Karma Koala Podcast 127: Rod Kight – We talk hemp hemp & more hemp as well as a quick look at international markets in the world of cannabis


It’s episode 127 and one of our favorite people in this weird and wonderful world of marijuana/hemp/ cannabis, whatever you want to call it is Rod Kight.

His knowledge of the market and legal issues is encyclopedic but not only that he’s one of the few US lawyers from day one who has involved himself in international work and legal issues with regard to cannabis.

He has clients around the world who we know have benefited from his keen insight .

Per our header its all about hemp at this juncture so we dig into that as well as his thoughts on what’s happening outside the US

Thankyou Rod for joining us on the Karma Koala podcast.





Licensed in North Carolina and Oregon

I am an attorney who represents businesses in the cannabis industry in the US and internationally. I consult, assist with strategic planning, advise on compliance issues, and offer a full array of business services to the cannabis sector. I also draft legislation for governments and promote cannabis in lawful international markets. 


I have been an advocate for cannabis reform all of my adult life and personally experienced its beneficial effects while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for testicular cancer. I have been in remission for years. You can read about my cannabis law journey by clicking here. I am fortunate to provide legal services to businesses in the cannabis industry, including hemp, CBD, THC, novel and emerging cannabinoids, and medical and adult use marijuana.

For almost 25 years I have represented thousands of businesses and individuals in legal matters. During that time I have provided legal guidance to clients covering a broad span of business issues, including entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, shareholder disputes, joint ventures, mergers, tax matters, intellectual property protection, commercial litigation, appeals, asset sales, bankruptcy, and dissolution.

Rod’s Professional Biography

Rod is a cannabis business law attorney. Based in North Carolina and Mexico, Rod represents legal cannabis businesses throughout the world and is editor and chief writer of the Kight On Cannabis law blog. Rod is the author of “Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know”, published by Aspatore Books. He has served on the advisory board for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine, for which he has also written a legal column. Rod also created the “Source Rule”, which is widely regarded as a primary legal foundation for the contemporary hemp market in cannabinoids and other cannabis materials.

Rod is frequently quoted on cannabis matters by trade publications and major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Time, Washington Post, Politico, and Business Insider. Salon.com published an op-ed piece Rod wrote about hemp. Additionally, Rod has been listed in MG Magazine’s list of “30 Powerful Litigators”, Hemp Connoisseur Magazine’s list of “100 People You Should Know”, and High Time’s “2020 Leaders in Cannabis Law.” He has been part of the legal teams in two high-profile cases against the DEA and the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding hemp extracts, has drafted and presented cannabis legislation to a foreign head of state, is a member of the board of directors of a publicly traded Canadian cannabis and psychedelics company, testified to the FDA about CBD and cannabis compounds, and is a partner in a Mexican import-export company focused on legal cross-border hemp transactions. Rod routinely advises in-house counsel and C-suite level executives on cannabis issues. He has discussed cannabis legal issues in numerous seminars to lawyers, business executives, and public officials and is regularly asked to be a guest speaker on US and international podcasts about cannabis and psychedelics.

Rod is a strong believer in cannabis for personal and medical use after using it successfully during chemotherapy treatments for cancer (he is in remission). He has been an attorney advocate for NORML and has also been a member of the International Cannabis Bar Association, the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Hemp Industries Association, and the Southeast Hemp Association


  • Admitted, North Carolina State Bar (1999)
  • Admitted, Oregon State Bar (2016)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Rated Lawyer
  • Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers, since 2016
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2016-2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2018
  • Listed in MG Magazine’s “30 Powerful Litigators”, 2018
  • U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers in America’s Best Law Firms, 2019


  • North Carolina Bar Association, member
  • National Cannabis Bar Association, member
  • National Cannabis Industry Association, member
  • Women Grow, Asheville Chapter (former chapter), member
  • NORML, national attorney advocate
  • NC NORML, registered agent



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