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  • 06 Feb 2017 1:25 PM | Colleen Keahey (Administrator)

    Agency Ignores Prior Court Ruling and Clear Congressional Intent in the 2014 Farm Bill; Leading Hemp Trade Group Takes Action to Protect American Hemp Farmers, Businesses from Unlawful DEA Registration Requirements

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the leading non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has filed a motion to hold the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in contempt of court for violating an unchallenged, long-standing order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, prohibiting the agency from regulating hemp food products as Schedule I controlled substances. Specifically, the HIA asserts that the DEA continues to operate with blatant disregard for the 2004 ruling made by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which permanently enjoined the DEA from regulating hemp fiber, stalk, sterilized seed and oil, which are specifically exempted from the definition of ‘marijuana’ in the federal Controlled Substances Act. 

    To read the motion, please visit: https://thehia.org/resources/Documents/Legal/HIA-v-DEA-9th-Circuit-Motion.pdf.

    “We will not stand idly by while the DEA flouts the will of Congress, violates the Ninth Circuit order, and harasses honest hemp producers trying to make a living with this in-demand crop,” said Colleen Keahey, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association. “Hemp is a healthy superfood with vital nutrients such as Omegas 3 and 6, protein, fiber and all 10 essential amino acids that are ideal for today’s family.  The DEA must stop treating hemp, hempseed and hempseed oil, which is a nutritious ingredient, as something illicit. We have to address the challenges that thwart the domestic industry’s progress and especially those that mislead state Departments of Agriculture and limit entry of legal hemp products into the marketplace.” 

    Historically, the DEA has made persistent efforts to regulate hemp products. In 2001, DEA issued an Interpretive Rule attempting to ban all hemp seed and hempseed oil food products that contained even minuscule, insignificant amounts of residual THC. The HIA immediately filed suit to stop the enforcement of this rule, which resulted in what became known as the “Hemp Food Rules Challenge.”  Ultimately, the subsequent ruling made by the Ninth Circuit issued serendipitously on February 6, 2004, found that the DEA had not followed necessary scheduling procedures to add non-psychoactive hemp to the list of Schedule I controlled substances; and additionally, that Congress clearly did not intend that hemp be prohibited by the Controlled Substance Act when it adopted language from the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act to define the drug ‘marijuana.’ To read the full 2004 court opinion, please visit: http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/HIAvDEA_9th_final_decision.pdf.

    In December of 2016, the DEA in conjunction with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) indicated to Healthy Oilseeds, LLC that shipment of the company’s hemp products made from hemp grown under the state’s hemp pilot program and Congress’ Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), would require a permit from the DEA, as the hemp protein powder and hempseed oil food items were subject to DEA regulation. Specifically, Healthy Oilseeds received communication from the NDDA stating that export of its hemp products to other states was prohibited, “because industrial hemp is a Schedule I controlled substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.” To view this correspondence between NDDA and Healthy Oilseeds LLC, please visit: https://thehia.org/resources/Documents/Legal/HIA-v-DEA-9th-Circuit-Motion-Exhibits.pdf.

    DEA’s actions violate the clear Congressional intent of not only of the Farm Bill, which defines industrial hemp as distinct from ‘marijuana’ and legalizes its cultivation and processing under licensing programs in place in 31 states; but also further violate the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which specifically prohibited federal authorities from using funds to obstruct the “transportation, processing, sale, or use of industrial hemp…within or outside the State in which the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated.” Hence, the DEA may not require lawfully licensed hemp farmers or manufacturers in the U.S. to register for a permit to engage in interstate commerce of industrial hemp products.  Indeed, by taking this action, the DEA is violating federal law, misusing taxpayer dollars, and thumbing its nose at Congress. 

    “Here in Kentucky, our Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan Quarles, has built a successful pilot program that works closely with local law enforcement and is creating desperately needed economic opportunity for hundreds of farmers,” stated Bill Hilliard, CEO of Atalo Holdings, Inc.  “As states have wisely taken the initiative in this growing industry, the DEA doesn’t need to be interfering on our farms.”

    Joe Sandler, HIA’s lead counsel, further stated:  “Thirteen years ago DEA was told in no uncertain terms by the U.S. Court of Appeals that Congress had made its intent clear:  DEA has no power to regulate hemp seed and oil, and the hemp food and beverage products made from them.  It is disappointing that the industry has to revisit the issue, and take this step to compel DEA to obey the law.” 

