Doreen N. McPaul: © Navajo Nation Department of Justice

“Despite legislation that clearly illegalizes hemp and marijuana on the Navajo Nation, many farmers have chosen to jeopardize their farms and the health of the community by growing and producing hemp and marijuana for personal gain.”

Source: Navajo Times

Doreen N. McPaul, attorney general for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, discussing the tribe’s lawsuit against 33 farmers who she says are growing hemp and/or marijuana in violation of Navajo law.

 

Hemp Field: © NikoEndres, Adobe Stock

“In some instances, the rules are so stringent that [farmers] feel as though they are being set up to fail.”

Source: HempGrower.com

Oct. 8 letter from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding USDA’s interim final rule, “Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program.”

 

“The farm bill did not relieve the DEA of its obligation to enforce the CSA [Controlled Substances Act].”

Source: HempGrower.com

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) spokesman Michael D. Miller asserting the agency’s right to regulate all products containing more than 0.3% THC. The Hemp Industries Association and RE Botanicals recently sued the DEA in two separate lawsuits for its proposed hemp regulations, which suggest even intermediary hemp products (which experience temporary spikes in THC levels) are subject to the CSA.

 

 

kim stuck: © Jordana Wright

“Don’t wait for the FDA to tell you that cleaning with isopropyl is not a sanitization step or for OSHA to penalize you for not having a Hazard Communication Plan. Do the work now and reap the benefits for years to come. Because the regulators are circling—whether you’re ready for them or not.”

Source: HempGrower.com

Kim Stuck, founder and CEO of Allay Consulting and former cannabis regulator, advising growers to be proactive in working with regulators.