Member News: June 2017

01 Jun 2017 11:47 AM | Anonymous

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We're excited to announce that RxCBD has been accepted into Telluride Venture Accelerators' 2017 program! RxCBD creates, manufactures, and markets industrial hemp CBD-infused products for pets and their people.   

This is the 5th year of the program, and building on the success of the past four years, we're especially excited to introduce our largest, most international, and latest stage group of companies yet.

The teams will be on-site in Telluride starting the first week of March and culminating on June 30th with a Demo Day and community showcase. Throughout the program, the teams will have access to our network of almost one hundred mentors and they will get to work directly with some well known experts in their fields to dive deep into many aspects of their business. 

Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation: 

  • On June 9th and 10th the KYHRF is hosting a hempcrete building workshop in Lexington in partnership with NoLi CDC. It is $125 or $100 for HIA members. You can find more information HERE.  
  • The Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation has launched The Friends of Hemp Crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo Generosity. The campaign supports a few educational programs and research projects, one of which is analyzing the thermodynamics in the hemp house. This is breakthrough research for hemp building materials The campaign has hit 20% of it's goal within month. A little over $6,000. They recieved major donations from Hinkle Environmental Services, Hinkle Block and Masonry and G.F. Vaughan Tobacco. The campaign will continue through summer, please donate and share the campaign with friends and family to support educational and research programs! We appreciate everyone's support! Check it out and donate HERE

Hemp Ace International:

The date for the Hemp Technologies Lexington Hempcrete Workshop has changed and will now be held on Thursday, September 7th

Florida Hemp Processing: 

Florida becomes the 33rd state to pass a hemp farming law.  Hemp legislation in Florida shook off its opposition and ended up finishing strong with unanimous votes in the Senate and 108-6 in the House.  The bill goes to the Governor for signing otherwise it becomes law in 30 days.

The bill is Section 7606 compliant and allows public/private partnerships to research hemp farming with no state funds used.  It allows all aspects of farming, processing and market research.  It forbids commercialization for two  years.  Hemp extracts are not prohibited.  Tissue culture work that might lead to THC concentrations in excess of 0.3% are prohibited (i.e. no medical marijuana).

The Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) must commence rule making in 4 months.  University Regents must approve hemp research.  Universities must engage in research partnerships.


Leading hemp supplement innovator Therabis introduces fast-acting hemp treat supplements to help ease dogs’ stress and promote their general wellness

Denver, Colorado, May 15, 2017 –Therabis has launched a new line of dog treat supplements, to complement its industry-leading hemp wellness food supplement powders. Built on naturally occurring CBD from hemp, the new treat format introduces an easy to administer fast-acting dose of THC-free cannabinoids and will be available in two different formulations.

Building on the success of their Calm and Quiet formula, the Therabis Calm and Quiet Treat Supplement combines the power of whole-plant cannabinoids with L-theanine and chromium to ease dogs’ anxiety and help them maintain a calm demeanor through stressful situations. “Our Calm and Quiet powder has experienced 160% year-over-year growth from owners looking to help their dog with generalized anxiety issues. With the new treat supplement, people can help not only these dogs but otherwise ‘normal’ dogs maintain their calm through extenuating situations that stress them out – like fireworks or visits to the vet,” stated Kurt Forstmann, Director of Therabis.

New to the Therabis product line up will be Happy and Healthy Treat Supplements, a general wellness formula that combines whole-plant cannabinoids with vitamin C and chromium to help maintain proper function of many critical systems that are vital to dogs’ health and well-being. “Homeostasis is key to physical wellness,” stated Stephen M. Katz, DVM and Therabis founder. “Therabis Happy and Healthy will help return dogs’ systems to optimized levels, maintaining their health and quality of life.”

Therabis treat supplements are now available at, and retail locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia.

About Therabis

Therabis was founded to deliver the benefits of hemp to pets. Backed by 25 years of veterinary experience and powered by hemp-derived cannabinoids, our products are designed to address the specific conditions that challenge pets. Our founder, veterinarian Stephen M. Katz, DVM, has spent an entire decade researching, developing and perfecting our all-natural formulations that combine the benefits of hemp with botanicals and minerals to target pets’ stress, skin and joints. For more information, contact: 

Therabis - 877.937.6877 - 

Industrial Hemp Research Foundation:

May 2017
Friends, colleagues, supporters; we would like to inform you of some of the exciting developments taking place behind the scenes at the foundation and with its partners. We would also like to thank everyone who has recently became a member of the foundation as your support advances hemp research and education.

IHRF Executive Director, Tom Dermody, had the opportunity to personally thank Raphael Mechoulam, the father of modern cannabis research, for his contributions to the research field during the ICR conference. 

IHRF President, David Bush, Executive Director, Tom Dermody, and CSU-Pueblo University Representative, Brian Vanden Heuvel participated in the first annual, Institute of Cannabis Research Symposium in late April. 

The conference included representatives from 19 states and 9 countries. Topics of interest included medincials, consumer safety and industrial applications of cannabis. The keynote address was delivered by non other than Raphael Mechoulam, considered by many the father of modern cannabis research.

