp, interacting with members internationally.

Members exchanged ideas, reported on progress and actions taken, and discussed the objectives for 2015 and beyond. Continue reading

Industrial Hemp Making Headlines & Progress, June 6, 2014 – Industrial hemp has scored a series of resounding bipartisanship victories in Congress this week. Representing a sharp break with partisan gridlock, these victories are helping generate lots of positive media attention.

In the latest victory, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted a decisive 22 to 8 on June 5 to approve a hemp amendment co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) The amendment which matches language approved earlier by the House is designed to prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or any other federal agency from taking any further action to prevent state hemp research projects. Continue reading

Kentucky Sues to Get Industrial Hemp Seeds Released, May 16, 2014 – Kentucky’s lawsuit to force the federal government to release 250 pounds of seized industrial hemp seeds was heard in U.S. District Court in Louisville Friday. Without ruling on the merits of the case, Senior Judge John G. Heyburn scheduled a hearing set for next Wednesday, May 21.

Based on U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assurances that applying for a controlled substance import permit will not create any restrictions on planting industrial hemp research plots in the state, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is applying for an import permit. Continue reading

Kentucky & Colorado Race to Plant Industrial Hemp, May 14, 2014 – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture filed suit May 14 to force the federal government to release industrial hemp seeds for planting in Kentucky. Kentucky charges that the seeds have been seized “Despite the enactment of federal and state legislation that exempts the growing and cultivation of industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. . .” (Read the 63 page suit here.) Continue reading

Industrial Hemp Wins Unanimous Colorado Senate Vote, April 23, 2014 – In a further step forward for industrial hemp, the Colorado Senate voted 35-0 Wednesday to approve an expanded program for growing industrial hemp in the state. The bill now moves to the Colorado House for what is expected to be swift approval there.

The revised legislation removes two previous restrictions which had placed a 10-acre limit for registered individual hemp growers and required plots to be outdoors. Continue reading