About Darren Kaplan

Darren Kaplan joined Hoban Law Group as a student extern in 2016 during his 2nd year of law school and graduated in May 2018 from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.

Monitoring the Momentum of Cannabis in Africa

Africa has seen a recent wave of legal developments surrounding commercial cannabis and there are signs that momentum is continuing to build at speed. It may yet be some time before regulated dispensaries serve legal, recreational marijuana to customers in African cities like Cape Town, South Africa or Accra, Ghana —  neither country has affirmatively

By |2020-05-20T09:21:06-06:00May 20th, 2020|Global Law|

Federal COVID-19 Response Leaves Some Cannabis Businesses in the Cold

Written by Darren Kaplan & Jana Weltzin As businesses around the United States reckon with the unfolding realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cannabis industry has continued to experience the consequences of divergent federal and state policies. On one hand, the hemp side of the cannabis industry is reaping the rewards of national legalization by

By |2020-04-10T09:08:54-06:00April 9th, 2020|Government and Policy|

Lawsuits in the cannabis space

As the cannabis industry matures from illegal activity to legitimate businesses, it faces the same exposure to lawsuits that exist in other industries. Once upon a time—and not long ago—it would have been unheard of to try a cannabis civil lawsuit in an American courtroom. However, the cannabis industry cannot be ignored. With most

By |2019-12-18T12:47:37-07:00April 17th, 2019|Litigation|

The USDA and Hemp: Status Check

The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) is ramping up its rulemaking process pursuant to the Agriculture Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”). When the 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial hemp — and its derivatives — from the Controlled Substances Act, industrial hemp was placed under the USDA’s authority. The 2018 Farm Bill clarifies

By |2019-12-18T12:51:56-07:00March 11th, 2019|Government and Policy|

The New Congress Talks Cannabis

The new House of Representatives has announced its first cannabis-related hearing, “Challenges and Solutions: Access to Banking Services for Cannabis-Related Businesses,” which will take place on February 13 before a sub-committee of the House Financial Services Committee. The hearing will address, as the name suggests, the practical issues that cannabis businesses face in accessing banking

By |2019-12-18T12:57:58-07:00February 15th, 2019|Government and Policy|

Progress Report: 2018 Farm Bill

With the recent passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — the 2018 Farm Bill — these are exciting times for many in the cannabis industry. The 2018 Farm Bill is big news because this legislation was the product of concerted bipartisan effort in the nation’s capital, recognizing and restoring hemp’s deserved status in

By |2019-12-18T12:58:13-07:00February 8th, 2019|Government and Policy|