The complex federal regulatory framework for hemp licensing creates much confusion for operators and can be challenging to navigate. By way of background, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) removed hemp and hemp-derivatives containing less than .3% THC from the Controlled Substances Act and granted the United States Department of Agriculture regulatory authority over hemp cultivation. About a year later the USDA published its Interim Final Rule (“IFR”), which ushered in a new era of licensing. Although these laws are in effect, acquiring a license and complying with these laws can be a daunting task.
Moreover, since the IFR deals solely with cultivation rules, the regulation of products containing any of hemp’s 100+ cannabinoids has been left to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and presents issues of risk mitigation and compliance for hemp manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Manzuri Law’s attorneys, having supported hemp businesses throughout the country, are uniquely experienced and positioned to help your hemp business implement best practices, navigate the landscape, and thrive. Through the drafting of legal responses and corrective action plans to FDA warning letters for CBD clients, Manzuri Law is well versed in not only the state but also federal issues that still plague the legal cannabinoid market. Whether you are cultivating hemp or working with one of its derivatives — CBD, CBG, CBN, or others — you can rest assured that Manzuri Law’s attorneys are well-versed in finding creative solutions for the complexities that come with having multiple regulatory bodies, strict testing standards, and conflicting or otherwise absent local, state, and federal laws. Our practitioners are actively engaged with regulatory bodies at all levels of government in their regarding the drafting and implementation of hemp production plans by way of public comment and governmental relations. We have a successful record of advising operators on compliance and licensing for hemp.
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