《The Introducer》杂志于2007年创办，创始人Mary Kurek长期致力于全球高精尖优质资源整合，每期刊登来自全球各行业的十位高端商务人士，影响力覆盖美国、加拿大、澳大利亚、英国等诸多国家，涉及行业包括投资、汽车、软件、科技、影视、体育等。
The benefits he sees if legalization occurs globally?
Those who benefit first from hemp re-legalization must be the individuals utilizing the power of hemp to manage and treat their diseases. From the current data I have collected, millions of people in the United States use various forms of hemp to treat a variety of refractory diseases,including cancers, Parkinsons,epilepsy, depression and other diseases. In Israel, twenty-five thousand advanced cancer patients are allowed to use hemp to relieve pain, for the replacement of the traditional medicine such as morphine that is made of opium derivatives. While in China, every year there are 5 million advanced cancer patients, 3 million Parkinsons patients and 10 million epilepsy patients, which account for one-fifth of the global epilepsy patients. In addition, 90 million people in China suffer from depression. Hemp has been recognized by numerous scientific institutions in the world for it’s very promising effects to treat the aforementioned diseases, which in turn has prompted countless debates on this subject matter. By the way, I’d like to mention the research results of our internal HMI Group studies. In particular, pulmonary hypertension (PH), also known as blue lip disease, a rare disease for those afflicted experiencing shorter life expectancies than those of many cancers. Once the patients have been diagnosed, the average survival time is only 2.7 years. The only effective treat mentoptions offered are those of high-risk surgeries. However, an active ingredient we have extracted from hemp is found to be very effective to treat pulmonary hypertension (PH) and we have applied for an international patent, which would be a tremendous contribution for mankind. What’s more, we have discovered that anactive ingredient in hemp has protective benefits that would reduce the numberof deaths attributed to the avian influenza virus, for which we have also applied for an international patent. This year in Hong Kong, the Avian flu has caused in excess of 300 deaths, for which we grieve with those who have lost loved one sand have put forth our best efforts to expedite the formulation of this new product in an effort to minimize such tragedies.
What efforts has he made to seek out thatlegalization?
What are the major blocks to achieve legalization?
While there exists a large underserved marketplace for hemp, there exists an even larger misunderstanding of the hemp industry. Many of my friends and colleagues opposed the decision for Mr. Zhang Ke and I to cooperate and invest in this field. I even lost some of my friends who did not understand me or this path that I was choosing. HMI Group is highly supervised by the public security and regulatory bodies of the government in order to ensure the utmost safety for the general public and conform to strict manufacturing practices. In order to spread awareness and recognize this amazing plant, we are utilizing many social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Wechat and Weibo in China to promote the safe uses and applications of hemp.
There is a traditional Chinese saying that “every medicine has some toxic effects”. For instance, in nature, morphine is the product of poppy and in the laboratory arsenic trioxide is created to treat leukemia, thus opening the door for hemp to enter into the pharmaceutical realm. As for us, HMI has become the first corporate academician, in cooperation with the president of China Harbin Medical University in Hei Longjiang province, declared the first hemp extracted medicine for treating epilepsy, garnered government support at all levels, including financial support and established the first hemp extraction facility in China. In my opinion, working towards collective solutions is far more rewarding than simply avoiding the obstacles. No government should stop the people’s pursuit for independence in their healthcare. Through the relentless efforts of HMI Group, two provinces (Hei Longjiang and Yunnan) in China have created new legislation to allow for the legalization of hemp and we are confident that more provinces and cities will follow suit.
From an R&D or innovation standpoint, where do you see the best possibilities for hemp in the near future?
The majority of the early entrants in the hemp industry were small and medium sized companies, which is a natural phenomenon for a new emerging industry. In the future, we will see larger corporations developing through mergers and acquisitions and being born by capital markets that will fuel the “crazy hemp industry” as the hottest investment sector. As the famous entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel said, hemp and artificial intelligence are the most valuable industries for investment.
An article in South China Morning Post Green gold：How China quietly grew into a cannabis superpower released on Aug 27 this year has reported the rapid development and market potential of China’s hemp industry and cited HMI Group as an example.
2017年8月27日，《南华早报》发布了一篇关于中国工业大麻市场的报道《Green gold：How China quietly grew into a cannabis superpower》，报道提出中国已悄然成为工业大麻生产与科研大国，以中国汉麻集团为例，中国在汉麻领域的迅速发展和市场潜力。
While the growth of the European and United States markets continues forward, there has also been a boom in the Chinese and Asian markets for hemp related products. We will see a gradual shift to Asia becoming the largest consumer of hemp, in particular China, whose burgeoning middle class population will serve as the single largest market place in the world. As my American friend once remarked, China has over 200 million above average consumers, almost catching up with the US population! I believe no other country may compare with China’senormous market size and unique consumers, which will only continue to grow with time. In particular, as the country continues to expand the hemp industry it will become the largest producer and consumer of hemp related products and materials.