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World’s. Worst. Laws.

World's. Worst. Laws. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is behind some of the worst hemp laws in the country, designed to block hemp while appearing to legalize it, in California and Hawaii. ...
1980-2020: Richard Rose Industry Firsts

1980-2020: Richard Rose Industry Firsts

Vegan and Soyfoods FirstsVegan restaurant in California (1980)Vegan egg-nog (1981)Tofu merchandised in a box (1985)Tofu frozen dessert powdered mixes (1985)Tofu ice cream exported to Japan (1986)Food & Beverage Marketing “Leading Innovator of 1986” (1986)Organic vegan cream cheese (1994)Introduced 80+ vegan and soyfoods (1980-1994): Brightsong Tofu, Marinated Tofu, Vege-Herb Tofu, Soymilk, Tofu Creamie, Tofu Salad Dressing, … Continue reading "1980-2020: Richard Rose Industry Firsts" ...
2002: DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion

2002: DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion

DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion. Natural Foods Merchandiser, March 2002, p. 18, 20, by Mitchell Clute. On Oct. 9, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a clarification of the Controlled Substances Act of 1972 stating that hemp foods containing any detectable levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, will henceforth be considered illegal … Continue reading "2002: DEA’s THC Clarification Causes Confusion" ...
2001: DEA Threatens Hemp Industry

2001: DEA Threatens Hemp Industry

DEA Threatens Hemp Industry. Vitamin Retailer, December 2001, by Lisa Schofield. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued new interim rules stating that any hemp product that “causes THC to enter the human body” may not be manufactured, sold or consumed in the United States. These rules, which were published in the October 9 issue … Continue reading "2001: DEA Threatens Hemp Industry" ...
1995: Hemp As Food

1995: Hemp As Food

Hemp As Food. SHARE Guide, Nov/Dec 1995, by Richard Rose. Care, Handling, and Preparation of Hemp Seeds It is taught that Buddha ate one hemp seed a day for three years in his ascetic period. If hemp seed was good enough for Buddha, it should be good enough for us. But how, and in what … Continue reading "1995: Hemp As Food" ...
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 ...
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" ...

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