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March 21, 2019
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A conference focusing on hemp will take place in Grand Rapids this weekend.

The Michigan Hemp Symposium, in partnership with cannabis education provider Cannnabiz Connection and The Hemp Biz Conference, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 23, at Cross Roads Conference Center, 6569 Clay Ave. SW.

The event will be highlighted by the Cannabis Counsel’s Thomas Lavigne, who will be providing an update on the Farm Bill and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: a two-hour keynote from a hemp farmer who has three years of cultivation experience in both Colorado and New York; and also an update on cannabidiol oil legislation from State Rep. Steven Johnson.

The Farm Bill now allows farmers to legally cultivate hemp in the U.S. In the legislation, hemp is defined as an agricultural crop that contains 0.3 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, a compound that makes an individual “high” and can be found in cannabis.

The bill also updates the Controlled Substances Act to incorporate the legalization of products that contains cannabidiol or CBD, which is derived from hemp but does not cause the psychotropic effect that marijuana does, and hemp farmers are now allowed to apply for federal crop insurance that provides a safety net for hemp farmers.

“The hemp industry is faced with great challenges as we build the supply chain. As a result of these challenges, The Hemp Biz Conference has developed the Hemp Symposium Series in collaboration with state-level partners to deliver content from state-level regulatory leaders, farmers and manufacturers with multiple years of hemp production experience,” said Christie Lunsford, CEO of The Hemp Biz Conference. “We are proud to have partnered with Cannabiz Connection to deliver in-depth regulatory information and unique perspectives from top hemp business leaders working to develop the next great American industry.”

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