In an earlier blog post we informed readers that, in response to a mandamus petition of the Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI), the D.C. Circuit issued an order requiring the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to explain why it allowed cannabis –
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On 24 September, European regulators cleared the way for GW Pharma’s cannabinoid medicinal product to treat patients with two rare, severe forms of epilepsy. The European Commission approved Epidyolex to treat seizures associated with Lennox Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet
Continue Reading Navigating the Haze of Cannabis Rules and Regulations in Europe

On August 27, 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) issued a Federal Notice stating its intent to issue new regulations for its marijuana growers program for scientific and medical research.  The adjustments to its policies and practices will include a
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On August 19, 2019, the National Credit Union Administration (“NCUA”) made an economically significant change to the hemp banking landscape.  As is the case with cannabis businesses generally, hemp operations have faced considerable limitations with respect to access to traditional
Continue Reading Credit Unions Lending to Hemp-Related Businesses is Permissible

We’ve written a lot about FDA’s current position on CBD in food and the ongoing process to evaluate a potential non-drug pathway for the ingredient that emerged seemingly out of nowhere to capture the attention of consumers, legislators, and regulators
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On June 25, 2019, Governor Jay B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (HR1438) (“Cannabis Act”) into law. When the law goes into effect on January 1, 2020, Illinois will be the second largest state (after California) to
Continue Reading Legalized Marijuana in Illinois: The Basics for Employers

On May 28, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) Office of the General Counsel issued a Legal Opinion, which attempts to address open questions relating to interstate transport of hemp. While the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp production,
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