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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am
Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:00 pm

Federal and State Law Treatment of Industrial Hemp                   
R. Kight, M. Coit 

   Definition of industrial hemp
   Pre-2018 federal treatment of hemp
   Treatment of hemp in 2018 federal Farm Act
   State research and pilot programs
   Licensing, registration and permitting

Focus on State Industrial Hemp Programs                                     R. Kight, M. Coit

   North Carolina industrial hemp program
   Virginia industrial hemp program
   South Carolina industrial hemp program

Applications for Industrial Hemp                                                   J. Roberts, K. Rife

   Medicinal uses
   Biodegradable plastics
   Construction materials

Economics of Industrial Hemp                                                                           S. Gu  

   Regulatory costs
   Production costs
   Expected yield and net returns per acre
   Research efforts from North Carolina A&T State University, 
   North Carolina State University and North Carolina Department of Agriculture 
      and Consumer Services 
   North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot program

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys

     North Carolina CLE pending
     South Carolina CLE pending
     Virginia CLE pending

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. HalfMoon Education Inc. has applied to The North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education, the Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, and the Virginia State Bar MCLE Board for CLE course approvals for attorneys, which are under review. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for current course approval status under this seminar listing.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the program will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Marne Coit, JD, LLM

Faculty Member at Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics at NC State University

Ms. Coit, JD, LLM is a faculty member in the Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. Her teaching and research is in food, agriculture and hemp law. She is a part of the Extension hemp team at North Carolina State.

Dr. Sanjun Gu

Extension Horticulture Specialist and SARE Co-Coordinator at the Cooperative Extension Program of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Dr. Gu’s areas of training and expertise include vegetable and small fruit production, vegetable grafting, season extension with low and high tunnels, plant tissue culture, and plant breeding. He supervises graduate students and teaches courses in the Urban and Community Agriculture Program. Dr. Gu’s research goal is to increase on-farm profitability and the environment stewardship of small, limited-resource farmers in North Carolina. With his audience in mind, Dr. Gu’s current research and extension focus is on season extension techniques, both organic and conventional, for vegetable and small fruit production. He also works on industrial hemp, an emerging crop of importance for North Carolina.

Rod Kight

Principal of Kight Law Office, PC

Mr. Kight is the principal of Kight Law Office PC, which represents businesses in the cannabis industry, including hemp and CBD, throughout the USA and the world. Mr. Kight edits the popular Kight On Cannabis law blog and wrote Cannabis Business Law-What You Need to Know, a cannabis law primer for business executives published by Aspatore Books. He speaks at national cannabis conferences, drafts cannabis legislation, and is regularly quoted on cannabis matters in the media, including Time, Business Insider, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Kight was recently named a “Top 30 Powerful Cannabis Litigator” by MG Magazine and one of the “100 People You Should Know” by Hemp Connoisseur Magazine. He testified at the recent FDA public hearing on cannabis. He writes and sits on the advisory board for the American Journal of Medical Cannabis, a peer reviewed publication. Mr. Kight believes strongly in personal and medical cannabis use for many reasons, including that it helped him during chemotherapy treatments for cancer. He is an attorney advocate for NORML, and a member of the International Cannabis Bar Association, the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Hemp Industries Association, the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association, and the South Carolina Hemp Farmers Association. Mr. Kight is married to his elementary school sweetheart, Ashley, who is also his office manager. They raised five children. Rod plays guitar in a rock band. You may contact him by email (rod@cannabusiness.law) or phone (828-255-9881).

Kylor Rife

Co-Owner of Celestial Hemp

Mr. Rife is the co-founder of Celestial Hemp Company. He grew up gardening and practicing sustainable land management and developed a love for natural and environmental sciences. Mr. Rife spent time at the University of Tennessee studying engineering. In early 2018, he started growing hemp through North Carolina’s Pilot Program and developing Celestial Hemp’s array of full- spectrum hemp extract products. Mr. Rife has said, “hemp needs to be the most produced crop in the world to sustain our planet and humanities ever-growing needs. I see hemp as a movement to bring up one another, our nation, and humanity as whole.”

Justin Roberts

Co-Owner of Celestial Hemp

Mr. Roberts is the co-founder of Celestial Hemp Company. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of Philosophy degree, with plans to go to law school. Instead, he dove directly into the cannabis industry in Colorado and most recently into the emerging North Carolina hemp industry. Celestial Hemp has grown to become a regional knowledge center for the hemp industry. Mr. Roberts has led the charge in educating the public on the many uses of hemp, plus navigating product development, banking issues and government regulations.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.