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Author: Jesse Williams

Episode 20: Everflux Technologies & Green Mountain Flower Co.

Gene from Green Mountain Flower Company introduces Daniel Enking CEO of Everflux Technologies.
Through cutting-edge microbial products that can replace chemical fertilizers and educational programs for farmers, Everflux is removing barriers to adopting regenerative practices. Everflux was inspired by the concept of Cradle to Cradle; the idea that all products and materials we use in modern society could have a never-ending life cycle. Imagine a world where, when something no longer serves its original purpose, instead of discarding it, we could transform it into something else useful.

Russell Dowden – Publisher Texas Hemp Reporter
Coleman Hemphill – Texas Hemp Industries Association 

Episode 19: Herbal Root Collective CEO – Caitlin Hendricks

Caitlin talks about her products and the CBD Space in Texas. She comes from a medical industry background as a former Physical Therapists that saw patients in pain and discomfort and felt the need to offer these clients CBD products as a nurturing caregiver. She can be found currently in many of the central Texas area farmers markets on the weekends profiling her products as she and her team are in plans to build a brick-and-mortar store later this year. Visit her online at.

Coleman, Russell and Jesse all discuss upcoming events and news in the Hemp space in Texas and address many articles in the recently released Texas Hemp Reporter magazine.

 Episode 19: Herbal Root Collective  CEO – Caitlin Hendricks 

Russell Dowden – Publisher Texas Hemp Reporter
Coleman Hemphill – Texas Hemp Industries Association
Jesse Williams – The Texas Cannabis Collective

Texas Takes NOCO 2021

With COVID vaccinations in full swing, hempsters of Texas among many others across the US, attended NOCO Hemp Expo in Denver, CO

The 3-day event kicked off on March 25 with an investor forum held at the Renaissance Denver Central Park Hotel. The event was primarily hosted by virtual hosts, including individuals such as Dr. Ethan Russo and Dr. Bonni Goldstein speaking on neurological development in neurodivergent youth, to Frank Robison of the Robison Law Group speaking on imp0lications of recent rules changes and possible future changes. 

That evening saw multitudes of Texans gathering at the presidential suite of the hotel to have a meet and greet with one another. People from across Texas working in various fields of the hemp industry got to meet with one another face to face. Some for the very first time, others a year or longer reunion in the works. Texans were able to network and get the much-needed social interaction the industry needs at this moment.

Friday saw the Expo hosting its business conference at the National Western Complex on the North Central side of Denver. Along with the Business conference being in-person and virtual, the complex also hosted an in-person walk-through expo. The event was set up in a fashion similar to walking through an IKEA location, with a path labeled to keep foot traffic flowing primarily in one direction. Speakers for the conference included notable figures such as Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Asa Waldstein Founder & Principal of Supplement Advisory Group.

Saturday the 27th marked the day for the Farm Symposium. The symposium started the day off with a Welcome to NOCO Let’s Talk Hemp Farm Symposium featuring Texas’ very own Trammell S. Crow.  From his speaker page, “As the founder of EarthX (formerly known as Earth Day Texas), Mr. Crow has created the largest annual exposition and forum showcasing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices serving to re-shape a more sustainable future. With a focus on inspiring environmental leadership across sectors and party lines, Crow serves on the board of directors for ConservAmerica and is a co-founder of Texas Business for Clean Air and Texans for Clean Water. “

Shortly after attendees got to hear from Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller and internationally renowned cannabis attorney Bob Hoban of the Hoban Law Group about how states are working with farmers and producers, and how they are integrating rules and policies with the USDA and federal government to promote hemp production as allowed under the 2014 and 2018 federal Farm Bills.

Sid Miller spoke on various topics as to Texas being one of the latter states to join, growing his own hemp crop in 2020, the dilemma farmers face in Texas and why Texas is not requiring certified seed yet.

Speaking on certified seed Sid Miller stated that the reason “was to protect the farmers from issues.” As an individual that promotes limited government in the farm space, he wanted to create minimal extra rules unless necessary to make sure Texas farmers can succeed. Sid described in detail that it concerned him how a Texas farmer may buy a certified seed from another state with given expectations that are not met, resulting in hot crop and farmers out of pockets thousands if not possibly millions of dollars with no legal recourse.

