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…

Hemp News from Texas, California and Georgia – Great, Good and Blecch

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | May 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Hemp News from Texas, California and Georgia – Great, Good and Blecch

GREAT NEWS FROM TEXAS:  This week, the Texas State Senate UNANIMOUSLY passed House Bill 1325, based on the Roundtable’s Model State Act.  The bill would launch a hemp growth program – making Texas the 44th State in the USA — and provide belt-and-suspenders protection for hemp products like CBD, with labeling and retailer registration requirements.…

Jersey Girls and Jersey Boys – Hemp Needs Your Help

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | May 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Jersey Girls and Jersey Boys – Hemp Needs Your Help

This week, critical hemp legislation was introduced in the New Jersey legislature: Assembly Bill 5322 and Senate Bill 3686. These identical companion bills, based on the Roundtable’s Model State Act, would align New Jersey’s nascent hemp program with the 2018 Farm Bill – and importantly, provide explicit protections for the retail sale of hemp products such…

Hemp Developments in Oklahoma, Georgia and Iowa

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | May 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Hemp Developments in Oklahoma, Georgia and Iowa

GREAT NEWS FROM OKLAHOMA – Yesterday, Governor Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 238 into law.  It takes legal effect on November 1.  The bill contains strong language – directly from the Roundtable’s Model State Act – that explicitly authorizes the sale of hemp-derived CBD at retail:   Retail sales of industrial hemp and hemp products…

Hemp Progress in Florida, Kansas and Texas

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | May 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Hemp Progress in Florida, Kansas and Texas

Another week passes, which means another week of hemp progress.  Check out the latest:   Florida: This morning, the Sunshine State’s Senate passed SB 1020, a bill largely based on the Roundtable’s Model State Act that had previous passed the state House on March 25.  The Governor is expected to sign this into law shortly.…

Hemp Progress in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Washington State

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | April 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Hemp Progress in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Washington State

It’s been a wild week for hemp across the nation, with state legislative victories piling up every day.  In just this past week, we saw progress in four major states: Iowa:  After a local county attorney announced a March crackdown on CBD products, Senate File 599 was introduced that would bring Iowa into hemp growing…

Lotta Hemp Progress on the Prairie

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | April 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Lotta Hemp Progress on the Prairie

Despite the deep and rich agricultural tradition, the Prairie States have seen some of the greatest resistance to hemp legalization.  (Don’t remind us about South Dakota Governor Noem. Ugh.)   But we’ve seen some pronounced prairie progress in the last few weeks – and in a few cases, we need YOUR help to get hemp…

Help Us Improve Industry Standards!

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | April 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Help Us Improve Industry Standards!

Today, we’re proud to share an update on our sister organization, the U.S. Hemp Authority, from its President, Marielle Weintraub. We need your help again.  It’s time for Guidance Plan 2.0. We are asking all Hemp Supporters – farmers, processors, manufacturers, product sellers, retailers and consumers – to weigh in on how we can make our Guidance Plan even stronger…

Roundtable Testifies at First USDA In-Person Hemp Listening Session

By U.S. Hemp Roundtable | April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Roundtable Testifies at First USDA In-Person Hemp Listening Session

As you may recall from here, the USDA is actively soliciting public input as it develops regulations pursuant to the 2018 Farm Bill.   Today, for the first time, the USDA took their listening tour on the road, and held a session in Louisville, KY, featuring Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach…