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1998: Hemp Association Guides Budding Industry

1998: Hemp Association Guides Budding Industry

In the early days of hemp foods we had unique issues, from calming consumer fears about THC and drug tests to social legitimization of the emerging segment. Hempsters back then were into fiber, long before CBD, and skeptical that hemp could ever be a commercial food ingredient. So I started the HFA to help other … Continue reading "1998: Hemp Association Guides Budding Industry" ...
2000: Hemp Study Off Mark; Natural Foods Merchandiser

2000: Hemp Study Off Mark; Natural Foods Merchandiser

Hemp Study Off Mark. Natural Foods Merchandiser, March 2000, by Scott Yates. USDA claim of thin market misses point, opponents say. A recent study showing that the future for the hemp trade is “small and thin” misses the point that the modern market is in its infancy and could grow fast because the product is … Continue reading "2000: Hemp Study Off Mark; Natural Foods Merchandiser" ...
1996: Shaking its Seedy Past

1996: Shaking its Seedy Past

Shaking its seedy past. Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jan 29 1996, by Ted Appel. Subhead: Industrial-grade hemp generating business surge It’s no pipe dream: Hemp, the clean-and sober cousin of marijuana, is becoming big business. Again.  Used for centuries to make ropes and paper, hemp is starting to shake its seedy reputation in the United … Continue reading "1996: Shaking its Seedy Past" ...
1995: Hemp, Hemp, Hooray; Rolling Stone

1995: Hemp, Hemp, Hooray; Rolling Stone

Hemp, Hemp, Hooray. Rolling Stone, April 1995, by Chuck Dean. In grassroots America, the buzz is that products made from hemp, marijuana’s funky fun cousin, are dope — er, we mean hip. “There’s more of a market than can be satisfied right now,” says Mari Kane, editor of Hemp World magazine. Made using imported hemp … Continue reading "1995: Hemp, Hemp, Hooray; Rolling Stone" ...
2001: Rose Sees Red, Hemp Food is Legal, No Matter What Activists Said

2001: Rose Sees Red, Hemp Food is Legal, No Matter What Activists Said

Rose Sees Red, Hemp food is legal, no matter what activists said.. High Times (2001), story and photo by Dan Skye. Although there have been concerns expressed by hempseed companies and consumers about the DEA’s enforcement of the ban on THC in edible hemp products, some businesspeople are shocked at the uproar. “Hemp foods are … Continue reading "2001: Rose Sees Red, Hemp Food is Legal, No Matter What Activists Said" ...
1999: Switzerland Allows Sale of Marijuana Labeled As Hemp

1999: Switzerland Allows Sale of Marijuana Labeled As Hemp

In the ’90s Switzerland allowed the open sale of “sachets” of locally-grown outdoor marijuana, and the sky didn’t fall, stoned zombies didn’t roam the streets, and no one become a junkie overnight. They had a definition of hemp defined by end-use, not % THC. Since they were sachets for fragrance in your armoire, they were … Continue reading "1999: Switzerland Allows Sale of Marijuana Labeled As Hemp" ...

Fraud Waiting to Happen

Can we all agree that every self-regulating scheme in the industry is just a fraud waiting to happen? They are marketing shams, scams, and worse: they endanger patients and consumers. Click here to read this report on one such scheme from the Texas Cannabis Industry Association: https://web.archive.org/web/20201205002645/https://www.texascannabisindustry.org/tciareport Click to SAVE as a PDF ...... Click … Continue reading "Fraud Waiting to Happen" ...
2001: From Cheese to Seeds

2001: From Cheese to Seeds

A HempNut Store and Café franchise prototype was just one of the many casualties of the unfortunate suit by the fiber- and retail-based Hemp Industries Association (HIA) suing DEA for legalizing 96% of the hemp industry (no max THC). That killed the hemp food market for years, and almost took Canadian hemp with it. Flush … Continue reading "2001: From Cheese to Seeds" ...
2000: Rosebud (High Times Interview)

2000: Rosebud (High Times Interview)

Rosebud. High Times Interview. High Times, April 2000, photos and story by Dan Skye. Richard Rose was a sickly child until he discovered he was allergic to dairy products. Changing his diet changed his life. At 43, the California native is an energetic entrepreneur who built a small natural foods empire, The Rella Good Cheese … Continue reading "2000: Rosebud (High Times Interview)" ...
2001: DEA Legalizes Hemp Products, HIA Sues to Stop It

2001: DEA Legalizes Hemp Products, HIA Sues to Stop It

Hemp’s False Flag Event It was a perfect storm of fckery: a half-dozen lawyers smelling hundreds of thousands in billable hours, a recently-taken Vote Hemp wanting to foment upset via the victim narrative for donations, Bronner wanting to make a big splash, and stoners with no skin in the game suing DEA over hemp was … Continue reading "2001: DEA Legalizes Hemp Products, HIA Sues to Stop It" ...
Cannabis Marketing Best Practices

Cannabis Marketing Best Practices

Marketing Best Practice #1: I put an inch-and-a-half high neon green 7-finger marijuana leaf on a dark purple background and the word HEMP just as big on the shelf of thousands of supermarkets and natural food stores coast-to-coast in both the US and Canada as far back as 25 years ago. Even an Air Force … Continue reading "Cannabis Marketing Best Practices" ...
1999: First Online Hemp Store, “Finance Your Activism”

1999: First Online Hemp Store, “Finance Your Activism”

Starting in 1999 HempNut, Inc. had hemp’s first online food store, on Yahoo! Stores. It may have even been the first online hemp store of any kind. It was unique for the fact that if one bought a full case, they paid the wholesale price (one-half the retail price). That was by design, to encourage … Continue reading "1999: First Online Hemp Store, “Finance Your Activism”" ...

Hempseed Oil Intentionally Misbranded as “Hemp Oil”

How is Hempseed Oil intentionally being misbranded as Hemp Oil? Here’s just one example, Health Canada has a similar rule. At the meeting of the Nomenclature Working Group of the AHPA Cannabis Committee on August 4, 2014: “Upon discussion of this policy on identification of the plant part in product labels, the following action was … Continue reading "Hempseed Oil Intentionally Misbranded as “Hemp Oil”" ...
2004: Ninth Circuit says Hemp Suit “Gratuitous”

2004: Ninth Circuit says Hemp Suit “Gratuitous”

Starting in 2001 the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) killed the hemp foods market for 2.5 years, and almost took Canadian hemp down with it, for NOTHING, all over a lie. In a post-9/11 world, DEA wanted to concentrate on terrorism and was willing to explicitly legalize hemp products with any amount of THC, no maximum, … Continue reading "2004: Ninth Circuit says Hemp Suit “Gratuitous”" ...
1934: Henry Ford, Vegan Foods + Hemp Pioneer

1934: Henry Ford, Vegan Foods + Hemp Pioneer

As one who has processed tons of soybean into foods starting in the ’70s, and then the same for hempseed starting 25 years ago, I’m certain that if Henry Ford knew hempeed exceeded soybean in nutrition and flavor, he would have done all his food work with it instead of soya. Hempseed tastes way better, … Continue reading "1934: Henry Ford, Vegan Foods + Hemp Pioneer" ...

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