Hemp University: getting schooled on cannabis

Bruce Perlowin-CEO, Ryan Diaz- Local Processing Center employee, and Paris Miles- Hemp U attendee discuss last Saturday's event. (Rosebud Media)

Last Saturday, Hemp Inc., a leader in the industrial hemp industry, presented their Hemp University model in Oregon for the first time.

Key speakers, including the CEO of Hemp Inc. Bruce Perlowin, gathered in the Southern Oregon University Stevenson Union to educate the community about the growing hemp industry and the opportunities available for locals now that the 2018 Farm Bill has passed.

“This is the beginning of our third year of Hemp University.” Perlowin says. “We do educational seminars. We’ve taught over 500 farmers how to grow hemp.”

Local Processing Center employee, Ryan Diaz, says it’s important for the cannabis community to be close-knit. “You can make a lot of business deals and joint connections that you couldn’t make without having a fair like this,” he says. “It seems like a good chance to break into the industry.”

One Hemp U attendee, Paris Miles, says he went to the event in order to learn and see what Hemp U could teach him. “I feel like the more we know, the more we can do,” he says. “There are new discoveries coming up with this plant on a regular basis and if we apply the information that we gain, we can maximize the benefit of what it has to offer us.”

Miles recognized that many people view hemp growers differently than those who grow for recreational or medicinally purposes. “A lot of the people who grow high quality marijuana don’t want to grow hemp,” Miles says. “They say hemp growers are traitors.”

Miles explains there’s a division between people involved in the many facets of the industry due to the terminology used. “Hemp is cannabis,” he says. “It’s not hemp versus marijuana. It’s all cannabis. It’s just ‘what type are you growing and for what reason?’”

He attended Hemp University to learn and share information with other like-minded people. “The more we share our knowledge, the more confidence we’ll have in each other.”

Miles says since they are all working with the same plant, they should “all work together to respect the plant and all its varieties.”

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