Federal Hemp Legalization: 2018 Federal Farm Bill and Agency Regulation of Hemp (Webinar 2019)

CLE Credit is not offered for on-demand courses at this time.

Course Materials:

This one hour webinar provides key insight into the federal regulatory framework of this new era of hemp legalization. The program will feature a detailed look at the Hemp Farming Act provisions included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 providing for full federal hemp legalization by INCBA Board of Director Courtney N. Moran, LL.M. who guided the drafting of the legislation. We’ll discuss the ongoing program implementation and regulation development by USDA and FDA. We’ll further discuss recent federal litigation KaB, LLC v USPIS, MLB 18-39 (2018) and RNF, LLC v USPIS, MLB 18-113 (2018) establishing precedent for the shipment of hemp through the US Postal Service. 


Courtney Moran the founding principal of EARTH Law, LLC and chief legislative strategist for Agricultural Hemp Solutions, LLC, is the leading expert on hemp law championing legal policy for sustainable Cannabis hemp agribusiness development. Courtney’s article, Industrial Hemp: Canada Exports, United States Imports was published by the Fordham Environmental Law Review. She participated in the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem in April 2016. In October 2016, Courtney testified before the Senado de la República in Mexico City, Mexico. She successfully lobbies for the Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association passing legislation, HB 4060 (2016), SB 1015 (2017), and HB 4089 (2018), protecting Oregon hemp agricultural interests. She authored H 3559 (2017), establishing the South Carolina hemp program. Courtney provided foundational language for SB 119 (2017), establishing the Wisconsin hemp program. Courtney strategically guided drafting SB 6 (2018), establishing the Alaska hemp program. She also provided pivotal strategy in drafting Missouri hemp legislation HB 2034 (2018), establishing the Missouri hemp program. Courtney is co-petitioner of the Relegalizing Industrial Hemp Project, a formal administrative rulemaking petition to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency that will remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. She also worked closely with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in drafting the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667).

Cindy Sovine has over 20 years of government relations experience in working on local, state and federal issues. She is highly effective at helping clients achieve their goals and successfully navigate ever-changing legislative, regulatory and political environments. A Colorado native, Cindy grew up farming and ranching in Eastern Colorado. Cindy spent much of her career lobbying in health care and early childhood education until she began working in Cannabis policy in 2015 after her step-dad’s journey with lymphatic cancer and seeing firsthand how cannabis alleviated his suffering and provided a quality of life that traditional treatments could not provide. Cindy seeks to move the needle forward on Cannabis policy by opening a social use holistic wellness spa and member lounge that allows on sight consumption, THC and CBD massage and more.