Elon Musk to Give $100 Million

Elon Musk to Give $100 Million

We’re doing flips here at HempingtonPost to see this article regarding Elon Musk preparing to give $100 Million to the First Person Who Can Create This Climate-Saving Technology.

As CEO my first thought was how could Elon not know about the power of Hemp for cleaning our atmosphere as well as astronomical economic effects.? Apparently he doesn’t? So what to do, now, Sunday Jan 23rd 2021?

We’re posting this to ask You! How do we find Elon Musk? This is an incredible opportunity for the Hemp Fiber industry to get the huge kick start into the replacing the fossil fuel industry for the sustainability of all life! However this article does not show how to reach out. I’m sure there are ways and perhaps those who are compelled to do so will research, find and connect with him. Personally this could be the saving grace we need in this industry, a huge mogul to lead the way of challenging the petrochemical industry complex. If he gets in others will follow!

Here’s the article from People Magazine

Elon Musk to Give $100 Million to the First Person Who Can Create This Climate-Saving Technology

Whoever takes up Elon Musk’s latest challenge could be in for a financial windfall — but it would benefit everyone on the planet.

The announcement comes after 49-year-old Musk briefly surpassed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest person earlier this month. Bezos, 57, has since reclaimed the title, according to Forbes’ “Real-time Billionaires List,” which lists Bezos with a net worth of $191 billion, and Musk with $182 billion at the time of publication.

His follow-up tweet on Thursday said, “Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology.”

B ut what is “carbon capture technology,” and why does Musk seem to care about it?

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Controlling carbon dioxide (CO₂) levels in the atmosphere is an important step in the fight against climate change. Carbon dioxide is emitted by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through a process called photosynthesis, but in the modern world, carbon dioxide is inundating the environment at a dangerous rate through the use of gasoline-dependent vehicles and the burning of wood and coal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Seen first on https://people.com/human-interest/elon-musk-100-million-reward-carbon-capture-technology/

Can’t Smoke This…How much THC in Hemp Fiber?…

Can’t Smoke This…How much THC in Hemp Fiber?…

Editor’s Note – After reading these incredibly stringent new laws and guidelines for the HEMP CBD industry, (below) when the Hemp CBD Industry already seems highly competitive and overpopulated. It begs the question, since we can’t smoke this…how much THC is in Hemp FIber that matters to anyone?  

Example: Why would one need to test for THC in Hemp Fiber, if one were producing Hemp for paper or plastic or housing, shoe, cloths, or a thousand other industrial uses?

QUESTION: How do these New Hemp Regulations apply to Hemp FIber… Why are our farmers NOT focusing on the hemp industrial industry creating the powerful flow of the real gold in this almighty Hemp plant?

Why play by these rules in an overindudated market when the real industry is Hemp Industrial?

So many questions regarding the crazy directions the hemp industry is taking… Does anyone have real answers? Darlene Mea – CEO/Founder HempingtonPost

Notable Provisions From the USDA Final Rule for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program

By Michelle Bodian

Jan 19, 2021

Last week, the USDA announced the first federal final agency regulation governing hemp production. The final rule is now available for viewing in the Federal Register and will become effective on March 22, 2021.

The industry may be disappointed with some problematic provisions that remained from the Interim Final Rule (IFR); however, with any new industry emerging from decades-long prohibition, change happens slowly. The final rule does contain many improvements from the IFR.

While it will take time to digest the content and fully appreciate the implications, we want to highlight a few notable provisions.

Notable Provisions from the USDA Final Rule 

DEA Registration for Testing Laboratories Required for All Labs Testing Hemp (Even Unofficial Samples Throughout the Growing Season)

  • This requirement remains in the final rule
  • Given the limited number of DEA-registered labs currently, enforcement of this requirement will continue to be delayed until December 31, 2022
  • AMS acknowledged it received comments in opposition to this requirement, but it retains the requirement that any lab testing hemp for regulatory compliance purposes must be registered with the DEA to conduct chemical analysis of controlled substances per 21 CFR 1301.13
  • DEA registration also applies to any lab testing hemp throughout the growing season to informally monitor THC concentration
  • AMS justifies this requirement by saying: “Registration is necessary because laboratories could potentially handle cannabis that tests above 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis, which is, by definition, marijuana and a Schedule 1 controlled substance

Laboratory Accreditation Not Required 

  • AMS will not provide an AMS administered lab approval program or require ISO 17025 accreditation

Testing for Total THC Required

  • AMS will retain the requirement test for “total” THC instead of only “delta-9” THC

