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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
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. 

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Rod Kight's Profile

Rod Kight Related Seminars and Products

Attorney | Author | Advocate

Kight Law Office, PC

Rod is a cannabis business law attorney. Based in North Carolina and Mexico, Rod represents legal cannabis businesses throughout the world and is editor and chief writer of the Kight On Cannabis law blog. Rod is the author of “Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know”, published by Aspatore Books. He has served on the advisory board for the American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine, for which he has also written a legal column. Rod also created the “Source Rule”, which is widely regarded as a primary legal foundation for the contemporary hemp market in cannabinoids and other cannabis materials.

Rod is frequently quoted on cannabis matters by trade publications and major media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Time, Politico, and Business Insider. Additionally, Rod has been listed in MG Magazine's list of "30 Powerful Litigators", Hemp Connoisseur Magazine’s list of “100 People You Should Know”, and High Time's "2020 Leaders in Cannabis Law." He is part of the legal teams in two high-profile cases against the DEA and the Texas Department of State Health Services regarding hemp extracts, has drafted and presented cannabis legislation to a foreign head of state, is a member of the board of directors of a publicly traded Canadian cannabis and psychedelics company, testified to the FDA about CBD and cannabis compounds, and is a partner in a Mexican import-export company focused on legal cross-border hemp transactions. Rod routinely advises in-house counsel and C-suite level executives on cannabis issues. He has discussed cannabis legal issues in numerous seminars to lawyers, business executives, and public officials and is regularly asked to be a guest speaker on US and inter- national podcasts about cannabis and psychedelics.

Rod is a strong believer in cannabis for personal and medical use after using it successfully during chemotherapy treatments for cancer (he is in remission). He has been an attorney advocate for NORML and has also been a member of the International Cannabis Bar Association, the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Hemp Industries Association, and the Southeast Hemp Association.

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 LLP

Andrea is a member in the firm’s Commercial Finance Practice Group as well as a member of the Hemp Industry Team, focusing her practice on both affordable housing and cannabis business law. In the affordable housing area, Andrea represents both for-profit and non-profit developers across the country, including public and private entities, as well as public housing authorities and tax increment reinvestment zones. Her work is concentrated on the legal representation of developers of affordable housing utilizing both 9% and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax exempt bond financing, CDBG and HOME Program funding and other federal, state and local subsidy and economic development programs, as well as the stimulus grants created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 including the Tax Credit Assistance Program, Tax Credit Exchange Program (Section 1602 Program) and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Andrea has represented developers in complex transactions which have combined federal and state Historic Tax Credits with LIHTCs and tax-exempt bonds, and transactions which have involved multiple layers of funding including EB-5 and tax increment financing. Her practice also includes closing construction, bridge and/or permanent loans, conventional as well as Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae loans, FHA-insured loans, and state and local financing. Incorporating various economic development incentives is another area in which her creativity and experience allows her to excel.

Andrea’s work with public housing authorities (PHAs) includes closing transactions that include HUD funds and/or HUD-insured mortgages, including Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and mixed-finance transactions, those involving Section 8 financing, 221(d)(4) & 223(f) FHA mortgages, Federal Home Loan Bank AHP loans and CDBG Disaster Recovery funds. She has worked with PHAs throughout Texas in addition to Louisiana, Arkansas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Andrea is also experienced with assisting developers navigate through various state agency processes, including assistance with funding applications, appeals, and compliance issues. Her work also encompasses obtaining ad valorem tax exemptions for qualified projects, and she also assists clients with real estate acquisitions and dispositions.

In addition to real estate, Andrea has deep rooted knowledge and experience with cannabis law. Andrea’s cannabis business clients come from across the supply chain spectrum from cultivators to retailers, as well as distributors, testing labs and more. She advises on regulatory compliance, hemp/medical marijuana licensing, cannabis-related business issues, product labeling/marketing, policy-making participation and real estate issues.

Andrea frequently advises clients on issues unique to the industry, such as delta-8 and other novel cannabinoids, conducting state-by-state research and providing guidance and analysis on proposed laws to policymakers and others. She serves as co-chair of the Legislative Advisement Committee of the International Cannabis Bar Association and has been appointed as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Cannabis Law and Policy Committee for the 2021-22 year. She is also a sought-after speaker at industry events, providing insight into recently approved and proposed laws, rules and regulations and other cannabis business matters. At her prior firm, she successfully launched, led and grew their cannabis business practice group.

With both affordable housing and cannabis being industries that necessitate guidance across a wide range of practice areas, Andrea enjoys collaborating with other team members at Frost Brown Todd to provide clients a full suite of legal services on any issue impacting their businesses, including trademarks, patents, e-commerce, tax matters, debt and equity financing opportunities, corporate structuring and more.

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