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
- Hemp/CBD Industry Compliance
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.