    On January 13, 2017, the Hemp Industries Association, among other petitioners, filed a Petition for Review with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, to challenge the DEA’s recent effort to append Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to include lawful hemp-derived non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as cannabinol, which the DEA has arbitrarily termed “Marijuana Extract.” In addition to this suit, and today’s actions taken to affirm the legality of hemp food products, the HIA does intend, in due course, to challenge the DEA’s repeated refusal to abide by other Congressional directives on industrial hemp. 

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products.  More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.org.



  • 26 Jan 2017 1:25 PM | Erin Pully (Administrator)

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its Spring 2017 Meeting in Denver, CO on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Friday, April 21, 2017. The NOSB typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information including agendas, locations, recommendations, and public comments will be posted below as it becomes available. For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    For more information visit: https://www.ams.usda.gov/event/nosb-spring-2017-meeting-denver-co

  • 19 Jan 2017 5:41 PM | Colleen Keahey (Administrator)

    Suit Seeks to Defend Hemp Farmers, U.S. Businesses and Consumers from Illegal Attempt to Schedule Non-Psychoactive Hemp Derivatives as ‘Marihuana Extract’

    WASHINGTON, D.C.
    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the leading non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, filed a Petition for Review on January 13, 2017, in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, seeking to block the implementation of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) recently announced Final Rule regarding “Marihuana Extract.” The proposed DEA Final Rule attempts to unlawfully designate hemp-derived non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including cannabidiol, as “marihuana extract,” and append the Controlled Substances Act to add all cannabinoids to its Schedule I. Furthermore, this action by the DEA contravenes clear Congressional intent and legal parameters for the production and consumption of hemp-derived products containing cannabinoids, enacted by Sec. 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).

    To read the full petition, please visit:

    https://hoban.law/sites/default/files/2017-01/17.01.13%20Petition%20%5Bfinal%5D.pdf

    The DEA does not have the authority to augment the Controlled Substances Act; that power resides with Congress. Congress has clearly mandated, through the 2014 Farm Bill and the 2016 Omnibus Spending Law that the Controlled Substances Act does not apply to hemp grown in state pilot programs, and that it is a violation of federal law for agencies such as DEA to interfere with these programs. The DEA’s proposed rule regarding cannabinoids thumbs its nose at Congress and threatens to undermine the market for legal hemp products containing cannabinoids, including those produced in the U.S. under state laws that regulate hemp cultivation and processing pursuant to, and in accordance with the federal Farm Bill. These products, such as hemp foods and supplements, fall outside the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and are not subject to regulatory control by the DEA.

    “Hemp-derived products containing cannabinoids are an increasingly in-demand category within the hemp market—and U.S. consumers constitute the largest market for hemp products worldwide,” said Colleen Keahey, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association. “We are committed to defending the rights of our members, of entrepreneurial hemp farmers, businesses and consumers, who all are acting entirely within the legal framework of the CSA and Farm Bill, including those adversely affected by trying to source American-grown hemp and hemp derivatives to supply this demand. The DEA’s attempt to regulate hemp derived products containing cannabinoids lawfully sourced under the CSA, and farmed and produced under the Farm Bill in states like Kentucky and Colorado, is not only outside the scope of their power, it’s an attempt to rob us of hemp’s economic opportunity.”

    The DEA has made previous attempts to interfere with legal hemp products, notably from 2001-2003 when the agency contended that hemp food products such as cereals, hemp seed and hemp oil, are a Schedule I substance due to trace insignificant residues of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. On February 6, 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in response that hemp is not included in Schedule I; that the trace THC in such products is similar to trace opiates in poppy seed bagels, and does not render them controlled substances. The HIA believes this 2004 ruling sets strong legal precedent for the current petition, which asserts that cannabinoids derived from lawful portions and varieties of the Cannabis plant exempted from control under the CSA and through the Farm Bill, may not be regulated as “marihuana” or “marihuana extract” by the DEA.

    More recently, in 2014, the DEA interfered with the implementation of state pilot programs for hemp farming, when the agency unlawfully seized 250 lbs. of certified industrial hemp seed imported from Italy. The viable hemp seed had been legally sourced to supply six hemp research projects licensed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and coordinated in conjunction with Kentucky State academic institutions. The seed was quickly released, following the filing of a lawsuit against the DEA on May 14, 2014 by then Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, now U.S. Congressional Representative James Comer. 

