Chelsie Spencer Selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star of 2020

We are pleased to announce that attorney Chelsie Spencer has been selected by Thomson Reuters as a Super Lawyers Rising Star of 2020. 

Super Lawyers is a rating service for exceptional lawyers that covers over 70 areas of practice. Only 2.5% of lawyers in each state are selected as Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. These lawyers are selected based on independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. 

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CBD Insurance: What You Should Know

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most popular and marketable cannabinoids derived from the hemp plant today. The CBD industry is considered a high-risk industry, as the FDA has yet to provide a regulatory pathway for the inclusion of CBD into foods, beverages, cosmetics, and supplements, and CBD companies remain subject to a hodge-podge of varying state laws. As legal hemp and cannabis markets continue to boom, it is imperative that hemp business owners understand the importance of CBD insurance. Without the guidance of well-versed hemp lawyers and adequate CBD insurance coverage, CBD businesses may face liabilities, including consumer lawsuits. Below, we assess certain issues that present inherent risk in the CBD industry and discuss coverage issues and CBD insurance policy types. 

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Six Problems with the USDA’s Interim Hemp Program Rules

Over the next few days, hemp attorney Chelsie Spencer will be addressing issues that she has noted with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) proposed program rules, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (“TDA”) Revised Interim Program Rules, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (“DSHS”). Keep in mind that these rules are all in their proposed period and that now is the time for the public to provide input. Today, we will be highlighting issues with the USDA’s program rules.

Comments on the USDA Interim Rules may be submitted HERE.

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Revised TDA Hemp Production Plan Part III: Violations, Hemp Transportation, and Hemp Seed Requirements

By: Paul Stevenson

After learning the application and hemp license holder requirements in Part I of this Series and the rules and procedures regarding the sampling and testing of hemp in Part II, it is now time to turn to the TDA plan’s provisions covering violations, license suspension and revocation, hemp transportation, and hemp seed requirements. 

As a hemp license holder, if you violate the TDA plan, it is imperative to comply with any enforcement action or corrective action plan imposed by the TDA in order to avoid any further negative consequences for you and/or your hemp operations.

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Revised TDA Hemp Production Plan Part I: License Requirements

By: Paul Stevenson

To conform with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) hemp production plan, the Texas Department of Agriculture (“TDA”) proposed its own hemp production rules and regulations (the “TDA plan”) to the Texas Register in December of 2019. The proposed rules were then revised and released on Friday, January 10th, and they are open to public comment until Monday, February 10th. Comments are to be submitted to Philip Wright, Administrator for Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Texas Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 12847, Austin, Texas 78711, or by email to [email protected]. If dissatisfied with any provision of the TDA plan, it is highly recommended to raise and send concerns to the TDA during this window for public comment.

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H.R. 5587 Aims to Kickstart FDA Action and Legalize CBD Food Goods

It appears consumers are not the only group losing patience with the FDA’s progress on CBD legalization. On January 13th, 2020, a bipartisan bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) regarding cannabidiol (CBD) and CBD containing substances was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) unveiled a simple bill drafted to intentionally include hemp-derived CBD beneath the definition of a “dietary supplement.” 

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What is a Cannabis Business Lawyer? An Overview

As the cannabis industry continues to grow in every sector, more businesses are turning to cannabis business lawyers and CBD business lawyers for guidance and counsel to better navigate legal processes and regulations. But what exactly is a cannabis lawyer, and why are they necessary? Where did they come from, and what do they bring to the table? Below, we break down the experience and importance of cannabis law firms to offer insight into their development and the benefits they provide.

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Merchant Processing In the Hemp/CBD Industry

With the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the USDA’s release of the interim final rules, the hemp market continues to grow. As many processing services remain hesitant to service the growing hemp industry due to legal uncertainties, companies continue to face difficulties securing a reliable merchant processor for processing payments for the sale of hemp-derivative products, such as CBD oils and edibles. Though organizations such as Square Inc. and WooCommerce recently have begun to provide processing capabilities and support to legal hemp and CBD sellers, many remain skeptical due to confusion on the legal status of hemp and hemp-derived products.

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USDA Hemp Production Plan Part III: Compliance, Violations, and Recordkeeping

By: Paul Stevenson

After learning the licensing requirements in Part I of this Series and the complex rules and regulations on the sampling and testing of hemp in Part II, it is now time to turn our attention to the USDA plan’s matters of compliance, violations, license suspension and revocation, and mandatory recordkeeping.

As a hemp producer, if you violate the USDA plan, it is important not to panic. Instead, focus on remedying this situation by complying with the corrective action plan or other enforcement actions imposed by USDA. 

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Cannabinoids: An Overview

The hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) industry is an increasingly prosperous market. However, ambiguity surrounding product knowledge and legalities creates hindrances and obstacles for business owners and entrepreneurs alike. Before launching and investing in a start-up or existing CBD business, it is essential to fully understand the product that your CBD business will be dealing with: a specific class of compounds, known as “cannabinoids.” CBD is just one of many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant, and while many states have statutes and regulations that apply solely to CBD products, several of the other predominant cannabinoids in hemp will most likely be coming to mass market. Below, we break down the basic distinctions between the most prevalent types of cannabinoids to further assist your knowledge and understanding of hemp/CBD

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