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|

How to Move and Bank Cannabis Cash in the US and Beyond

Spanning 34 states and generating $10.8 billion domestically in 2018, banking and cash management is one of legalized marijuana’s greatest obstacles. While 633 banks and credit unions (financial institutions) provide marijuana growers, processors and sellers (marijuana-related businesses or MRBs) with accounts, this is a small fraction of nation’s 11,954 financial institutions, which, to offset onerous

By |2019-09-10T12:42:46-06:00September 10th, 2019|HLG Blogs, 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|

Week In Review – August 30 – September 5, 2019

Investment Opportunities Grow As Cannabis Expands Into New Consumer Markets  For years, friends and family and angel investors were the primary funding sources for cannabis ventures, as only those closest to the industry were willing to take the risks that came with investing in a sector that, while increasingly legal at the state level, was

By |2019-09-05T02:40:40-06:00September 5th, 2019|HLG Week In Review|