Mexico Cannabis Update

Resolution of the Supreme Court on the medicinal use of cannabis The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) unanimously approved Justice Eduardo Medina Mora’s proposed draft of a ruling that orders the Health Secretariat and COFEPRIS to issue the necessary regulations for the medicinal use of cannabis and its derivatives within a 180 business days

By |2019-09-18T13:02:35-06:00September 18th, 2019|HLG Blogs, Marijuana|

Going to Where the Puck Is

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

By |2019-09-18T14:56:51-06:00September 18th, 2019|Bob's Voice, Hemp, HLG Blogs|

North Carolina Hemp: The Debate On Smokable Hemp

North Carolina began regulating pilot hemp production in 2015 pursuant to the Federal Agricultural Act of 2014. Two years later temporary rules were issued by the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission and a limited number of licenses for industrial hemp fields were granted to qualified farmers and research institutes.  In December of 2018, the Federal Agricultural

By |2019-09-18T10:23:16-06:00September 18th, 2019|Hemp, HLG Blogs|

U.S. Customs And Border Patrol Bans Canadians, Then Changes Its Mind

Last October, I wrote Can Canadians Involved in the Legalized Marijuana Industry Enter the United States?   Now, nine months after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that has affirmed Hemp and its derivatives, including cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (“CBD”) and  delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”, provided that concentration of THC not be more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis) is

By |2019-09-18T10:31:58-06:00September 16th, 2019|Hemp, HLG Blogs, International|

Big Boss Man: Can’t You Hear Me When I Call?

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

By |2019-09-18T13:50:05-06:00September 10th, 2019|Bob's Voice, HLG Blogs, Marijuana|

How to Move and Bank Cannabis Cash in the US and Beyond

Spanning 34 states and generating $10.8 billion domestically in 2018, banking and cash management is one of legalized marijuana’s greatest obstacles. While 633 banks and credit unions (financial institutions) provide marijuana growers, processors and sellers (marijuana-related businesses or MRBs) with accounts, this is a small fraction of nation’s 11,954 financial institutions, which, to offset onerous

By |2019-09-10T12:42:46-06:00September 10th, 2019|HLG Blogs, Marijuana|

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 |2019-09-10T09:45:41-06:00September 10th, 2019|Hemp, HLG Blogs|

I Love The Smell Of Hemp In The Morning…

It smells like victory and this is why. Those who have approached the cannabis plant over the years from criminal defense/social justice points of view will know that the "smell of marijuana" has justified an extraordinary number of stops, arrests, searches, and seizures. It has been the fundamental tool in the arbitrarily capricious and irrational

By |2019-09-16T22:03:24-06:00September 9th, 2019|Hemp, HLG Blogs, Marijuana|

An Unbroken Chain?

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

By |2019-09-18T13:50:22-06:00September 9th, 2019|Bob's Voice, Hemp, HLG Blogs, International|

Risky Business: Investment In The Absence Of Federal Marijuana Legality

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.

By |2019-09-18T13:50:32-06:00September 4th, 2019|Bob's Voice, HLG Blogs, Marijuana|