Hemp News and Hemp Authority Updates!Jesse Clymer
This week has been an uphill battle for us behind the scenes on a technical front. In order, our shopping platform released a security patch that required a full update, testing, and new roll out of the site. During full updates, out payment gateway release a patch that crashed the ability for any customer to place an order until it was fixed. After that was fixed and the security patch was installed, it made our theme obsolete. After a lot of tweaking, testing, and installing, we have the site back together (sort of) with a brand new look to it. The theme update was something we have slowly been working on so luckily it did not catch us completely off guard, but it was a put your work boots on moment nonetheless. Our new site has a lot of powerful new features in it we have not taken advantage of yet, so over this week it will slowly have pieces added to it. In the long run we think the site will perform better and faster for all user across all platforms (especially tablets!), so hopefully more people will find and enjoy our site!
In Industry news, Envirotextiles, whom we have a great relationship and carry some of their products, was recently listed with USDA Biopreferred Program as the only Hemp products manufacturer to qualify for listing their products in the Federal Procurement Preferred category. To quote the USDA’s website: “The purpose of the USDA BioPreferred® program is to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products. The program is expected to promote economic development, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farm commodities.” Also, the New Hampshire House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would forbid industrial hemp, a botanical cousin to marijuana, from being listed as a controlled substance. Finally, Rand Paul gained a lot of national spotlight with his 13 hour long filibuster questioning the scope of power the CIA has with drones. While not directly related to hemp news, Rand Paul has been one of the most out spoken supporters of legalizing hemp in congress and this event could potentially increase Paul’s political voice for industrial hemp.