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Anndrea Hermann Returns to Missouri for First Major Hemp Conference

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Tuesday marked a moment in history for agriculture in Missouri as the state held the very first Missouri Hemp Conference, and our media team was happy to be included in the sold out attendance. Hosted by The Missouri Hemp Association, the event took place in Columbia, MO, and was designed to educate farmers and other interested parties throughout the state. The Executive Director of the Missouri Hemp Association, Dale Ludwig, addressed a crowd of over 250 people, who were all eager to learn more about what this new crop will mean for Missouri.

The conference featured several expert speakers, including Anndrea Hermann, who has a long list of professional accolades and awards, along with an even longer resume in hemp education and employment. Originally from Joplin, Missouri, and a graduate from Missouri State University, Anndrea has been living in Canada as a permanent resident since 2004. She holds a Bachelors in Hemp Ecolonomics and a Masters of Science in in Hemp Fibre Agronomy, is President of the Hemp Industries Association, as well as being the Founder and Owner of The Ridge International Cannabis Consulting. Her presentation was titled, “Hemp Agronomy – Future of Hemp Farming: Opportunities in Hemp”. She gave several examples of how the product is farmed, the differences between growing hemp for industrial purposes versus growth for CBD flower production, as well as tips for harvest, storage, and distribution for processing.  

Other speakers included:

William J Cook – Farmer and Entrepreneur

Babu Valliyodan PhD – Lincoln University

Francisco Manzano – Kimitec Group (Almeria, Spain)

Kirk Azevedo, D.C. – President of Riparian Biosupport, Inc

Levi Swanson – Owner of Linn County Seed and Flower

Ceally Smith – The Original Hemppreneur and My Daily Choice

Dan Kuebler – Certified Organic Vegetable Market Gardner
Learn more about the Missouri Hemp Association.

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Teenagers Advocating For Cannabis: Rylie Maedler

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Rylie is another well known female fighter for cannabis as a medicine. Rylie was also featured in our newest Children’s Issue, and her full story can be read here. For those of you who may have not yet heard of Rylie’s incredible story, she began fighting for her life at the age of seven years old. She successfully survived her condition thanks to cannabis, and has made several accomplishments over these past few years. Her efforts would see Delaware pass Rylie’s Law, which allows children to use cannabis oils for medicinal reasons, and she also pushed  legislation forward allowing cannabis medicine in schools, and adding autism as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis treatment in her home state of Delaware. Rylie told us, “I knew what I wanted: A way to help kids as much as possible.” 

To learn more about Rylie’s story and the other amazing work she’s accomplishing, read the full article in our newest issue.

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Teenagers Advocating For Cannabis: Alexis Bortell

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Many of you may already know of Alexis Bortell’s bravery to fight for what she believes in. We recently featured Alexis in our newest Children’s Issue, where she gave us an exclusive interview of her story, and the history she’s making as a 13 year old American hero. You’ll have to read the full article for the exclusive, but Alexis and her father, Dean, are taking a stand against the federal government, along with several other plaintiffs currently in the Federal Cannabis Lawsuit where they are petitioning the rescheduling of cannabis as a Schedule 1 Drug. What we can tell you Alexis did say was, “Cannabis isn’t a choice for me, I need it to live.”, and “Without high THC products I would not be seizure free.” In reference to her historical lawsuit, she told GRAM, “If we can work together for what we believe in to make the change we want to see for our future, together, we will prevail.” 

To find out what makes Alexis Bortell so brave, and to find out what you can do to help, read the entire story for yourself in our newest issue.   

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What is U.S. Patent 6630507?

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United States Patent 6630507 was filed with the Department of Health and Human Services as the Assignee with a PCT File date of April 21, 1999. Despite cannabis being a federally illegal substance, Patent 6630507 goes on to confirm cannabinoids are in fact antioxidants and neuroprotectants. The abstract even lists specific diseases and conditions cannabinoids can help with. 

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA [N-methyl-D-aspartate–an amino acid] receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”

If you find it strange that the federal government holds a patent on cannabinoids being beneficial antioxidants and neuroprotectants, while at the same restricting its use as a federally illegal substance, you’re not alone. Groups like Talk to the 6630507 Hand have been helping raise awareness of this blatant hypocrisy. The “Talk to the 6630507 Hand” Anti-Propaganda and Stop the Hypocrisy campaign was created by Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran and launched in Colorado in August, 2016. “The campaign is meant to educate the masses and call to action legal recourse for denial of access to a plant that has been proven medicinal and nontoxic while persecuting and prosecuting citizens that choose it as their medicine. This particular patent proves not only that cannabis is medicinal but also that it is non-toxic and therefore non-lethal.”

The group has raised awareness all over the country in a call to action for the United States government to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. They’ve even got big celebrities to endorse the campaign like the entire cast of Super Troopers, Woody Harrelson, and Willie Nelson. All you have to do is write 6630507 on your hand. Take a picture and post it online, and be sure to tag Talk to the Hand 6630507. This is a free way you can help make an impact on our society so we encourage you all to join the movement!

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