Updates On The FDA’s Hearings On CBD.

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.”

CBD & Golfing

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.

Cannabis In Minnesota, 2019 (Part 2): State Licensed Medical Producers In The Red.

An addendum to the previous post, the Pioneer Press illuminates the struggle facing the state’s licensed cannabis producers under the absurdly restrictive structure of the Minnesota medical cannabis program.

Many citizens in this state remain legally ineligible to access these companies dispensaries and products. The Stigma Hemp Company is proud to provide an alternative pathway for those people to access some of cannabis’ beneficial compounds, such as those contained in the full spectrum, CBD-rich CO2 extract that powers our products.

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Cannabis In Minnesota, 2019: Regulatory Updates.

For those wondering what’s been happening with Minnesota’s struggling medical cannabis program and ongoing evolution towards legalizing adult use of the plant, the Pioneer Press sums up the current status of both in this well written article.

Beyond these two issues, we at Stigma Hemp Company are also wondering when all participants in this discussion will start using the proper nomenclature for the plant– cannabis rather the denigrating term with a racist subtext, marijuana.

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Cannabis Evolved In Tibet 28 Million Years Ago.

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!

At CBD store opening in Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey reaffirms support for legalizing cannabis

Consumers are embracing the cannabis extracts, despite a lack of research. 


By  Miguel Otárola Star Tribune 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, fourth from left, poses with members of the team behind Stigma, a new store selling hemp and CBD products in the North Loop. Stigma founder Josh Maslowski is to his right. PHOTO: MIGUEL OTAROLA – STAR TRIBUNE

Up the street from the Minnesota Twins home opener, a different kind of debut took place: The first storefront dedicated to hemp and CBD products in downtown Minneapolis opened.

During the opening celebration of Stigma, a new shop at 250 3rd Av. N. in the North Loop, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey expressed his support for the rapidly growing industry and renewed his push to legalize cannabis statewide.

“This is going well, this is a business that’s sticking around for the long haul and yes, indeed, we are continuing on the track toward full legalization, as well,” Frey said.

Frey has supported statewide legalization and decriminalization of cannabis throughout his time in City Hall. As a council member, he co-authored an ordinance lowering the penalties for small-scale possession of the drug from a misdemeanor to a petty misdemeanor.

Earlier this month, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate swiftly voted downa measure to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Citing public support, Frey said he hoped full legalization will happen within the next few years.

“As we legalize, we need to make sure that the benefits are seen broadly,” he said. “This can be an important industry that contributes greatly to our economy in a way that is inclusive.”

Unlike cannabis, hemp and CBD can’t get anyone high. But consumers are turning to the products for a number of health concerns, despite a lack of research into their effectiveness.

St. Louis Park resident Josh Maslowski founded Stigma in 2018 after a friend and his mother-in-law were diagnosed with cancer. While looking for natural treatments online, he came upon hemp and CBD.

“We got passionate about the idea of being able to help people in a world right now where stresses are up and disease is up and all that,” he said. “We’re looking at this as a supplement or another alternative option for people to just try to make themselves feel better.”

Stigma now sells products such as oils, creams and joints using plants grown regionally.

Maslowski acknowledged the CBD industry is not properly regulated nationwide, leading some sellers to market products with inaccurate contents. He said having a storefront allows customers to ask questions about the products and build trust with the company.

“We’re here to be transparent,” he said.

His wife, Sarah Maslowski, was skeptical of CBD at first. Now, she consumes CBD extract to relax before flying and in the mornings before her workouts.

She has since gotten several of her friends interested in the products. Her mother, Susan Graner, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, also consumes CBD as a pain reliever along with medical cannabis.

“I hope people will take a moment to learn more about it,” she said. “I like the idea, for a consumer, that it might take away a pill and it will bring health to them.”

Along with Frey, Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson was also present at the opening.

Frey called the opening of Stigma “a big step forward for Minneapolis” in normalizing the use of cannabis products.

“You can’t ignore the real life impacts that CBD has on people, and I’m proud to say that we aren’t,” he said.

Miguel Otárola is a reporter covering Minneapolis City Hall for the Star Tribune. He previously covered Minneapolis’ western suburbs and breaking news. He also writes about immigration and music on occasion.motarola@startribune.com 612-673-4753 @motarola123