On April 19, 2022 the legal team for the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and RE Botanicals will deliver oral arguments to the DC Circuit federal Court of Appeals on the DEA’s 2020 interim final rule (IFR). As readers of this blog are aware, the IFR regulates hemp, including manufacturing byproducts that go “hot” during the production process. According to the IFR these byproducts are controlled substances. The IFR affects the entire hemp industry, including delta-8 THC (D8) and other novel cannabinoids from hemp. Read more about the case by clicking here.
We need your support to advance this case in its critical stages and finally remove the DEA from its unlawful overreach into the hemp industry. The best way you can support this important case right now is to make a tax-deductible donation to the Hemp Legal Defense Fund, which you can do by clicking here. It is important to understand that all of the lawyers are spending a considerable amount of time on this case yet billing at extremely reduced rates due to their concern for the industry. Additionally, neither the HIA nor RE Botanicals receive any of the proceeds from donations.
Members of the legal team, including lawyers Rod Kight, Shawn Hauser, Garrett Graf, Patrick Goggin, David Kramer, Shane Pennington, and Matt Zorn 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 briefing by clicking here or simply pressing “play” below. I discuss the IFR’s impact on D8 at minute 18:38 of the video.
April 5, 2022
Rod Kight is an international hemp lawyer. He represents businesses throughout the hemp industry. Additionally, Rod speaks at cannabis conferences, drafts and presents legislation to foreign governments, is regularly quoted on hemp matters in the media, and is the editor of the Kight on Cannabis legal blog, which discusses legal issues affecting the hemp industry. You can contact him by clicking here.