Under a new proposal adopted by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) at its General Assembly here yesterday, host cities must in future include 16 core sports as part of the programme and then can choose as many as they want from a list of optional sports and disciplines as long as it does not exceed a further 500 athletes.Rowing had been on the previous list of optional sports but has now been dropped, leading to Annamarie Phelps, the chairman of British Rowing, to launch a campaign to save it.”FISA, our International Federation, has been working closely for some years with the Commonwealth Games Sports Committee, and a number of large rowing Federations, to try and get rowing re-instated as a Commonwealth sport at the Games,” she said. “Rowing has met all the criteria set by the CGF Sport Committee for inclusion.”The Commonwealth Games is an excellent place for smaller nations to have the opportunity to shine, particularly those new to our sport such as the islands in the Caribbean and smaller nations like Scotland and Wales.”The growth and development of rowing in other parts of the world such as Africa and Asia has been and could be further enhanced by the opportunity to compete at a Commonwealth event too.”I am hugely dismayed and disappointed by the news of this proposal which is contrary to all that FISA and the NFs (National Federations) have been led to believe by the CGF over the last seven plus years.”Retaining rowing as an optional sport would cost nothing but help us grow into a stronger sport that could realistically be included.”David Grevemberg, chief executive of the CGF, has now promised they will review the situation.”We want to develop the formation for promotion and demotion of sports,” he told insidethegames.”We need to establish a pathway for sports.”It is quite possible for rowing to move back up.”Rowing appeared in the very first Commonwealth Games at Hamilton in 1930.It then appeared at four consecutive Games between 1950 and 1962 but has not been on the programme since Edinburgh 1986 when Sir Steve Redgrave won three gold medals.
Green Entrepreneur Podcast December 20, 2018 3 min read In an historic day for the cannabis business, President Trump signed into law a bill that makes hemp federally legal. Image credit: Elixinol LLC Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily President Donald Trump signed hemp legalization into law Thursday, a change that’s expected to unleash seismic market changes for the entire cannabis industry.Trump’s signature on the 2018 Farm Bill takes hemp – defined as cannabis below 0.3% THC – out of the Controlled Substances Act.The change also applies to extracts from hemp, including CBD.The law takes effect immediately, meaning federal drug authorities must treat hemp like any other agricultural commodity, such as wheat or potatoes.Hemp farmers will face none of the business and regulatory obstacles that apply to higher-THC varieties, which are still defined as marijuana and remain a Schedule 1 drug.Related: Congress Edges Closer to Legalizing HempHere’s what you need to know about the new law:Cannabis plants above 0.3% still are defined as Schedule 1 drugs, though licensed hemp producers can’t be charged with a crime if their hemp exceeds the THC limit, making it marijuana.But THC that comes from hemp is no longer a controlled substance.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must develop national hemp regulations “as expeditiously as practicable,” which is an uncertain time frame. The national plan must include procedures for checking hemp plants’ THC content and plans to destroy plants with too much THC.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) retains authority over foods, drugs and cosmetics. That means that while CBD becomes legal Jan. 1, it doesn’t mean it is legal to add hemp or CBD to food products or dietary supplements.States, territories and Indian tribes have no deadline to submit hemp-regulation plans to the USDA. But once they submit a proposal, the USDA has 60 days to approve or reject it.If a state’s hemp-oversight plan is rejected, growers there will be “subject to a plan established by the (USDA) to monitor and regulate that production.”The USDA has one year to study the 42 hemp states’ progress with the plant and “determine the economic viability of the domestic production and sale of industrial hemp,” with the findings due to Congress.The hemp industry has been pushing for legalization for decades, but the plant’s long association with high-THC varieties kept it locked alongside heroin and marijuana in Schedule 1, the most restricted drug classification in the United States.The Farm Bill gives no direction for how law enforcement is supposed to tell whether THC came from legal hemp or from illegal marijuana.Marijuana entrepreneurs are cheering the change, because it could open a channel to accessing public markets and other financial tools unavailable to companies selling Schedule 1 drugs.Vertical, a cannabis producer and retailer based in Agoura Hills, California, has operations in four states and plans to spin off a separate hemp company, called Vertical Wellness, in hopes of listing on the Nasdaq.Related: The Next Big Cannabis Opportunity? Mills to Process Industrial Hemp. Kristen Nichols Politics Next Article Add to Queue –shares Hemp Hemp Hooray! U.S. Legalizes Hemp Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Listen Now