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A MESSAGE FROM SOPHIA at HEMP INC. UNIVERSITY:
Have you made your comments yet on the USDA's Total-THC Interim Rule Proposal? You can do it!
THE HEMP INDUSTRY NEEDS ALL OF US!
We all have to get involved for the good of our industry and for fair, reality-based rules that form its legal foundation. I cannot overstate how important it is for each one of you to comment on the legislation’s website – WE ONLY HAVE TILL DECEMBER 30 to make comments.
Click here to read the USDA document, and click here to leave a comment.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD COMMENT?
1) They create a false and unrealistic limit in which farmers have no say and no control over – thereby setting them up for a high probability of failure. There should be solid science behind a standard governing an entire industry.
2) They create a dangerous pretense for criminalization (setting the “criminal” THC limit to .5%), which would destroy livelihoods and lives. The USDA’s mission is to support farmers and protect the public with food-safety, NOT to determine legal precedent for innocence or guilt.
3) The USDA has created a random testing window that will pressure farmers with extra costs, unrealistic deadlines and a high probability of failure. There is nothing in the science of the plant that supports the 15-day window. Instead, testing should be simplified and standardized for the different destinies of hemp grows like the smokeable flower market or the extraction-for-products market. There should be at least a 45-60 day window to properly harvest and process.
4) The USDA recommends destruction over remediation. And because it put out random standards with no 3rd party independent studies of potential variables affecting a grow, this directly harms farmers who have no control over variables in seeds, water, soil, air, rain, and other factors that affect THC production. How can a farmer prove they had bad seeds, for example? Farmers should be given a chance to remediate crops, especially since we are at an early stage in this industry where the science is still catching up with us. We should be putting farmers first and protecting their efforts, not punishing them for being pioneers in a new industry.
These are comments that Sophia from Hemp Inc. University formulated from a thorough and well-thought-out protest letter written by Daniel Kennedy of Future Systems Enterprise in Bend. They are meant to inspire you to write your own and to encourage others to do the same. To read Daniel Kennedy's full 15-page protest letter and comment on it, click here.
SHARE YOUR STORIES!
We have to show Washington how the USDA Total THC Interim Rules proposal has affected us and to illustrate the potential damage it could do. I have begun a collection of these stories and I’m issuing the call for YOUR STORY! Can you put it into a paragraph? Email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will compile your stories into a document going directly to Washington! The top ten stories are eligible to be filmed and compiled into a short video documenting our Community's response.
With medical and adult-use cannabis already legal in many states, and soon to be legal all over, parenting young children has a new challenge. While laws and conversations about this special plant are finally changing for the better, stigma and misunderstanding cling on. And children, younger than ever, are aware of cannabis on some level. They may not know much, but kids are smart and easily pick up on the confusion surrounding this subject. And, as kids do, they have questions. What is cannabis? What does it do? Is it bad?
The Gloops and the Special Plant is a children's book which was made to be a tool for parents to begin answering those questions. In this adorable story about Molly Gloop and her parents, who live on a world a lot like ours, kids learn about their special plant and how it makes useful things from paper to medicine. And how the Gloops stood up for the plant when the Old Kings tried to take it away. The parallels in this story are easy for young minds to pick up on, and opens the door for parents to educate their kids in an age-appropriate way about what cannabis is today.
You can get The Gloops and the Special Plant on Amazon.com, and be sure to check out www.thegloopsandthespecialplant.com for more info, media, and tips on cannabis safety and education.
When a child is ready to ask a question, they are ready for an answer. Educating the next generation today is the best way to finally change how the world understands cannabis tomorrow.