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The Hemp Authority’s Certification Program Has Significant Flaws. I was asked to prepare an open letter to the hemp and CBD industry regarding concerns with the proposed US Hemp Authority Certification Program as developed and championed by the Hemp Roundtable and supported by the Hemp Industries Association. The letter is below. If you share the concerns expressed in the letter I encourage you to reach out directly to the US Hemp Roundtable ([email protected]) and…
Our friends at Gleam Law put together this infographic on marijuana laws. Thanks to my colleague, attorney Neil Juneja of Gleam Law, and his team for creating and sharing this infographic. Rod Kight is an attorney who represents lawful cannabis businesses. He speaks at cannabis conferences across the country, drafts and presents cannabis legislation to foreign governments, is regularly quoted on cannabis matters in the media, and maintains the Kight on Cannabis legal blog,…
Our friends at Gleam Law put together this infographic on marijuana laws. Thanks to my colleague, attorney Neil Juneja of Gleam Law, and his team for creating and sharing this infographic. Rod Kight is an attorney who represents lawful cannabis businesses. He speaks at cannabis conferences across the country, drafts and presents cannabis legislation to foreign governments, is regularly quoted on cannabis matters in the media, and maintains the Kight on Cannabis legal blog,…
Klee Irwin, founder of Irwin Naturals, gives an overview of CBD, Hemp, and the FDA. The video below summarizes hemp and CBD law so well that everyone in the industry should watch it. I’ve been working with Klee Irwin, founder of Irwin Naturals, and his excellent team for over a year on hemp and CBD issues. Klee sent me this video to review before publishing it. I thought it was so good that…
Cannabis legalization is forcing parents to talk more openly with their children. This article will discuss the importance of reevaluating how many parents discuss cannabis with their children. The rapid legalization of marijuana in the USA is posing challenges for parents who do not use cannabis or who are not keen on its use. On the other hand, with respect to parents who advocate for medical and/or recreation cannabis legalization and use, it’s probably not…
mg magazine named one of 30 Powerful cannabis litigatorS to know. I am pleased and honored to have been named among some of my favorite colleagues as one of the 30 “Powerful Litigators You Should Know” by MG Magazine. Rod’s litigation experience helps him design deals that avoid common pitfalls. As stated by MG Magazine, “In business, any relationship–with vendors, suppliers, employees, customers, or competitors–is subject to misunderstanding and miscommunication that can result in litigation.…
The legal Mexican cannabis market is about to explode. Latin America, and in particular, Mexico, is poised for explosive growth in the marijuana market. More and more countries are becoming aware of the positive benefits of marijuana, regardless of whether it is legalized for medical use or recreational use. Many countries have already legalized or decriminalized it. This allows their citizens to use marijuana casually and/or in controlled amounts. In 2013 Uruguay became the first…
Cannabis banking is moving at a glacial pace, particularly in Europe. Obtaining access to banking services is a problem that has plagued the cannabis industry since its inception. Even hemp businesses continue to struggle finding reasonable banking solutions, despite passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which expressly legalized hemp. As bad as the problem is in the US, it’s worse in Europe. I spoke about this issue with Mark Taylor, a journalist who covers regulation…
Honey Colony interviewed Rod for AN article on hemp and CBD under the 2018 Farm Bill. Honey Colony has a unique approach to investigative journalism. It focuses on health and combines hard hitting analysis with a curiosity rarely seen in contemporary media outlets. Its mission is “to empower you to be your own best health advocate while putting honesty back into the food supply.” I recently enjoyed some in depth discussions with editor Maryam Heinan
Ohio’s attempt to prohibit hemp derived CBD runs afoul of federal law. In this post I will explore an emerging issue, namely, whether or not a state can criminalize the sale and use of hemp and hemp products such as cannabidiol (CBD). Before I answer that question I need to qualify that a state’s department of health can probably restrict (or at least strenuously regulate) sales of hemp derived CBD. That is exactly what is…