    “Over a decade ago, the Ninth Circuit held that non-psychoactive hemp is not controlled by the CSA,” said Patrick Goggin, co-counsel for the HIA. “The DEA is again attempting to schedule under the CSA cannabinoids and non-psychoactive hemp beyond its authority. We believe the Ninth Circuit will invalidate this rule just like it did in 2004.”

    To date, 31 states have passed hemp legislation that allows their farmers to cultivate hemp according to guidelines set forth in the Farm Bill. Per these guidelines, U.S. farmers planted nearly 10,000 acres of hemp in 2016. Farmers and agri-business across the country have invested many millions of dollars in infrastructure to comply with federal law; this retroactive misreading of statute puts the livelihood of these law-abiding companies and individuals at risk.

    Recent DEA pronouncements indicate that DEA is threatening to flout prior court rulings, and assert regulatory authority over hemp seed, oil, and products made from hemp seed and oil, which have always been exempt from the Controlled Substances Act. HIA continues to monitor these developments, and will consider further actions to resist DEA’s unlawful attempts to regulate legal hemp products.

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products. More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.org.



  • 16 Dec 2016 5:27 PM | Anonymous

    HIA Confirms Legality of CBD Produced from Hemp Per Farm Bill Guidelines

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the leading non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has issued its position in response to a recent DEA ruling, submitted to the Federal Register December 14, 2016, which seeks to establish a new drug code for ‘marijuana extract.’ Specifically, the DEA has proposed that CBD, and all cannabinoids derived from Cannabis Sativa L. qualify as ‘marijuana extracts,’ and require separate, distinct identification and tracking by DEA agents than other forms of ‘marijuana.’ However, the DEA maintains the contradictory assertion that all CBD products are illegal as they constitute ‘marijuana’ per the Controlled Substances Act, and will therefore “continue to be treated as Schedule I substances.” To view the complete ruling, please visit:

    It is the position of the Hemp Industries Association that this Final Rule regarding ‘marijuana extracts’ is not within the jurisdiction of the DEA to enact, as the administration itself cannot amend or augment the definitions put forth in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Adding CBD products to the federal schedule of controlled substances would require new legislation to pass in Congress or action taken by the Attorney General, amending the CSA. Additionally, the ruling is based on an incorrect and incomplete understanding of how CBD is derived from the cannabis plant. While CBD may be derived from forms of cannabis that contain high amounts of THC, the cannabinoid associated with ‘marijuana,’ CBD may also be produced from industrial hemp plants that meet the legal standards of less than 0.3% THC by dry weight, and which may be cultivated in 32 states in the U.S. per Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, the Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research amendment. Hence, not all CBD products may be classified as extracts from ‘marijuana.’

    “It’s important to understand that this Final Rule does not change the legal status of hemp derived CBD,” said Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association. “Cannabidiol is not listed on the federal schedule of controlled substances, and the DEA has no authority whatsoever to impede the production, processing or sale of hemp products, including CBD products, grown under the Farm Bill. We urge consumers and businesses not to panic, and continue supporting the growth of the hemp industry in the U.S.”

    Generally, the HIA maintains that CBD products should be legally defined as supplements, not drugs or pharmaceuticals subject to DEA control. The CBD industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the emerging hemp market in the U.S., and indeed worldwide. This DEA Final Rule is concerning to the industry, as it creates confusion in the marketplace among consumers and legitimate businesses alike, and may potentially result in federal agencies improperly treating legal products such as CBD oils, body balms and supplements as controlled substances. The Hemp Industries Association is monitoring this development closely, and is strongly considering legal action to protect the interests of its members and the hemp industry as a whole.

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products. More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com. DVD Video News Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Lauren Stansbury at 402-540-1208 or lauren@votehemp.com.

  • 15 Dec 2016 6:19 PM | Anonymous

    December 15, 2016

    Yesterday the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a Final Rule on the coding of marijuana extracts. Unfortunately some misleading media stories and social media postings lead quite a few people to panic at reports that CBD was being banned under this new rule. 

    The Sky is NOT Falling. The Final Rule published by DEA did not change the legal status of CBD. This can only be done by a scheduling action which has NOT occurred. 

