Natural Products Insider spoke with Garrett Graff and other attendees of the 9th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo to reflect on the Expo and the current state of the hemp industry. The event was held in March in Colorado Springs and featured exhibits on the latest innovations, educational programming, networking events, and awards for attendees from across the country.

An excerpt from Natural Products Insider is below:


As always, NoCo Hemp Expo was a pleasure to attend: Greeting familiar faces, establishing new relationships, and observing the industry's evolution over the prior eight iterations of the show. This year was no different. As to the current state of affairs, the attention being paid to fiber and grain markets and sustainability is palpable, coinciding within the continued emergence of corporate ESG trends and focuses.

Infrastructure and production capacity continues the slow march towards commercialization. Year after year, there continues to be progress made. The promise in the fiber/grain marketplace and in the sustainable use of hemp as a disruptor in many different applications remain some of the most intriguing opportunities to investors still eyeing the space. Many investments funds much prefer investing in this space relative to cannabinoid-based products.

As to cannabinoids, the industry continues to wrestle on many fronts—amongst itself, with FDA and even, at times, with its cousins in the marijuana industry. Margins and profitability on conventional CBD products are challenging, to say the least, and unfortunately, there continues to be great consolidation amongst CBD companies given the FDA's continued [lack] of affirmative regulation and with no end in sight.

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Graff is a business attorney who represents clients throughout the cannabis industry on successfully obtaining licenses in numerous states in both competitive and noncompetitive licensure processes. He also represents hemp companies across the country and world on matters including import/export, cultivation, and manufacturing. He can be reached via email garrett.graff@moyewhite.com and by phone 303-292-7901.


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