Project CBD, a California educational nonprofit that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics, has filed an anti-SLAPP motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by Medical Marijuana Inc. (MJNA) on First Amendment grounds.
"This is precisely the type of lawsuit that California's anti-SLAPP statue was enacted to prevent," said Project CBD attorney Tyler R. Andrews of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in the motion. "Medical Marijuana Inc. is trying to bury any public criticism of its business practices and quash any debate over the health and safety of its products.
"The claims [against Project CBD] represent an abuse of the legal process and must be stricken," Andrews' motion reads.
The lawsuit followed the October 2014 publication of Project CBD's Special Report, "Hemp Oil Hustlers," which documented Medical Marijuana Inc.'s questionable financial practices and the presence of toxic solvent residue in two samples of MJNA's "Real Scientific Hemp Oil" (RSHO).
"Unable to challenge the factual accuracy of Project CBD's Report, Medical Marijuana Inc. has embarked on a campaign of harassment, intimidation and disinformation to deflect attention from legitimate questions about its business practices and the quality of its products," reads a May 4 press release from Project CBD.
CannaVest Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) based products, announced on Thursday that "the results of independent testing have proved the safety and quality of its products."
In December, CannaVest Corp. commenced cooperative efforts with Project CBD to ensure the cannabis/hemp industry and the consuming public is provided with accurate and meaningful information concerning CannaVest Corp.'s CBD offerings. Project CBD is a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (CBD).
CannaVest Corp. initiated its cooperative efforts with Project CBD in response to a special report on the hemp oil industry published by Project CBD titled "Hemp Oil Hustlers" on October 14, 2014 and revised on November 5, 2014.
Project CBD reported that a consumer product, which is labeled as containing hemp oil and which was produced by the company and then sold in 2013 to a distributor, tested positive for hexane and other solvent residues.
Following the publication of the Project CBD report, CannaVest agreed to work with Project CBD to independently test its products. Based on the results of this testing, Project CBD has concluded that CannaVest Corp.'s products are not contaminated with heavy metals or industrial solvent residues in amounts that pose health and safety issues for consumers, according to officially recognized safety standards.
CannaVest and Project CBD have released a joint statement.
The UltraCBD™ team has released a 2 ounce offering with twice as much hemp extract "to meet the increasing demand for CBD oil."
The 2 oz. 400 mg CBD supplement is available for retail sale in limited quantities and will be available for wholesale orders in the first half of 2015.
"UltraCBD™ takes great pride in using the highest quality extract from industrial hemp ensuring that all products manufactured by the company have the best possible flavoring while maintaining the wellness components of a high-quality CBD supplement," the company claims in a press release.
UltraCBD™ said it launched its first 1 oz. 200 mg CBD supplement "derived from organic, high quality CBD hemp oil" in June 2014. The company said it spent the first half of the year sourcing additional organic CBD oil and conducting research and development, ensuring that all raw materials processed with CO2 extraction are toxin- and heavy metal-free for the American market.
The research & development process included an emphasis on taste testing, according to the company, and the first flavor launched was Natural Spearmint. Additional flavors and product lines launches are planned for 2015.
Plans Expansion of Line Of Hemp CBD Oils to Compete with Leading Pharmaceutical Products
Florida-based nutraceuticals company Zappy, Inc. has agreed to acquire Browns Botanicals and plans to release proprietary hemp CBD formulations for potential aid in various ailments including anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, nausea, pain and other ailments.
The formulations were developed using Hemp CBD Oil derived from industrial hemp, which it says is legal in all 50 states and 40 countries. Browns Botanicals is a nutraceutical leader specializing in the highest purity legal Hemp CBD-rich botanical products.
"We are honored to have Browns Botanicals as the backbone of the hemp-derived cannabinoids and terpenes science that we are bringing to customers," said Mike "Zappy" Zapolin, CEO of Zappy Inc. "Browns is well known in the industry for having the very best CBD products, and testimonials from customers with various illnesses, including epilepsy and several different auto-immune issues, are incredible."
Browns Botanicals recently won the first ever "Best Non-Edible Medically Infused Product" at the 2014 Cannabis Cup with an Industrial Hemp-derived CBD oil product, beating out the competition with their CBDemu, which is being used by Olympic athletes and sports teams.
