Mieux Vaut Tard Que Jamais- France Approves CBD Sales but Prohibits Hemp Flower

Mieux Vaut Tard Que Jamais- France Approves CBD Sales but Prohibits Hemp Flower

France recently announced a liberalization of its laws governing hemp. The French import and export market for hemp and hemp products is open.

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Will 2022 Be a Stormy Year for Cannabis? (VIDEO AND ARTICLE)

Will 2022 Be a Stormy Year for Cannabis? (VIDEO AND ARTICLE)

I am fortunate enough to speak with clients, attorneys, and other experts in the cannabis industry on a daily basis and have some thoughts about what we can expect for cannabis (by which I mean both “hemp” and “marijuana”) in 2002.

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D9 is the New D8 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Intoxicating Hemp

D9 is the New D8 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Intoxicating Hemp

In this article I argue that products containing hemp extract with delta-9 THC concentrations sufficient to cause intoxication that do not exceed the legal limit of 0.3% on a dry weight basis are not controlled substances under the federal Controlled Substances Act and that attempting to regulate hemp products based on intoxication is a Fool’s Errand.

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Mexico and Hemp: A Strong Emerging Market

Mexico and Hemp: A Strong Emerging Market

This article discusses the legal status of hemp in Mexico, an evolving issue that was the subject of a recent decision by the country’s highest court. It also makes some predictions and practical recommendations for engaging in the emerging Mexican hemp industry.

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Texas Court Enters Injunction Regarding Delta-8 THC

Texas Court Enters Injunction Regarding Delta-8 THC

The District Court in Travis County, Texas entered a temporary injunction this morning in our pending lawsuit against the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) regarding its improper scheduling of delta-8 THC from hemp.

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Is D8 From Hemp a Controlled Substance? DEA Says “No”.

Is D8 From Hemp a Controlled Substance? DEA Says “No”.

Our position on D8 from hemp was recently confirmed by the DEA in two public announcements- a webinar and a letter. See the video and read the letter in this post.

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USPS Will No Longer Mail Hemp Vapes

USPS Will No Longer Mail Hemp Vapes

With limited exceptions, the USPS will no longer accept or send any package that contains hemp vaping products. Hemp vapes that are deposited in the mail are subject to seizure and forfeiture and senders are subject to criminal fines, imprisonment, and civil penalties.

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Whoa partner! A State Agency Quietly Banned Delta-8 in the Lone Star State

Whoa partner! A State Agency Quietly Banned Delta-8 in the Lone Star State

Texas joins the ranks of states that have banned hemp-derived delta 8 THC. Its Department of State Health Services quietly placed D8 onto the state’s list of controlled substances following the legislature’s inability to pass a bill that would have banned it.

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The Fate of D8 in the Palmetto State: South Carolina AG Addresses Delta 8 THC

The Fate of D8 in the Palmetto State: South Carolina AG Addresses Delta 8 THC

On October 4, the South Carolina Attorney General (AG) issued an unfavorable opinion regarding the legal status of delta-8 THC at the request of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). In this post we discuss the AG’s flawed analysis and its likely effect.

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Rod Discusses D8, Federal Legalization, and the Future of CBD on the C3 Podcast (Video)

Rod Discusses D8, Federal Legalization, and the Future of CBD on the C3 Podcast (Video)

Rod discusses delta-8 THC, federal legalization, and the future of CBD on the C3 Higher Learning LV podcast with Curt Robbins and Dena Putnam.

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Mid-Atlantic Cannabis: Driving Applications

Mid-Atlantic Cannabis: Driving Applications

Marijuana impairs a driver’s reaction time, decision-making ability, capacity to accurately track objects, balance and equilibrium. Still, it is difficult to measure when a person is impaired. The intoxicating ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is metabolized differently by individuals and remains in the body long after its psychoactive effects have ceased. Currently, there is no way to reliably measure whether a person who has ingested cannabis an hour earlier is impaired because THC concentration does not correlate well with subjective impairment.

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis – Chasing the Green

Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis – Chasing the Green

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) reported that almost $100 million in medical marijuana sales occurred between February 15, 2018, and February 15, 2019, the first full year that medical cannabis was available to Pennsylvania patients. More than $40 million in sales occurred between growers and dispensaries. Pennsylvania does not tax sales to patients, but does tax transactions between growers and dispensaries at a rate of 5%. Thus, in the first year of licensed sales, the Commonwealth received approximately $2 million in tax revenue from medical cannabis.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Open Fields of Pennsylvania Hemp

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Open Fields of Pennsylvania Hemp

The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill has opened the gates to industrial hemp farming. Hemp, a crop that has been banned in the United States since 1937, now may be legally grown. While the most popular product of hemp − oils containing cannabidiol (CBD) and other naturally occurring non-psychoactive cannabinoids − are still subject to conflicting federal and state regulations, the plant itself may be grown across the United States.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: No Good Deed

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: No Good Deed

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania wants medical researchers to study cannabis at Pennsylvania medical schools, eight of which have been certified as Academic Clinical Research Centers (ACRCs). ACRCs can contract with Clinical Registrants (CRs), entities that the Commonwealth will license to cultivate, package and dispense cannabis for medical research. An entire set of regulations, commonly referred to as “Chapter 20,” has been drafted, redrafted and amended to make medical research of cannabis a reality in the Commonwealth.

Pennsylvania Cannabis: Dispensary Woes

Pennsylvania Cannabis: Dispensary Woes

On December 18, 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued 23 cannabis dispensary permits (Phase II licenses). Fifty entities have been awarded dispensary licenses, which is the total number allowed under Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act. Each licensee can operate up to three dispensaries, bringing the total number of possible dispensaries in Pennsylvania to 150.

Cannabis: Social Justice in Commercial Cannabis

Cannabis: Social Justice in Commercial Cannabis

As the legal status of cannabis evolves, state legislatures are confronted with a difficult moral issue – how should local and state governments treat persons convicted of offenses that are no longer illegal? Below is a discussion of some of the options.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Cannabis: Hemp Gummies

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Cannabis: Hemp Gummies

But of course, the “hemp oil” or cannabidiol (CBD) remains illegal under state law. Even if the CBD is locally sourced and sold through a licensed dispensary, edibles are not legal in Pennsylvania. Edibles are presently restricted to underage patients New Jersey. Moreover, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) strictly prohibits advertising or packaging that appeal to children. Candy-shaped CBD probably runs afoul of the spirit of the MMA. 

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Transparent Cannabis

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Transparent Cannabis

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has decided a new case that may have a huge impact on cannabis licensing in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Commonwealth Court hears cases involving state and local government entities and state agencies in Pennsylvania and has heard a number of challenges regarding the administration of the 2016 Medical Marijuana Act (MMA).

A/NJ Cannabis: Slow March Toward Progress

A/NJ Cannabis: Slow March Toward Progress

On September 21, 2018, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certified eight medical schools as Academic Clinical Research Centers (ACRCs). The following schools are now certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to contract with Clinical Registrants (CRs) to conduct medical research: