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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. 

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. 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 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.

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