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Impact of 2018 Farm Bill on the Hemp and CBD Businesses

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On Dec 20, 2018, Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 was signed by President Donald Trump, more commonly called the 2018 Farm Bill, into law. The bill legalized commercial production of hemp at the federal level, effective from January 1, 2019. This will have significant repercussions not just for the hemp business in the US, but also for business, including cannabidiol (CBD).

Changes in Federal Related to Hemp and CBD 

Indeed, even before the 2018 Farm Bill became effective, the business potential in hemp and CBD farming was always evident in the United States. Hemp is a fast-growing variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant, which can be easily cultivated. It has many commercial uses, such as textiles and food. Marijuana is another different variety of the Cannabis sativa L. plant that contains high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects in humans. Conversely, hemp, by definition, contains negligible concentrations of THC. CBD is an alternate product derived from the Cannabis sativa L. plant (marijuana or varieties of hemp) that offers various benefits for putative health and general wellbeing.

In spite of the fact that hemp or hemp-derived CBD doesn’t contain significant concentrations of THC, until December 2018, hemp was classified into a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. It is the main federal criminal law related to the prohibited drugs and narcotics, such as LCD and heroin. Due to this, it was considered illegal at the federal level to grow, own or distribute the hemp or CBD, derived from hemp. However, certain inert parts of the Cannabis sativa L. plant (marijuana or hemp) like the non-germinating seeds or stalks, could be traded.

Furthermore, federal regulations of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) (the major agency responsible for federal criminal drug enforcement) prohibited such products. DEA specifically banned products meant for consumption for humans, containing any part of the cannabis plant, including the inert portions excused otherwise from the Controlled Substances Act. This meant that effectually CBD products, irrespective of how derived, were unlawful at the federal level.

Nonetheless, hemp and CBD industries have flourished in several state jurisdictions, where growing, dealing, and using such products is legal. These businesses have functioned in a quasi-legal status as part of the US Department of Justice policy. This policy has effectively allowed; otherwise, legitimate business dealing in cannabis to function in state jurisdictions where doing such business is lawful.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations bring additional, non-criminal legal worries for the trading of CBD products derived from hemp. Many of the manufacturers and sellers of CBD-infused products, such as food, beverages, creams, and dietary supplements, swear by its benefits. They claim that these products are useful for treating and preventing various diseases. 

The FDA is firm on its position that such claims mean these products are under the same regulations as drugs. Under these regulations, prior approval is required from the Food and Drug Administration, based on the clinical trials, for establishing the safety and the efficacy of the product. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a number of warning letters over the past three years to stop the sale of such products, although the FDA hasn’t taken any follow-up action.

There are two different concerns emerging from FDA guidelines. To begin with, in June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription drug with CBD as an active ingredient for the treatment of seizure disorders. Federal law states that a food product may not contain an approved drug, such as cannabidiol, without further approval from the FDA. Secondly, as a new food ingredient, it is imperative to establish the safety of CBD products for human consumption before a food product containing CBD is made available for sale.

The 2018 Farm Bill

Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill on December 12, 2018, which was then signed into law by President Trump subsequently. Significantly, the bill incorporates key content concerning hemp that was advocated by Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with solid bi-partisan backing:

According to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp can be defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and/or any part of the plant that contains delta-9 THC concentration of not more than 0.3% by dry weight. This definition of hemp is compatible with the definition of “industrial hemp” as made in the 2014 bill. Under the 2014 bill, a limited agricultural pilot program was created for research on the industrial hemp.

In the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is removed from the Controlled Substances Act. This has paved the way for completely lawful cultivation, possession, marketing, and sale of the hemp plant.

The 2018 Farm Bill grants the states and the Indian tribes the authority to regulate and manage the production, sale, and supply of hemp and its products within its borders. However, it doesn’t allow the states and Indian tribes to restrict the shipment or transportation of hemp and its products via respective jurisdictions.

Consequences of 2018 Farm Bill to the Hemp and CBD Businesses

US sales for the products containing hemp, including beverage and food products, personal care products, household products, and nutritional supplements, touched $820 million in 2017. Based on these figures and the current demand, it is predicted that the hemp and CBD industry will be worth $1 billion by 2020. The 2018 Farm Bill is going to work wonders for the production and sales of hemp and CBD products.

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill means that hemp manufacturers and businesses involved in hemp and/or products derived from hemp can now freely pursue their businesses legally. They can do it aggressively without having a fear of enforcement regulations that earlier prevented them from flourishing. The 2018 Farm Bill will provide the producers of CBD or its products, a larger incentive to use hemp as a primary source for CBD (instead of marijuana). 

