Two Florida bills were filed that sought to severely limit the types and quantities of cannabinoids that could be contained in hemp-derived products. That all changed today.
Category: Legal Advocacy
I recently got an opportunity to discuss a wide range of current cannabis issues, including the international cannabis trade and the US battle between hemp and Big Marijuana, with Sean Hocking of the Karma Koala Podcast. Despite the heady issues, our conversation was casual and I even got to choose three songs to accompany the podcast.
State legislatures are being bombarded with requests to curb or cancel the rapidly emerging market of mood-altering products containing hemp-derived cannabinoids. This article focuses on Florida, where its legislature is considering draconian bills that would put the state’s hemp industry out of business.
In this keynote speech Rod addresses perils facing the hemp industry, including the threat posed by Big Marijuana, cannabis associations that purport to advocate for hemp while promoting corporate marijuana interests, and the current crisis for hemp in NC. Rod also discusses important federal law issues and practical recommendations for the hemp industry.
The Source Rule, which says that the source of a cannabinoid determines its legal status, is embedded into the legal fabric of the cannabis industry. In this article I respond to arguments claiming that the Source Rule is dead and show that, far from dead, it is now more relevant than ever.
Since the DEA’s Seed Letter became public I have fielded a number of calls from clients about selling cannabis seeds. Everyone wants to know if it is possible to sell cannabis seeds and other low-THC cannabis materials, such as cannabis clones, and stay out of legal trouble. The answer is, “It depends”.
Members of the legal team suing the DEA recently discussed the case, why it is critical to the hemp industry’s survival, and what a loss would mean for hemp companies across the nation. Watch the video here.
France recently announced a liberalization of its laws governing hemp. The French import and export market for hemp and hemp products is open.
I am fortunate enough to speak with clients, attorneys, and other experts in the cannabis industry on a daily basis and have some thoughts about what we can expect for cannabis (by which I mean both “hemp” and “marijuana”) in 2002.