Support hemp 

The hemp industry is booming. Currently, there’s an unique mixture of established and newly formed marketplace competing against each other. As a result, more creativity is needed to get funding. The market is currently getting saturated with oils and lotions. It’s getting hard to stand out in the market place.
California and Colorado farmers are years ahead of most states when it comes to establishing a cannabis industry. Simply for the fact, they have been doing it for a longer. It makes it hard for the local TN Hemp farmer to compete with the internet savvy cannabis consumer. Especially since there are now established prices for hemp products. A small business owner may not have the marketing and production budget as a larger company. When you got stores like TJ Mac selling Hemp products, it means the plant is making its way into the general market.

  Its hard for a local TN farmer to get to that manufacturing; because the state’s hemp pilot program only started 3 years ago. Initially, hemp farmers were ecstatic to grow the plant with the government’s support. There were 51 farmers licensed to grow Hemp pilot program in 2015.  Once the crop was harvested, the farmers realized there wasn’t an established local Hemp market and there wasn’t a legal way they could utilize their crop to sell products. As a result, the number of licensed hemp farmers decreased in 2016.  The state realized that farmers lacked the ability to utilize their crop for profit. And as of 2016, TN residents can apply for a license for processing hemp. You can apply for a TN hemp processing license in November until April.

In the meantime,it’s time to create and educate consumers on the hemp market place. There are a few local hemp farmers you can support like Tennessee  Homegrown. They are doing their best to educate people on their state tested product. Their products Are worth checking out. Unfortunately, there are only a few places where you can get their products, Unless you order online.  Whether it’s a small or big company, employees and company founders have started to realize that it’s hard to market the CBD ingredient to consumers because of federal laws and consumer’s uneducated opinion on the ingredient.  Not every knows that hemp has a cannabanoid that doesn’t have the psychoactive properties like THC. California company, Q Lotion realized the struggle of marketing the CBD product across state lines, as a result they have created a lotion for pain that has CBD in it but you couldn’t tell by looking at it or smelling it. Which is great because the product does the work of Icy/Hot without the smell. Works brilliantly on my mosquito bites.

The hemp market place is definitely a unique one with the variations of established companies and products. Now it’s up to you the consumer to determine what’s going to thrive or not.

Who do you choose? A small business like TN Homegrown with a limited product selection or an established company like Cannaeo who has established themselves in the industry and produces a a variety of products like hemp BBQ sauce, anti-aging serum, and Bloody Mary mix just to name few.  It all depends on you and me. Yes, There are numerous amount of factors that might influence the decision to purchase a hemp product. They are all worth trying out.

it’s important for you to educate yourself on hemp and the products the plant produces. (This blog can be your resource.)

while you are educating yourself, small businesses need to latch on to the support small business movement to compete with establish companies who are utlizing their budgets. The Hemp market is still new and it’s our time to make our mark.

Hawaii’s medicinal marijuana economy is off to a rocky start. 

Medicial Marijuana has been legal in Hawaii since 2000. However access to the medicinal cannabis has been a challenge for everyone involved.
Fast forward seventeen years later. The state of Hawaii certified and opened its first marijuana testing lab on July 31st, 2017. A week later, the state’s first medicical marijuana dispensary (Maui Grown Therapies) was able to sell the cannabis flower to 329 medicinal marijuana card holders. Now, the state’s first medicinal cannabis dispensary has to close its doors for two days to give the state’s lab division a chance to unclog a backlog of products for Medical marijuana patients.

The summer of 2017,  has been a very productive year for the state’s medicinal marijuana rules and guidelines in Hawaii. At the end of June the plant count increased per resistered patient, more conditions were eligible for medicinal marijuana solutions, caregivers can grow for patients, and a new grow site limit was established. During the month of July, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) were added to the list of qualifying caregivers to prescribe medicinal marijuana and Department of Health’s Administrative Rules for the Medical Use of Cannabis were established.

While the government was making strides, potential medical marijuana business owners have been waiting potentially to open after paying hefty fees to get their dispensary licenses. Business Owners have spent upwards of $75,000, up front, and have had to maintain their licenses, with hefty six figure fees, while the state was getting their product testing lab situated and passing legal rules and regulations.

Maui Grown Therapies has been the only dispensary that has paid the fees and upfront costs to obtain and maintain their dispensary license and actually open. Now they are forced to close for two days after running out of product during their first week of opening because the state’s testing lab is overwhelmed.  It will be interesting to see how the medical cannabis industry in Hawaii  will overcome these challenges as the industry grows.





Tennessee Cannabis 

High Times recently reported about TN Senators being scared to pass a medicinal marijuana bill. When it comes to political views on the cannabis plant, Tennessee has a unique one. A few of the states major cities (Nashville and Memphis) decriminalized marijuana. It didn’t take long for TN Legislature to pass a bill that would bar cities in Tennessee from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. At the same time, the state was accepting their third year of applications for an industrial hemp grower license and left room in the guidelines for marijuana to be included. To some it may be understandable for the Senate to be reluctant to pass a bill legalizing marijuana. They have passed bills legalizing the Hemp industry. And the results are lacking however there is room for growth. After all, The growing Hemp pilot program is still in its infancy.

In 2015, the state had about 50 farmers sign up to grow the crop for the first time in more than 700 years. In the Congressional research  2017 Report Titled, ‘Service Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity” , it states that TN had 41 licensed Hemp farmers in 2016. The number of hemp grow licenses issued for 2017 has yet to be announced.

Politicians could be waiting on more research to make a decision for passing a pro marijuana bill based on demand for hemp. In the 3 years that the hemp pilot program has been running, they have had a flux of applicants for a grow Hemp licenses. Tennesseans have an opportunity to actively be influential in their reps decisions on hemp laws and legalizing marijuana.

The best way is to start consuming more Hemp products. It’s all about supply and demand. According to the 1850 U.S. Census, Tennessee produced 454 tons of dew-rotted hemp and 141 tons of water-rotted hemp. If history has taught us anything, it’s that the cannabis plant can thrive in the state. Research has proven That hemp products can be beneficial.

One of the main reason why hemp’s cultivation environment is so important is because of hemp’s properties of absorbing contaminants from the soil while it grows. So if the soil it was grown on is not good, clean soil, then that plant might contain high levels of lead or mercury. In order for hemp farmers to keep their license, their needs to be tested. Since a plant sample is already being taken, it would be possible to test for other things besides THC levels. According to an industry insider, there have been instances where children have almost died taking hemp extracts that were high in lead. Essentially, “those companies have given the rest of the CBD industry a black eye because they were more interested in profiting off the sick instead of creating a quality product and testing it.”Tennessee is all about producing high quality product that is healthy to consume.

Now is the time for Tennesseans to create a demand for Hemp products. This will Show the representatives that they don’t have anything to fear. If the state is making money on Hemp, the government is more likely to expand the laws surround the cannabis plant.