On April 13, 2020, SGR attorneys Jim Bikoff and Holly Lance filed a lawsuit on behalf of long-time firm client The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (the “Grange”) in the District of Oregon. The Grange is the nation’s oldest agricultural fraternal organization, and has been promoting the interests of farmers and farming in the United States since 1867. There are over 2,000 local Granges across the country, including over 180 Granges in Oregon. Earlier this year, the Grange learned of a new cannabis dispensary conducting business under the name “The Hemp Grange” based in Grants Pass,… Read more
Since the USDA’s recent release of the interim final rule for domestic hemp production, three aspects of the rule have emerged as hot topics of discussion: (1) “total THC”; (2) the requirement for testing labs to be DEA-registered; and (3) the destruction of “hot” hemp. More than 500 comments have already been submitted in response to the rule. Many of these comments express dissatisfaction with the rule’s requirement that hemp crops must be tested for “total THC,” which is derived from the sum of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and delta-9-tetrahydrocaanabinolic acid (THCA). Crops testing higher than 0.3% total THC would be… Read more
On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the long-awaited interim final rule for the domestic production of hemp. As an interim final rule, it took effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register on October 31, 2019. The rule allows for domestic hemp to be grown under the USDA program or a federally-approved State or Indian tribe’s plan. States and Indian tribes wishing to have primary regulatory authority over hemp production must submit a plan for approval by USDA that is in compliance with the rule’s requirements. The rule regulates where hemp can be grown,… Read more
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has released a draft final rule on hemp post-harvest processing, extraction, production, transportation, warehousing, and testing. The draft can be found here. NMED is currently accepting comments on the proposed final rule. Comments should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference a page and line number. NMED will also hold three public meeting to discuss the proposed final rule. The public meetings will be held on October 29, October 30, and November 5. Details on time and location can be found here. For more information contact Steve O’Day or Vickie Rusek.
On Friday, May 10, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the Georgia Hemp Farming Act into law, legalizing the licensing of industrial hemp growers in the state. The law sets forth the requirements for grower licenses and processor permits, which will be administered by the state Department of Agriculture. The Department of Agriculture has not yet promulgated the application forms for grower licenses and processer permits, and is currently working on developing rules and regulations governing hemp production and the application process. Growing and processing hemp without a license remains illegal. Grower licenses will be issued for one calendar year, at… Read more