Cannabis Law

Cannabis Law

Oregon Cannabis Lawyer

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In late 1980's Mr. Hughes was already aware of the police state that was enveloping the nation, caused in large part by the "War on Drugs". Mr. Hughes has been a critic of prohibition since he was old enough to think clearly. He had a particular interest in studying controlled substance laws. This lead Mr. Hughes to the study criminal law in college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in 1995.

Mr. Hughes then went on to study at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. He graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree in 1999. While in law school, Mr. Hughes continued his studies of criminal law and justice. He also studied litigation and Agricultural law. While in law school, Mr. Hughes was a law clerk for the United Stated Department of Agriculture, Wetland Restoration Team.

Areas of Cannabis Practice:

  • Business Formation
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • OLCC Applications
  • Consulting for the Cannabis Investor

Specialized Industrial Hemp Consultant in Bend

Mr. Hughes’ considerable knowledge regarding hemp and the hemp industry is thanks in part to growing up on the family hemp farm in Nebraska before the gradual crackdown on production by the government. Before the Marijuana Tax act of 1937 was enacted, Mr. Hughes’ family, like many others of the older generation, farmed hemp for consumption in a variety of forms.

Hemp Versus Marijuana

The differences between hemp and marijuana can be complicated and fraught with political landmines. “Hemp” typically refers to strains of Cannabis sativa which has been domesticated and utilized for many centuries for the production of foods, oils, and textiles like rope and fabrics. “Marijuana” on the other hand is a colloquial term for other strains which are bred for the resin growing on the flowers and some leaves.

Significantly, while marijuana plants contain high levels of the active ingredient which is responsible for the plants psychoactive qualities, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp actually contains a much lower amount of it. As a case in point, medical marijuana has between 5-20% THC on average, while most hemp contains less than 0.3%.

While all cannabis is illegal to produce in the U.S., hemp is grown in over 30 countries worldwide; and interestingly enough, hemp products can be legally imported to the U.S.

Consulting Services for Hemp Producers

On top of his years spent on his family’s farm, as a Bend industrial hemp farming consultant, Mr. Hughes has studied hemp production for more than two decades and is well-versed in the industry’s literature. He has spent even more time reviewing hemp growth and the life cycle of the plant. He has spent years looking over studies done on recreational and medical marijuana along with the state medical cannabis systems of Oregon and California.

In 1997, Mr. Hughes founded the Industrial Hemp Producers Association on behalf of industrial hemp producers. He also was a clerk with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wetland Restoration Team and attended the Drake Law Agricultural Law Institute in 1998.

Mr. Hughes’ distinctive experience allows him to offer specialized consulting services to cannabis businesses and legal opinions on marijuana cases. He can make the difference for any case involving compliance issues and testimony for drug crime cases.

Reach out to Hughes Law and get the consulting services you need—(888) 878-9108.

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