Harvest Window Expanded

  • AMS is expanding the post-sampling hemp harvest window from 15 days to 30 days

Performance-based Sampling Permitted

  • USDA will allow States and Indian Tribes to consider performance-based alternatives when developing sampling plans

Where to Take Samples from the Plant

  • AMS retains the requirement that pre-harvest samples be taken from the flower material of hemp plants
  • The final rule clarifies the number of inches of plant material needed for the sample and provides greater detail as to where exactly on the plant to make a cutting

Designated Sampling Agents

  • AMS is retaining the requirement that only designated agents can collect samples
  • A Federal, State, Local, or Tribal law enforcement agency or other Federal, State, or Tribal designated person may collect hemp samples to test THC levels in hemp

Disposal of Non-compliant Plants Still Required, but With More Flexible Options 

  • The disposal requirements remain the same, but “disposal” is clarified and remediation is an option to remove non-compliant plants
  • Some of these new options for disposal include, but are not limited to, plowing under, composting into “green manure” for use on the same land, tilling, disking, burial, or burning
  • Remediation can occur by removing and destroying flower material while retaining stalk, stems, leaf material, and seeds, or by shredding the entire plant into a biomass-like material, then re-testing the shredded biomass material for compliance

Negligence Standard Increased to 1%

  • The negligence threshold increased from 0.5 to 1.0 percent THC
  • The rule clarifies how States and Indian Tribes determine when to suspend or revoke a producer’s license
  • Find more information on this article at info@thehia.org

Are crazy rules and guidelines for hemp fiber – do they even apply?

UN Commission Reclassifies Cannabis, No Longer Considered Risky Narcotic

UN Commission Reclassifies Cannabis, No Longer Considered Risky Narcotic

The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) took a number of decisions on Wednesday, leading to changes in the way cannabis is internationally regulated, including its reclassification out of the most dangerous category of drugs. 

In reviewing a series of World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on marijuana and its derivatives, the CND zeroed-in on the decision to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs — where it was listed alongside deadly, addictive opioids, including heroin. 

The CND’s 53 Member States voted to removed cannabis – where it had been placed for 59 years – from the strictest control schedules, that even discouraged its use for medical purposes.  

With an historic vote of 27 in favour, 25 against, and one abstention, the CND has opened the door to recognizing the medicinal and therapeutic potential of the commonly-used but still largely illegal recreational drug.  

Moreover, according to news reports, the decision could also drive additional scientific research into the plant’s long-heralded medicinal properties and act as catalyst for countries to legalize the drug for medicinal use, and reconsider laws on its recreational use. 

Long wait 

Back in January 2019, WHO unveiled six WHO recommendations surrounding the scheduling of cannabis in UN drug control treaties. 

While the proposals were originally set to be voted on during the  CND’s March 2019 session, many countries had requested more time to study the endorsements and define their positions, according to news reports.  

Among WHO’s many points, it clarified that cannabidiol (CBD) – a non-intoxicating compound – is not subject to international controls. CBD has taken on a prominent role in wellness therapies in recent years, and sparked a billion-dollar industry. 

Currently, more than 50 countries have adopted medicinal cannabis programmes while Canada, Uruguay and 15 US states have legalized its recreational use, with Mexico and Luxembourg close to becoming the third and fourth countries to do so.   

Where they stand  

After voting, some countries made statements on their stances. 

Ecuador supported all of WHO’s recommendations and urged that cannabis production, sale and use, have “a regulatory framework that guarantees good practices, quality, innovation and research development”. 

Meanwhile, the United States voted to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the Single Convention while retaining them in Schedule I, saying it is “consistent with the science demonstrating that while a safe and effective cannabis-derived therapeutic has been developed, cannabis itself continues to pose significant risks to public health and should continue to be controlled under the international drug control conventions”. 

Voting against, Chile argued, among other things, that “there is a direct relationship between the use of cannabis and increased chances of suffering from depression, cognitive deficit, anxiety, psychotic symptoms, among others” while Japan stated that the non-medical use of the plant “might give rise to negative health and social impacts, especially among youth”.

Mexico Will Legalize The World’s Largest Legal Cannabis Market

Mexico Will Legalize The World’s Largest Legal Cannabis Market

The United States will soon be sandwiched between two nations with federally legalized marijuana. Just days before the Thanksgiving holiday, Mexico moved forward with legislation legalizing the cannabis plant for a variety of uses.

This comes on the heels of Canada’s historic legalization several years ago, which has created a viable international marketplace, channeling funds through the Canadian markets and effectively mobilizing the global cannabis industry.