Farmers such as those in West Texas areas such as Lamesa face the issue of not having anywhere they can offload their crop and immediately receive funding for it. Farmers in the area are used to growing cotton, harvesting it and taking it to a local delinting facility. A facility where they can offload and immediately receive a check for the product. As well, farmers face challenges such as getting banking, obtaining crop insurance that covers them well enough, and even enough water to ensure the plant’s survival.

If one is interested in seeing NOCO speakers recorded from the event, tickets are still available until April 22, 2021 to view them streaming. Tickets purchased by that deadline will have access until July 22, 2021, to view the content on-demand.

Texas smokable hemp ban case heard in court now awaits judgment

Several prominent smokable hemp producers argued in court on March, 22nd that the state’s smokable hemp production and retail ban were unlawful.

Previously, DSHS equated the ban on the manufacture of smokable hemp products in HB 1325 to a ban on the sale. He asserted it was the intent of that bill. Eldred implied that HB 1325 grants this and DSHS is only making it explicitly known.

In opening statements the plaintiffs argument was led by Matt Zorn. The state claimed that regulating hemp this way is that it is related to enforcing marijuana laws. Zorn compared this to the state saying that if it needs to focus on enforcing cocaine laws, to which it then tries to ban baking soda use. It wouldn’t make any sense to do so.

Zorn stated that Hemp is an entirely legal good. That the state has created a regulation and law on a legal good with no rational basis for doing so. Noting it is an oppressive burden to the market and businesses, comparing this to the oppressive burden noted in the TX SCOTUS case Patel v. Dep’t of Licensing & Regulation which found that the training required for eyebrow threading was an irrational oppressive burden for the occupation. Zorn leads that the court needs to find if the interest of the government outweighs the oppressive burden created.

Zorn reiterated that enforcement of marijuana laws is the issue at hand and DSHS states that it is also about cops not being able to immediately know the difference between hemp and marijuana. From there he elaborated that if that is the goal, then it would mean that reducing the prevalence of people smoking would have to be what takes place for that goal to be reached. This enforcement however will not reduce the prevalence as officers do not know the difference at face value. The fact people can make this on their own and smoke in public keeps that prevalence from being reduced.

Charles K, Eldred, representing DSHS and the State of Texas, started his argument by noting the marijuana and hemp are the same plants, Cannabis Sativa L. That the legislature passed a law for hemp to e regulated which is cannabis Sativa l. So it has a job to regulate the two as the same while following the definition of hemp as described by federal law, scheduling, and Texas law.

Livingston asked Eldred to describe what the change was from before Texas passed its own hemp law via the 86th legislature.

Eldred further stated that in the ’70s hemp and marijuana were just called marijuana, but that today the two are separate because of the psychoactive response upon ingestion and are not separable using other senses. The ban focuses on how hemp isn’t distinguishable from marijuana. Now, hemp is considered legal but given the change in technology, we can tell the difference quicker. He also pointed out that there had been a long-time ban on hemp until recently, and the smokable products. Eldred provided no evidence of such.

Livingston asked if there is a rapid test to determine the difference. If there is a suggestion that these companies that existed before the ban went into effect that is making hemp by a THC definition, are also in the business of marijuana which is legal, isn’t there a simple test to distinguish the two?

Eldred noted that nobody is suggesting they are making marijuana products. The issue is somebody smoking what is believed to be joint of marijuana and not hemp at face value.

Livingston asked how a product made in Oregon and legal to be imported into Texas, is going to be solved by this ban, how will it solve the LEO reaction.

Eldred said the law meets a rational basis and compared it to the plastic bag ban that was put in place in Austin, TX. That it has a conceivable basis. Along with that, the state has the right to ban the manufacture of any item in Texas. From there Eldred admitted that the law isn’t perfect, but still rational which is the bar he claims the law has to meet. He then reminded Judge Livingston that this is a facial challenge and that the burden of proof is on the plaintiffs as they made the claim.

Eldred also claimed that prior to 2019 that nobody was authorized to create Hemp products in Texas or anywhere because it was a schedule 1 substance. That from there he has no idea what these companies were doing before the legislative bill was passed, as he claims the manufacture was still illegal in Texas.