It is still imperative for the businesses involved in the hemp industry to comply with the state as well as federal regulations regarding legalized hemp. It is also important for businesses dealing with CBD (including food and beverages) to steer clear of the aggressive marketing strategies that they generally adopt to sell health-related products. This will help them avoid any kind of unwanted attention from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and handle the other health and food FDA regulations carefully.

The Growth of Hemp in the US — an Ever-Changing Regulatory Environment

A confusing and a befuddling regulatory environment at the state, as well as federal levels, have hampered the rise of the hemp plant and its related business in the markets of the US. The United States Department of Agriculture, on its part, tried to clarify the regulations by releasing interim final rules in the last quarter of the year 2019. The highly awaited rules address a host of problems, including licensing, regional transportation, testing, and sampling of THC. 

However, the most important thing to come out of the rollout of the federal program is that now states, the main regulators of cultivation of hemp can submit and get the approval of individual state plans from the USDA. The USDA recently gave its approval to the state plans of New Jersey, Louisiana, and Ohio, along with certain tribal plans. Many other states, including Pennsylvania, have submitted their plans, which USDA is considering. And, as USDA goes on approving state plans, existing and future businesses dealing with hemp will have more certainty related to its business operations.

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High Expectations: A Journey Through the Cannabis Expo in Johannesburg

Exploring the Cannabis Landscape in Johannesburg South Africa

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Embarking on a journey through the vibrant cannabis landscape at the Cannabis Expo in Johannesburg was nothing short of extraordinary. From groundbreaking innovations to the palpable enthusiasm in the air, the event left an indelible mark on every attendee.

The expo showcased a myriad of cutting-edge cannabis products, each a testament to the industry’s relentless pursuit of excellence. From revolutionary cultivation techniques to colorful consumption devices and mouth watering edibles on sale.

Navigating through the bustling crowd, I had the privilege of engaging with industry pioneers. Their insights into the cannabis market’s evolution were not only enlightening but also provided a glimpse into the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.

Amidst the booths and displays, I witnessed the beating heart of Johannesburg’s cannabis community. Passionate advocates, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts gathered to share their experiences, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie.The expo was a melting pot of cultures and perspectives, a true reflection of the diverse tapestry that makes up South Africa’s cannabis community. From traditional rituals to modern practices, the event celebrated the rich heritage woven into the fabric of cannabis culture.

Embarking on a journey through the vibrant cannabis landscape at the Cannabis Expo in Johannesburg was nothing short of extraordinary. From groundbreaking innovations to the palpable enthusiasm in the air, the event left an indelible mark on every attendee.

The expo showcased a myriad of cutting-edge cannabis products, each a testament to the industry’s relentless pursuit of excellence. From revolutionary cultivation techniques to colorful consumption devices and mouth watering edibles on sale.

Navigating through the bustling crowd, I had the privilege of engaging with industry pioneers. Their insights into the cannabis market’s evolution were not only enlightening but also provided a glimpse into the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.

Amidst the booths and displays, I witnessed the beating heart of Johannesburg’s cannabis community. Passionate advocates, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts gathered to share their experiences, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie.The expo was a melting pot of cultures and perspectives, a true reflection of the diverse tapestry that makes up South Africa’s cannabis community. From traditional rituals to modern practices, the event celebrated the rich heritage woven into the fabric of cannabis culture.

As the day unfolded, it became evident that the cannabis community in Johannesburg is not just an industry; it’s a movement. The call to action, echoed through the vibrant atmosphere, resonated with a shared goal — to uplift and support one another. I extend an invitation to join hands in supporting the cannabis movement. Your contribution can pave the way for more events, more innovations, and a future where cannabis is embraced and understood.

In conclusion, attending the Cannabis Expo in Johannesburg was an immersive experience, an odyssey through the present and future of a rapidly evolving industry. From groundbreaking innovations to the heartbeat of a united community, every moment underscored the significance of cannabis in South Africa’s cultural narrative. As we move forward, let’s continue to support and celebrate the boundless potential that lies within the cannabis community.

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Unlocking the Potential: 6 Cannabis Products Redefining the Industry

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The cannabis industry has undergone a remarkable evolution, continually pushing the boundaries of innovation to meet diverse consumer preferences and needs. In recent times, six standout cannabis products have captured the hearts of enthusiasts and carved out their place in the limelight. While the smoke vape is a game-changer, the other five equally captivating products deserve exploration. Join us as we delve into these six cannabis products steadily gaining popularity and transforming the industry.

