In this article decided to take a philosophical approach and ask whether the USDA’s Interim Rule for hemp will initiate a crisis or create novel opportunities in the hemp industry.
The USDA Interim Rule regarding hemp is 161 pages long. This article discusses the Rule’s key provisions.
Whether it is pursuant to a State or Indian Tribe plan or the USDA’s plan, there are certain requirements all hemp producers must meet.
The USDA has created at least two provisions regarding testing that will have a dramatic effect on the industry.
Cannabis helped me through chemotherapy and I resolved at that time to advocate professionally for its legalization. Although it took some time to make the shift in my law practice, the cannabis law seed took root as I recovered from cancer.
While it is important to embrace the social justice priority sought by the legislative and executive powers towards those people affected in different ways by the prohibition, it is also important to acknowledge the benefits that private companies and foreign investment can bring to the industry.
I typically advise my clients to ship hemp products through the US Mail. Unlike private carriers, the US Postal Service (USPS) cannot open packages unless it has probable cause to do so. One of the unexpected effects of hemp legalization is that the mere smell of cannabis no longer constitutes probable cause to believe that the package contains illegal marijuana.
Failing to establish testing uniformity almost guarantees mayhem as buyers and growers attempt to create an interstate market for hemp because of the uncertainty a buyer in one state faces when attempting to import hemp from another state.
The International Cannabis Law Bar Association held a conference in NYC on a wide array of cannabis law topics by some of the most active cannabis law attorneys in the country, including Kight Law attorneys Rod Kight and Kamran Aryah.
WLOS covered the emerging smokable hemp issue. I am happy to have been interviewed for the story.