Livingston pointed out the Wild Hemp Hempettes was in business prior to 2019 and that a company with HEMP in the title was obviously involved with Hemp. Furthering that the state obviously knew that this company was around, but if illegal why nothing was done then.

Livingston asked how the law advances the goal that DSHS claims if the public can go around the sales ban and still smoke in public. DSHS admitted that it would just reduce the prevalence because sales aren’t available the law isn’t perfect.

Eldred continued using the same basis repeatedly, in different terms, for the states opening argument.

In the evidence presentation economist Robin Goldstein was brought forward to discuss the economic fallout a ban would have on the industry. His calculations states that it would be $2.9 million minimum possible profit loss for partial closing with reopening in Oklahoma, and up to an estimated $13.8 million if the ban is in full effect with no relocation and a complete shutdown of just Wild Hemp Hempettes in Dallas. Goldstein then calculated $1.4 million in relocating cost and $54 thousand in ongoing monthly costs for things such as maintaining labor force during relocation fees. These figures were just for Wild Hemp alone in Texas, and not countless other businesses.

Eldred objected to several questions asked of economist Goldstein, stating that testing and the issue of prevalence was not in the realm of Goldstein’s profession of economics, as he considered these technological questions. Livingston sustained the objections.

Sarah Kerver noted that the business she owns, 1937 Apothecary, which sells and manufactures smokable hemp products would likely go out of business entirely if the ban is put into full effect.

“This would put my employees and daughter out of work as well. This is a legacy business,” Kerver stated.

Kerver further explained that if she operated outside of Texas she would be able to still sell to Texas residents. That if only the retail ban was upheld, she would be able to manufacture, send them to a business outside of Texas, and then they could be sold to Texas residents again. If a complete shutdown happens, her legacy would disappear with the business.

Zorn later stated in the case that the law itself has contradictions with other existing laws in the state.

In their closing arguments, Zorn reiterated what was standard required by the Patel case and that the state had shown no evidence to the contrary of their own presentation. Eldred repeated the same basis and terms that the state expected for the law.

Full disclosure: Funding for the legal fees and attorneys on the case is coming from plaintiffs. A small fraction of expert research and court appearance fees funding comes from the Texas Hemp Legal Defense Fund which also looks to fund other cases without private plaintiffs. Texas Hemp Reporter receives no compensation from this fund and is only involved in the reporting of the current case.

A date has not been set for any more testimony or judgment as another hearing has to be held about redacting proprietary information. The temporary injunction is still in place.

It will be noted that of the speaker in the case, Eldred was consistently cutting in and out as it appeared he had a poor audio connection and Zoom issues at the beginning of the hearing.

Higher Ed Hemp Tours: A unique educational experience.

I yet again had the pleasure of speaking with Leah & Daniel Lakstins of Higher Ed Hemp Tours (HEHT) of Austin, TX about how their business model helps within the hemponomics sphere. Back in June they launched their Hemp Brand Dashboard. The company claims to fill gaps in the hemp supply chain by connecting brands directly to retailers and other ancillary services through a verified database feature.

With COVID still causing in person tours to stay virtual over liability concerns, education on verified and reliable brands is focus to include weekly news, consumer feedback from hemp tours, education courses, and trade show recaps.

Daniel and Leah pointed out to me on a phone call recently, than many retail fronts and brands entering the industry purely as hemp end-product commodity providers or product suppliers, just don’t have the basics in place to succeed long term.

Many don’t even have any basic liability insurance which is crucial if a customer becomes injured from a product on the shelf. The service HEHT provides can help give a customer ease of mind when seeing the verified logo, while educating retailers on how to be prepared properly for this changing market. They paint a scenario where a customer buys a product, and becomes injured because of an issue with a hemp product. In Texas, the retail shop is held responsible under Texas law for ensuring all labs were done on the product and that it is safe for human consumption if labeled for such. Without insurance, the retailer could be facing heavily burdensome fines and restitution penalties which possibly places them out of business before even paying that off. The customer may not collect all the damages needed to cover the injury they incurred from the faulty product.

Beyond insurance, HEHT verifies that the company is using all natural products, is properly licensed in the state of Texas, and that the lab reports are available and provide the required data per Texas law.