    HIA has carefully reviewed this with our legal advisors and discussed it with industry experts. While there are some differing opinions on the effect of the rule, there is general agreement that yesterday's ruling did not change the status of CBD. Here are some important facts to know:

    • Cannabidiol is not listed on the federal schedule of controlled substances
    • Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill defines hemp as distinct from marijuana and does not treat it as a controlled substance when grown under a compliant state program
    • Despite these facts, DEA has stated that CBD is a controlled substance previously
    • HIA strongly disagrees with the DEA position and is ready to take action to defend should DEA take any action to block the production, processing or sale of hemp under Sec. 7606
    • The Final Rule published on December 14th was not a scheduling action but rather an administrative action related to record keeping
    • The code assigned to "marihuana extract" in the rule is "Administration Controlled Substances Code Number" for the purposes of identification of substances on registration forms 
    • The rule was originally published as a proposed rule in 2011 BEFORE the Farm Bill and didn't mention CBD or hemp
    • DEA confirmed to a reporter from the Denver Post that this was an administrative action and did not change the status of CBD in federal law

    So what does this all mean? We believe the DEA rule on "marihuana extracts" was not directed at hemp derived CBD products and has been in the works for 5 years. We also believe there is no imminent change in DEA policy regarding hemp derived CBD products. 

    For now, we want to urge everyone to calm down and continue with your businesses. We also hope that in future, reporters will take the time to get the facts before posting misleading stories about hemp and CBD. 

  • 24 Oct 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Conference’s Focus on CBDs, Expanding Market for Hemp and Innovative Technologies Underscores Rapid Growth of the Industry

    WASHINGTON, DC – Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses and farmers, hosted its 23rd annual conference during September 17 through September 20, 2016, in Westminster, Colorado just north of Denver. Attended by HIA business and farmer members, non-members, as well as national media and leading entrepreneurs and celebrity figures, the 2016 HIA conference was the most highly attended conference in the history of the HIA.  Speakers included Andrew Freedman, Colorado Director of Marijuana Coordination; Ethan Russo, MD, Medical Director of Phytecs; Alex White Plume of the Oglala Sioux; Jake Plummer, former NFL player for the Denver Broncos; and many others. Many attendees also enjoyed a hemp farm tour that visited the CBDRx, a hemp farm and processing facility in Longmont and a hemp research plot maintained by Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

    Presentations ranged from such topics as hemp home building methods, the role hemp can play in regenerative agriculture, challenges to hemp farming on Native American lands, law enforcement and local government’s role in regulating hemp farming, hemp plastics and innovative manufacturing practices, and certification and intellectual property of hemp products. A primary focus of the 23rd annual conference was on CBD, or cannabidiol products: the biological effect of CBD in the body, regulation and standards for CBD products, and new research involving CBD in the fields of health and medicine.

    Sheila Hemphill, of the Texas HIA state chapter, received the HIA Leadership Award.  Other award recipients include Barbara Filippone and Summer Star Haeske who both received the HIA Lifetime Achievement Award; Green Spring Technologies which received the HIA Innovation Award; New York Assembly Woman Donna Lupardo, who received the Vote Hemp Legislator of the Year Award; and McMillan Arrington, who received the Vote Hemp Activist of the Year Award.

    The success of the conference demonstrates both the growing interest in industrial hemp worldwide, as well as the leadership of the Hemp Industries Association. Founded in 1994, the HIA continues to grow in membership and expand its work to fulfill its mission of facilitating exchange of information between agriculturists, manufacturers, distributors and retailers; maintaining and defending the integrity of hemp products; advocating for socially and environmentally responsibly business practices; and educating the public about the benefits of industrial hemp. Exceeding $573 million in retail sales in 2015, according to SPINS data and HIA estimates, hemp products are demonstrating significant market growth. Currently, 32 states have defined industrial hemp as distinct from ‘marijuana’ and have removed barriers to its production.   

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) has served as the hemp industry trade association since 1994. The HIA has lead efforts to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products including the important victory in HIA v. DEA which protected the hemp foods industry from extinction due to DEA over regulation. The HIA is the source for accurate hemp news and information and is often cited by the media as a key source on the fast growing hemp market. For more information, go to: www.thehia.org.

    To request an interview with an HIA spokesperson, receive media materials such as photos or video, please contact Hemp Industries Association Media Relations Director, Lauren Stansbury, at (402) 540-1208 or Lauren@wearemovementmedia.com



  • 17 Aug 2016 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, DC – Monday, August 15, 2016, the Hemp Industries Association has issued a response to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration’s joint “Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp.” The response was issued as a “Memorandum for Hemp Industries Association Members” from Joseph Sandler and Patrick Goggin, HIA Legal Counsel.

