“Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion” In a few weeks, the first two decades of the 21st century will have come and gone. For myself, and the many who’ve fought for decades to end cannabis prohibition, the milestone shift toward reform and legalization of both sides of the plant - hemp and
In addition to being the managing attorney here at Hoban Law Group, I’ve been a professor for the past seven years at the University of Denver. And perhaps, much to the chagrin of some parents, students in my class learn and discuss marijuana and hemp policy at an adult, responsible level. As an attorney, I
One man gathers what another man spills. Right now, do we have a CBD industry or an industrial hemp industry? I think for the most part we have a CBD industry worldwide. The reason for this is twofold. The first part is perception. Hemp growers are not confident that there is a market for the
A Much Needed Paradigm Shift Toward a Whole Plant Approach You’d never make it in the NHL if you were a defender who always followed the puck. It’s not about where the puck is now, but all about anticipating where the puck is going. The same is true for the people thinking about the hemp
Despite years of ignoring federal cannabis research applications, has the DEA given hope for a new frontier on cannabis research? Late last month, the DEA announced it's providing a pathway to expand opportunities for scientific and medical research into cannabis. I say cannabis because, even though the DEA’s announcement used the term “marijuana research,” it
On August 1, 2019, Colombian cannabis producer Clever Leaves announced that its hemp oil brand, Esenia, had become the first hemp-based wellness product manufactured in Colombia to be imported into the United Kingdom for commercial purposes. Several days later, on August 19, 2019, PharmaCielo Ltd. (the Canadian parent of Colombia's licensed cultivator and producer of medicinal-grade
A quick note on language. Recently, there’s been a trend to rebrand the marijuana industry as the cannabis industry. While I understand the desire to move away from a word with a maligned origin, I can’t help but feel this escalates confusion; because hemp is cannabis, and marijuana is cannabis. And because legal definitions matter.
Three years ago, I was in Poland representing a client in negotiating a license for industrial hemp seed varieties from the world’s leading hemp institute — The Polish Institute of Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants. We were staying in a historic hotel in Poznan, a city of around 550,000 people; one of Poland’s oldest and