The “wild west” days of manufacturing and selling cannabis products outside the sphere of regulatory influence are rapidly coming to an end.
Based on the SC Attorney General’s opinion, not only would the person possessing or handling hemp without a license be subject to criminal liability, the hemp they were in possession of could be subject to seizure by law enforcement.
This article discusses the reasons for smokable hemp’s rapid rise in popularity, why the future of smokable hemp is vital to the hemp industry at large, and the ways in which its legal status is under attack in several states.
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.
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.
Texas finally came around and enacted House Bill 1325 (HB1325), which regulates hemp production in the state. The law went into effect last night.
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.