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USDA vs State Rules

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Administrative Law |  Hemp |  Licensing and Permitting |  Regulatory
Rod Kight |  Frank Robison |  Andrea Steel |  Marne Coit
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Audio and Video
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


Under the 2018 Farm Bill, states either have to create their own hemp programs, or send their citizens to the federal government for regulation under the USDA. Take a look at the minimum federal standards, and how states are crafting their own rules to regulate their own hemp markets. What makes a program more competitive, more efficient, or more profitable? What changes the decision when a company is determining where it should focus their operations? Learn from the experts to see where you should direct your clients to succeed in the US hemp market.



This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

INCBA webinars are eligible for credit in the following states: AR, AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT,DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, MN, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, and WI . Additional states may be available for credit upon self-application by attendees. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.

INCBA on demand programs are eligible for credit in the following states: AR, AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT,DE, GA, HI, IL, IN, MN, MS, MO, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VT, WV, and WI . Additional states may be available for credit upon self-application by attendees. States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted.

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Rod Kight's Profile

Rod Kight Related seminars and products

Rod Kight Law

Rod is a cannabis business law attorney who lives in Asheville, NC. He represents legal
cannabis businesses throughout the country and is editor and chief writer of the Kight On
Cannabis law blog (, a popular blog that discusses evolving legal
issues affecting the cannabis industry. Rod is the author of “Cannabis Business Law-What You
Need to Know”, published by Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters (WestLaw) Company, in
August 2015. Rod is on the advisory board for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid
Medicine (AJEM), for which he also writes a legal column. AJEM is the first printed, peer-
reviewed medical cannabis journal in North America. Rod is frequently interviewed on cannabis
matters by major media outlets and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Time, Business
Insider, and Business Insurance.

A strong believer in cannabis for personal and medical use after using it successfully during
chemotherapy treatments for cancer (he is in remission), Rod is an attorney advocate for
NORML. He is also a member of the International Cannabis Bar Association, the National
Cannabis Industry Association, Women Grow, the Hemp Industries Association, and the North
Carolina Industrial Hemp Association. Rod has represented numerous cannabis businesses and
been a presenter on cannabis legal issues at seminars across the country. He has also drafted
and presented cannabis legislation to a foreign head of state.
Rod is married to his elementary school sweetheart, Ashley, who is also his office manager.
Together they have 5 children. Rod is an avid musician who plays guitar in an Asheville-based
rock band. He can be reached via email ( or phone (828-55-9881).

Frank Robison's Profile

Frank Robison Related seminars and products

Attorney at Law- U.S. Customs Broker

Robison Law LLC

Frank is the founder of Robison Law, LLC. Frank has provided legal solutions to the hemp industries for approximately 10-years. He started his law focused hemp journey as a Special Assistant Attorney Journal working with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the University of Colorado creating compliant paths forward to conduct research with hemp.


Prior to his legal career, Frank worked on a Kibbutz in Israel, on a banana farm working with various irrigation systems, soil conservation and the incorporation of composted material into the soil. Frank was also Peace Corps Volunteer, working as an Agricultural Extensionist in Honduras and studying  Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School for three years. Frank continued his career in agricultural business working in the tobacco and cigars, based out of Costa Rica. Since and for over thirty years, he has had a philosophy that no matter what you do for a living and where to plant two fruit trees a year. These roots are growing on four continents.


Frank has also been a business manager and entrepreneur working with fiber optic networks in Latin America, information technology and robotics and automation. In addition to being a lawyer and a businessperson, Frank is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker. He has LLMs’ in tax, constitutional, international food, and entrepreneurial laws and a master’s degree international management.


He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is familiar with Chichewa, the national language of Malawi. Life has brought Frank to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil, China, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Germany, El Salvador, Mexico, and Spain. His children are Brazilian and United States citizens and his daughter proudly says she is a Sevillana.

Andrea Steel's Profile

Andrea Steel Related seminars and products


Frost Brown Todd LLC

Andrea Steel is a Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC, where she provides legal services to individuals and companies starting or expanding their cannabis businesses in Texas, Oklahoma and beyond.  Andrea’s cannabis business clients come from across the supply chain spectrum from cultivators to retailers to ancillary businesses, where she advises on regulatory compliance, hemp/medical marijuana licensing, cannabis-related business issues, product labeling/marketing, policy-making participation, real estate issues and more. Andrea also represents clients in structuring and financing complex real estate transactions that often involve economic development incentives, tax credits and exemptions, and layering of highly regulated funding sources, including government grants and loans. She is also experienced with assisting clients navigate through the various state agency processes, including assistance with funding applications, appeals, and compliance issues.

Andrea joined Frost Brown Todd in 2021.  Previously, Andrea was a partner at Coats Rose for more than 12 years, where she launched and led their Cannabis Business Law practice group. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center in 2009 and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a double-major Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 2002. During her time at the University of Houston Law Center, she served as an Articles Editor for the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal and was a recipient of the Lex Award for Scholastic Excellence in Practice Skills. Andrea’s academic achievement also earned her a membership in the Order of the Barons Scholastic Honor Society. While earning her law degree, she served as an intern for Justice John S. Anderson of the 14th Court of Appeals, an extern for the Center for Children, Law, and Policy, and participated in the Law Center’s Civil Practice Clinic. Prior to becoming an attorney, Andrea’s professional experience was in the criminal justice field, where she supervised halfway house residents in Maryland and served as a parole and probation officer in both Washington, D.C. and Harris County, Texas.

Marne Coit's Profile

Marne Coit Related seminars and products


North Carolina State University

Marne Coit’s research and teaching focuses on food, agricultural and hemp law. She is a member of the NC State Extension hemp team. Dr. Coit earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Law and JD from Vermont Law School, and her LLM in Food and Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.

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