The entire hemp industry is anxiously awaiting guidance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This wait has created a vacuum of sorts that many state legislatures are beginning to fill.
Employers in most states still have the right to discriminate against cannabis users in pre-employment drug screenings. The exception is the state of Nevada, which passed legislation banning the disqualification of a candidate for employment based on cannabis use.
As anyone involved in the cannabis industry is aware, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held hearings on May 31, 2019. Ostensibly, the hearing was about “Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds”. In reality, it was about cannabidiol (CBD) in foods, cosmetics, and dietary supplements.
The SBI contends that since hemp flower and marijuana flower can sometimes be indistinguishable, SB 315 would effectively legalize marijuana legal in North Carolina. We were not persuaded by this, or any of the other arguments SBI made that sought to limit the legal status of hemp in North Carolina.
My client’s interaction with DHL reiterates my view that it is usually best to ship hemp and hemp products through the US Postal Service.
On June 6, an update from the United States Postal Service (USPS) arrived with new and more straightforward guidelines for mailing hemp and CBD in the United States.
Texas finally came around and enacted House Bill 1325 (HB1325), which regulates hemp production in the state. The law went into effect last night.
I spoke with Elijah Wolfson of Time Magazine about CBD after the FDA hearing. We spoke about several issues, including how to regulate CBD for mass market consumption while protecting the integrity of the clinical drug trials process.
The USDA issued an important legal opinion letter today regarding hemp covering four main topics.
Rod was selected to speak at FDA’s Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds Public Hearing on Friday, May 31, 2019.