    To read the USDA et al joint statement, see: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-19146

    To view the full response from the Hemp Industries Association, see: http://bit.ly/2b6CvCz

    On August 12, 2016, the US Department of Agriculture, with the concurrence of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Food and Drug Administration, issued a joint “Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp” in the Federal Register.  The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is encouraged that, in this Statement, the USDA has acknowledged the legitimate role of hemp pilot programs in the 2014 Farm Bill and has specifically agreed to support hemp research. The HIA looks forward to working with the USDA to ensure that hemp pilot programs are supported by USDA similar to other crops including access to research funding, participation in USDA programs such as the National Organic Program and others.

    As a procedural matter, the agencies took the position that the Statement “does not establish any binding legal requirements” and it therefore is exempt from notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). While some of the positions taken are helpful to the industry, some other positions taken by the agencies in this document are highly detrimental to the industry and, in our view, are contrary to federal law. The USDA makes it clear in the Statement, however, that it is not intended as a binding rule and “does not establish any binding legal requirements.”

    Among other concerns, the HIA believes the joint statement purports to redefine the term “industrial hemp” in a manner wholly different from, and inconsistent with, the definition set out in the 2014 Farm Bill, as excerpted from the HIA’s response memo here:

    “The Statement’s definition is very troublesome, in two respects. First, the Statement’s definition would require that to be considered ‘industrial hemp,’ any part of the plant must be ‘used exclusively for industrial purposes (fiber and seed).’  That implies that the flowering tops of the plant would not be considered ‘industrial hemp,’ even though they clearly are so considered under the statutory definition. Second, the Statement defines ‘industrial hemp’ as having a ‘tetrahydrocannabinols’ (plural) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent, with the term ‘tetrahydrocannabinols’ to include ‘all isomers, acids, salts and salts of isomers ….’  This expanded definition could be read to require that cannabinoids other than THC—such as CBD—actually be considered in determining whether the 3/10 of one percent threshold has been exceeded—which would exclude much legitimate industrial hemp from the definition.”

    The HIA is also concerned about DEA’s attempt to limit the sales and transportation of hemp products, which are clearly allowed under Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill and under federal law.

    The USDA has stated unequivocally that the Statement does not establish any new binding legal requirements. It is the position of the Hemp Industries Association that nothing in the Statement requires change to any current business practice, program or operation. If and when DEA indicates that is contemplating enforcement action, or threatens or takes enforcement action, based on any of the problematic legal positions described above, HIA will certainly take legal action at that time.  

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) has served as the hemp industry trade association since 1994. The HIA has lead efforts to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products including the important victory in HIA v. DEA which protected the hemp foods industry from extinction due to DEA over regulation. The HIA is the source for accurate hemp news and information and is often cited by the media as a key source on the fast growing hemp market. For more information, go to: www.thehia.org.

    To request an interview with an HIA spokesperson, receive media materials such as photos or video, please contact Hemp Industries Association Media Relations Director, Lauren Stansbury, at (402) 540-1208 or Lauren@wearemovementmedia.com

  • 05 Jul 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Experts, Hemp Exhibits, Entrepreneurs, Farmers, Regulators, Legislators and Business Owners to Convene with Focus on the Theme “The Future of Hemp”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, will host its annual conference Saturday, September 17, through Tuesday, September 20, at the Marriot Denver Westminster. The 23rd annual conference will feature a hemp farm tour on Saturday, general meeting and networking event on Sunday and two days of speaker and panel programming. Expected to be the biggest and most highly attended in the history of the HIA, the theme of this year’s conference will focus on The Future of Hemp, as the industry experiences rapid growth following the passage of the Farm Bill of 2014 and subsequent hemp pilot programs in multiple states throughout the country.

