Hemp in Flux: The European Union’s Winding Road to Regulation

Written by Darren Kaplan, Associate Attorney The European Commission continues to waiver in deciding how it will treat products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (“CBD”) in the European Union, leaving some hemp companies in flux about the long-term legality of their operations. Consumer Demand Outpacing Laws and Regulations As in the rest of the world, European consumer

By |2020-09-22T14:35:05-06:00September 22nd, 2020|Hemp|

Shipping a Super Crop: An Overview of Importation and Exportation of Hemp

This article is authored by managing attorney, Garrett Graff. Hemp is one of the most environmentally sustainable agricultural products as hemp is cultivated in a variety of climates and its uses are innumerable, including food, fuel, fabric, bioplastics, paper, and other industrial products. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) removed hemp from

By |2020-09-22T13:40:20-06:00September 22nd, 2020|Hemp|

The Current Status of Hemp and the FDA

This article is authored by managing attorney, Garrett Graff. Finished products containing hemp-derived ingredients are becoming increasingly popular as a myriad of products have and continue to enter the market since the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”).  The 2018 Farm Bill reserved regulatory authority over finished products that contain

By |2020-09-22T13:22:29-06:00September 22nd, 2020|Hemp|

Hemp Derivatives 101

This article is authored by attorney, Ashley Simpson. A recent trend in cannabis consumer products is testing the boundaries of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — the 2018 Farm Bill. The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids from the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) entirely. Notably, it does not carve out specific cannabinoids

By |2020-09-22T12:35:33-06:00September 22nd, 2020|Hemp|

Hemp Is Not Marijuana . . . Unless You Ask the DEA

DEA Tries to Define Hemp If you’re a hemp business, you probably understand the victory that came with Congress passing the 2018 Farm Bill. As most industry players know, this piece of federal legislation expressly confirmed that hemp is excluded from treatment as "marihuana" at the federal level. Importantly, the 2018 Farm Bill also more

By |2020-09-22T11:34:09-06:00September 22nd, 2020|Hemp|

How GW Pharma Won CBD

GW Pharma's CBD Success As of this writing, GW Pharma’s CBD drug Epidiolex has been approved for treating profound refractory pediatric epilepsy syndromes (Dravet syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome) as well as seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in patients one year of age or older.  The product is a very simple, orally-administered formulation

By |2020-09-22T13:47:16-06:00September 21st, 2020|Regulatory|

Organic Label Claims 101: What Hemp Businesses Need To Know Before Claiming “Organic” the Product Label

What Makes Hemp Organic? If you operate a business that manufactures, distributes, and/or sells hemp foods, supplements, or cosmetic products, your product may contain some organic ingredients. Your products may also include hemp extract ingredients derived from USDA-certified “organic” hemp crops. But what does this mean in terms of reflecting these organic ingredients on your

By |2020-09-22T11:21:01-06:00September 21st, 2020|Government and Policy, Hemp|

Hoban Law Group Files Amicus Brief in Support of Petitioners in Washington v. Barr

The Hoban Law Group filed an amicus brief on behalf of two amici this week in support of the Petitioners’ writ of certiorari to encourage the Supreme Court of the United States to hear Marvin Washington, et al. v. William P. Barr, Attorney General, et. al.. Petitioners challenge marijuana’s schedule I status under the Controlled

By |2020-09-18T12:05:49-06:00September 18th, 2020|Government and Policy|

IP and the 4 Lanes Of Cannabis Commerce

In a recent article, Bob Hoban observed that cannabis commerce can be divided among 4 commercial lanes Recreational cannabis High-end “craft” strains Mass-marketed generic products Pharmaceuticals Wellness and food products (CPGs - edibles, cosmetics & nutraceuticals) Industrial hemp, which can be further divided into Fuels Plastics, Textiles, Paper, and Construction materials Biomass for cannabinoid extraction

By |2020-09-17T10:48:23-06:00September 17th, 2020|Patents and Trademarks|

Cannabis Trademark 101

Written By: Brandon Dorsky A trademark is a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. Trademarks are meant to serve as source identifiers that signal to a consumer the origin(s) of a product or service.   Both the federal government and state governments allow for the

By |2020-09-15T12:58:16-06:00September 15th, 2020|Patents and Trademarks|
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