Northern Colorado leads the way to advocate for industrial hemp in Washington, DC
Loveland, CO – The NoCo Hemp Expo, the largest hemp-centric event in the U.S., will represent and advocate for the nation’s industrial hemp industry at Hemp on the Hill Tuesday, February 28, 2017. This expo and conversation is hosted by Congressman Jared Polis, with Co-hosts Congressmen Massie, Comer, Blumenauer, and Honorary Co-Host Senator Wyden. The event will be held at the Rayburn Foyer, 45 Independence Avenue SW in Washington, DC, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“We are honored to be part of this effort to educate our leaders and to do away with outdated and misinterpreted federal regulations governing industrial hemp,” said NoCo Hemp Expo Founder Morris Beegle. “We value the efforts of Congressman Polis and his congressional colleagues to advocate for industrial hemp as the viable, sustainable, job-creating industry it can be.”
The gathering is an opportunity for hemp producers to showcase their products and the value their businesses provide to the economy, locally, regionally, and nationally. The event brings together policy makers and business leaders in industrial hemp. By demonstrating the varied uses of industrial hemp and showing the diverse economic benefits the industry provides, organizers hope more legislators will join the effort to help propel the crop to be regulated by the department of agriculture at the federal level, just like corn, soy, and wheat.
“Current federal prohibitions on industrial hemp stifle innovation and job growth, and hamstring efforts of agricultural and product development experts to diversify their efforts and compete on the global stage,” Beegle added. “The entire hemp plant, including ALL parts, compounds and constituents, is a healthy, safe, environmentally beneficial, ag-crop with the potential to create thousands of domestic products, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and generate substantial revenue and tax proceeds. We need federal regulations to change and remove unnecessary red tape that currently hampers the industry.”
Morris noted that industrial hemp, which as a crop provides the raw material for a broad spectrum of uses, including construction, nutrition, textiles, and therapeutic uses, has long been inappropriately categorized and stigmatized by the mis-perception that it is the same as marijuana. “While it’s all cannabis, hemp is not marijuana, it has little to no THC, it is not psychoactive, it is not a drug, and has never qualified to be a Schedule 1 or any schedule on the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Naturally occurring cannabinoids and other compounds, including cannabidiol or CBD, can be used for nutritional, wellness, nutraceutical, and medicinal products that have legitimate therapeutic uses. It’s important that we differentiate hemp and marijuana as the DEA and FDA continue to muddy the waters with ‘alternative facts’ and overreaching inaccurate statements pertaining to hemp and the medicinal properties related to cannabidiol / CBD.”
Beegle will be accompanied by several of NoCo Hemp Expo’s key strategic partners, including author and hemp evangelist Doug Fine and leading cannabis law firm the Hoban Law Group. Also attending will be Tim Gordon and Preston Whitfield from CBDRx, Sean Murphy of Hemp Business Journal, Rick Trojan of the Hemp Road Trip, Samantha Walsh and Michael Bowman of National Hemp Association, Colleen Keahey of Hemp Industries Association, and Eric Steenstra of VoteHemp. Additional hemp companies and stakeholders will also be represented at #HempOnTheHill.
Most of these key Expo partners will be speaking at NoCo Hemp Expo 4, March 31 and April 1, 2017 in Loveland Colorado. Expo events include two full expo halls; a dedicated business/industry day; the Hemp Summit with CannaPro Series for attorneys, accountants and professional services; Fashion Alley; an Artists & Activists Tent; as well as expert speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and countless other educational and networking opportunities including a post-expo concert. Additional programming and ticket sales information can be found HERE.
About NoCo Hemp Expo 4, Colorado Hemp Company and TreeFreeHemp
WAFBA LLC (We Are For Better Alternatives) is home to the NoCo Hemp Expo, TreeFreeHemp and Colorado Hemp Company, located in Loveland, Colorado and operating since 2012. Areas of focus include product and brand development, marketing, printing, production, events and advocacy. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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