Hemp in California: State to revisit legislation allowing CBD in food, beverages

Hemp entrepreneurs in California are optimistic that long-awaited state legislation to legalize hemp-derived CBD as an ingredient in food, beverages and cosmetics will be revived from suspension and ready for Gov. Gavin Newsom to approve by spring. A coalition of hemp farmers, advocates and local governments worked through the off-session to submit amendments aimed at improving the

By |2020-02-10T21:01:52-07:00February 10th, 2020|HLG In The News|

Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right

Musings on the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos  Last month, I traveled to Davos, Switzerland, as a guest of the world-class Cannatech crew for its annual event, which coincides with the World Economic Forum (WEF). I attended the Cannabis Conclave for discussions on European Union-based data, policy, and the work of the cannabis advocacy

By |2020-02-05T09:22:45-07:00February 5th, 2020|Bob's Voice|

So, you want to ship hemp?

This article is authored by Garrett Graff with contributions from our law clerk, Haley Keefer. As hemp continues to grow as a global commodity, the international shipment of hemp follows. Unfortunately, US-based cannabusinesses have encountered obstacles when shipping hemp and finished products containing hemp internationally. At this time, there is limited federal guidance from the

By |2020-01-30T09:53:01-07:00January 30th, 2020|Global Law|

USDA Approves Texas Hemp Plan

This article is authored by Ashley Simpson with contributions from our law clerk, Haley Keefer.  In June of last year, Texas passed hemp legislation that authorizes the production, manufacture, retail sale, and inspection of hemp and hemp-derived products in Texas, including consumable hemp products that contain cannabidiol (“CBD”). Hemp is not currently legal to grow

By |2020-01-30T09:51:30-07:00January 30th, 2020|Government and Policy|

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|

Boulder County hemp producers decry many of the new federal regulations as unworkable

The sentiment emanating from the Colorado Winter Hemp Summit on Thursday was clear; the new regulations proposed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim final rules for regulating hemp production are too strict and threaten the future of the industry. “After the rules were issued we saw farmers that just lost hope and decided they

By |2020-01-18T12:04:36-07:00January 16th, 2020|HLG In The News|

The next big U.S. export could be cannabis

DENVER — In a large warehouse, LivWell Enlightened Health feeds its cloned cannabis plants a custom blend of nutrients, sprays them with filtered water and pumps extra carbon dioxide into the air. LivWell releases three types of insects to clear the plants of unwanted pests without the use of toxic pesticides. Every part of the

By |2020-01-15T13:05:37-07:00January 15th, 2020|HLG In The News|

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|


Many regulatory hurdles remain before TTB would approve alcoholic beverages with CBD. This year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved less than 20 products with hemp. Of those products, only three are formulations with distilled spirits, according to ShipCompliant results. Around the country (and world), the conversation is shifting—if not exploding—to

By |2020-01-07T13:43:59-07:00January 7th, 2020|HLG In The News|