Lessons from Cali Hemp

California’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Board is a lesson in who is really our ally and who isn’t. A few years ago when it started the two biggest hemp companies there were put on it despite their long commitment to purchasing from Canada and China. The owner of one was even made President.

They didn’t encourage local supply or even pivot to a tiny amount of domestic (and then not necessarily even Cali) production for years, due to their investments abroad.

IHAB might as well have had Canadians or Chinese running it. It shouldn’t be surprising as both long supported the hemp association protecting investments in Canadian hemp from U.S. farmers for years.

Let it be a lesson for your state; avoid putting processors, marketers, or distributors buying elsewhere on your hemp board.

Look at hemp in California: it’s a recipe for disaster.

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