Author Archives: Aaron Bouren

DEA moves some CBD medicines off Schedule 1, a limited expansion of cannabis access

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has taken some cannabidiol out of the most restrictive class of controlled substances, a move that allows the sale of the first nonsynthetic, cannabis-derived medicine to win federal approval. It’s a decision that immediately affects CBD producers but also signals the agency’s first admission that the plant has medical value. […]

Farm bill negotiators eye lame duck for deal

Farm Bill

The four lead farm bill negotiators failed to reach a deal in time to avert Sunday’s expiration of the 2014 law, but they emerged Wednesday from their first face-to-face meeting in nearly two weeks to say they are committed to finalizing an agreement that Congress can consider following the mid-term elections. The expiration of the […]

Utah Officials Give Green Light For Industrial Hemp Production

USA grown hemp

Utah Farmers now have the rules and regulations in place to grow industrial hemp. Lawmakers in this year’s legislative session passed two bills giving the Department of Agriculture and Food the task of organizing an industrial hemp program for local producers. Three years ago the farm bill allowed pilot programs to grow industrial hemp for […]

First farm bill conference meeting set for Sept. 5

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first farm bill conference committee meeting has been set for Sept. 5. The conferees from the House and Senate will try to iron out differences between their two bills in the panel, which includes all of North Dakota’s congressional delegation — Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer and the state’s two U.S. […]

Will Hemp Be Legal in 2018?

This past week, the United States made progress toward the federal legalization of hemp. On Thursday, April 12th, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced Senate Bill 2667, titled the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. In addition, House Bill 5485, a companion to S. 2667, was […]

What is Industrial Hemp (and Where Does it Come From?)

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that is grown for industrial purpose. The emphasis here is placed on industrial. Unlike marijuana, a cannabis plant used for recreational and medical purposes, hemp has many—you got it—industrial uses, including paper, textiles, plastics, construction, food, and fuel. Hemp also contains low levels of THC, the infamous […]

Hemp almost legal as Big Pharma moves in on CBD

Anyone even vaguely familiar with cannabis law knows it’s fraught with complications and contradictions. Now, in light of recent developments, the legal status of cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, the non-psychoactive medicinal compound derived from cannabis, has never been hazier. The upcoming federal farm bill being considered by Congress (both a Senate and House version […]

FDA Approves CBD Medicine, Signals Enforcement Priorities Against Unapproved Products

FDA on Monday announced approval of a cannabidiol (CBD)-based drug derived from marijuana, and its top official said the agency remains concerned over claims that unapproved CBD products can cure or treat diseases like cancer. FDA on Monday announced approval of a cannabidiol (CBD)-based drug derived from marijuana, and its top official signaled where the […]

U.S. Hemp Roundtable

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 […]