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June 29, 2022

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Legal setback sends hemp focus back to Congress
If the courts won’t help, then Congress must step in and change the law.

You’re probably hearing that argument a lot this week.

But we’re not talking about the Supreme Court. We’re talking about a lower federal appeals court that sided with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration earlier this month over a controversial 2020 rule about manufacturing.

The DEA says that any hemp extracts above 0.3% THC are illegal. It’s a rule that could make it challenging for CBD manufacturers who want to transport crude extract, because crude extracts commonly go hot before being processed into finished products that don’t violate federal THC limits.

We caught up with the head of the Hemp Industries Association, an industry group that tried but failed to challenge that DEA rule, to find out where the industry goes now.

In this exclusive video interview, see why HIA Executive Director Jody McGinness thinks congressional intervention is the most realistic way to protect the young hemp-extract industry, and which pieces of legislation he’s watching.
Another legal setback hit hemp producers in Texas this week. That’s where the state Supreme Court said that smokable hemp retailers can’t use the state’s pro-business constitution to evade smokable hemp restrictions from the state Legislature.
The news this week wasn’t all bad for the hemp industry.
Major League Baseball announced that it will allow teams to accept CBD sponsorships, a watershed advance for cannabis acceptance in professional athletics.
A delta-8 THC retailer in Kansas is suing state officials for telling law enforcement that hemp-derived intoxicants are illegal drugs.
Other stories
  • Canopy Growth settled a trademark dispute with Rémy Cointreau, which argued that the Canada-based cannabis producer’s line of “Quatreau” beverages infringed on the Cointreau trademark.
  • This week the creators of Muscle Milk, a popular protein drink, released a new energy drink infused with hemp.
Tarheel tremors: North Carolina’s hemp industry has been worried for months that the state is dragging its feet on renewing its expiring hemp law, and now they say it’s “literally the 11th hour” to act.

Farmer Gates? Why is Bill Gates buying so much farmland, and why does North Dakota want to stop him?

Oregon anxiety: We’ll be writing more about Oregon’s looming hemp regulations. So we were interested to see this take on the changes from a CBD retailer in Bend. 
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