About Garrett Graff

Garrett Graff is the Managing Attorney at Hoban Law Group, nationally recognized as a Cannabis Law Trailblazer by National Law Journal.

Crop Insurance Expands for Domestic Hemp Producers

With the growing popularity of hemp as an agricultural commodity, farmers are gravitating towards hemp production. When growing crops, corn for example, farmers are able to purchase crop insurance to cover or mitigate losses. However, crop insurance is not as accessible for hemp.  Prior to the recent regulatory changes implemented by the Agricultural Improvement Act

By |2020-03-25T16:05:52-06:00March 18th, 2020|Government and Policy|

So, you want to ship hemp?

This article is authored by Garrett Graff with contributions from our law clerk, Haley Keefer. As hemp continues to grow as a global commodity, the international shipment of hemp follows. Unfortunately, US-based cannabusinesses have encountered obstacles when shipping hemp and finished products containing hemp internationally. At this time, there is limited federal guidance from the

By |2020-01-30T09:53:01-07:00January 30th, 2020|Global Law|

USDA (Finally) Releases Groundbreaking Interim Hemp Regulations

The (almost) year-long wait is over – at long last, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) issued its Interim Final Rule concerning the implementation of the hemp-related provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”). This announcement marks an important step towards the realization of a streamlined domestic – and

By |2019-12-18T11:50:04-07:00October 30th, 2019|Hemp|

On the Watch: USDA Regulations

The wait may soon be over. Perhaps as soon as this week, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) is expected to issue its long-awaited regulations, finally implementing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”). Despite the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill on December 20, 2018, the hemp industry has continued

By |2019-12-18T12:18:16-07:00October 3rd, 2019|Hemp|

Hemp Investing 101: The Basics

Since 2014, the nascent hemp industry quickly developed into a profitable and attractive industry for investors. Now, with the boon of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp businesses and investors alike recognize the industry’s enormous potential, with endless uses for the hemp plant and numerous opportunities for investment. Notably, hemp is now treated by both federal

By |2019-12-18T12:35:38-07:00September 10th, 2019|Banking and Finance|

Pennsylvania Senators Unveil Bill to Foster an Adult-use Cannabis Program

Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach and Senator Sharif Street recently unveiled their plan to introduce legislation, Senate Bill 350 (“SB 350”), that — if passed — would legalize adult-use cannabis and create a corresponding regulatory program. SB 350 would permit adults over the age of 21 to purchase and consume adult-use cannabis, and, to grow up

By |2019-12-18T12:48:14-07:00April 3rd, 2019|Government and Policy|

Regulation of different CBD product types

As FDA and industry determine the legality of CBD in supplements and foods, brands are releasing oral ingestibles, cosmetics and less traditional products types. Hemp foods are nothing new in the United States. In the early 2000s, sterilized (hulled) hempseeds, cold-pressed hempseed oil and other similar products were widely available. Since then, Congress enacted laws

By |2019-12-18T12:48:39-07:00April 3rd, 2019|Regulatory|

The FDA and Hemp: Status Check

By Darren Kaplan and Garrett Graff At the end of February 2019, as well as concurrent with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in late December 2018, Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb made numerous public statements which offered hope to those waiting for the FDA to take affirmative leadership on

By |2019-12-18T12:51:09-07:00March 11th, 2019|Government and Policy|

Facebook Reverses Course with Pages Related to Hemp and CBD

In late December 2018, the hemp industry celebrated the historical passage of landmark legislation, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 which permanently clarified and affirmed the lawfulness of hemp. However, no one expected companies like Facebook to rain on the parade. In fact, once the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, Facebook apparently began characterizing pages

By |2019-12-18T13:18:15-07:00January 15th, 2019|Hemp|

Leveling the Playing Field: New Developments in Colorado Marijuana Investment

By Garrett Graf, Hoban Law Group Coming early 2019, the window for opportunity to invest in Colorado’s marijuana industry may be forced wide open. That is, if Governor Hickenlooper does not exercise his veto power first. Ever since Colorado first regulated marijuana years ago, regulators approached requirements for owners rather restrictively, at first allowing only

By |2019-12-19T08:23:58-07:00June 4th, 2018|Government and Policy|