Super Lawyers interviewed Rod Kight for a May 21, 2019 story,

The Common Legal Questions CBD Businesses Face.

Here’s the  introduction to the article


Hemp is no longer a controlled substance, but it still has regulations

By Andrew Brandt

According to Rod Kight, a business attorney in Asheville, North Carolina, the hemp industry is the industry of the moment.

“There’s a lot of innovation across all spectrums,” he says, noting that since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which took hemp off of the Controlled Substances Act, demand has grown. Most of that demand has, in turn, been geared toward cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating extract you can derive from the plant.

Kight spends most of his time consulting with businesses that produce or sell CBD, and he often gets the same kinds of questions from his clients—some of which are listed here, below.

Who can grow hemp in North Carolina?

“North Carolina adopted its hemp pilot program not too long after the federal law allowed it. We allow anyone to grow hemp, provided they meet some basic requirements; we don’t restrict the number of licenses issued. North Carolina is a very progressive state when it comes to hemp and CBD.”

How do I register to grow hemp?

“We get this from all over the country. It’s very much a state-by-state registration and certification process right now, as states are still operating under the 2014 Farm Bill that allowed pilot programs. Most states have those—we’re in the mid-40s. It’s always a state-by-state process.”

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