Member News: October 2017

24 Oct 2017 1:53 PM | Anonymous

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RxCBD: RxCBD's CBD infused dog treats were featured in a recent special edition of Newsweek.


HemptopiaHemptopia is your source for hemp promotional material.  They are currently taking pre-orders for hemp tote bags and t-shirts. Visit:  for more information.

Mountain View Organics: Katherine Desmond of Mountain View Organics in Corinth Vermont stands with Fedora Hemp that is ready to harvest. Mountain View Organics is currently growing with the Vermont Hemp Company.  

Colorado Hemp Company

  • On October 14th the Colorado Hemp Company recently held their 4th Annual Hemp Harvest  extremely successful Hemp Harvest Party in Denver. 
  • The 5th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo Sponsorship and Exhibitor Registration launched on Tuesday October 17th. Visit to get involved. 

  • Colorado Hemp Company president and founder, Morris Beegle, recently traveled to Poland along with HIA Board Member Rick Trojan and member Preston Whitfield to participate in the Hemp2020 Business Summit. 

  • Morris also launched a new weekly podcast called Let's Talk Hemp & The 422 which is available at

GSD Investments LLC: Green Hemp Farms owns 60,000 sq ft facility in La Junta, CO for Indoor Hemp Farm and CO2 Extractor to extract CBD oil for medical research and industrial use. CEO Garry Dhaliwal recently met with La Junta City Officials that are very supportive of this development in the area.

It also owns 300 Acres in Gravel Switch, KY and plan to apply for 2018 permit to grow high CBD hemp under Pilot Hemp Program in 200 acres with the help of local farmer that was leasing the property for 10 years. The company has plans to install Alcohol Extraction unit in Lexington, KY by the middle of next year.

Green Hemp Farms is currently hiring Cannabis experienced Facility Operating Managers for each location. 

Florida Hemp Processing:The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has published a draft of their rules for pilot farming projects.  A workshop to discuss them is October 13 after which they will be posted in the Florida Administrative Record (FAR).  The public has 28 days to comment in writing.  There do not appear to be any stumbling blocks that will engender delays so the rules can be done by Thanksgiving.  Florida Farmers should contact Denise Hamm at FDACS to be added to the mailing list.  Costs should be limited to the materials used in the project.  A modest performance bond or certificate of deposit at a bank is required to cover destruction costs of the crop at project end.  Florida law requires this for any new crop study.  It is not unique to hemp.  Work can be performed on private land or on university land.  Work is performed under the auspices of University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS Gainesville) or the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU Tallahassee).  University regents review and approve project plans.

In 1955, the State of Florida tested hemp as a winter crop.   A planting in February in Lake Worth was quite successful.  So it is possible planting could begin by February south of Orlando, later dates for points north.

Currently, FDACS receives $2 million dollars a year from DEA to destroy cannabis in Florida.  Hemp must prove under this program that Florida will benefit from Industrial Hemp.

Medisun FarmsMedisun Farms, based in Ashland Oregon, has commenced the harvest of their 45 acres of organic feminized hemp for the purpose of full spectrum hemp oil.  Both flower and oil available.  Test results upon request. Learn more at

Extract Wellness

Our online store is “Open for Business”!  

We, at Extract Wellness are very excited to announce the opening of our online store to provide hemp extract products to consumers across the U.S.  Extract Wellness is an independently owned company based in Louisville, Kentucky.  We are a small team with a big passion for our state, the local Kentucky farmer and for consumers looking for natural wellness solutions.  We are the exclusive distributor for HoneyBee and Medela hemp extract products, all which are handcrafted from pure 100% Kentucky hemp and are 100% Chemical Free. You can find us at

As new members to HIA, we look forward to supporting the hemp industry through advocacy and consumer education. 

Hemp Highway of Kentucky: The Hemp Highway of Kentucky is proud to be sponsoring and co-hosting a Hemp Law 101 Seminar in conjunction with Abraham Paiss and Associates on Friday November 10, 2017.   

Presenters include:   Jonathan Miller,   Matthew Smith, Trey Riddle and Joe Bilby.

Sponsors Include:  Hemp Highway of Kentucky, Hoban Law Group, Endo Scientific

Click HERE for more information. 

They are still open to 1 or 2 more sponsors. If you would like to sponsor or have any questions please contact the President of Hemp Highway of Kentucky, Daniel Isenstein at (859) 339-7176 or 

Healthy Hemp

A Word from Mandy Witters, C.E.O. Healthy Hemp LLC: In 2017, Healthy Hemp celebrated its’ second birthday. In the short time we have been around, we have quickly developed a reputation as a leader in customer service and education. We are on a mission to supply the country with the very best hemp extract products – which is why we only offer the best brands! We are quite selective in what we carry because our goal is to help decrease the confusion and increase the health and wellness of you, our beloved customer. Healthy Hemp continues to soar month after month and we owe it all to our renowned brands, wonderful customers (both retail and wholesale), and dedicated staff.

We are on a strong and determined path to free America’s mind from the negative stigmas that have surrounded hemp products for the last century. Healthy Hemp is your prime and trusted source for Industrial Hemp products like Charlotte’s Web Hemp Extracts, +CBDOil Balms, Capsules, Concentrates, Drops, and Sprays; and our various pet lines. We know you value a healthy lifestyle and prefer natural, ethically sourced ingredients.  Our product offerings are made from authentic hemp and are the perfect embodiment of nature’s goodness.

