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WPTV reported that Florida has chosen five dispensaries for CBD strains. Those dispensaries are: “Hackney Nursery (serving the Northwest region of Florida), Chestnut Hill Tree Farm (Northeast), Knox Nursery (Central), Alpha Foliage (Southwest) and Costa Nursery Farms (Southeast, which includes Miami).”

Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030 that legalized Charlotte’s Web in June 2014, however, the Department of Health went through a heavy selection process. The decision required over 600 pages to trim down the first 28 applicants to the final five medical marijuana dispensaries. One of the largest supporters of Senate Bill 1030, State Senator Rob Bradley, was ecstatic upon hearing that the dispensaries have been chosen.

“I think now the attention should be focused on the industry to make sure that they cause no further delays and we move forward getting this product to these suffering families as quickly as possible,” he stated.

Unfortunately, there are still issues in the way. For instance, there are nurseries legally challenging the licenses awarded to those who got it. Also, the five dispensaries chosen now need to ask for “cultivation authorization” within 75 days. Once approved, the dispensaries must be giving out low-THC products such as Charlotte’s Web within about 7 months. The five dispensaries also have just two weeks to post a $5 million “performance bond.” The only nurseries eligible for licenses were those that were in the business for at least three decades and growing 400,000 plants.

One of the most interesting providers that did not receive a license was Loop’s Nursery in Jacksonville. This shocked many because of their partnership with the Stanley Brothers—the Colorado-based family creators of Charlotte’s Web, made by mixing marijuana strain with hemp, which resulted in a plant with CBD which gives therapeutic relief without the ability to get high which is caused by THC.

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National Hemp Association (NHA) Introduces Hemp, Inc. as Its Newest Gold Member

Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP) announced today that it has become the newest member of one of the most proactive organizations in the industrial hemp industry, the National Hemp Association. As a Gold member, Hemp, Inc. will be able to reach more hemp businesses with multi-channel exposure. The National Hemp Association (NHA) is a mission-driven, non-profit organization “dedicated to the re-birth of industrial hemp in America which helps connect farmers, processors, manufactures, researchers, investors and policy makers to accelerate the growth of this important industry in the United States.”

NHA also launched a Federal Campaign on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11, 2015) to legalize industrial hemp on a Federal level. An American hemp flag, made of industrial hemp grown in Kentucky, was flown over the U.S. Capital in Washington, DC to “celebrate the versatile crop cultivated by our founding fathers and calls attention to how hemp can provide a significant source of jobs for veterans and rural farming families.” The Campaign is an effort to “bring hemp back as the major sustainable crop on which our country was founded.” Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc., has committed to helping the NHA with its goal by encouraging other companies and individuals to support the movement and join the National Hemp Association (NHA).

“It’s time the laws are changed across the board on a Federal level. I want to encourage others to become a Gold member. This will help raise the capital needed to make this campaign a success,” said Perlowin. Click here to join the National Hemp Association.

According to the NHA’s press release on Nov. 9, 2015, “Once considered America’s most important cash crop, hemp seeds today cannot be transported across state lines and hemp farmers cannot obtain bank accounts or get crop insurance. Industrial hemp is legal in 30 countries around the world. In the U.S., industrial hemp is classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance (along with narcotics such as heroin and LSD). Advocates hope to restore the industrial hemp industry through passage of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (H.R. 525 and S. 134) which will legally define the difference between hemp and marijuana and will remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.”

Perlowin said, “By supporting this campaign and becoming a Gold member, you will not only help to legalize industrial hemp on a federal level, but will receive a host of other benefits as well.” As a Gold member, benefits include but are not limited to: logo listing with active link on NHA’s homepage; logo and clickable link in NHA’s monthly email newsletters; free admission to select NHA events; invitations to pre-qualified Hemp business meetings and opportunities; media referrals; two-hour consultation with NHA Political Director; inclusion in NHA’s press release; eligible to run for the NHA Board of Directors; opportunities to speak at NHA Events; and, a featured story on NHA’s website.

In its goal to reach and educate more people on the industrial hemp industry, Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin gave an interview on Up Close with Chris Tinney on November 25, 2015. In this exclusive interview, Up Close host, Chris Tinney, talked with the Hemp, Inc. CEO during the 34-minute broadcast about how he plans to lead the company into becoming an industrial hemp giant. Perlowin discussed his company’s plans going forward in the industrial hemp industry and the impact of new companies entering the industry.

Perlowin also dished on how the legalization of industrial hemp in North Carolina has affected Hemp, Inc. since it owns the country’s only commercial decortication plant to be used to process raw hemp material. He also spoke on his support of non-profit organizations (i.e., Keepers of the Wild, Twilight Brigade, Spread Peace USA, and Patch Adams) and his first hemp sale to Hemp Blue, an eco-friendly premium hemp denim line. As mentioned in a previous press release, Hemp Blue is set to be the first company to sell hemp jeans made from hemp grown in the U.S.A.