IHRF Executive Director, Tom Dermody, considers the conference to be a huge success- "It's fascinating to see what has happened at the ICR in just one year. I'm very excited to see how the IHRF can support further developments based at CSU-Pueblo in the coming year."

IHRF welcomes new Board of Directors and staff in Q2!

IHRF is pleased to announce the following individuals are joining the IHRF team:

Board of Directors

Debbie Cokes
A Colorado native with a degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Debbie went on to own and manage a successful engineering firm on the Front Range of Colorado.  During her career, Debbie enjoyed science-based collaboration with regulatory
compliance agencies in the public and private sectors. In addition, she worked for a national environmental testing laboratory.

Debbie recognizes the positive impact the industrial hemp plant can have on regional and national economic development.  She believes responsible growth requires industry and regulatory collaboration to develop quality control guidelines and encourage research.  Her company, RxCBD,  relies on responsible business practices and strives to be a quality leader in the hemp product space.

Treasurer - Brian Richardson
Brian is native to the great state of Colorado, born and raised. He has lived in nearly every part of the Denver metro area and has seen tremendous growth, including the paving of some roads!

Brian is a long-time advocate for the cannabis legalization movement. That passion was a catalyst for him to closely research the current insurance needs and concerns for cannabis businesses and eventually dedicate his efforts to proudly serving the hemp and cannabis industry via his company Foundations Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.

Atalo Holdings: 

Atalo Holdings Announces CBD Products, Including a Full Spectrum CBD with 0% THC 

Atalo Holdings, Inc. of Winchester, KY, has announced several new CBD offerings for wholesale and white label markets.   

“Atalo’s researchers and agronomists are focused on developing consistency in hemp-derived CBD, something that is needed in the emerging industry,” said Atalo Chairman, Andrew R. Graves.  “We are now the exclusive grower of a certified, internationally pedigreed variety that has been closely controlled and protected for more than 150 years and is perfectly suited for Kentucky’s growing conditions.”

The variety is rich with terpenes, which are the markers of aroma, flavor and nutritional value. “When you sample this Full-Spectrum, Kentucky-Grown CBD, you can taste the goodness.  Just like a fine Kentucky bourbon, ingredients matter. Or, if you like analogies, just like a Kentucky thoroughbred racehorse, pedigree matters.” Graves said.  

In another development, Atalo is now offering a Full Spectrum CBD with 0% THC line, available today for wholesale and white label markets.  A spokesperson for Atalo reports that the new Full Spectrum CBD with 0% THC line is the color of honey, flavor neutral and easily mixable.  CBD concentrations from 75% to 25% are available through an innovative super-critical CO2 separation process.

For more information on these and other products contact:

Kyle Raney -

CV Sciences:

CV Sciences will be participating in these upcoming hemp history week events:

Full Circle Market Event - The State of Hemp in the Hemp State

Date: Monday, June 5, 2017

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Full Circle Market - 240 Redwing Dr., Winchester, KY 40391

Details: Join us at Full Circle Market in Winchester, KY to learn about The State of Hemp in The Hemp State. Hear from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture about how the hemp industry is growing in the state. Brief presentations from: The Hemp Industries Association, KY Chapter President, Chad Rosen; CV Sciences with an update from Josh Hendrix about getting domestic hemp (KY Grown) into PlusCBD Oil; and learn about the Hemp Highway from Dan Isenstein. Food samples will be provided from Laura's Hemp Chocolates and Victory Hemp Foods.

Rainbow Blossom Hemp History Week Celebration

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Rainbow Blossom - 3738 Lexington Road, Louisville KY 40207

Details: Join us for a night of fun and education on all things Hemp! Presentations by: CV Sciences' Josh Hendrix on pioneering the CBD evolution and TheHemp Industries Association KY Chapter President, Chad Rosen on growing healthy hemp foods. Also, live music from the Kentucky Roundups

Hemp Building Course

Dates: Friday and Saturday June 9th and 10th, 2017

Location: Lexington, KY

Details: NoLi CDC, KYHIA, and the Kentucky Hemp Research are putting together a hemp building course sponsored by CV Sciences. There will also be an event on Saturday night open to the public at Rockhouse Brewing. 

Grabtown Farming, LLC:

237 kgs of Carmagnola Selezionta  arrived in North Carolina on 5/18/2017. After establishing the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission with the passing of HB 313 in 2015, The state  has received its first industrial hemp seed since the early 1930's if not before.   

The foundation seed is supplied by Schiavi Seeds of Lexington Ky and will be grown by Grabtown Farming LLC for White Hat Seed Farm in Hertford, NC. White Hat will in turn sell a portion of harvested seed to growers next year while the remaining will be replanted in 2018 to produce certified C1 seeds.

Fen Rascoe of Grabtown Farming LLC holds the license to grow and said that he's excited to finally get some seed in the ground after two years of regulatory red tape and delays. 

3 Boys Farm: 

Judge rules 3 Boys Farm scores highest in medical cannabis license challenge 

Hemp Picks: 

Hemp business hopes to boost local economy

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