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Upcoming Public Hearing on multiple pesticide bills

November 12th, 2019 at 1PM ~ 4PM

Massachusetts State House, Room A-2

24 Beacon St., Boston, Mass.

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In this issue:

Hearing scheduled for multiple pesticide bills - November 12th

Concerned about the aerial spraying for mosquitoes? Let’s organize for solutions.

Seeking input on farmer access to HIP program

Hemp flower ban got you down? Seeking comments from farmers and advocates

To all those participating in the ongoing #ClimateStrike, we thank you!

Interested in growing hemp?  Check out our upcoming event: Hemp Cultivation: Seed to Salve on October 19, 2019 in Springfield, MA.

Hemp cultivation in Massachusetts is still in its infancy; many entrepreneurs and farmers are looking for a way to profit from this niche crop. The prospects for generating on-farm products diminished following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration statement in June of this year that CBD cannot be added to food and dietary supplements. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and state Department of Public Health released new guidelines that also prohibit the sale of any product containing CBD oils derived from hemp. Many farmers are now wondering if their plans to add new revenue streams through value-added products will ever come to fruition. 

Advocates with the Mass. Hemp Coalition at the State House on June 24th, 2019

Advocates with the Mass. Hemp Coalition at the State House on June 24th, 2019

On June 12th, 2019, the Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) issued a policy on the sale of hemp derived products which effectively outlawed the sale of food products containing hemp-derived CBD, products containing CBD marketed with therapeutic claims, hemp as a dietary supplement and any animal feed containing hemp products. The policy does not include definitions, so it is still unclear whether CBD-derived tinctures or capsules are prohibited.

The news sent shockwaves through the state’s nascent hemp economy, and comes at the worst possible time for farmers who have just invested tens of thousands of dollars in the new crop which is now growing for its first major season since prohibition was lifted in 2016. 

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