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Hemp: USDA Interim Final Rule and What it Means for Hemp Clients

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Hemp Law |  Regulation law |  Hemp
Shawn Hauser |  Alex Berger |  Richard Y. Cheng |  Mai T. Dinh
60 minutes
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In October 2019, USDA published its Interim Final Rule (“IFR”) implementing the hemp provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill.  Many industry experts worry that the IFR makes it practically, legally, and scientifically impossible to cultivate hemp for CBD.  This panel seeks to get to the bottom of the IFR and what it means for the hemp CBD industry currently and in the future.  We may also touch on the intersection of USDA and FDA authority to regulate hemp-derived CBD products.



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Shawn Hauser's Profile

Shawn Hauser Related seminars and products

Vicente Sederberg LLP

Shawn Hauser is a partner at Vicente Sederberg and co-chair of the firm's Hemp and Cannabinoids Department. Shawn helps cannabis and hemp businesses navigate the intersections between state and federal law including hemp laws, food and drug laws, regulatory compliance, licensing, general business representation, investment, and general business matters.


As co-chair of the VS Hemp and Cannabinoids Department, Shawn advises clients on the unique legal landscape governing cannabinoids and hemp, helping them form compliant business structures, maintain compliance with hemp and food and drug laws as they evolve, and develop informed solutions that best position them for success at the at state, national, and international levels. 

With more than a decade of experience in cannabis law and policy, Shawn is a go-to source for businesses, industry groups, governments, and reporters seeking opinions, analysis, and guidance on cannabis and hemp law and policy matters. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Cannabis Bar Association, and was on the steering committee for the American Hemp Campaign, a project of Vote Hemp which was instrumental in legalizing hemp in Texas in 2019. In 2023, Shawn was recognized by her peers in the "Best Lawyers" list for her work in cannabis law. In 2021 and 2022, Shawn was recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the top cannabis lawyers in the United States. She has been named one of "Denver's Top Lawyers" by 5280 magazine since 2015 and was listed in Denver Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2021. 

Since directing Sensible Colorado's local government implementation team following the passage of Amendment 64, Shawn remains active in policy work with local and state governments in Colorado and Texas and is passionate in supporting the development and implementation of marijuana and hemp regulations that advance the cannabis industry in a dynamic and responsible manner. After attending law school at the University of Denver, Shawn was an associate attorney at McAllister, Darnell & Gottlieb PC, one of the first marijuana-focused law firms in Colorado.

Alex Berger's Profile

Alex Berger Related seminars and products

Alex J. Berger is an associate at Emerge Law Group, Oregon’s first full-service boutique law firm that primarily serves the cannabis industry. Alex assists marijuana and hemp businesses address complicate state and federal regulations, as well as licensing, regulatory compliance, food and drug, and land use issues. He focuses his practice on helping clients successfully navigate the often vague, ambiguous, and uncertain path toward maintaining lawful, compliant, and successful marijuana and hemp businesses. Alex has served on Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Department of Agriculture advisory committees, lending his legal expertise and knowledge to help regulators craft reasonable and straightforward regulations to the benefit of a safe and prosperous cannabis industry. In 2019, Alex contributed to the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) Public Comments Submission regarding Scientific Data and Information About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds. He also served on the NCIA Packaging and Labeling Committee and spoken at several marijuana and hemp industry conferences.

Richard Y. Cheng's Profile

Richard Y. Cheng Related seminars and products


Weaver Johnston Nelson, PLLC

Richard Y. Cheng’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, regulatory, compliance matters, and administrative appeals. His health care law practice includes representation of postacute care providers (e.g., nursing facilities, assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, home health care agencies, hospices, rehabilitation providers), community hospitals, management service organizations (MSOs), private equity groups and investors in health care, physician groups, ancillary providers (e.g., pharmacies, durable medical equipment companies, labs), retail medicine providers (e.g., urgent care centers, ambulatory surgery centers, emergency rooms), dental service organizations (DSOs), behavioral health, chiropractors, and veterinary practices.

Richard has considerable experience representing clients involving the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act, HIPAA, the HITECH Act, the Civil Monetary Penalties Law, state-based health care regulations, Medicare-related transactions (e.g., change of ownership), licensure surveys, the formation of MSOs and DSOs, managed care organization payment matters, Medicaid contracting, and Medicare appeals before administrative law judges.

Prior to joining Weaver Johnston Nelson, Richard was an equity partner and a member of the health care sector at one of the largest AmLaw 100 global firms. During his tenure, he launched the firm’s hemp/hemp products practice group, where he led multiple initiatives in building the firm’s reputation in cannabis. In addition, Richard formerly served as vice president and general counsel at two separate health care companies, where he assisted with change-of-ownership transactions, counseled on health care operational matters, and worked closely with outside counsel managing multiple litigation matters. He also created the medical appeals departments at both health care organizations, overseeing multiple staff members whom he trained, resulting in the successful recovery of millions of dollars in governmental and private health care insurance claims. Early in his career, Richard worked as a licensed occupational therapist; served as an adjunct faculty at multiple universities; and lobbied in Washington, D.C., through the American Occupational Therapy Association

In addition to his traditional health care practice, Richard developed a cannabis regulatory and corporate practice in 2013. As a leading cannabis attorney, Richard served as outside general counsel to the Texas Cannabis Industry Association, coauthored an FDA primer in preparation for the 2019 FDA public hearing on CBD products and has been named a top 250 cannabis legal expert by Databird Research Journal. He represents a broad base of cannabis-related clients, including private equity groups investing in the cannabis industry, physicians, medical marijuana dispensaries, seed developers, cultivators, processors, wholesalers, retailers, distribution centers, and ancillary providers (e.g., testing labs, biomass brokerage firms) and marketers.

Mai T. Dinh's Profile

Mai T. Dinh Related seminars and products

Assistant General Counsel, Marketing, Regulatory, and Food Safety Programs Division

Office of the General Counsel, USDA

Mai Dinh is the Assistant General Counsel for Marketing, Regulatory, and Food Safety Programs Division where she manages a staff of attorneys providing legal advice to the Agricultural Marketing Service, including the recent regulations on the Domestic Hemp Production Program and the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.  Prior to USDA, she was the Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) where she guided significant rulemaking actions and program developments on passenger information screening and general aviation security.  Prior to TSA, she supervised teams of attorneys at the Federal Election Commission who developed regulations to implement sweeping campaign finance reform legislation. Ms. Dinh is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

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