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Let’s Go Get High On Hemp! 

Let’s Go Get High On Hemp! 

Will transforming hemp-based CBD into mildly psychoaffective Delta-8 THC save industrial hemp production? It’s complicated. 

The common wisdom is that a person does not get high smoking industrial hemp leaves, stems or flowers. We have been following news reports, including those from PanXchange’s monthly benchmark reports, about the growing interest in smokable hemp flower.

Eurex Derivatives Forum Takes a Look At German Blockchain Innovation

Eurex Derivatives Forum Takes a Look At German Blockchain Innovation

Day One of the Eurex Derivatives Forum, held this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, offered a discussion of German developments in blockchain innovation. Germany has implemented not only detailed legislation on custody of cryptocurrencies and digital assets but has also recently adopted a law allowing electronic issuance of securities, including on blockchain.

FIA Boca-V: Acting Chairman Behnam Looks For Expedience and Patience in CFTC’s Climate Change Response

FIA Boca-V: Acting Chairman Behnam Looks For Expedience and Patience in CFTC’s Climate Change Response

In a one-on-one discussion with FIA President Walt Lukken on Thursday, Acting CFTC Rostin Behnam talked about the commission’s new Climate Risk Unit, saying the unit will let the commission pivot its attention away from the broader concerns about the effects of climate change on financial markets raised in last year’s report from the CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee to a focus on derivatives’ role in smoothing the transition to zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

FIA Boca-V: Eurex To List Futures Tied to German Bitcoin ETN

FIA Boca-V: Eurex To List Futures Tied to German Bitcoin ETN

Eurex CEO Michael Peters on Wednesday told this year’s FIA Boca-V attendees that Eurex will launch a futures contract on a bitcoin ETN, an instrument that trades on Deutsche Boerse’s Xetra platform. Peters nodded to the example of other Eurex derivatives based on ETNs, mentioning specifically its gold ETN futures, but offering no launch date or other details on the bitcoin product. 

Cannabis to Face Big Policy Issues in 2021

Cannabis to Face Big Policy Issues in 2021

February was a quiet news month for industrial hemp, giving us a little time to think about some of the structural issues facing the industry. Per usual, PanXchange’s monthly Benchmarks & Analysis report provided a good launching pad.  

NFL Calls Time-Out on ErisX’s NFL Binary Options

NFL Calls Time-Out on ErisX’s NFL Binary Options

The National Football League asked the CFTC to delay any approval of ErisX’s proposed binary options contracts “pending a more comprehensive study” of whether the contracts would be used for hedging and whether users of the contract might be breaking federal laws by risking money on football spread betting across state lines.

CBD Prices Languish As KSU Studies Using Hemp In Feed

It has been quiet lately in hemp country - which, since the 2018 Farm Act, of course, includes all 50 states. In fact, industrial hemp plantings were reported to the USDA’s Farm Service Agency by farmers in 48 states in 2020 (Alaska and Mississippi didn’t come to the...

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