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Aug 28, 2019

NCUA Issues Banking Guidelines for Hemp Businesses

While the SAFE Banking Act remains in limbo, the hemp industry received some long overdue good news regarding banking cannabis businesses from the National Credit Union Administration (“NCUA”) with the release of interim guidelines that allow credit unions to provide banking services, including loans, to legally operating hemp businesses. » Read More

Aug 19, 2019

Industrial Hemp Farmers in Need of Federal Crop Insurance

Cannabis businesses are not immune to the harsh realities of any other business. In fact, they likely deal with even more difficult challenges than more traditional businesses. For example, most businesses—if not all—should have some form of insurance and, without insurance, a business’s only remedy may be to resort to and/or be subject to the court system.» Read More

Jul 02, 2019

FDA Emphasizes Its Commitment to “Sound, Science-based Policy” for CBD Products

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD derived from industrial hemp falls outside the Controlled Substances Act, but CBD-infused food and beverages and dietary supplements must still comply with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and are subject to the authority of the FDA.  » Read More

May 20, 2019

Post-Farm Bill Importation of Industrial Hemp

As we previously blogged, the last subsection of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) amended the Controlled Substances Act (the “CSA”) to exclude “tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp,” where hemp “means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant . » Read More

May 03, 2019

What Cannabis Brand Owners Need to Know About the USPTO’s Recent Guidance on Cannabis Trademarks

On May 2, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued insightful guidance on its procedures for the examination of trademarks for cannabis-related goods and services. This guidance comes months after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which decriminalized industrial hemp and CBD derived from industrial hemp.» Read More

Apr 26, 2019

In the News: The Hazards of Hauling Hemp

Eric Alvarez, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was quoted in “The Hazards of Hauling Hemp” by truckinginfo.com following his Legally Grown blog post, “Trucker Arrested for Industrial Hemp Transportation Demonstrates Legal Implications for the Future of Cannabis Enforcement and Testing.”

“Cannabis” is a general term used for both hemp and marijuana plants, [Eric] explain[s].» Read More

Feb 15, 2019

Trucker Arrested for Industrial Hemp Transportation Demonstrates Legal Implications for the Future of Cannabis Enforcement and Testing

By now some of you may have heard about the truck driver that was arrested for transporting nearly 7,000 pounds of industrial hemp in the truck he was hauling from Oregon to Colorado. This simple case presents critically important legal and technological issues that will likely plague the legal cannabis industry for years to come: enforcement and testing.» Read More

Feb 04, 2019

The FDA’s Position on Regulating Cannabis Products Post-Farm Bill

As mentioned in our prior blog post here, on December 20, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”).  The bill de-scheduled hemp from being a federally controlled substance, and legalized hemp-derived cannabidiol (“CBD”) provided it meets the legal definition of industrial hemp. » Read More

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