“This is a very interesting time for the industrial hemp industry and Bruce’s perspective is always insightful and informative. He has become one of the biggest benefactors to many nonprofits, having made generous donations to Keepers of the Wild, Twilight Brigade, Spread Peace USA and Patch Adams to build a hospital to name only a few. On this show Bruce shares his vision and deep desire to help people and world around him. His love of business and entrepreneurship comes through but nothing comes through louder than his love of people,” said Chris Tinney, host of Up Close with Chris Tinney.

Click here to hear the full interview or download in iTunes.

As mentioned previously, Hemp, Inc. entered into a definitive 5-year term agreement to sell its industrial hemp fiber from its decortication plant in North Carolina to Hemp Blue which will purchase the raw hemp fiber for the production of its hemp denim fabric and manufacture their hemp denim apparel line in the United States all from hemp grown in the United States.

The company’s Kickstarter campaign will run through December 5, 2015. According to Hemp Blue’sKickstarter campaign, jeans are not just a pair of pants and hemp is not just another plant. It’s a movement. “A great pair of jeans blends comfort, fashion, good looks, and style with a dash of sex appeal.”

“Hemp Blue, Inc. is a cutting edge and we applaud them for making a prudent economic decision in signing a long-term contract with Hemp, Inc. to assure their supply of American grown hemp for years to come,” said Perlowin. “Support Hemp Blue and Hemp, Inc. by being among the first to own a piece of Hemp Blue’s current collection from their Kickstarter campaign. I also encourage you to purchase Hemp, Inc.’s products at”


NHA represents hemp farmers, processors, manufacturers, start-up businesses, entrepreneurial endeavors, and retailers and strives to build a viable industrial hemp economy by providing education about the benefits of hemp and providing expert consultation to producers and processors entering the hemp industry.


“Hemp, Inc. Presents” is capturing the historic, monumental re-creation of the hemp decorticator today as America begins to evolve into a cleaner, green, eco-friendly sustainable environment. What many see as the next American Industrial Revolution is actually the Industrial Hemp Revolution. Join “Hemp, Inc. Presents” and join the hemp revolution.

Watch as Hemp, Inc., the #1 leader in the industrial hemp industry, engages its shareholders and the public through each step in bringing back the hemp decorticator as described in the “Freedom Leaf Magazine” article “The Return of the Hemp Decorticator” by Steve Bloom. Freedom Leaf Magazine, a leading cannabis industry magazine is published by the public company, Freedom Leaf Magazine, Inc. (OTC PINK: FRLF). “Hemp, Inc. Presents” is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by visiting To subscribe to the “Hemp, Inc. Presents” YouTube channel, visit:

Subscribers will automatically get an email from YouTube every time a new Hemp, Inc. video update is posted along with suggestions of other similar videos. Stay up-to-date with the progress of Hemp, Inc.’s multipurpose industrial hemp processing plant while being educated on the industrial hemp industry. Our video update views are collectively reaching over a thousand views per week. Stay informed by subscribing to Hemp, Inc.’s video updates. Hemp, Inc. is positioning itself to be the avant-garde of the industrial hemp industry.


Hemp, Inc. continues to update its shareholders every step of the way. According to its most recent video update (October 19, 2015), the multipurpose industrial hemp processing plant in North Carolina, nestled on 9 acres, is in the final stages of being fully reassembled. The plant will have the ability to vertically integrate growing, decortication, and milling. Not only is it expected to produce millions of dollars in revenue a year from processing kenaf and, later, hemp, it’s aligned with Hemp, Inc.’s commitment to the American farmers and to spearheading a new clean, green American Agricultural and Industrial Revolution. Thus far, many of the portable decortication plants also arrived at Hemp, Inc.’s facility. A skilled crew continues to conduct internal assessments of the equipment and has been ensuring every aspect of the Temafadecortication line is prepped for maximum operational efficiency.

HEMP NATION MAGAZINE (HNM) is published by Hemp, Inc. and focuses on informing, educating, raising awareness and connecting the public to the powerful world of HEMP. HNM reports on Politics, Industrial Growth, Banking, Distribution, Medical, Lifestyles and Legalization. HNM is your source for all things HEMP and news about this emerging multi-billion dollar industry. For more information on HNM,


Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP) seeks to benefit many constituencies from a “Cultural Creative” perspective, thereby not exploiting or endangering any group. CEO of Hemp, Inc., Bruce Perlowin, is positioning the company as a leader in the industrial hemp industry, with a social and environmental mission at its core. Thus, the publicly traded company believes in “up streaming” a portion of its profits back to its originator, in which some cases will one day be the American farmer — cultivating natural, sustainable products as an interwoven piece of nature. By Hemp, Inc. focusing on comprehensive investment results — that is, with respect to performance along the interrelated dimensions of people, planet, and profits — the triple bottom line approach can be an important tool to support its sustainability goal.


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Cannabis Science Releases Cannabinoid-Formulated Capsule Product Line in California; Initial Capsule Formulations Released Are CBD, Indica, and Sativa

 Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTC PINK:CBIS), a U.S. company specializing in the development of cannabinoid-based formulation, announces the launch of their cannabinoid-formulated capsule product line. The initial capsule formulations released are CBD, Indica, and Sativa; each of the three types of caps will be available in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg doses and will be provided in two-dose packs with more size options to be made available in the near future.

