Erratic Industrial Hemp Economy Presents Risks and Rewards Over the past few years cannabidiol (“CBD”) has become a ubiquitous ingredient in all varieties of consumer products ranging from vitamins and topical lotions to bath bombs and even dog treats. Contributing to the explosion in availability of CBD products stems from a combination of the multitude…

2020 Sun Cup Winners Gleam Law is proud to be a sponsor of the annual Sun Cup, a competition between outdoor farmers organized by the Washington SunGrowers Industry Association (WSIA). Competition is stiff since many of the state’s top outdoor growers enter submissions. Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients! Best Full Term THC…

Virginia Governor Signs Bill Regulating CBD as Food Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law that would classify CBD as food. The importance of this to the hemp and CBD industry cannot be understated. Currently, the FDA has not approved CBD as either Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS, for introduction to food items) or as a…

It’s an exciting time to be in hemp and CBD! I have attended and spoken at several conferences over the last year. I have been in places as diverse as Seattle, Denver, Dallas, and Orlando. The products I have seen have made me excited about the future of the industry. I have seen products ranging…

Washington State passed the final hurdle for solidifying its status as a hemp-producing powerhouse. On February 20, 2020,  the USDA issued its approval of Washington’s Hemp Plan. The plan was an outgrowth of the passage of Senate Bill 5276, Washington’s Hemp Production Bill, which passed on April 26, 2019. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2014…

Week of Feb. 7, 2020 From edibles and marijuana vaping products to licensing and certificates of compliance, there’s a lot going on in Olympia’s Capitol Hill that impacts Washington’s cannabis industry. Familiarize yourself with the latest developments from this past week and see what’s on deck. We’ve included links to the Washington State Legislative website…

The FDA’s regulation of the CBD market has taken its toll on a heavy hitter in the marketplace. Curaleaf, which is sold in CVS Health stores, was issued a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration over health claims made by the company. According to CBS News, Curaleaf is working to remedy issues raised in the FDA…

Redefining Medication While in Line with the TSA Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go, you’re standing here outside TSA, You’d hate to wind up with a criminal record… Did you pack medication? Will they land you in federal prison? Is your pill box TSA approved? Because you’re leaving on a jet plane, don’t…

With the Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, states are scrambling to update their Hemp Pilot Programs and replace them with permanent hemp laws and regulation. Washington State is no exception. On January 16, Senate Bill 5276 (officially titled “Authorizing hemp production in conformance with the agricultural improvement act of 2018”) was introduced. In its…

In recent years, the legal status of marijuana, CBD, and hemp have been common topics of discussion on the local, national, and international scale. As legalization in its many forms has spread in the United States, the conversation around cannabis and its effects has become more nuanced and commonplace. Recently, cannabinoid research company Verda Bio…