This week, the Navy has administered a memo clarifying that service members are prohibited from using “any products containing, made or derived from hemp” regardless of their stated cannabinoid content, including shampoos, conditioners, lotions, lip balms or soaps. Meanwhile, members of the Colorado hemp industry are protesting the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s selection of the Marijuana Policy Group to establish the state’s Hemp Center of Excellence.
Here are this week’s headlines you might have missed.
National: As a bill moves through Congress containing an amendment that would reverse the ban on hemp and CBD product use for all military service members, the Navy recently expanded its ban. Read more
Meanwhile, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a program to help laboratories accurately measure key chemical compounds in marijuana, hemp and other cannabis products. Read more
Midwest: Four Midwestern universities are searching for hemp farmers in their respective states who are willing to provide them with crop samples and growing data in exchange for discounted cannabinoid testing. The universities will publish the wealth of data they receive from farmers on the Midwestern Hemp Database, an online tool already brimming with data. Read more
California: Long Beach, Calif.-based GreenTek Packaging hopes to disrupt the plastic cutlery market with its Hemptensils, which are made from hemp grown in the U.S. Read more
Colorado: The state department of agriculture has taken a step toward fully realizing the Hemp Center of Excellence by awarding a contract to a company that will develop the center. But some members of the state’s hemp industry say there’s a problem with the company chosen for the job: it represents marijuana, not hemp. Read more