Over the past four years the U.S. hemp industry has been reborn, creating a surge of both mature and startup businesses entering the hemp marketplace. A large reason for this resurgence has been new Federal and state laws that have distinguished non-psychoactive industrial hemp from its psychoactive cousin, marijuana.
Frost Brown Todd (FBT) has been uniquely positioned at the forefront of hemp’s re-emergence: Hemp Pilot Programs
FBT’s government relations subsidiary, CivicPoint LLC, has been instrumental in hemp lobbying efforts in the development of the current pilot program regime. Working side-by-side with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, passage was secured in Kentucky for one of the nation’s first hemp bills. CivicPoint then worked closely with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others to help craft key Federal statutes, including the Farm Bill and Omnibus Law provisions that now empower more than 30 states to grow and sell industrial hemp crop under the pilot programs.
Hemp Seed Importation
With the establishment of industrial hemp crop pilot programs, litigation emerged in U.S. Federal court involving the Drug Enforcement Administration’s regulation of hemp seeds. The pilot programs needed hemp seeds to establish crops, but were not able to import them. FBT litigators joined Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in securing early negotiated victories to allow for the importation of hemp seeds to service the nation’s new pilot programs.
What Frost Brown Todd Can Do For You
There are many mature and startup companies taking full advantage of the pilot program. This includes not only farming operations producing the crop, but also those looking to process, manufacture and market hemp products. The legal issues surrounding the hemp industry continue to evolve quickly, with hemp-knowledgeable law firms few and far between. Most firms servicing clients in the hemp marketplace operate either smaller boutique firms or focus primarily on marijuana clients, with hemp as a secondary service line. Others looking to service the market are just now integrating into the industry. For these reasons, FBT has emerged as the leading national full-service law firm representing the industry. Not only have our attorneys been there since the beginning of the resurgence, but we’ve done so in a geographical footprint overlapping with what many industry professionals see as the epicenter for hemp seed and crop production.
FBT attorneys currently represent more than two dozen hemp-related companies. These clients range in size from large to small companies, and span every element of the industry from seed to farming, to processing and final products. Our services have included a variety of subject matters including litigation, corporate formation, regulation and intellectual property. We have the substantive legal knowledge, backed by relevant industry experience to offer the right advice and solutions for your needs.