SPRING HOPE, NC, March 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere, appreciates the clarity provided by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions in his recent statement that the U.S. Justice Department would not be pursuing small marijuana cases.
According to The Guardian, “Federal prosecutors will not take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Trump justice department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged authorities from cracking down on the trade in states where the drug is legal.” Sessions told students in a speech that, Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on “routine cases” and will continue to only focus on gangs and larger conspiracies.
While this is good news for the cannabis industry at large, Sessions’ stance on cannabis does not include industrial hemp nor does it include kenaf – both plants are being planted and harvested by Hemp, Inc. and its strategic farming partners in North Carolina. Hemp products are high in cannabidiol (CBD) and have only trace amounts of THC – the psychoactive component in marijuana that most associate with being “high;” hemp-derived CBD products are legal to import and sell in all 50 states.
The Company issued an announcement on Jan. 5, 2018, about “Sessions’ Obsession” with marijuana and how it does not impact the industrial hemp industry. Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin also recently spoke with cannabis-focused media outlet ”Cashinbis” about the reasons why the U.S. government’s stance on marijuana does not affect the industrial hemp industry.
“We are encouraged by Sessions’ latest remarks but want to make it clear to the public and our shareholders that hemp products are completely legal for consumers to purchase and/or consume in the United States,” said Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin. “We are aggressively ramping up our operations to capture the multi-billion, dollar hemp market, which is projected to grow 700% and hit $1.8 billion by 2020.”
Hemp, Inc. announced on Jan. 4th that the Company was shipping its first purchase orders of loss-circulation material DrillWall™ and Kenaf fiber. On Jan. 25, 2018, the Company announced it had fulfilled its first purchase order for Spill-Be-Gone™, part of Hemp, Inc.’s spill-absorbent family of products. As part of the Company’s ongoing expansion of its operations, Hemp, Inc. announced on March 7, 2018, that it was set to grow up to 25,000 acres of industrial hemp this year, thus further positioning North Carolina as the epicenter of the industrial hemp industry.
Also, as you may recall, in August 2017, Hemp, Inc. announced the official launch of its NuAxon Tech CO2 Supercritical Extractor. On Nov. 2, 2017, Hemp, Inc. announced the delivery of its advanced CBD hemp oil extraction post-processing equipment, thus completing the Company’s hemp oil extraction infrastructure. Hemp, Inc. announced its consulting agreement with HQ Global Education, Inc. on March 13, 2018. In addition, the Company announced March 21, 2018, its long-term strategy to build the world’s largest hemp oil extraction infrastructure by creating joint ventures with multiple companies to house and operate their CBD extraction equipment in its 85,000-square foot facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina. The first company of these joint ventures is HQ Global Education, Inc. (OTC: HQGE), a scientific research development company.
The agreement between Hemp, Inc. and HQ Global Education, Inc. is the first step toward executing Hemp, Inc.’s strategic plan to have a joint venture between the two companies wherein Hemp, Inc. will house and operate a HQ Global Education, Inc. CBD extractor.
HQ Global Education, Inc.’s exclusive educational database is one of the largest and valuable resources in the industry, reporting on thousands of hours of research that have been accumulated, tested and verified by professionals in the field. Per the consulting agreement in cooperation with Hemp, Inc., HQ Global Education, Inc. intends to become a leading provider of the highest-quality customizable extractions of CBD oil to this rapidly-growing industry.
Hemp gains powerful ally to free it from marijuana ties
Cherry wine strain industrial hemp grows in a nursery on a farm in Pahrump on Thursday, July 6, 2017. A new law is opening up retail sales for products made using these types of Nevada-grown plants, which contain almost no THC.
Tue, Mar 27, 2018 (12:30 a.m.)
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Hemp advocates have a powerful ally in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican said he will introduce legislation to legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity by removing the plant — prized for its oils, seeds and fiber —from the list of controlled substances.
A look at hemp’s tortured past and its prospects for the future:
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA?
Hemp and marijuana come from the same species of plant, but hemp has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.
THEN WHY IS HEMP ILLEGAL?
The family connection sidelined hemp production for decades. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned due to its classification as a controlled substance related to marijuana.
The crop got a limited reprieve when Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill. A provision pushed by McConnell allowed state agriculture departments to designate hemp research and development projects.
HOW IS HEMP USED?
Supporters tout the versatility of a crop valued for its oils, seeds and fiber. Hemp has historically been used for rope but has hundreds of other uses, including clothing and mulch from the fiber, hemp milk and cooking oil from the seeds, as well as soap and lotions. Other uses include building materials, animal bedding and biofuels.
WHAT WOULD McCONNELL’S PROPOSAL DO?
McConnell wants a full pardon for hemp by removing it from the list of controlled substances. That would restore hemp as a legal agricultural commodity, he says, and “allow this industry to continue to flourish here in Kentucky.”
ARE MORE FARMERS GROWING HEMP?
Since the 2014 federal Farm Bill allowed experimental hemp production, crop production has spread but remains tiny.
So far, 34 states have authorized hemp research, according to the advocacy group Vote Hemp. Actual production took place in 19 states last year. Hemp production totaled 25,541 acres (10,336 hectares) in 2017, more than double the 2016 output, said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp.
In McConnell’s home state of Kentucky, agriculture officials recently approved more than 12,000 acres (4,856 hectares) to be grown in the state this year, and 57 Kentucky processors help convert the raw product for other uses.
HOW WOULD MCCONNELL’S BILL WORK?
McConnell said his bill seeks to build on pilot program successes and has bipartisan backing in the Senate.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture would have to approve of states’ implementation plans, but once that happened, states would be the primary regulators of hemp. The bill also would allow hemp researchers to apply for competitive federal grants from USDA.
ABOUT HEMP, INC.
With a deep-rooted social and environmental mission at its core, Hemp, Inc. seeks to build a business constituency for the American small farmer, the American veteran, and other groups experiencing the ever-increasing disparity between tapering income and soaring expenses. As a leader in the industrial hemp industry with ownership of the largest commercial multi-purpose industrial hemp processing facility in North America, Hemp, Inc. believes there can be tangible benefits reaped from adhering to a corporate social responsibility plan.
UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC EVENTS
Across the globe, the hemp industry is rising to astronomical levels. In the wake of the hemp industry projected to grow 700% and hit $1.8 billion by 2020, there has been more education and networking within the industry. That means more events and conferences, thus, Hemp, Inc. has started compiling an ongoing list of upcoming hemp events around the world. Check out the listing of international and domestic events here.
https://www.facebook.com/KingOfPot (Bruce Perlowin’s Facebook Page)
https://www.facebook.com/TheHempUniversity/ (The Hemp University’s Facebook Page)
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