    WHAT: 

    Hemp Industries Association 23nd Annual Conference

    WHEN: 

    Saturday, Sept. 17 – Tuesday Sept. 20, 2016

    WHERE: 

    Denver Marriot Westminster
    7000 Church Ranch Blvd.
    Westminster, CO 80021

    According to SPINS Data and HIA estimates, hemp food and body care product consumption in the U.S. is demonstrating strong market growth, with 10.4% combined growth of hemp retail sales in natural and conventional markets in 2015.  The hemp market has also seen strong growth in the sale of hemp derived CBD supplements and foods. The HIA estimates the market for CBD products was $65 million in 2015 and continues to grow at a rapid pace. The HIA estimates that approximately 3,997 acres of hemp crops were planted during 2015 in the U.S. This hemp cultivation is legal in 29 states, which have lifted restrictions on hemp research and pilot programs and may license farmers to grow hemp in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, the Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research amendment.

    More information about the conference is available on the HIA website: http://thehia.org/event-2188071

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) has served as the hemp industry trade association since 1994. The HIA has lead efforts to expand and protect the sale and marketing of hemp products including the important victory in HIA v. DEA which protected the hemp foods industry from extinction due to DEA over regulation. The HIA is the source for accurate hemp news and information and is often cited by the media as a key source on the fast growing hemp market. For more information, go to: www.thehia.org.

    To request an interview with an HIA spokesperson, receive media materials such as photos or video, please contact Hemp Industries Association Media Relations Director, Lauren Stansbury, at (402) 540-1208 or Lauren@wearemovementmedia.com

  • 31 May 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    Press Conference to Discuss De-Schedule of Hemp to Occur June 1st

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, in conjunction with the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council, will file a petition with the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove industrial hemp plants from the schedules established under the Controlled Substance Act, on June 1 2016. The petition cites language from the 2014 Farm Bill, which defined hemp as distinct from ‘marijuana’ by establishing the standard that hemp contains no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol or THC on a dry weight basis. A press conference will be held Wednesday, June 1, from Noon to 2pm at Elizabeth’s on L, to discuss this petition and its objective, as well as Hemp History Week, recent progress made toward commercial hemp farming in the U.S., and the environmental, nutritional and economic benefits of hemp cultivation, followed by a hemp luncheon.

    What:

    Press Conference and Hemp Luncheon

    Who:

    Hemp Industries Association and Kentucky Hemp Industry Council

    When:

    Wednesday, June 1st from Noon – 2pm

    Where:

    Elizabeth’s on L – 1341 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

    *All interested media are welcome to attend.

    Currently, all forms of cannabis are classified as a Schedule I substance—meaning they are controlled to a greater degree than either cocaine or most methamphetamines. The CSA treats industrial hemp plants the same as drug marijuana plants solely because they are of the same species, even though industrial hemp has no potential whatsoever for drug abuse.  Despite progress toward hemp farming legalization made in the 2014 Farm Bill, which permitted hemp cultivation agricultural pilot projects in states that have legalized cultivation of industrial hemp, hemp cultivation remains prohibited at the federal level. If successful, the petition would remove from Schedule I industrial hemp plants, defined as cannabis plants having no greater than 0.3% THC by dry weight. To read the petition, please visit: https://www.thehia.org/resources/Documents/Legal/HIA-Deschedule-Petition-DEA_6-1-2016.pdf.

    “Hemp is a crop with deep roots in American history dating back to some of our first farmers including Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson,” stated Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the Hemp Industries Association. “Hemp has no place on the schedule of controlled substances and it is time for DEA to de-schedule hemp and allow states to once again regulate hemp farming just like any other crop.”

    “As Kentucky attempts to reemerge as a global leader in the industrial hemp industry, we are grateful to our political leaders in DC such as Senator Mitch McConnell and Rep. Thomas Massie for advancing federal law so dramatically in the past few years,” stated Jonathan Miller, former Kentucky State Treasurer and current counsel to the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council. “But for the U.S. hemp industry to truly advance, the crop must be de-scheduled.  That’s why businesses, farmers and our industry so strongly support HIA’s critical petition effort.”

    The HIA estimates that approximately 3,997 acres of hemp crops were planted during 2015 in the U.S. This hemp cultivation is legal in 28 states, which have lifted restrictions on hemp farming and may license farmers to grow hemp in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, the Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research amendment. Read the full text of Sec. 7606 on the Vote Hemp website: http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/Pages_from_farm0127.pdf.

    In January of 2015, a proposed Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced in both the House and Senate, H.R. 525 and S. 134 respectively. If passed, the bill would remove all federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, and remove its classification as a Schedule I controlled substance. Currently, in 29 states, hemp may be cultivated either commercially or in agricultural pilot programs  per Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

    The HIA is grateful to Courtney Moran and Andy Kerr for advising the industry to refile a descheduling petition.

