Rod Kight is a cannabis business attorney. He’s based in Asheville, N.C., though his client list includes cannabis businesses across the United States. If you’re in the hemp industry — or want to be — this is one Carolina Cannabis News podcast episode you don’t want to miss.

In this interview, Kight discusses the rapidly changing legal environment for cannabis and hemp, including the hemp portion of the 2018 farm bill, and rumors that the U.S. Congress would attempt to limit tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in hemp to 0.1 percent.

“I’ve heard lots of rumors and seen nothing,” Kight says in the interview. “It probably was discussed in some context, but it didn’t make it into the bill.”

He added, ” … the ratio of THC to CBD (cannabidiol) is important. And so, if you’re trying to get a hemp strain with a high concentration of CBD, it’s almost impossible to do so without having a slightly higher level of THC.” A 0.1 percent THC law, ” … could eliminate almost all of the possible strains that could be grown,” he says, which would be detrimental to many Carolina hemp companies.

We also talk about Delta9 THC testing for cannabis — and how some types of tests can be detrimental to hemp farmers — and CBD’s legal gray area. We touch on President Richard Nixon’s want to make cannabis illegal despite the advice of his trusted and “very Conservative” advisors. (Read that Commission report here.) And we discuss “hemp trigger words” that are causing havoc for Carolina hemp companies online.

“I don’t want my clients to be on the FDA’s radar,” Kight says. Listen to find out how he advises his clients when it comes to avoiding scuffles with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to those “trigger words.”

He says we’re at a “tipping point” for cannabis prohibition, but how long does he think it will take the North and South Carolina General Assemblies to take action? Listen to find out!

“The Carolinas are lagging way behind,” Kight says. “It’s just disappointing. I think the lack of foresight by the legislatures has been just appalling.”

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“The Carolinas are lagging way behind,” Kight says. “It’s just disappointing. I think the lack of foresight by the legislatures has been just appalling.”

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