Healthy Hemp is quickly becoming a household name for many families and now businesses! I’m proud that our wholesale division, Healthy Hemp Solutions, is on its way to get the beneficial products we carry online in the hands of those that can really help educate the masses: doctors,chiropractors, and local businesses in your community.  Some of the products, including CBD Clinic, that Healthy Hemp Solutions carries are only available to health and wellness professionals - don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor or other medical professional to have them carry hemp extract products closer to home! 

Lastly, I couldn’t begin changing the world without my amazing staff.  The customer service they offer is what sets Healthy Hemp apart from other online businesses. They take immense pride in putting our customers far before a profit because at the end of the day what matters most to us is quality of life.  This belief we have helps ensure our customers are educated, receiving only the best products, and getting them quickly! 

Thank you both to my Healthy Hemp Team, customers and social media followers for allowing me to pursue the dream we all have – making the world a better place one step at a time!

Entourage Clinical Services: Entourage Clinical Services is a new HIA member that just had two grand openings in June, 2017. They are excited to connect their manufacturers to the retail market. They were recently featured in the Chicago Tribune. Check out the article: 'Cannabis-conscious' alternative health clinic opens in West Dundee.

Atalo Holdings: 

Kentucky Hemp Producer Unveils Certified Seed at HIACON

Lexington, KY:  Atalo Holdings, one of the nation’s largest permitted hemp producers, unveiled their certified Victoria seed variety and a scalable agricultural system for hemp production at a visit to their operation during HIACON, the Hemp Industries Association’s, 24th annual national conference. 

“As demand for hemp products increases, we’re focused on consistency and quality – predictable results from grower to grower and from seed to consumer,” said Atalo chairman, Andrew R. Graves. “For the past three years, we’ve been working with our statewide growers, researchers, partners, academic institutions and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to combine the Victoria seed variety with an agronomic system that can scale accurately, while maintaining consistency and quality. Our growers have been willing innovators, dedicating their time, labor and acreage.  Now, farmers using this system can scale accurately to meet increasing demand.

Tom Hutchens is Atalo’s Director of Research, with more than 30-years experience in seed research, development and production.  “It starts with quality seed and our proprietary Victoria variety is certified worldwide by the American Association of Seed Certifying Agencies.  Victoria is an internationally pedigreed seed that, when used in the proper agronomic system, can yield both CBD and grain with unique qualities and traits, while being scalable and farmer friendly,” Hutchens said.  “Our partner, John Baker, recognized the value of CBD in 2005.  The Victoria variety has undergone extensive testing and has a solid base of breeding genetics.”

Benny Webb farms tobacco, beans, and corn in Kentucky and is a member of the Atalo Growers’ Group. “We had a good yield after making a few adjustments for Mother Nature and our hemp gave us a good return,” said Webb.  “Farmers need another crop in our rotation and in my experience the Victoria seed and agronomic system can produce a quality product.  With this system, and the adjustments we can make, we’re ready to scale up to meet demand and in fact we’ll be scaling up next year,” he said.

Atalo is a consortium of experienced hemp farmers, seed specialists, researchers and international partners operating at the Hemp Research Campus in Winchester, KY, an area that was once referred to as “the Hemp Capital of the World.” The company has grown to 27 employees and a Growers Group of 75 farmers and 150 employees. According to Atalo CEO, William Hilliard, “Our mission is to bring hemp back into the rotation as a successful cash crop for our statewide growers and to deliver a consistent, Kentucky-grown product to consumers everywhere. This is a mission of rural economic development, beneficial to the farmers, the processors and the public. We enjoyed the opportunity to introduce our Victoria seed and our agronomic system to hemp industry professionals from around the world at HIACON.”

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For more information on Atalo, visit the website

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Arthur Rouse

Dr. Bronner's: 

Regenerative Organic Certified – Comment Period Open through November 30, 2017

Rodale Institute in collaboration with Agricultural Justice Project, Compassion in World Farming, Demeter, Fair World Project, Grain Place Foods, Dr. Bronner’s, Maple Hill Creamery, Patagonia, and White Oaks Pastures has released the Regenerative Organic Certified standard. This standard will be implemented by NSF International and is intended to serve as a standard for farming and ranching operations, transportation, slaughter, and certain processing facilities that produce food and fiber. It is a holistic agriculture certification encompassing robust and high-bar standards for ensuring soil health and ecological land management, pasture-based animal welfare, and fairness for farmers and workers.  

 For more information, and to review and comment on the Regenerative Organic Certification requirements, please refer to and contact Jessica Evans, Director of Standards Development at NSF International at or 734-913-5774.

CV Sciences: 

Blue Circle Development: Blue Circle Development would like to announce our partnership with Kumbaya Farms in Salinas, CA to bring you quality clones this 2018 planting season! We can produce your hemp clones regardless of location, size, your genetics or ours. We have put a limit on production for this coming year, so get your pre-order in as soon as possible. 

Upcoming Events:

  • MJ Biz Conference: November 14 - 17, 2017               Las Vegas, NV     
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