“We are very excited to get our next line of Cannabis Science Brand Products on the market. The Capsules are important because of the popularity and ease of the delivery mechanism. The Company reps have already begun distributing to a number of dispensaries throughout California. They anticipate the Caps to be in a much larger number of dispensaries, and look forward to being able to line the shelves with a full lineup of Cannabis Science Brand Health-Related Products. Debuting the Caps at the Emerald Cup will be very interesting for us, with this being our first actual product contest,” stated Cannabis Science, Inc. President & CEO, Co-Founder, Raymond C. Dabney.

Just in time for the Emerald Cup event in Santa Rosa, California, on December 12th and 13th, 2015. Cannabis Science will be prepared to debut their new, high potency CBD, Indica, and Sativa capsules at the event. The capsules or “caps” are expected be used for self-medicating applications ranging from pain and inflammation reduction to neurological treatments. The Emerald Cup event is expected to expose Cannabis Science’s new products to a wide audience immediately, which will help the company build brand equity in this relatively new market.

Mr. Dabney concludes, “It has certainly been a long road to get here, but we are here no doubt. To see things coming together as they are, is very exciting for us of course. With the dividend almost completed, more new products being released, preparations for the larger capital raise, progressing our formal FDA drug development initiatives and proposed NASDAQ uplisting, things are certainly on the move, in the right direction. On the dividend, we have submitted some additional requested documentation to FINRA; we hope this to be the last and then we can begin the dividend share distribution and proceed to file for a new additional trading symbol to accommodate the much larger capital raise.”

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About The Emerald Cup
The Emerald Cup is a cannabis-centered festival and competition promoting the growth and use of natural, ethically, sun-grown cannabis. It will feature a multitude of vendors, speakers, artists, dispensaries, and collectives and will be held in Santa Rosa, California on December 12th and 13th, 2015.

About Cannabis Science, Inc.
Cannabis Science, Inc., takes advantage of its unique understanding of metabolic processes to provide novel treatment approaches to a number of illnesses for which current treatments and understanding remain unsatisfactory. Cannabinoids have an extensive history dating back thousands of years, and currently, there are a growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications that document the underlying biochemical pathways that cannabinoids modulate. The Company works with leading experts in drug development, medicinal characterization, and clinical research to develop, produce, and commercialize novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment for illnesses caused by infections as well as for age-related illness. Our initial focus is on skin cancers, HIV/AIDS, and neurological conditions. The Company is proceeding with the research and development of its proprietary drugs as a part of this initial focus: CS-S/BCC-1, CS-TATI-1, and CS-NEURO-1, respectively.

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    More than Just Energy Shots…

    We’ve been getting a lot of emails and messages asking about the recently announced Letter of Intent to form a Joint Venture partnership between FBEC Worldwide, Inc. (OTCQB: FBEC) and Dube®. This is a major news announcement that could greatly benefit both companies immediately. But, with Dube® being a private company, not much information is available for public research. So, this Connect the Dots piece will focus on the potential for the JV and what it all means for FBEC shareholders.

    This Joint Venture partnership is all about one word, GROWTH. And it stems far beyond just energy shots. I think that’s the key for investors to take away from this deal. But before we start peeling the layers off this deal one by one, let’s focus on what’s going on at the surface…

    First to the Show Wins

    Here at MarijuanaStocks, it is clear to us the strategy the two companies are implementing. They are working towards achieving true first-mover advantage. And history has proven that first-movers are successful in capturing large chunks of market share, especially in the energy drink market.

    5hr Energy® was the first 2 oz. energy shot on the scene and they currently control 90% of the entire energy shot market. Red Bull® and Monster Energy® were first to tackle the 12 oz. can and they collectively now own 82% of that market. In the energy drink market, we are yet to see a Facebook, MySpace scenario where the second company to market became the industry leader. But in that case, Facebook had a superior product. Energy drinks are very similar. So why such a gap between the industry leaders and the rest of the crowd? Why does 5hr Energy® generate well over $1 Billion in sales every year while the second place shot only does a little over $17 Million? Answer. 5hr was first to market and built a brand image before anyone else, making marketing campaigns more effective and easier to deploy. They also quickly gobbled up retail shelf space not leaving much room for similar, lesser known brands.


    Hemp is a Healthier Choice

    The infusion of hemp into energy drinks is going to fuel the entire industry’s growth. In fact, it could drastically increase analysts overall growth forecasts. When it comes to cutting back on energy drinks, health is consumers’ leading reason. In fact, 39% of Americans say energy drinks are not good for their health and 35% say they have heard negative information about the health effects.

    This is where opportunity lies for hemp infused products to start gaining market share of this fast growing industry. The natural energy effects of hemp on the human body allows manufacturers to greatly reduce caffeine levels potentially putting weary consumers at ease. And with the country’s increasing acceptance of marijuana, 58% now in favor of legalization, hemp infused energy drinks could experience its own sector boom.

