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Cannabis and the Legal Industry: New Rules, New Risks, New Opportunities

The state-by-state legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use has created a complicated legal landscape—and with it new demands for lawyers to responsibly advise cannabis clients and companies in adjacent industries. This special report features Law.com's in-depth coverage of emerging legal issues, key regulatory developments, and the lawyers who are helping to shape a new industry.

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Imagine a world where, before legislative enactment, Congress considered every possible factual scenario, detailed every possible legal nuance, and left no practical ambiguity to interpretive chance. Unfortunately, this imaginary world is just that—imaginary. And the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, or more commonly referred to as the “2018 Farm Bill,” is no exception.

On Dec. 20, 2018, President Trump signed into law the 2018 Farm Bill, which became effective on Jan. 1, 2019. Among other things, the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, and amended certain federal laws relating to the production and marketing of hemp, as well as derivatives of the plant, including cannabidiol, or CBD. While most of these amendments involve the production of hemp, certain amendments implicate the sale of hemp and hemp-derived products.

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