FDA Approval of Epidiolex: No Legal Impact on Hemp-Derived CBD

By Katelyn Wiard | June 26, 2018 | Comments Off on FDA Approval of Epidiolex: No Legal Impact on Hemp-Derived CBD

Yesterday, as long anticipated, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved GW Pharmaceutical’s Epidiolex, a cannabidiol (CBD) oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two forms of epilepsy.  Please see the FDA’s press release here, and this statement from the FDA’s Commissioner. The US Hemp Roundtable has reviewed the release with its FDA…

URGENT – Your Immediate Action is Needed to Save Hemp Legalization

By Katelyn Wiard | June 12, 2018 | Comments Off on URGENT – Your Immediate Action is Needed to Save Hemp Legalization

  Late this afternoon, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) filed an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill which would devastate the industry’s efforts to promote full legalization of hemp and hemp products. Specifically, Grassley’s amendment (here) would explicitly exclude “cannabinoids,” “extracts” and “derivatives” from the definition of hemp. This could mean that popular products such as…

Fighting for Hemp-Derived CBD in California

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | July 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Fighting for Hemp-Derived CBD in California

Recently, the California Department of Health issued this public statement about hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD).  In summary, the agency argues that hemp-derived CBD products CANNOT be sold in retail markets in the Golden State. The US Hemp Roundtable refuses to accept this conclusion. Today, we have sent the agency this letter, strongly arguing that the Department’s interpretation…

House Farm Bill Conference Committee Named — and Comer’s On it!

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | July 18, 2018 | Comments Off on House Farm Bill Conference Committee Named — and Comer’s On it!

Here We Come(r)! This afternoon, Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives who will participate in the 2018 Farm Bill Conference committee. The hemp industry has reason to celebrate — one of our most passionate advocates, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), was appointed — he will literally be “in…

Hemp Progress in the Lone Star State

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | July 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Hemp Progress in the Lone Star State

While forty states have passed some form of legislation legalizing hemp, the nation’s second largest state, Texas, hasn’t yet joined the party.  Yesterday, however, proved to be a Texas-sized boot step in the right direction. Testifying before the Texas House Agriculture & Livestock Committee, US Hemp Roundtable Board member Jeff Williams and our General Counsel…

California, Here We Come

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | July 16, 2018 | Comments Off on California, Here We Come

Last week, the California Department of Health issued this public statement about hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD).  In summary, they argue that hemp-derived CBD products CANNOT be sold in retail markets in the Golden State. The US Hemp Roundtable strongly disagrees with the agency’s legal conclusions.  We will not let this stand without a fight. In the coming…

What’s next for The Hemp Farming Act?

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | July 5, 2018 | Comments Off on What’s next for The Hemp Farming Act?

As you undoubtedly know by now, history was made last week when the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which included, in whole, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. If fully enacted, hemp and popular products like hemp-derived CBD would be permanently legalized, treated as agricultural commodities, and removed from the…

Senate Farm Bill Passes WITH Hemp Farming Act!

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | June 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Senate Farm Bill Passes WITH Hemp Farming Act!

Great news!  The Senate Farm Bill just passed – and it includes ALL of the Hemp Farming Act language, including the permanent legalization of hemp and products such as hemp-derived CBD. This is HUGE.  But the battle has not yet been won. And we need your help. A House/Senate conference committee will soon meet to…

Movement in Michigan

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | June 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Movement in Michigan

On May 11, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued an advisory bulletin on hemp and cannabidiol (“CBD”) that raised concerns in the industry.  Specifically, the implication of the guidance was that CBD would be regulated under the same strict requirements for medical marijuana. Hemp is not marijuana, and hemp-derived CBD is not…

ACTION ALERT: House Farm Bill Passes – Contact Your Senators TODAY!

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | June 21, 2018 | Comments Off on ACTION ALERT: House Farm Bill Passes – Contact Your Senators TODAY!

Just now, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, after resolving an unrelated intra-party dispute about immigration. As expected, there are no significant hemp provisions in the bill. Not to worry:  As discussed here, the strategy of our Congressional supporters is to pass a hemp-friendly Senate bill, and resolve…