When Canada legalized, the U.S. missed an opportunity to ensure that NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange would have a role in controlling the financial markets and dollars funneling into cannabis. This was expected since Jeff Sessions was in control of the Department of Justice (DOJ). We didn’t necessarily have a pro-cannabis Administration under Trump and certainly not under the leadership of Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, no friend to marijuana. Despite this, what are the implications for America doing business with partners directly to the north and south? 

At first, you might think none of this matters as the U.S. has legalized adult-use marijuana programs state-by-state. While this dispensary models still violates federal law, it has garnered bipartisan support from American politicians to prevent the DOJ from interfering with legal, state marijuana businesses. But the issue is much larger.

We’re talking about a global cannabis economy, with Mexico as the largest country in the world, by population, to legalize marijuana. Mexico will boast the biggest consumer market for cannabis products — with a population of more than 125 million people – representing an enormous leap forward for the developing international cannabis marketplace. 

A few steps remain to federally legalize marijuana in Mexico, but the bill has been approved by the Mexican Senate. The bill will establish a regulated cannabis market to allow those eighteen and older to purchase and possess up to 28 grams of marijuana. It also allows a personal cultivation provision for individuals to cultivate up to four plants for personal use. Some technical requirements still need to be hammered out before outright passage, including whether or not personal use cultivation needs to be tracked by the government. 

All this was supposed to happen earlier in 2020, as two years ago the Mexican Supreme Court struck down a marijuana ban as unconstitutional and required lawmakers to pass legalization measures

I travelled to Mexico this past February, pre-COVID, to consult with the Mexican Senate on the considerations for hemp and marijuana policy. The timeframe for moving the legislation forward was pushed back by the pandemic. With full passage of the bill now imminent, what can we expect? 

Mexico is not the first country with a narco or cartel trafficking history to pass cannabis legalization. It’s happened in numerous Latin America countries that made up part of the black market drug trade. This makes the cartel implications for federal marijuana legalization extraordinarily interesting.

Mexico seeks to regulate and legalize the plant, put strict controls on ownership and the supply chain in place, and to engage in domestic and, most importantly, international commerce surrounding marijuana. The dollars invested in this industry must comply with all forms of financial source verification —  theoretically mitigating the opportunity for organized crime to participate in this business.

Something that seems counterintuitive to Mexico’s legalization campaign is that hemp may or may not be included in its final version — as it may pose too much of a threat to existing Mexican industries. I’d argue that this is precisely why hemp is so important – its versatility and multitude of industrial uses go far beyond the singular focus of being cultivated for cannabinoid extraction.

Until late 2019, the Hoban Law Group had registered a number of cannabinoid CBD manufacturers’ products with COFEPRIS, Mexico’s FDA, when things were put on pause to finish up the legislation. If hemp is indeed excluded from the final bill, it would have ramifications for the cannabinoid and CBD industry in Mexico. 

Why would those other industries see industrial hemp as a threat? A significant sector of Mexico’s economy is the maquiladoras: local factories run by foreign companies, generally tapping into Mexico’s cheap labor and manufacturing goods for export. Some large maquiladoras have already begun utilizing hemp, including BMW and Levi’s, which have facilities in Mexico. Automotive and textile Industries are major players in the world, but industrial hemp would not displace them. It would complement the existing operations and provide farmers with a more versatile plant requiring less water.

Mexico has a well-documented history of cannabis usage, but will these consumers move their buying habits into a legal, commercial marketplace? The answer is likely yes — if there are medical marijuana distribution outlets selling products created through a regulated system. And will this system displace some of the large illicit cultivation operations across Mexico?

Mexico hopes to join other Latin American countries in becoming major forces in the global cannabis industry and to address the cultural and historically illicit implications of cartel and criminal activity surrounding the plant. How this will roll out and its effectiveness remains to be seen. 

Pair the skill set of Mexico’s farmers and agricultural industry with the country’s manufacturing capabilities and an international cannabis marketplace and the pieces could fall into a very favorable place for the nation’s economy and citizenry. 

For the now-sandwiched U.S., this will have major implications for American drug policy and cannabis reform moving forward — while perhaps generating hundreds of millions of dollars for the participants. Perhaps this will give U.S. policy makers the push they need to approve federal cannabis legalization, especially in the midst of a pandemic-induced, global economic downturn.

By Robert Hoban. This story first appeared at Forbes.com

Americans Across Party Lines, Regions Embrace Marijuana

Americans Across Party Lines, Regions Embrace Marijuana

Bill Stocker could be considered the archetype of a conservative voter: He’s a retired Marine and former police officer who voted for President Donald Trump. But he’s also among the majority of South Dakota voters who broadly legalized marijuana this month. 