“We saw a huge disconnect between retailers and consumers, the consumers did not understand what cbd really was. Stores were struggling with legalities, understanding lab testing, getting people in the store, and even how to talk to consumers about the product without making medical claims.  People have been making ridiculous claims about their products in the beginning and we have been able to advise people on how to promote this without crossing the legal lines.”

About Higher Ed Hemp Tours

Partnered with Cintia Nava, the three have known each other for several years and were initially not in the hemp industry. HEHT is actually part of their most recent venture, Last Squirt, which is a patented device to place on the tips of bottle sprayer tubes to get the last bit of a product, the last squirt, out of the bottom on the bottle. The company Last Squirt Inc which was started by the Lakstins in 2015, considers itself to be of the beauty and cosmetics industry.

The trio decided that they wanted to add a product to their line, and possibly branch off into the the hemp world with a line of beauty products that would include hemp based materials. Upon researching hemp providers and their crops, and being blown away at all the applications that the plant could provide, they decided to move forward in that direction. They wanted to start this operation in Texas in 2017, but were running into legal issues in Texas due to the status of hemp being illegal under the compassionate use act. There was just too much grey area legally to operate profitably as a startup, and they decided to hold off for a moment of time.

The group saw an issue taking place in a town they wanted to start up in. In 2018 while attending conventions, the trio noticed that Austin wasn’t catching on to the hemp and CBD craze the way the rest of the nation was. They saw there was a need in the market.

HEHT noted that the hemp community doesn’t seem to be vibing with the complete marijuana industry, and they want to connect and bridge that gap in Texas. Their mission is to connect an educated consumer with verified CBD brands. So how does one show credibility in a newly formed marketplace? By building off of previous legal and educational knowledge.

While the Lakstins are the innovators and business minds, Cintia has a bachelors of science in criminal justice, and a masters in education making her the legal knowledge and the teacher of the subject for the company. This allows them to consult and educate both the business side and the consumer side of the industry. She wanted to be in the cannabis industry, and walked away from a language school in Austin (she speaks four languages fluently). Realizing that retailers didn’t have much information and neither did the customer, this needed to be implemented. Cintia is even working on Hemp Business Builder as a product for HEHT which will be like taking a TABC course but for the employees of the hemp industry.

The tour before COVID, was a walking tour or even a party bus, where paying customers and consumers are taken to several business in town that sell a variety of products containing CBD. That has gone virtual for the time being. Some are just hemp retailers and others fit that Keep Austin Weird niche. One may take a tour and wind up going to a diner called Kinda Tropical that offers CBD infused waffles. The tour frequents Texas Sake which creates a hemp infused sake, along with Indigo Smart Cafe which serves CBD infused foods such as Chilean Style Hot Dogs. The tour does educate people that these methods are not likely to be the best ways to get any benefits that consumers possibly think they may be getting from CBD.

If one would like to reach out to HEHT, one can reach out via this link.

Jesse Williams is a writer for TXCANNACO.COM, you can find other articles from him there and hear him on the Texas Hemp Show podcast as the co-host

Episode 17: Texas Hemp Harvestors Assoc.

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Serving Texas’ Hemp Industry: The mission of Texas Hemp Harvesters Association (TXHHA) is to advance Texas’ hemp economy by providing our local industry a platform to connect. TXHHA is creating a league for Texans to shape state industrial hemp programs by educating members on current licensing requirements, responsible supply chain agreements, and new applications for the crop.

TXHHA provides benefits for farmers, supporting businesses, state agencies, our community and the nation by providing high-quality events, education from top industry experts, all within an inclusive and supportive culture.

TXHHA is the HOME of Texas Hemp.

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Hannah & Andrea talk with Russ and Jesse about the upcoming 2021 season in Texas Hemp.

Hannah Wilner ~Board Chair & Executive Director Hannah Wilner is a seasoned professional who brings acceptance and perspective to every conversation. She has a unique ability to relate with everyone she encounters, leveraging her natural rapport to make those around her feel appreciated and invincible.  Hannah began observing the cannabis industry in 2015 while living in California, however it wasn’t until moving to Texas that she found her calling and launched TXHHA.

