Forbes recently published a thoughtful piece about the legendary Jack Herer, father of modern cannabis activism (pictured above with Dennis Peron, who himself is as much a pillar of the cannabis movement as Jack) without whom our modern moment of sweeping decriminalization and legalization of cannabis and hemp use– medical, recreational and industrial– would not have occurred.
It occurs to us to wonder, however, what Jack would have thought about the intensive, nearly strangling controls that we have accepted in trade for the moderate legal tolerances we we have achieved for access to this benevolent plant. In an era of burdensome and costly licensing, regulation, batch tracking and child proofing that we all are blithely accepting in exchange for this tolerance, were Jack here right now he might be the one trying to remind us– like the charming and wonderful children’s educational book of the same title— that “it’s just a plant.”
The Native Americans have long been stalwart supporters of hemp cultivation. Without the eloquent activism of such strong presences as John Trudell, Winona LaDuke and others, the attachment of hemp cultivation to the US Farm Bill of 2018 would not have been a successful reality. Stigma Hemp is in solidarity with the Santee Sioux Tribe seeking their right to cultivate hemp in South Dakota and are hoping they achieve victory in court!
Some updates on CBD’s status at the federal level from Vote Hemp:
“U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) met with Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless yesterday. During the meeting, Senator McConnell discussed the importance of hemp production and the need for clarity from FDA on the sale of hemp derived CBD products. Senator McConnell informed Dr. Sharpless of the positive impact the legalization of hemp is having in Kentucky. He also reminded Dr. Sharpless of some of the ongoing challenges — such as the need for a regulatory framework for CBD — he hears about from hemp farmers, processors and manufacturers in the state. “While the 2018 Farm Bill included my provision to remove hemp, and its derivatives like CBD, from the list of controlled substances, CBD food and dietary supplement products remain in a gray area without clarification from the FDA,” Senator McConnell said. “Congress’ intent was clear with the passage of the Farm Bill that these products should be legal, and our farmers, producers and manufacturers need clarity as well as a workable pathway forward regarding the Agency’s enforcement and potential regulatory plans for certain CBD products. I appreciate Acting Commissioner Sharpless meeting with me today to discuss this important issue. Like my constituents, I am anxious to know the FDA’s plans to ensure public access to safe CBD products.”
Some choice information regarding CBD’s usefulness out on the links by Golf Digest, in a balanced and well-written piece entitled, “Is CBD Golf’s Magic Potion?”. Be sure to check out their earlier piece, “The Real Truth About CBD and How It Can Effect Your Golf Game.” It is wonderful to see such open-minded reporting on CBD from a mainstream sports publication. Kudos from both us here at Stigma and also our partners at Mullie CBD, the golf-oriented hemp supplement brand.
Eminent cannabis researcher John McPartland and his research team at the University of Vermont have published an exciting new study speculating that the plant’s origin stretches back 28 million years into the past. For those interested in continuing their education on this subject should seek out the book “Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany” (University of California Press, 2016) by Robert Connell Clark and Mark Merlin. A profound thank you to all of these scholars for their inestimable contributions to the field of cannabis science from those of us at the Stigma Hemp Company!