    In 2013, the FDA launched an investigation into 92 patients that included 33 hospitalizations and 13 deaths linked to 5-Hour Energy®. Similarly, Monster Energy® (NASDAQ: MNST) has been subject to an FDA investigation as the energy drink company was being tied to five deaths and one heart attack. The leading energy drink producers are coming under fire for misleading claims about having a unique combination of ingredients to boost energy, whereas the only effective ingredient is a highly concentrated dose of caffeine. Oregon, Washington, and Vermont have already filed lawsuits against energy shot titan 5-Hour Energy® for making such claims. The lawsuits are the result of an investigation launched in 2012 by 33 states, in which Oregon, Tennessee, Maryland and Vermont have taken the lead.


    Hemp is rich in protein, carbohydrates, minerals, fiber, and has high levels of vitamins A, C, and E. The super food also contains an ideal ratio of omega-6, omega-3, and omega-9 fatty acids. The protein and fiber in hemp combine to slow digestion, which prevents spikes in blood sugar and, therefore, sustains your body’s energy. Meaning, a hemp infused energy drink could cut back caffeine levels while being just as, if not more, effective at providing a long-lasting energy boost.

    Early Signs of Leadership

    If you Google search “hemp energy shots,” the only brands of 2 oz. hemp-infused energy shots that show up on the first two pages are Dube® and the WolfShot™, FBEC’s flagship product. As it stands right now, the hemp-infused energy shot market is wide open. And the two most recognized and searchable brands have just joined forces. It’s almost like if Red Bull and Monster joined together from the beginning. Imagine one company owning 82% of the entire energy drink market. That company would generate nearly $6 Billion in sales annually today. And that number, too, is growing steadily.

    The energy drink market is expected to grow at a 52% rate between now and 2019. The industry is on pace to reach $10.8 Billion in sales in 2015 alone. Making it one of the fastest growing consumer industries in the world.


    Dube® is a nationally recognized brand and dominates the first page of Google when searching any phrase related to hemp energy shots. The brand has already sold well over 1 million units of their 2 oz. hemp-infused energy shot and can be found in 12 different states. We don’t know of any other hemp-infused energy shot even coming close to those numbers. And their branding and marketing presence is beginning to resemble that of Red Bull in their early stages.










    FBEC and Dube® aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel. They are simply positioning themselves to be first-movers and capitalize on a sector experiencing explosive growth. Actually, make that two sectors experiencing explosive growth. The legal marijuana industry (section that hemp falls into) experienced a 74% growth rate in 2014, making it the fastest growing industry in the U.S. And a new Joint Venture partnership between FBEC Worldwide, Inc. and Dube® makes them a clear, overwhelming favorite to snatch this niche sector’s industry leader crown.

    More than Just Energy Shots

    This is where the story really gets interesting. Because Dube® is a private company, not many people are aware of what else the new Joint Venture is going to be rolling out. Lucky for you we have the inside scoop.

    Dube® is going to be working with FBEC Worldwide, Inc. to bring to market several other products in the hemp and cannabis space. The JV will also obviously be expanding the footprint and increasing sales of both Dube® and the WolfShot™ hemp energy shots. This JV brings instant sales revenue and cash flow to FBEC. It also opens up distribution channels into 12 different states already solidified by Dube®. The idea is to put a strangle hold on the hemp infused energy shot market by having one company dominate retail shelf space with the two most popular brands on the market today. 5hr Energy® did it, Red Bull® and Monster Energy® did it, and now Dube® and WolfShot™ are trying to do it.

    But the JV has an advantage. Unlike the other companies mentioned, Dube® and FBEC have a long list of products they will leverage to gain market share of the hemp and cannabis industry. Dube® already has a hemp-infused lip balm and rolling papers made of hemp produced and ready for sale. The pipeline includes a disposable CBD vape pen made with Native American CBD made on Native American soil. The companies plan on developing teas and coffee infused with the CBD and hemp.

    In addition, the guys behind Dube® are affiliated with Green Cross America, a large functioning grow in Nevada. This affiliation will enable them to produce an entire new line of edibles, teas, coffees, and energy drinks infused with actual THC. And maybe better yet, they also own a liquor license in Nevada. This means the company can also work towards producing alcoholic beverages infused with THC. And yes, these are all real things on the company’s “to do” list.

    What This Means for FBEC Shareholders

    The Joint Venture with Dube® means instant revenue and cash flow for FBEC. FBEC is getting value from a nationally recognized brand utilizing existing distribution channels and marketing connections. The partnership puts the two brands atop the hemp-infused energy market. The two brands will be positioned nicely to capitalize on explosive growth being seen in both the energy drink and marijuana industries. The strategic move could allow the JV to capture large market share establishing itself as a clear industry leader.

    As investors, we look for growth. And FBEC and Dube® are not only focusing on two of the highest growth sectors in the U.S., but they have a hefty pipeline of promising products that could fuel sales growth year over year.

    In our opinion, this was an absolutely genius move by the two companies.



