Now that the statute legalizing hemp and hemp-derived products has been implemented through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, hemp is a commodity that can be grown, processed and marketed pursuant to USDA regulations—the industry is ready to take off! With the renewed focus on climate footprint and sustainability placed on the agriculture sector by the new Biden Administration, hemp is in a position to seize a new opportunity as a green and climate-friendly alternative. Hemp production has benefits of carbon sequestration and soil “cleaning”; use of hemp fiber as alternative for manufacture of clothing, building materials (hempcrete) and other products could reduce the climate footprint of these industries. This demand could be spurred by government mandated standards or by retailer demand on suppliers to meet climate private standards. New government funding may become available to incentivize clean sectors such as hemp. At the same time there are environmental challenges including emerging strict standards for toxins (eg Colorado and Canada); water usage; land use and production issues. Environmental compliance is an important legal area for hemp production.
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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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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Mackenzie Schoonmaker co-chairs Beveridge & Diamond's Industrial Hemp & Cannabis industry team. She advises clients, and regularly writes and presents, on federal and state environmental regulations impacting this thriving industry.
Michelle Bodian is a senior associate attorney in Vicente Sederberg’s Boston office, where she is a leading member of the firm’s Hemp and Cannabinoids Department and co-chair of the Grants and Loans Practice Group. She primarily advises hemp and CBD clients on how to navigate through the complex and interconnected federal, state, and local regulatory frameworks.
Before joining Vicente Sederberg, Michelle served as the land use counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, where she gained valuable agricultural knowledge and insight and experience drafting, reviewing, and awarding government grants and contracts. While with the Department, Michelle drafted and proposed amendments, and commented on laws, regulations, and policies. Michelle has extensive administrative agency experience and offers clients firsthand knowledge on how administrative agencies truly operate. Michelle also worked as an associate at a civil litigation and transactional law firm in Milford, Connecticut. While there, she focused on environmental, land use, and real estate law and environmental and civil litigation.
With her skill in agricultural and environmental impact best practices, along with her knowledge of state, territory, and international hemp and CBD laws—plus, over a decade of legal experience in both the government and private sectors—Michelle is a valuable resource for her clients.
A member of the American Herbal Products Cannabis Committee, Michelle has spoken at many cannabis industry events and has authored several articles on hemp- and CBD-related topics.
She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with an Environmental Law, Science, and Policy Certificate and received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. During law school, Michelle served as a legal intern for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Environmental Protection Division and was a certified legal intern with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic.
My law practice focuses on the environmental regulatory aspects of real estate and business transactions, with a focus on the coastal region. By emphasizing teamwork and communication in my practice, I leverage strong relationships with environmental consultants and government regulators to arrive at compliance solutions that make business sense. I routinely advise clients on federal, state, and local laws concerning the areas of environmental due diligence; cleanup activities; coastal development; and, wastewater and stormwater management. I also represent clients in administrative actions involving governmental agencies and private parties. I chair Ward and Smith's Environmental Practice Group, lead our Green Team sustainability initiative, and co-Chair our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Group.
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