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A Different Kind of Lawyer Unique Guidance From an Experienced Cannabis Producer

Hemp & Cannabidiol Attorney

CBD Business Attorney

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Cannabis production is typically associated with the use of marijuana as a medical and/or recreational drug that carries hallucinogenic properties. However, hemp possess different properties. Hemp is typically grown for its fibers and has a historical significance in being used as a material in the manufacturing of various products. The difference between hemp and marijuana is that marijuana is low in cannabidiol (CBD) and high in THC, THC being the hallucinogenic property that is associated with the feeling of being high.

Hemp is historically one of the first plants to be manufactured by many of history’s greatest civilizations, such as: the Japanese, Chinese, Greeks, Palestinians, and many more. Hemp’s popularity is in part due to the fact that it has multiple uses, found in the early years of its production, hemp can produce items such as: ropes, carpets, clothing, shoes, etc. The material for this can be found in the hemp’s fiber, which has been its main draw as far as being cultivated for many years.

However, in recent years hemp has also come into popularity because of the fact that hemp is high in CBD. Where marijuana is low in CBD and high in THC, hemp is the opposite and ongoing research has suggested that CBD in hemp can also reduce the effects of anxiety, act as an anti-inflammatory, and assisting with pain management. It is to be understood that these effects are still being tested, but these are researcher’s early findings when testing the effects of CBD. Furthermore, many modern day products such as food and/or drinks claim to be infused with CBD.

Hemp Cultivation

Currently many states have also legalized the cultivation of hemp for research and commercial purposes, Oregon being among one of around 35 states that have legalized the cultivation of hemp. In Oregon specifically it is legal to cultivate hemp for commercial purposes if registered with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. In addition, those who intended to distribute and/or sell seeds must also be licensed as seed producers.

Specialized Industrial Hemp Consultant

Our firm's attorney, Michael R. Hughes, has considerable knowledge regarding hemp and the hemp industry. Attorney Hughes has been studying hemp and hemp laws since the 1980’s. He grew up on a farm in eastern Nebraska where his family once grew hemp. He began studying the feral hemp growing around his farm at a young age. He developed a passion to return the hemp industry to the United States and used his law degree to further this agenda. He started the Industrial Hemp Producers Association in the 1990’s. By 2015, he was one of the first farmers in the United States to produce hemp under the 2014 Federal Farm Bill. They are starting the fourth season of hemp production at his farm in Oregon.

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 studied hemp production for more than two decades and is well-versed in the industry’s literature. Hughes Law has spent even more time reviewing hemp growth and the life cycle of the plant. We have spent years looking over studies done on recreational and medical marijuana along with the state medical cannabis systems of Oregon and California.

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

Hughes Law's distinctive experience allows us to offer specialized consulting services to cannabis businesses and legal opinions on marijuana cases. We can make the difference for any case involving compliance issues and testimony for drug crime cases.

Contact Us Today

If you are considering the formation of a business that involves hemp, or are interested in the complex nature of farming hemp, don’t hesitate to contact our firm today. Though Hemp is legal in some states it can also be an extremely complicated matter to become licensed, even when licensed you may deal with harassment from law enforcement. Attorney Hughes is an experienced cannabis producer, breeder, and agricultural specialist with 18 years of legal experience. Our attorney proudly consults nationally and can help guide you through all the agricultural and legal matters associated with cannabis production.

Give us a call today at (541) 667-9567 to speak with our experienced attorney.

What Sets Hughes Law Firm Apart?

  • Specializing in Cannabis Criminal Defense

  • Experienced Cannabis Producer and Breeder

  • Comprehensive Cannabis Business Consulting

  • Strategic Political Consulting

  • Trial Lawyers College
  • OSB
  • NORML