Ask A Hempster: 2018 NoCo Hemp Expo
The 2018 NoCo Hemp Expo was packed! We caught up with Carell, while attendees had an opportunity to ask the Hempster their questions about the hemp industry.
For the last several decades, cannabis research in the United States has been severely restricted. Despite the growing movement for legalization, federal restrictions on the research of Schedule I substances have effectively prevented research facilities and universities from studying the plant. However, emboldened and driven by the newly legal, recreational market of California, UCLA is pioneering academia into a new era of cannabis research.
Regulation is coming to the medical marijuana industry, and when it does many producers may find themselves lagging behind, struggling to meet the new industry-wide standards. Many experts are expecting federal regulation in the future, from the likes of the Food and Drug Administration, which will require medical marijuana to adhere to strict protocols. Although cleanrooms may not be the required practice now, the cannabis industry is almost certainly headed in that direction.
With unlimited potential in the emerging cannabis industry, many companies outside the industry are starting to take notice and make a huge impact on product innovation. NanoSphere Health Sciences is one such company.
Why isn't Elon Musk using hemp, yet? Rockets require electricity for critical functions to operate computers and other various parts requiring electrical power. Other basic rocketry parts requiring electricity including; communication devices, lighting, light-support and countless more.
Although the use of GMOs in the industry is currently just a discussion, it still sparks debate on the potential positive and negative effects GMOs could have, and questions the overall direction the industry is heading.
On July 1, 2018, changes to federal legislation are set to open up an already liberal marketplace, putting Canada on the cusp of fully legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes – countrywide. Canadian cannabis companies, as well as the peripheral businesses, no longer need to operate on the fringes of the business world and many are ready to take cannabis technology where it has never gone before.
The lucrative legal cannabis industry is now utilizing advanced technology solutions such as 3D printing. Integrating 3D printing into the cannabis market is expected to result in improved efficiency in product production.
Hemp plastic is increasingly becoming a viable option as an eco-friendly alternative to carbon-based plastic. Not only is this bioplastic sourced from safe and sustainable hemp plants, but it is also typically both biodegradable and recyclable.
Historically, hemp helped build the United States of America. During the 17th century, it was considered a farmer’s “civic duty” to grow the crop. However, collusion of special interests threatened by the cannabis industry successfully accomplished the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, which prohibited industrial hemp production. Complemented by the anti-hemp and cannabis propaganda, and politics, hemp was prevented from being grown as a legitimate crop in the US until the 2014 Farm Bill.
We had an opportunity to speak with Robert Schneider about Botana's Grow Journal app and its new addition, Bug Tracker, which helps growers monitor and control pest activity.