Andrea Sallis ~ Board Member Andrea Sallis is a serial entrepreneur, advocate, and co-founder of the Texas Hemp Harvesters Association.  A consummate networker, Ms. Sallis has successfully turned “contacts into contracts” for over 15 years in real estate development, investor relations, business strategy and event production. In cannabis and hemp, she’s applied this expertise as Visionary Officer for Healthway Education Systems, and serves as an advisor for UrbanCann Solutions, navigating clients seeking cannabis business strategies. Ms. Sallis has also founded Our Cannabis Culture, a community organization aimed at bridging the gap between cannabis, commerce and communities. 

Episode 16: Biochar Now

BiocharNow is a pioneer in the biochar industry with strong engineering, manufacturing, sales and administrative personnel focused on making and selling quality biochar on a very large scale. CEO James Gaspard talks with us about the many applications for biochar and tells us about his experience in this space.

To restore the Earth for Humanity 

Biochar Now incorporated in November 2011 with three primary goals in mind:1. Understand biochar’s beneficial properties and potential markets
 2. Understand how to consistently make high-quality biochar at a very large scale
 3. Meet the EPA’s emissions standards to accomplish these goals, the company turned to existing research, consultants, science and engineering. However, because the industry was quite young, there were many questions that could only be answered by Biochar Now’s own research and development. Biochar Now has been awarded eleven patents to date on both our technology and applications of biochar. The company has now successfully proven itself and is undergoing significant expansion throughout North America.

Episode 15: CRI CPAs Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey of CRI CPA a top 25 CPA Firm in the US. As a native North Carolinian, Scott is proud to serve clients across his home state. With more than a decade of experience in public accounting and internal audit for Fortune 500 companies, small- and mid-sized sector leaders, and closely-held businesses, Scott provides clients with a broad range of services, including accounting, auditing, and risk advisory. He focuses his practice on the manufacturing and distribution, financial services, and construction industries.

Scott talks with Russell about research grants, and opportunities in the Hemp Industry as well as challenges we’ve had during the pandemic year and how the market recovered from some over-saturation of hemp in 2019. If you need advice on your PPP loan tax filing contact CRI at

Episode #14 – Hydroshack Hydroponics

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Hydroshack Hydroponics is a hydroponic, aquaponic, and organic supply store located in the Houston Heights. They have a large variety of growing media, nutrients, lighting, heirloom seeds and organic soil. Additionally, they offer the only 100% biodiesel fuel pump in Houston. Known for our customer service, the owners and employees of Hydroshack are happy to offer advice to get you started in your hydroponic growing adventures! Not in Houston? Check them out on-line at and on Facebook at

Chris Powers talks with Jessie & Russell about the 2020 season and what we can expect with the
upcoming spring grow for Texans in 2021. For more information on Chris and his staff send an email to
[email protected] or call them at 713-292-1921.

Podcast Episode 12: Taste of Texas Hemp Cup and Heather Fazio

Our friends at Taste of Texas Hemp Cup (Liz Grow) talk about the upcoming event in San Marcos, TX with details on what is taking place, live music, and the onsite creation of the trophy. Then for the second half we speak Heather Fazio about the upcoming legislative session and how citizens can be prepared to help work with groups to change the laws in Texas.

Grow House Media is an Austin-based production company that is clearing the smoke around the most misunderstood plant on the planet. If you’re a hemp farmer in Texas, check out the Taste of Texas Hemp Cup happening this December 12th!
Grow House Media is a Texas-based Media group with a focus on Hemp and Marijuana education and in addition to working on the Taste of Texas Hemp Cup. they are also working on a Netflix Docu-series called ” Big Texas Hemp” to air next spring. Turning over a new leaf in cannabis-positive programming – Visit them online at and at

An advocate of individual liberty and personal responsibility, 
Heather Fazio has worked toward limited government since 2009. 

She served as Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government from 2011-2014 and has 
served as an advisory board member of Texas NORML since 2012.

Heather served as Texas Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project from 2014-2018. 
Now, she utilizes her passion for grassroots activism and coalition building as 
Director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, an advocacy-focused coalition.

Podcast #4

This week for the first half we speak with CEO Lee Vernon of First Responder Fuel CBD about their mission (listen for a discount code), their product lab testing practices and even their client’s drug testing results. Then during the second half we discuss hemp banking issues with the CEO and founder of VeriLeaf, Justin Fischer. Recorded 10/7/2020 @ Takeoff Terminal Studios. Copyright 2020 Texas Hemp Show.

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