The Hemp Industries Association, the leading non-profit trade association for 24 years representing hundreds of hemp businesses, has announced that the January 4 announcement by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not appear to affect industrial hemp farming. The HIA acknowledged that the recent action by Sessions is cause for concern but asserted that this change does not give way to concern for the hemp industries.
Nonetheless, the organization repudiated and denounced Session’s move, in which the federal Department of Justice rescinded five memoranda issued under President Obama to provide guidance on criminal prosecution of marijuana-related offenses for its impact on social justice and chilling effect on investment. These memos were always discretionary, but combined with the appointment of prohibitionist prosecutors under Trump, the risk is exacerbated. […]