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    Public school teachers and officials in Colorado are stating that they are very worried about the large number of students that are using heavy amounts of marijuana, now that the drug is legal across the state.
    The increasing issue of dazed and confused students was a widely debated concern among the 350 or so school officials, teachers and law enforcement officials who came together at a Safe Schools Summit conference this week in Thornton, Colorado.

    The Colorado School Safety Resource Center, the conference sponsor, specifically penciled in a panel on how marijuana legalization is impacting schools because many attendees had specifically requested it.

    “It’s the No. 1 problem in schools right now,” Lynn Riemer, president of ACT on Drugs, stated to the Post.
    “We got sold that marijuana legalization was going to positively impact our schools,” Christine Harms, director of the resource center, added. “And there is the school infrastructure aspect, but we’re not seeing tremendous changes with marijuana prevention programs, and our students are paying the price.”

    the presentation was an hour long by a lawyer from the Colorado Attorney General’s Office who covered the topic of drug possession law as it correlates to students as well as interesting trends in drug paraphernalia and marijuana edibles.
    Teachers and administrators documented detailed notes, possibly in the hope of using their newfound knowledge to stop kids from using large amounts of marijuana in school

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    A poll from Quinnipiac University has shown that legalization in Florida has had more and more growing support. The poll shows that voters in Florida support legal marijuana by a margin of 51 to 45 percent.

    “If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, then the Red Planet might be the more spacey place. That’s because men are more likely than women to support legalization of marijuana for recreational use,” said the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, Peter A. Brown. “Not surprisingly support for the change is linked to age, with younger voters more likely to see a personal use of pot as a good thing.”

    As Brown said, the poll shows that men support legalization 57 to 41 percent while women oppose legalizing marijuana 49 to 46 percent. The poll also shows that the most support is from Millennial voters. People from the ages 18 to 34 years old support legalizing pot with an astounding margin of 66 to 30 percent. In comparison, 35 to 49-year-olds drop to 52 to 44 percent. It is still interesting to note that Baby Boomers have considered marijuana less dangerous than they did in the past. In the past, 55% that were born between 1951 and 1965 supported legalization and it has now raised to 56%. Although many people vote for legalization in Florida, 67% of people say that they would not smoke pot if it were legalized.

    The law was voted on in Florida in the past, but the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative did not pass as a state constitutional amendment. 3.3 million Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana, but that was only 57.6% compared to the 60% needed to make it a law.
    “The strong support among Floridians for legalizing medical marijuana may not be enough,” Brown warns. “In 2014, voters expressed overwhelming support for legalization, but at the ballot box they failed to meet the 60 percent threshold required by the State Constitution.”

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    North Carolina Abuzz While Hemp Bill Awaits Gov. Pat McCrory’s Signature

     Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP) and residents of North Carolina are brimming with optimism as they await Governor McCory’s signature to cement the legalization of industrial hemp in North Carolina. Last week, Industrial Hemp Senate Bill 313 was passed by both the House and Senate and stated the industrial hemp industry can “expand employment, promote economic activity, and provide opportunities to small farmers for an environmentally sustainable and profitable use of crop lands that might otherwise be lost to agricultural production.” In fact, Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP) has already injected over a million dollars in North Carolina’s economy with the purchase of the Temafa decortication machinery, related items and the workforce needed to build the infrastructure of the only commercial hemp processing facility in the United States.

    The company’s subsidiary, Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC, has also begun receiving applications from residents for future employment. “While we can not, at this time, quantify the amount of jobs our plant will create, we suspect hundreds of jobs will be created either directly and indirectly within our industry. Our presence in Spring Hope, North Carolina is already stimulating the local economy,” says David Schmitt, COO of Hemp, Inc.’s subsidiary, IHM. “From seed to sale, from farmers to the manufacturers, to the retail stores… this ripple effect could potentially create hundreds of jobs.”

    According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, “North Carolina’s agricultural industry contributes $78 billion to the state’s economy, accounts for more than 17 percent of the state’s income, and employs 16 percent of the work force. The state’s 52,200 farmers grow over 80 different commodities, utilizing 8.4 million of the state’s 31 million acres to furnish consumers a dependable and affordable supply of food and fiber. The state ranks seventh nationally in farm profits with a net farm income of over $3.3 billion. Net income per farm in the state is over $63,000.”

    Hemp, Inc.’s processing facility is certainly the catalyst for an economic boom in not just Nash County, but the state of North Carolina, say executives. “We have kenaf growing in three different counties… we support the small family farm,” said Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP).

    Now, the state is abuzz with an imminent reality of growing, not importing, industrial hemp. Kat McReynolds of Mountain Xpress NC reports…


    Posted on October 5, 2015 by Kat McReynolds

    North Carolina farmers may soon be the newest competitors in the worldwide hemp market, pending a signature from Gov. Pat McCrory. Growing industrial hemp, as opposed to simply importing and processing it for use in derivative products, would be legal in North Carolina under Senate Bill 313 — which originally pertained to license plates and registers of deeds until a subsequent addition by sponsor Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash County. McCrory’s approval is the last step after speedy affirmative votes in both the N.C. House (101 votes to 7) and Senate (42 votes to 2).