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products.  More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com.  DVD Video News Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Lauren Stansbury at 402-540-1208.


  • 09 May 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Hemp Foods and Body Care Retail Market in U.S. Achieves 10.4% Growth in 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has released final estimates of the size of the 2015 U.S. retail market for hemp products. Data from market research supports an estimate of total retail sales of hemp food, supplements and body care products in the United States at $283 million.  Sales of popular hemp items like non-dairy milk, shelled seed, soaps and lotions have continued to increase, complemented by successful hemp cultivation pilot programs in several states, and increasing grassroots pressure to allow hemp to be grown domestically on a commercial scale once again for U.S. processors and manufacturers.  The HIA has also reviewed sales of clothing, auto parts, building materials and various other products in collaboration with the Hemp Business Journal, and estimates the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2015 to be at least $573 million.

    Of this $573 million hemp market, the HIA estimates that hemp foods constituted 16% ($90 million); personal care products constituted 26% ($147 million); textiles constituted 17% ($95 million); supplements constituted 8% ($47 million); hemp derived cannabidiol or CBD products constituted 11% ($65 million); industrial applications such as car parts constituted 20% ($116 million); and other consumer products such as paper construction materials accounted for the remaining 2% of the market. 


    The sales data on hemp foods and body care, collected by market research firm SPINS, was obtained from natural and conventional retailers, excluding Whole Foods Market, Costco and certain other key establishments, who do not provide sales data — and thus it significantly underestimates actual sales.  According to the SPINS data, combined U.S. hemp food and body care sales grew in the sampled stores by 10.4% or $9,269,376, over the previous year ending December 31, 2015 to a total of just over $89,183,460. 

    According to SPINS figures, sales in conventional retailers grew by 11.25% in 2015, while sales in natural retailers grew by 9.43%. Indeed, the combined growth of hemp retail sales in the U.S. continues steadily: annual natural and conventional market percent growth has progressed from 7.3% (2011), to 16.5% (2012), to 24% (2013), 21.2% (2014), to 10.4% in 2015.

    As the hemp industry in the U.S. continues to develop, more detailed data has become available through various reporting channels. Previously, the HIA had calculated the size and growth of the hemp market in the U.S. based on approximations of sales in the categories of textiles, auto parts, building materials and other products, in addition to known data on the sales of hemp foods and body care. Now that more specific information is available, the HIA has updated its formula to reflect a more conservative, but more accurate estimate for the hemp market for 2015. Hence, the shift from the 2014 figure of $620 million to the 2015 estimate of $573 million does not demonstrate a decrease in the actual hemp market; rather it reflects a more precise means of estimating the actual industry for 2015. The data for 2015 that assert 10.4% growth from 2014 to 2015 demonstrate a strong rate of market increase for hemp products in food and body care.

    The HIA estimates the total retail value of all hemp products sold in the U.S. to be at least $573 million for 2015,” says Eric Steenstra, Executive Director of the HIA.  “To date, 28 states have passed legislation that allows hemp farming per provisions set forth in the 2014 Farm Bill, and new businesses representing all industrial fields from foods to car manufacturing are looking to American farmers to meet the growing demand for hemp. Entrepreneurs, manufacturers, farmers, consumers are all on board to expand the hemp market. We need Congress to pass federal legislation to allow commercial hemp farming nationally, for this ripe industry to finally be able to bloom,” continues Steenstra.

    The HIA estimates that approximately 3,997 acres of hemp crops were planted in 7 states during 2015 in the U.S. This hemp cultivation is legal in 28 states, which have lifted restrictions on hemp farming and may license farmers to grow hemp in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, the Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research amendment. Read the full text of Sec. 7606 on the Vote Hemp website: http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/Pages_from_farm0127.pdf.

    In January of 2015, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced in both the House and Senate, H.R. 525 and S. 134 respectively. If passed, the legislation would remove all federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, and remove its classification as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Currently, 28 states may grow hemp per Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Virginia.

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    The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) represents the interests of the hemp industry and encourages the research and development of new hemp products.  More information about hemp’s many uses and hemp advocacy may be found at www.TheHIA.org and www.VoteHemp.com.  DVD Video News Release featuring footage of hemp farming in other countries is available upon request by contacting Lauren Stansbury at 402-540-1208.

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