In conjunction with the Massachusetts hemp farming community GreenNurse Group and Irie Bliss Wellness and the Mass community of hemp farmers, manufacturers/processors, retailers, consumers, healthcare providers, patients, and citizens engaged in the hemp industry will hold a press conference June 24, 2019 2 PM at the MA State House Steps concerning a policy statement issued by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). This statement refers to the state and local regulations regarding hemp and hemp-derived products and the community will give input. FROM WHO: THE MASS HEMP COALITION: A recently formed coalition of Massachusetts hemp businesses, advocates, industry leaders, academics, healthcare providers, consumers, patients, and engaged stakeholders; organized by the Northeastern Sustainable Hemp Association (NOSHA) and Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN). WHAT: MASS HEMP COALITION community press conference re: MDAR Policy Statement WHEN: Monday, June 24, 2 PM – 4 PM WHERE: Massachusetts State House Steps, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133 WHY: The MASS HEMP COALITION has recommendations related to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) policy statement entitled “Sale of Hemp-Derived Products in the Commonwealth” issued on June 12, 2019. The MASS HEMP COALITION will hold a press conference to provide these recommendations and looks forward to working with MDAR and other stakeholders to shape a hemp industry that is supportive of existing and future MA hemp businesses, upholds public health and safety, and educates stakeholders across the Commonwealth to ensure the new hemp industry succeeds and thrives locally. Community comments will be related to the below (and other aspects) of the MDAR statement: HEMP PRODUCTS NOT APPROVED FOR SALE The following products are NOT approved for sale in the Commonwealth pursuant to M.G.L. c. 128, Section 117(c) and are likewise prohibited for sale under FDA and DPH guidance: • Any food product containing CBD; • Animal feed that contains any hemp products; • Unprocessed or raw plant material, including the flower that is meant for end use by a consumer For more information about the press conference, please visit www.cannacenterofexcellence.org
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