Webinar: HIA v DEA Update

  • 13 May 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


Join Rod Kight of Kight Law and Shane Pennington of Vicente Sederberg, LLP for a discussion on the gravity of the DEA's IFR and how this important casework can impact the hemp industries.

In September 2020, the HIA and industry members filed a lawsuit against DEA, challenging a rule that could have far-reaching consequences. This petition asked the federal appeals court to review an interim final rule the DEA issued in August 2020, arguing the agency exceeded its authority and violated the 2018 farm bill.

When Congress passed the 2018 farm bill, it explicitly carved hemp and its derivatives out of the Controlled Substances Act so that hemp can be regulated as an agricultural commodity. The DEA’s interim final rule could create substantial barriers to the legal manufacturing of hemp-derived products, a critical component of the hemp supply chain, and devastate the entire hemp industry. Although the DEA states that is not its intention, the rule must be amended to ensure hemp remains an agricultural crop, as Congress intended.


The petitioners are represented by leading hemp industry attorneys at Vicente Sederberg LLP, Kight Law Office PC, and Hoban Law Group, along with appellate attorneys from Yetter Coleman LLP, which has received national attention for its work against the DEA in the realm of cannabis research.

For over 25 years, the Hemp Industries Association has been fighting for justice for hemp. This case is the fourth occasion in its history, the HIA has taken the Drug Enforcement Administration to federal court in landmark cases that helped to secure the future of the hemp industry in the United States. 

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Rod Kight

International Hemp Cannabis Business Law Attorney @Kight Law

Licensed in North Carolina and Oregon Rod is an attorney who represents businesses in the cannabis industry in the US and internationally. He consults, assist with strategic planning, advises on compliance issues, and offers a full array of business services to the cannabis sector, including hemp, CBD and other cannabinoids, medical marijuana, and adult use marijuana. Rod also draft legislation for governments and promote cannabis in lawful international markets.

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Shane Pennington

Counsel @Vicente Sederberg LLP

Shane is an appellate lawyer who focuses on regulatory litigation for clients in a diverse array of industries. Having clerked for federal judges on the D.C. Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Shane bring specialized knowledge to every administrative-law issues clients face.


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