By Steve Elliott
The North American trade group Hemp Industries Association has published its position on what it called the misbranding of cannabidiol (CBD) products as "hemp oil." The new statement from HIA explains the difference between hemp oil and CBD extracts in terms of their respective uses and means of production, and emphasizes the need for accurate language in the marketplace so consumers aren't misled.
"Hemp oil is the common term for hempseed oil, obtained by pressing hemp seeds that contain low levels of CBD, typically less than 25 parts per million (ppm)," the position states. "In contrast, CBD extracts are produced either directly from cannabis flowers that are up to 15 percent CBD (150,000 ppm), or indirectly as a co-product of the flowers and leaves that are mixed in with the stalks during hemp stalk processing for fiber."
The Drug Enforcement Administration attempted to ban important and commerce of hempseed and oil food products in 2001, claiming these products were Schedule I controlled substances. However, HIA successfully sued the CDEA, unequivocally establishing hemp seed, oil, and protein as entirely legal to import, process, sell and consume in the United States.
By Steve Elliott
Hemp, Inc., which works in the industrial hemp industry as a publicly traded company, is engaged in an effort to educate consumers, shareholders and others on the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana.
"It is important to note that Industrial Hemp products are completely legal for consumers to purchase in the United States," the company stated in a Tuesday press release. "Marijuana, while medically legal in many states and recreationally legal in Colorado and Washington, is deemed illegal on the Federal level, and thus the reason Hemp, Inc., focuses on our various Industrial Hemp products and not marijuana."
Hemp products such as hemp milk, hemp cereal, and hemp oil and purchased by American consumers every day, and, obviously, are legal.
Hemp, Inc., focuses strictly on industrial hemp products, since it is allowed to market in all 50 states and worldwide without any ambivalence between state and federal laws, "giving us a distinct advantage from the limited medical marijuana markets," the press release states. "By getting a foothold ion, what many see as the next American Industrial Revolution, the Industrial Hemp Industry, Hemp, Inc., (the only publicly traded company of its kind in the sector) will continue to be the avant-garde of every category of industrial hemp products."
Our farmers need this valuable crop to be returned as an option for commercial agriculture
By D. Paul Stanford, Hemp News Director
Hemp is the ultimate cash crop, producing more fiber, food and oil than any other plant on the planet. According to the Notre Dame University publication, The Midlands Naturalist, from a 1975 article called, "Feral Hemp in Southern Illinois," about the wild hemp fields that annual efforts from law enforcement eradication teams cannot wipe out, an acre of hemp produces:
1. 8,000 pounds of hemp seed per acre.
* When cold-pressed, the 8,000 pounds of hemp seed yield over 300 gallons of hemp seed oil and a byproduct of
* 6,000 pounds of high protein hemp flour.
These seed oils are both a food and a biodiesel fuel. Currently, the most productive seed oil crops are soybeans, sunflower seeds and rape seed or canola. Each of these three seed oil crops produce between 100 to 120 gallons of oil per acre. Hemp seed produces three times more oil per acre than the next most productive seed oil crops, or over 300 gallons per acre, with a byproduct of 3 tons of food per acre. Hemp seed oil is also far more nutritious and beneficial for our health than any other seed oil crop.
In addition to the food and oil produced, there are several other byproducts and benefits to the cultivation of hemp.
2. Six to ten tons per acre of hemp bast fiber. Bast fiber makes canvas, rope, lace, linen, and ultra-thin specialty papers like cigarette and bible papers.
By Steve Elliott
Stoner icon Tommy Chong announced this week that he is cancer free, having beaten prostate cancer with a treatment regimen including cannabis oil.
"I'm cancer free," Chong wrote in a blog post. "That's right, I kicked cancer's ass!"
Chong, half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last June, reports John R. Kennedy at Global News. He told CNN he believes he got it while serving time in a California prison in 2003-2004 for selling glass bongs over the Internet.
"I immediately looked an alternatives," the Canadian-born Chong wrote.
After his nephew in Vancouver, a medical student, suggested meeting with a doctor in Victoria, Chong followed his advice. "That doctor changed my diet and put me on supplements, and within a year I brought my PSA [prostate-specific antigen] numbers down drastically and eliminated the cancer threat," Chong wrote. "I also treated the condition with hemp oil (hash oil)."
"The magic plant does cure cancer with the right diet and supplements," Chong said. "I feel the best I've felt in years."
(Photo: Tommy Chong via Facebook)