HIA and RE Botanicals Sue DEA Over Hemp Rule

HIA and RE Botanicals filed a legal action against the DEA in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals On Friday.

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and RE Botanicals, which also owns the Palmetto Harmony brand of hemp products founded by hemp pioneer Janel Ralph, filed a legal action against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Friday regarding the Interim Final Rule (IFR) it issued on August 21, 2020. Legal action is necessary to protect the lawful US hemp industry that Congress intended to establish when it enacted the 2018 farm bill.

Kight Law is proud to be part of the legal team, which includes the Hoban Law Group, Vicente Sederberg, and Yetter Coleman. Stay tuned. Here is the press release:

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September 21, 2020


Rod Kight is an international hemp lawyer. He represents businesses throughout the hemp industry. Additionally, Rod speaks at cannabis conferences, drafts and presents cannabis legislation to foreign governments, is regularly quoted on cannabis matters in the media, and is the editor of the Kight on Cannabis legal blog, which discusses legal issues affecting the cannabis industry. You can contact him by clicking here


1 comment on “HIA and RE Botanicals Sue DEA Over Hemp RuleAdd yours →

  1. Why is the DEA even involved? I thought with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp (cannabis with less than 0.3% delta9 THC) is no longer a controlled substance; seems like the DEA is over-stepping their boundaries. It’s a shame this issue, as well as the legality of “smokable hemp”, will ultimately have to be decided by the courts.

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