    “From all indications, the governor is going to sign it,” says Blake Butler, hemp advocate and organizer of Asheville’s recent HempX festival. “He’s in support of it.”

    If the bill is enacted, an industrial hemp commission will be tasked with managing a statewide pilot program to monitor the inaugural cohort of commercial growers and researchers of the versatile crop, which is used to make thousands of products.

    Carolina cannabis

    Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant, but smoking it doesn’t produce a high. By definition, industrial hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent of THC — the substance responsible for weed’s psychoactive effects — while marijuana’s average THC content has climbed from about 10 percent THC by weight to 30 percent over the past 30 years, according to a study by Colorado-based research lab Charas Scientific.

    Despite containing only trace amounts of THC, the federal government lumps hemp in with marijuana as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning the plant’s production and use fall under the watchful eye of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

    The DEA’s main concern surrounding hemp is that “commercial cultivation could increase the likelihood of covert production of high-THC marijuana, significantly complicating DEA’s surveillance and enforcement activities and sending the wrong message to the American public concerning the government’s position on drugs,” according to a 2015 Congressional Research Service report prepared for Congress, titled “Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity.” Hemp advocates, however, claim that cross-pollination between hemp and marijuana would actually lower the THC content of the latter, devaluing the harvest.

    Still, the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79) allows states to enact their own regulatory systems surrounding industrial hemp cultivation.
    Until now, North Carolina law remained silent on the subject, even as other Southern state governments accommodated the controversial plant. Currently, 20 states have adopted Farm Bill-compliant laws to accommodate cultivation under varying circumstances.

    If signed into law, North Carolina’s new bill will call for the formation of an industrial hemp commission to manage the state’s pilot program. The commission will issue paid permits (their number and geographic distribution are still to be determined), establish a reporting system for growers and ensure compliance with federal law. Also included in the industrial hemp bill is a plan to establish research partnerships with N.C. State University and North Carolina A&T University, as well as to conduct studies on economic potential and best agricultural practices.

    Growing business

    To be clear, it is already legal, with the correct paperwork, to process hemp in North Carolina into any of its thousands of derivative products, such as food products, hygiene items, textiles, building materials and biofuel. But for decades, North Carolinians have been forbidden to grow hemp. Instead, companies have relied upon neighboring states and other countries, including leading exporter China and dozens of other nations, for their hemp needs. To capitalize on the new legislation, then, will require action from North Carolina’s farming community.

    “Between thousands of acres of unused farmland and vacant textile mills in every county, this is a true, unrecognized economic opportunity for our region,” Butler says, but “it’s not even on [farmers'] radar.”

    Aspiring grower Claudia Townsend says she has applied to attend the Organic Growers School’s new year-long Farm Beginnings course with hopes of launching a hemp farm, despite the school’s current lack of hemp-specific expertise. Until now, local landowners have been hesitant to discuss leasing her a space for the venture, but Townsend is hopeful that legalization will legitimize her proposals.

    Butler says he hadn’t heard any interest from WNC farmers in growing hemp until his inaugural HempX festival last month, but “farmers are starting to engage,” he says, noting an uptick in hemp-related inquiries since news of the legislative progress.

    Molly Nicholie, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s local food campaign program director, reports a similar silence in ASAP’s network, adding: “I think that a lot of [farmers] don’t want to put time into thinking about it until it’s legal [and they] will sit back and watch other folks do it until they see if it’s worth their time.”

    Meanwhile, Western North Carolina companies that are particularly hip to hemp have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to tighten the geographic spread of their supply chains.

    Smiling Hara Tempeh co-owner Chad Oliphant, for example, sourced hemp from Canada for the company’s pilot batches of Hempeh before partnering with farmer Mike Lewis‘ Growing Warriors Project in Kentucky. Oliphant says Smiling Hara will be looking to purchase from North Carolina growers as soon as it’s feasible, but he expects that to take a few years.

    “I have been involved with hemp farmers in Kentucky, and we are still figuring out logistics such as processing, transport and pricing,” he says. “It will be interesting to see how quickly the industry will be able to develop in North Carolina.”

    Similarly, Plant chef Jason Sellers says buying regional hemp would “inspire me to use more of it in the kitchen.”

    Asheville’s Alembic Studio LLC designs and implements hempcrete buildings across North America and in New Zealand using hemp from the latter, but “we have long anticipated the opportunity to be able to source this product from our own state,” says Timothy Callahan, Alembic technical design analyst and master builder.

    Sara Day Evans, founding director of Accelerating Appalachia, says aspiring hemp entrepreneurs are inquiring about participating in her organization’s next nature-based business accelerator program. “We have applicants from Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina — all doing hemp. Most of them are actually small processors, which is good,” she says.

    Notably, publicly traded organization Hemp Inc. recently purchased one of the nation’s only decortication machines – a specialized piece of equipment used to break hemp into fiber and hurd for further processing. The company then relocated the asset to a subsidiary in Spring Hope (located in Nash County, which the industrial hemp bill’s sponsor Collins represents).

    In light of the disparity in interest to date between WNC farmers and local commercial users, Butler says his team may soon hold information sessions on potential hemp opportunities.