Stocker, 61, said enforcing marijuana laws gets in the way of pursuing other drug crimes and called warnings about the ills of marijuana “a bunch of baloney” that even people in a Republican stronghold like South Dakota no longer believe.

South Dakota’s values of “personal responsibility and freedom” won out, said Stocker, who lives in Sioux Falls.

The 2020 election helped prove how broadly accepted marijuana has become throughout the United States, with measures to legalize recreational pot also breezing to victory in progressive New Jersey, moderate Arizona and conservative Montana. Fifteen states have now broadly legalized it, while 36 states allow medical marijuana. 

Voters in Mississippi overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana this month, giving the drug another foothold in the South. 

A Gallup Poll released Nov. 9 indicated that 68% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana — double the approval rate in 2003. That wide margin was evident in the election, with marijuana measures passing with strong bipartisan support.

In South Dakota and Montana — where Republicans swept to victory in the key races — recreational marijuana passed with at least 16 percentage points more support than Democratic President-elect Joe Biden received. South Dakota also approved medical pot, which outpolled Biden by 34 percentage points.

“We’ve waged a war against this plant for a century and by any reasonable metric, that war has been an abject failure,” said Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project, which favors legalization. “All it’s done is incarcerate millions of Americans, it has perpetuated racism in this country, and perhaps the worst injustice of all is that it’s deprived us of medical marijuana research.”

Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, hurting veterans who can’t be prescribed medical pot at Veterans Affairs clinics, he said.

They “come home with chronic pain and we’re pushing them to opioids,” Schweich said. “That’s crazy. That’s unpatriotic and it’s a disgrace.”

Support for legalization was around 25% in 1992 when then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton tried to avoid answering questions about whether he had used marijuana before finally saying in a television interview that he had experimented with the drug, didn’t like it and “didn’t inhale.”

In early 2019, Kamala Harris — now the vice president-elect — was asked about her prior marijuana use during a radio interview and acknowledged: “I did inhale.”

Brendan Johnson, a former U.S. attorney in South Dakota who supported the state’s marijuana initiatives, said the campaign focused on the fact that in recent years 10% of arrests in the state were for marijuana, and most were small amounts.

“We have a real problem here where we have criminalized an entire generation of South Dakotans, and we’re paying a price,” Johnson said.

The owner of a chain of medical marijuana dispensaries in Billings, Montana, credited passage of the recreational marijuana initiative to a yearslong campaign by medical marijuana supporters to educate the public about the benefits of cannabis.

“There has been a considerable change in the political demographic because people are educated, because they know Aunt Margaret tried it for her cancer and she can eat,” said Richard Abromeit, owner of Montana Advanced Caregivers.

Advocates’ next goal is to get marijuana removed from a federal list of illegal drugs with no accepted medical use and high potential for abuse. The listing prevents labs from researching potential medical remedies using marijuana.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told lawmakers last week that he would hold a vote in December on a bill that would decriminalize cannabis, create a process to expunge nonviolent pot convictions and remove the drug from the Controlled Substances Act. It’s not clear if the bill could pass both chambers. 

The outcome of two runoff elections in Georgia could determine how the issue might fare in the Senate, where Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has impeded its progress.

Other states are expected to consider marijuana legislation next year, which could put more pressure on Congress to act.

Supporters argue that the industry creates jobs and raises tax money to help prop up governments that are hurting because of business closures tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But some oppose broad legalization.

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota argued that marijuana leads people to use other, more-addictive drugs, while law enforcement officers and prosecutors in Montana asserted that legal pot would lead to more drugged driving and other crimes, while exacerbating mental health issues.

The Gallup Poll says just under half of Republicans, people who identify as politically conservative and those who attend church on a weekly basis say they think marijuana should be legal.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church, strongly opposed Arizona’s broad legalization measure despite supporting medical marijuana in Utah. 

Chris Nylen, 50, of Flagstaff, Arizona, is a Trump supporter who voted to legalize recreational marijuana. She said her feelings evolved after a CBD pill, made from hemp and prescribed by a veterinarian, eased her dog’s anxiety and arthritis. 

“I’m so old school,” she said. “I personally don’t have a desire for it, but (I’m) seeing the benefits for my dog.”

This story first appeared at Associated Press.

Associated Press reporters Matthew Brown in Billings, Montana; Steven Groves in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff, Arizona; and video journalist Haven Daley in San Francisco contributed to this report.