CBD Oil: Nature’s Therapeutic Treasure

In the dynamic world of cannabis, CBD oil takes center stage as a revered and widely discussed product. Renowned for its myriad benefits, CBD oil has garnered a global following. Unlike other cannabis products, CBD oil is THC-free, offering the advantages of cannabis without intoxication. Among its merits are anxiety reduction, pain relief, and improved sleep quality. With the potential to enhance overall well-being, CBD oil’s demand is on a continuous ascent.

Edibles: A Delicious Revolution

Edibles are rapidly gaining traction among those seeking the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the need to smoke. The array of edibles is vast, ranging from delectable options like brownies and gummies to tea and popcorn. Their discreet nature allows individuals to consume them inconspicuously, and their effects tend to last longer compared to traditional smoking methods. As the demand for cannabis products rises, edibles have firmly established themselves in the industry.

Tinctures: A Versatile Elixir

Tinctures have emerged as a preferred choice among cannabis enthusiasts and advocates. Created by extracting active cannabis compounds using alcohol or glycerin, tinctures provide a discreet way to achieve rapid absorption by placing them under the tongue. Precise dosing and ease of use set tinctures apart from other cannabis products. Whether you seek natural pain relief, anxiety reduction, or a relaxing interlude, tinctures are a top choice for many cannabis users.

Vapes: A Breath of Fresh Air

Vape pens have taken center stage in the cannabis industry, celebrated for their portability, discretion, and a wide range of flavours. Vape pen technology has advanced significantly, allowing for precise temperature control and personalized dosage settings. For those preferring a smoke-free alternative to traditional cannabis consumption, vaping has become the preferred choice. Whether on the go or at home, vapes make cannabis consumption more accessible and enjoyable than ever before.

Topicals: Nourishing Through the Skin

Topicals, a recent addition to the world of cannabis products, have quickly gained favour among consumers. These products are applied to the skin, offering targeted relief for various issues, including pain, inflammation, and skincare concerns. Unlike other cannabis products, topicals do not induce a psychoactive effect, making them ideal for those seeking the benefits of cannabis without feeling altered. Ongoing research into their potential uses is expected to increase the popularity of topicals in the cannabis industry.

Concentrates: The Potent Powerhouses

Concentrates have taken the cannabis industry by storm, celebrated as one of the most ground-breaking products in recent years. Available in forms such as wax, shatter, and oil, concentrates have won over seasoned cannabis enthusiasts. Although their strength may give some pause, experienced users continuously seek new and exciting ways to explore the cannabis experience. Concentrates are clearly making a lasting impact on the industry, with no signs of slowing down.

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, fuelled by the popularity of innovative products, it’s no surprise that new offerings continually emerge. From topicals to edibles, the industry has transcended traditional flowers and hash. The combined impact of legalization and growing public acceptance has paved the way for creative creations in both recreational and medical cannabis sectors. As we witness this ever-evolving industry, it’s an exciting journey to anticipate the emergence of new cannabis products that will leave an indelible mark on consumers and the industry as a whole.

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Embracing Freedom: Burna Boy’s $5 Million Dubai Offer Rejection

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Burna Boy, the celebrated Afro-fusion Grammy awarded artist from Nigeria, made headlines when he courageously declined a staggering $5 million performance offer in Dubai. What fueled this remarkable decision? His unwavering passion for personal freedom and an unapologetic commitment to his values.

In a  viral video Burna Boy can be seen jamming with his band , during this impromptu performance he shocked his fans by revealing that he had rejected a multimillion-dollar offer to perform in Dubai due to a seemingly unconventional reason – his desire to smoke weed.

Burna Boy has always been vocal about his affection for marijuana, which he views as a tool for self-expression and creative inspiration. However, there was a significant catch to the Dubai offer – the stringent anti-drug laws that would prohibit him from indulging in his passion while on stage.

Burna Boy’s refusal of the offer was an unequivocal stance in defense of his artistic freedom. This decision demonstrated his unwavering dedication to his values, even as he ventured into the cannabis industry, introducing his own brand, BRKFAST, in the United States just last year.

Burna Boy’s choice evoked a mix of responses. Some lauded him for remaining true to his principles, viewing it as a testament to his authenticity as an artist. In contrast, others questioned his decision, highlighting the substantial financial security he sacrificed. Nevertheless, Burna Boy’s resolute decision underscored his commitment to his craft and personal values.

Though he might have forfeited a substantial $5 million, Burna Boy’s integrity remained. His unwavering commitment to his principles continues to inspire those who place artistic freedom above material gain. His journey serves as a poignant reminder that personal principles can often hold more value than monetary wealth, underscoring the potency of individuality and the courage to uphold one’s convictions, irrespective of the cost.

In the end, it was about more than just declining a lucrative booking for Burna Boy. It was about staying authentic to himself, a choice that he deemed priceless.

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