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With the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill (the Farm Bill), hemp became legal in all 50 states if the hemp fully complies with the law’s requirements.   The Farm Bill set up a shared form of regulatory programming to license and regulate hemp.  Under this regime, states were allowed to devise plans to license and regulate hemp.  For states that opted not to devise a hemp regulatory program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a federally run regulatory program.  Today, 46 states have opted to enact their own plans.  The states of Idaho, Mississippi, South Dakota, and New Hampshire have not enacted their own programs and so they operate under the federal regulatory program.

Due to its numerous uses, combined with being one of the fastest growing plants, hemp has been cultivated by humans since at least 8,000 BC, and is believed to be the oldest example of human industry.  In the Americas, hemp was in widespread use by Native Americans.  Later, the colonies would continue this use.  George Washington grew hemp on his farm at Mount Vernon, and even the U.S. 1914 $10 bill featured farmers harvesting hemp in Pennsylvania.

Today, hemp is used to make numerous commercial and industrial products, including rope, bioplastics, composite materials, paper, building materials, textiles, food (hemp seeds, milk, juices, and oil), cannabidiol (CBD), clothing, shoes, insulation, biofuel, and as a ‘mop crop’ for soil and water purification. 

Since hemp was only recently legalized in the United States, state legislatures, as well as state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA, are rushing to promulgate statutes, rules and regulations to regulate the industry.  

The Cannabis, Hemp and CBD attorneys at Gordon & Rees understand the issues facing your hemp businesses.  The attorneys will serve as Your 50 STATE Partner® helping you transport your hemp products to market, evaluating and minimizing the risks of seizeure, as well as helping you grow, market, and sell your products.  We also counsel on proper labeling, disclaimers, warnings, and other aspects of risk avoidance.  Should a dispute arise, we have seasoned attorneys ready to assist.

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