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Join our panel of experts and hear about the latest developments in Pennsylvania’s hemp program.  

Our Keynote Speaker is Assistant General Counsel, Mia T. Dinh, Esq. from the USDA Office of General Counsel. She will present:
USDA’s Rule on the Domestic Hemp Production Program:
From the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of General Counsel, Ms. Mai Dinh, Esq. has led the creation of some of the most important guidance documents in the hemp industry.  Directly overseeing the drafting of the USDA’s 2019 Interim Rule concerning Hemp, Ms. Dinh will share her experiences and expertise with the audience in this year’s Keynote Address.  Bring your questions and be prepared to hear directly from those involved with the process about the ins and outs of this new emerging market and how the Federal Government is working to stay ahead of the curve.  

2014 and 2018 Farm Bill: An Intro to Regulated Hemp:
This session will cover the foundational information necessary to understand the recently evolving hemp industry and the dramatic changes presented by the two most recent United States Farm Bills. The panel, consisting of some of the most influential hemp operators in the country, will discuss the key provisions from the Farm Bill and how in a matter of a few quick years – a plant went from a Schedule 1 Substance to now legally being grown on tens of thousands of acres across the country. 

FDCA and the FDA’s Position on CBD:
CBD products are everywhere.  But are they legal?  This panel, including top regulatory and cannabis attorneys from across the country, will dive deep into the confusing and often conflicting legal picture surrounding CBDs and other hemp derived products.  The session will address medical claims made by hemp producers by examining the intersection between the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and the emerging hemp industry.  The panel will also provide an overview of recent enforcement actions brought by the FDA.

HBCU & Agribusiness in the U.S.:
HBCUs are uniquely positioned to serve as anchor institutions in soil rich regions and to lead agribusiness' reduction of the current use of energy and water, particularly in the commercially farmed south.  Industrial hemp is a bioaccumulator that sequestors a significant amount of carbon, meaning HBCU research and pilot programs could help increase the diversity of scientists working hard to manage disruptive changes to the climate.   Because industrial hemp represents a rapidly growing, quickly renewable raw material it could be used to produce a variety of products that (with thoughtful planning) and could help strengthen HBCUs and their service communities, as well as bring American farming back to life as a generational economic legacy.  

Pennsylvania’s Hemp Program:
Pennsylvania’s hemp program is open for business.  In January, the Department of Agriculture made available permits for the growing hemp during the 2020 season.  The Department also, for the first time, created a new permit for the processing hemp. While this industry is ripe with opportunities, growing and processing hemp remains risky business.  One small mistake, and an entire field can be deemed illegal and ordered for destruction.  This session will examine the specific issues governing hemp growing and production in the Commonwealth.

Hemp 2020: Roundtable Discussion

Sponsored by the Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Committee of the PBA

Recorded at day one the Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Symposium in October 2020.
Practice Areas


Lezli Baskerville Esq. National Association For Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
Nathalie Bougenies Esq. Harris Bricken (Portland)
Dr. Jamie M. Bracey Temple University College of Engineering
Christine Taylor Brann Esq. JSDC Law Offices/James Smith Dietterick & Connelly LLP (Hershey)
Tauhid Chappell Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
Mai T. Dinh Esq. U.S. Dept of Agriculture
A. Thomas Downey Esq. Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC
Brett Goldman GenCanna
Carlton L. Johnson Esq. Archer & Greiner PC (Phila)
E. Oneal Latimore The Vaulted Group
Mary Pryor TONIC / Brikhouse Industries, LLC
William G. Roark Esq. Hamburg Rubin Mullin Maxwell & Lupin PC
Shahnam Sharareh PharmD, RAC Fox Rothschild LLP (Princeton/Lawrenceville)
Erica Stark National Hemp Association
Reginald Streater Esq. Archer & Greiner PC (Haddonfield)
Sharif T. Street Esq. Pennsylvania Senate
Luis Vega WEPA! Farms
Omar Woodard GreenLight Fund
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