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|

Week In Review – September 6-12, 2019

Pyxus International Signs Agreement With Cornell University For Hemp, CBD Research Pyxus entered the cannabis space last year by obtaining majority stakes in two Canadian cannabis producers, as well as a cultivation license. The company was previously a global tobacco wholesaler and distributor known as Alliance One International. It changed its name to Pyxus in 2018 as

By |2019-09-11T12:08:34-06:00September 11th, 2019|Hemp, HLG Week In Review, Marijuana|

Litigation Looms As The Likeliest Outcome Of Oral Contracts Or Handshake Deals

To professionals having recently entered the industry space for legalized cannabis and hemp, the adjustment from the types of commercial issues encountered while working for a large mainstream corporation can be an abrupt, if not outright dramatic, switch. As an old legal saying goes, a contract is a contract is a contract. Yet, not all

By |2019-09-18T10:26:13-06:00September 11th, 2019|Hemp, HLG In The News, 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|

Litigation Pitfalls – The “Hand-Shake” Contract

Having entered the cannabis and hemp legal space less than a year ago, the adjustment from the commercial issues I encountered working in-house for a large corporation, to those which arise during my “new” day-to-day practice are less than subtle, but certainly not dramatic. As litigation goes, things are not terribly different – as a

By |2019-09-05T14:07:07-06:00August 30th, 2019|Hemp, HLG Blogs|

A Tale of Necessity & Invention: Looking At Poland’s History With Hemp

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

By |2019-09-18T13:50:46-06:00August 30th, 2019|Bob's Voice, Hemp, HLG Blogs|