    BREAK IT DOWN: A decortication machine at Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC in Spring Hope — the largest such piece of equipment in the states, according to the company — breaks raw hemp into its component parts for further processing. The plant is located in Nash County, the district Industrial Hemp Bill sponsor Rep. Jeff Collins represents.

    To plant or not to plant

    Even if they are interested in pursuing hemp as an auxiliary or main crop, farmers will find it difficult to unearth conclusive figures on hemp’s demand and profitability, due to piecemeal studies. Further, differing strains of hemp are better for different end uses, meaning aggregate hemp figures may not be meaningful for each submarket.

    Allowing for limited data, the previously mentioned CRS study “Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity” estimates nearly $36.9 million in U.S. imported seeds and fibers (predominantly used as manufacturing inputs), which represents a sixfold increase since 2005. Annual sales for U.S. hemp-based products made with those seeds and fibers, along with other hemp-related imports, exceed $580 million.

    After Kentucky took advantage of the 2014 Farm Bill’s deferral to state laws, Lewis became the first person in the country to legally grow hemp. He says his crops are “well-adjusted and perform just fine without any fertilizer,” although fertilizer was used as part of trials.

    Strains for both food and fiber performed well on his land, but he says other farmers growing strains with high levels of CBD (a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid being researched for potential medicinal applications) had trouble with spider mites.

    With proper planning, growers can get multiple harvests in a single year, but Lewis notes that his back-to-back plantings drew twice the nutrients from the soil. “The economic feasibility still needs to be determined,” he says.

    The National Hemp Association’s website, meanwhile, credits the plant for requiring few pesticides and returning nutrients to the dirt, reading: “Hemp has been grown on the same soil for 20 years in a row without any noticeable depletion of the soil.”

    Despite hemp’s attributes and his belief in the potential for profits, Lewis says he’s still traversing the learning curve.

    “I don’t anticipate making any real farm gate income from my crops for another two years,” he says. “The problem we currently have is a bottleneck of [general agriculture product] processors. The only processors are very large in scale, many requiring 50,000 acres of product a year.”

    “That type of production level ultimately keeps family farms as price-takers,” he continues. “If we are really going to see the real economic potential of this crop realized, it will need to be grown, processed and sold as locally as possible. Otherwise we are playing into the commodity markets, and that doesn’t usually equal profits for a small-scale producer like me.”

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    Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have already legalized some form of marijuana; critics of decriminalization and making the drug ready for medical purposes have had major concerns that are valid to consider. For instance, increase in usage. Many believe that the legalization of cannabis would increase how many teenagers would indulge in the drug. However, studies show that these concerns no longer need to be argued over.

    A new report has shown that “marijuana use among American high school students is drastically lower today than it was 15 years ago.” This was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. According to data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey has shown that 40% of teens in 2014 admitted to having had smoked marijuana while 47% did in 1999. Although drug use has decreased, teenagers are still indulging in it at a higher rate than they are other illegal drugs, researchers pointed out. Only 3% of those had ever tried meth, down from 9% in 1999.
    Renee M. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He said in an interview that his team has been studying many substances that teens tend to abuse.
    “Interestingly, we found that use of other drugs — including alcohol, cigarettes, hallucinogens, ecstasy, meth, and cocaine — also decreased over the time period,” he said.

    For instance, 41.1% of the younger people surveyed have said that they had smoked cigarettes versus over 70% in 1999. Alcohol fell from 81% to 66%. In addition, marijuana use does not discriminate by gender. 42% of boys and 39% of girls claim to have smoked marijuana at least once in 2013.



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    Colorado has not only been at the forefront of the marijuana revolution through the state’s efforts to legalize recreational marijuana, but Colorado is also a leader in industrial hemp research. The University of Colorado Boulder has scientists studying industrial hemp for research purposes.

    These efforts are being led by Nolan Kane, a geneticist who specializes in evolutionary biology. Right now, Kane is only allowed to grow strains. The rest of his research material is cannabis DNA, which is supplied by Colorado growers who extract it using methods he’s taught them.

    Kane said, “Hemp produces fibers of unparalleled quality. It’s a tremendously high biomass crop that replenishes the soil and doesn’t require much in terms of inputs. We import tons and tons of hemp each year from China and even Canada, yet as a matter of federal policy, we can’t legally grow it. There are places where farmers in the U.S. can literally look across the Canadian border and see fields that are yielding huge profits.”

    Creating an outline of a cannabis genome

    Kane studies cannabis from a unique perspective. He probes the plant’s DNA in an effort to map its genome. Previously, Kane studied the DNA and mapped the genome of sunflowers and chocolate whose sequence was over 3.5 billion nucleotides. He is focused on creating an outline of a cannabis genome, which has a much shorter sequence (approx. 800 million nucleotides). A highly fragmented outline of the cannabis genome already exists, but it is scattered into roughly 60,000 pieces. Kane considers cannabis to be a very intriguing plant and he wants to assemble those fragments in the right order.

