The past year has seen intense lobbying efforts, social media campaigns and lawsuits in what is becoming known as the “Cannabis Civil War” between the hemp and marijuana industries.
At stake is control over the rapidly expanding and lucrative market in cannabinoids and cannabis products. I use the term “cannabis” in this context as a generic botanical term to encompass both federally legal hemp and federally illegal marijuana.
In this article, I will discuss rulings in four recent lawsuits filed by hemp companies and hemp organizations against various states regarding laws and rules they contend violate state and/or federal law. By way of disclosure, my firm has worked with the hemp plaintiffs in some of these lawsuits.
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