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I am Rod Kight. I live in Asheville, North Carolina where I practice law, raise five kids, play music, advocate for cannabis legalization, and enjoy life. I hope you find this blog to be informative, entertaining, and a helpful vehicle for cannabis advocacy. Cannabis should be legal in all of its forms and I intend for this blog to be a part of the larger legalization movement.
Please be mindful that possessing, using, distributing and selling marijuana are all federal crimes and that this blog is not intended to give you any legal advice, much less lead you to believe that marijuana is legal under federal law. Please also note that even though marijuana is illegal under federal law, you will need to pay federal taxes just as though you are a legal entity. This is true even if you are a state law not-for-profit entity.
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Super Lawyers discussed hemp and CBD business law with Rod Kight for a May, 2019 story.
Lawmakers in Oregon are currently considering a revolutionary bill that would allow the Governor to enter into compacts for the purpose of engaging in commerce between two marijuana legal states.
Hemp and marijuana look the same and have the same odor, both unburned and burned. This makes it impossible for law enforcement to use the appearance of marijuana or the odor of marijuana to develop probable cause for arrest, seizure of the item, or probable cause for a search warrant.
Operation Candy Crush was eventually crushed. All charged were dropped, the store owners’ criminal records were expunged, their stores were ordered reopened, and their seized merchandise was returned. Angry and frustrated, many of them filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee alleging violations of their civil rights.
In addition to expanding South Carolina’s existing hemp program, the Bill also provides much needed clarification on certain definitions (and prohibitions) related to hemp.
Melissa Schiller of Cannabis Business Times reached out to me last month to discuss hemp certification and published an article about it this month.
In this article I will describe what is meant by “Total THC”, discuss why it has become an issue, lay out the arguments that support it, and conclude by arguing that the concept of “Total THC” is misplaced and not supported by the plain language of the 2018 Farm Bill.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 8 and 9, the NC Dept. of Agriculture conducted a statewide inspection of hemp processors and retail outlets selling hemp flower and CBD products. The inspection was unannounced and caused significant speculation across the state.
Rod Kight is honored to be listed in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine’s “100 People You Should Know” list in its Spring 2019 edition.
“One single, small amount of CBD oil that you thought was cool to take on a trip with you, could result in life-changing effects,” says Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) US Customs (CBP) Port Director Cleatus Hunt Jr.
Hemp industry professionals want, (and more importantly consumers deserve) accountability, and a standard set of protocols that they can follow to ensure that hemp and CBD products are safe, and contain CBD in concentrations that match their labels.
Whether a company can claim an exclusive right to use a specific term in connection with hemp ultimately depends on that company’s conduct.
CBD is becoming such a popular topic that I and my colleagues…
I’m excited to be on a panel at NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver this Friday to discuss “Legal Insight: Farm Bill, Policy, Regulation”.
On the west coast, the term “cannabis” is quickly replacing “marijuana” as the preferred term. While this may be proper and laudable from a botanical and historical perspective, it muddies the water when analyzing legal issues.
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