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|

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|

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|

Hemp industry blasts DEA’s continued involvement under USDA rules

The irony is not lost on the hemp industry. In 2018, Congress removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), stripping the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of oversight of a cannabis-derived substance now treated as an agricultural crop. But laboratories that test Farm Bill-compliant hemp must presently be registered with DEA, per interim regulations published

By |2019-12-18T11:42:42-07:00November 14th, 2019|Government and Policy|

White House Approves USDA Hemp Rules; Release Imminent

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) federal hemp production rules, Hemp Industry Daily has learned. With approval from the OMB, which must sign off on new regulations from any federal agency, the public release of the interim production rules could come any day. Garrett Graff of Hoban Law Group told Hemp

By |2019-12-18T11:46:00-07:00October 31st, 2019|Government and Policy|

Weekly Review – October 18 -24, 2019

California Passes Law That Enables Cannabis Employees To Unionize More Easily California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law that requires cannabis dispensaries to allow employees to form a union if they want to obtain a state license, according to GreenRushDaily. Read more Hemp Licenses Issued by State 2019 The 29 U.S. states having reporting licensed

By |2019-12-18T13:05:38-07:00October 24th, 2019|Government and Policy|

Experts weigh in on prospects for regional cannabis coordination among US Northeast governors

Democratic governors from five states in the Northeast last week agreed on core principles for a legal recreational marijuana industry across the region. The idea is that there would be uniform standards for market regulation, including: Licensing. Taxation. Minority participation. Small-business participation. THC potency. ___ Noah Potter, cannabis attorney, Hoban Law Group in New York: “I think

By |2019-12-19T08:12:57-07:00October 23rd, 2019|Government and Policy|

The Applications Of Hemp

Developing regions around the world have a renewed focus on the establishment of broad-based plant-centric economies.  But not just any plant will do.  To form a plant-based economy, even on a micro or regional scale, it is essential that the plant is versatile; that it can first provide viable sources of protein and other essential

By |2019-12-18T12:01:39-07:00October 17th, 2019|Government and Policy|