Hemp & Medical Cannabis

Governor Northam’s Proposed Changes to Marijuana Legislation Would Legalize Simple Possession by July 1, 2021

Governor Northam’s Proposed Changes to Marijuana Legislation Would Legalize Simple Possession by July 1, 2021

[LEGAL ALERT UPDATE]   On Wednesday, both houses of the Virginia General Assembly concurred in Governor Northam’s proposed amendments to recent marijuana legislation. These amendments allow adults 21 years of age and older to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana beginning July 1st of this year. Once Governor Northam signs the amended version, the change will go into effect on July 1st. Governor ...
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Marijuana Legalization in Virginia: It’s Almost 4:20

After almost six years of tiptoeing around medical cannabis and decriminalization, Virginia appears poised to take the plunge into legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. On February 5, 2021, the General Assembly passed two bills that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana and is currently working to reconcile the differences between those bills. As Governor Northam supports legalization, it appears that there is a good chance marijuana will be legal in the Old Dominion in the ...
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Changing Times – Recent Developments Give Cannabis Businesses New Optimism (Part 2)

Part 2 of a Two-Part Series In last week’s article we discussed some of the recent developments at the state, federal, and international levels that have given cannabis businesses new reasons to be optimistic in 2021.  In this second of a two-part series, we will briefly discuss some of the key findings of the recent Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)  study on the ...
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Changing Times – Recent Developments Give Cannabis Businesses New Optimism

The year 2020 has been like no other in recent memory, but as the second decade of the 21st century draws to a close, recent developments at the state, federal, and international levels have given cannabis businesses new reasons to celebrate despite this year’s hardships.  This two-part article will discuss some of those developments.  Virginia On July 1st of this year, House Bill 972 and ...
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Part 3: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PUBLISHES INTERIM FINAL RULE ON DOMESTIC HEMP PRODUCTION

Part 3: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PUBLISHES INTERIM FINAL RULE ON DOMESTIC HEMP PRODUCTION

Part III This article is the third in a three-part series discussing the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Interim Final Rule on the establishment of a domestic hemp production program recently published in the Federal Register (Rule). Perhaps recognizing the potential uncertainty in hemp production, the Rule makes clear that hemp producers do not commit a negligent violation of the Rule if they produce ...
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Part 2: United States Department of Agriculture Publishes Interim Final Rule on Domestic Hemp Production

Part 2: United States Department of Agriculture Publishes Interim Final Rule on Domestic Hemp Production

Part II This article is the second in a three-part series discussing the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Interim Final Rule on the establishment of a domestic hemp production program recently published in the Federal Register (Rule). Under the Rule, State or Tribal plans to regulate the production of hemp must include certain provisions.  One of those is a process for collecting relevant information ...
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Part 1: United States Department of Agriculture Publishes Interim Final Rule on Domestic Hemp Production

Part 1: United States Department of Agriculture Publishes Interim Final Rule on Domestic Hemp Production

Part I On Thursday, October 31, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) published an interim final rule (Rule) on domestic hemp production in the Federal Register. The Rule will remain effective through November 1, 2021, until the final rule is published, after a sixty-day public comment period and final USDA review.  This three-part article will provide a brief review ...
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Cannabis Confusion: The Proliferation Of Cbd Products Can Be Misleading.

A stroll through the corner drug store or mall would lead many to believe that cannabidiol (CBD) products are perfectly legal and a miraculous panacea. But just because it’s sold everywhere does not mean it’s legal to do so. There are a number of legal concerns that businesses should investigate before producing, marketing, or selling CBD products. First, where does the CBD come from, hemp ...
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