    He added, “It’s such an interesting plant, such a valuable plant. It’s been around for millions of years, and it’s one of man’s oldest crops. And yet there are so many basic problems that need to be answered. Where did it come from? How and why did it evolve? Why does it make all these suites of compounds? We don’t even know how many species there are.”

    Once the map is complete, geneticists will be able to use it in a number of ways. They could breed strains that contain much higher levels of one of the plant’s rare compounds with medically important properties.

    “The analogy I use is, we have 60,000 pages of what promises to be an excellent book, but they’re strewn all over the floor,” he says. “We have no idea yet how those pages fit together to make a good story.”

    Many people are more than a little eager to learn how Kane’s story will play out. “There’s a certain pressure,” he says, “because this work will have huge implications, and anything we do in this lab will be under a lot of scrutiny. You can feel it. People are just wanting this to happen.”

    Hemp can change the world

    Kane’s efforts will leave a lasting impact on the cannabis industry. The work being conducted at his lab will be transform our understanding of the plant, as well as the understanding of ourselves. The results will not only transform the cannabis industry, but it could transform the medical, agricultural, and biofuel industry. Kane’s face lights up with excitement when he discusses how hemp benefit so many industries. These industries include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Paper products: Hemp can be used to make paper and it only takes a couple of months to grow. Hemp is environmentally friendly, naturally acid free, and can be recycled up to 7 times (normal paper can be recycled up to 3 times).
    • Clothing: Hemp can be used to make clothing. One acre of hemp produces as much material as 2-3 acres of cotton.
    • Building materials: Hemp can be turned into a variety of building materials (i.e. fiber board, carpet, stucco, cement blocks, insulations, and plastic). You can build a wall out of hemp that is rot free, pest free, mold free, fire resistant, and will last 500 years. You can also make biodegradable plastic out of hemp.
    • Gasoline/Fuel: Hemp can be turned into fuel that can be used in your car today.
    • Nutrition: Hemp can be used as a supplement for nutrition. It is high in protein and contains essential omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, potassium, and dietary fiber

    A $50 billion industry by 2026

    The best part about growing hemp is the conditions which it can grow under. If you look at pictures of New York from the mid-1900s, hemp was growing everywhere. Hemp has multiple growing seasons and it can be grown in some of the toughest environments. Researches have estimated that the Florida hemp industry could be a $460 million dollar industry per year.

    Technical420’s comprehensive industry report projects the industrial hemp industry to be a $50 billion industry by 2026 and $100 billion by 2030.

    Change is coming

    Currently, 13 states allow for the commercial production of hemp. More states are looking at the monetary benefits associated with hemp and are less concerned about its association with marijuana. This year, 56 bills dealing with hemp have been filed in 28 states.

    Congress is also considering hemp legislation. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 would remove hemp entirely from the list of drugs regulated by the Controlled Substances Act, effectively legalizing it at the federal level.

    Authored By: Michael Berger
    Michael Berger is a financial writer for and the president & founder of Technical420, an independent research firm focused specifically on the cannabis sector. He was working for the equity research department at Raymond James Financial Inc., when he recognized a need for a service that provides up-to-date research and analysis on companies that operate in the cannabis industry. Mr. Berger studied finance and economics at Florida State University and is working toward achieving his CFA charter.


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    Governor Chris Christie is one of the loudest voices against marijuana and he is doing whatever it takes to stay in the top 10 potential republican candidates for the 2016 presidential election. During a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Christie said if he would overturn legal marijuana laws in states that have passed them (Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska).

    Governor Christie said, “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until Jan. 17 of 2017, because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana as president of the United States.”

    Majority of Republicans disagree with Christie

    Governor Christie has lagged in polls in the GOP presidential race, however, he is receiving a new burst of publicity as he speaks out against marijuana. Christie’s views put him at odds with several other Republican candidates who say that the states should be able to decide how to deal with marijuana.

    According to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, a majority of Republicans disagree with Christie’s stance. 54% of respondents said that the federal government should not interfere with states that have legalized marijuana. The poll also found that 39% of Republicans support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

    Marijuana tax revenue is blood money?

    A few months ago, Governor Christie said the tax revenue generated from marijuana is blood money. Christie, however, spent $82,594 of taxpayers’ money at the concession stands in MetLife Stadium during the 2010 and 2011 football seasons

    Christie said. “To me, that’s blood money. I’m not going to put the lives of children and citizens at risk to put a little more money into the state coffers, at least not on my watch.”

    Christie recently legalized internet gambling in New Jersey

    John Stewart made an interesting point recently. Governor Christie recently legalized internet gambling in New Jersey. Gambling is addictive and frowned upon by federal law.

    “Well there is a difference, though, to be fair,” Stewart said. “If you smoke too much pot, no one comes to break your fucking knees.”

    Authored By: Michael Berger

    Michael Berger is the president and founder of Technical420, an independent research firm focused specifically on the cannabis sector. He was working for the equity research department at Raymond James Financial Inc., when he recognized a need for a service that provides up-to-date research and analysis on companies that operate in the cannabis industry. Mr. Berger studied finance and economics at Florida State University and is working toward achieving his CFA charter.


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