Brazilian Court Rules on a Decision Allowing Hemp Cultivation

In recent months, we saw a Brazilian court rule on a decision allowing hemp cultivation, a first in the nation’s history. This, coupled with ANVISA’s recent policy announcements concerning its recognition of medicinal cannabis, represents a substantial and swift policy change in Latin America. I have previously written about the significance of the ANVISA announcement,

By |2020-01-24T15:24:08-07:00January 24th, 2020|Global Law|

New Jersey Leads Nation in Federal Hemp Program Approval

New Jersey Leads Nation in Federal Hemp Program Approval Jersey got there first! Leapfrogging over 16 other states with more established hemp programs, on December 27, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) approved New Jersey’s proposed hemp growing, processing and selling regulations, including Cannabidol (“CBD”) starting in 2020. NJ Hemp Program’s Creation Following Congress’

By |2020-01-10T07:28:26-07:00January 9th, 2020|Government and Policy|

Update on Illinois Marijuana Adult Use

In less than a month, Illinois’ long-awaited adult use marijuana program will begin.  As of 6:00 a.m. CST on January 1, 2020, any person 21 years of age or older will be able to purchase marijuana in a licensed Illinois adult use dispensary.  In state residents will be able to purchase up to 30 grams

By |2019-12-18T15:56:54-07:00December 18th, 2019|Government and Policy|

Lifting of Hemp Banking Restriction Clears Path for Marijuana Banking

Not only did banking hemp just get easier and more profitable, prohibitions on providing financial services to Marijuana growers, processors and sellers (“MRBs”) may be further reduced. In conjunction with state bank regulators, this week four federal agencies issued a statement fortifying hemp cultivation’s legal status and removing costly compliance requirements preventing banks from providing

By |2019-12-18T10:56:54-07:00December 5th, 2019|Banking and Finance|

Just in Time for the Holidays: FDA’s Updated Guidance on CBD Amid More Warning Letters

FDA Update Despite the impending Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) kept plenty busy this week in keeping the hemp industry on its toes issuing: (a) yet another round of a whopping fifteen (15) warning letters to companies purportedly marketing “unapproved new drugs” containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (“CBD”) in violation of FDA regulations;

By |2019-12-18T13:08:47-07:00December 5th, 2019|Government and Policy|

Golden Key 3.0 Event – Gateway Proven Strategies

Gateway Proven Strategies (GPS) and Hoban Law presents the Golden Key Party in Las Vegas on December 11, 2019. This multi-sensory immersion event has a carefully curated guest list consisting of founders, executives, investors, and influencers in the cannabis industry. Golden Key 3.0 will ask guests to embark on a journey of discovery through the

By |2019-12-19T15:25:36-07:00November 20th, 2019|News and Events|

Seeking Certainty Between Certified Hemp Seeds Versus High-Yield CBD Strains

Among the most critical decisions a hemp cultivator makes is where to source seeds. Without a reliable provider for hemp seed genetics, cultivators risk losing an entire crop to disease, or worse, harvesting plants that test over acceptable limits for THC. In Kentucky, for example, a company called Elemental Processing is suing HP Farms (an

By |2019-12-18T11:22:16-07:00November 19th, 2019|Hemp|

2019 Cannabis Independent Innovation Awards Program Announces Winners

The Cannabis Independent Innovation Awards program, the industry’s most robust recognition platform for the innovators and leaders of the cannabis industry, today announced the winners of their 2019 Awards program. The 2019 Cannabis Independent Innovation Awards attracted more than 1,900 nominations from around the world. The winners were chosen by a group of judges who are senior-level

By |2019-12-18T11:22:51-07:00November 19th, 2019|Hemp|

Cannabis Corner: DEA Commander Turned Pot Co. Advocate

*This post was originally published on Law360 Law360 (November 13, 2019, 4:43 PM EST) -- Charles Feldmann has been involved in cannabis law longer than most people — albeit not always as an advocate for the industry. “My background really came from a heavy law enforcement side,” he told Law360. “Having gone to law school

By |2019-12-18T11:41:07-07:00November 14th, 2019|Government and Policy|