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Presenter: Sal Barnes and 8 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Austin, TX

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
500 North Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8181

This seminar is closed or full.


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 
L. Pittman

   Definition of industrial hemp 
   2014 Farm Bill federal treatment of hemp
   2018 Farm Bill federal treatment of hemp
   State and federal agencies involved in hemp and CBD regulation
   State research and pilot programs across the country

Focus on the Texas Industrial Hemp Program  
from Licensing to Harvest 
S. Miller

   USDA Farm Bill Regulations and State hemp plan overview
   2019 Texas law legalizing industrial hemp
   Proposed Texas Department of Agriculture regulations
   Licensing, registration and permitting from licensing through harvest
   Issues needing awareness and resolution
   Question and answer session

Focus on Texas Industrial Hemp Program from Harvest  
to End Consumable 
S. Pahl

   DSHS’ role in regulating the Texas Hemp Program
   Rulemaking process, both formal and informal
   DSHS progress and anticipated timelines
   Overview of licensing, registration, and inspection
   Question and answer session

Interpreting Interim Federal and State Rules  
on Testing Requirements
M. Sandoval

   Legal requirements for laboratory testing of hemp
   Importance of legally defensible and scientifically valid test results
   Explanation of testing requirements and COAs
   Current landscape of testing labs and how to identify a good lab
   Question and answer session

Applications for Industrial Hemp 
A. Sommers

   The science behind hemp: the endocannabinoid system, biochemistry 
      and therapeutic properties of cannabis sativa
   Understanding legal distinctions between CBD isolate, broad spectrum, full spectrum CBD
   Understanding bioavailability of various consumption methods such as tinctures,
      topicals, inhalation, etc.
   Question and Answer Session

Applications for Industrial Hemp
H. Valles

   Biodegradable plastics
   Construction materials

Banking and Economic Projections for Industrial Hemp
S. Barnes, G. Mayes II, G. Williams

   Overview of  the market
   Regulatory costs  
   Production costs 
   Expected yield and net returns per acre  
   Research efforts 
   Market identification
   Banking law overview
   Legal reasons why banking is still difficult in the hemp industry
   Banking due diligence requirements

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

This course is open to everyone interested in this timely subject,
including attorneys, agribusiness representatives, small farmers, and
family farm operators considering entering the growing hemp industry.

     6.0 Texas CLE Hours
     6.0 Administrative Law

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The State Bar of Texas has approved HalfMoon Education as a CLE provider for attorneys (No. 8131). This course offers 6.0 CLE hours.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization has awarded 6.0 Administrative Law specialization hours for this course.

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


Sal Barnes

Director at Marijuana Policy Group, LLC in Denver, CO

Mr. Barnes has a background in strategic consulting, having completed numerous strategy projects globally for government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, institutional capital companies and venture capital firms. Mr. Barnes holds a B.B.A. degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and an M.B.A. degree in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He spent six years as a field artillery officer in the Texas National Guard. The Marijuana Policy Group LLC (MPG) is a consulting and research firm focused on legal cannabis markets. MPG helps governments design best-practice regulations and monitoring programs to meet public-sector goals.

Glen P. Mayes II

Cannabis Wellness Consultant

A Texas native, Mr. Mayes has worn many hats, but the one that led him into the marijuana industry is father. His seven-year-old son, Orion, was diagnosed with a neurological disorder at two months old. Mr. Mayes was certified by the state of Texas to administer pharmaceuticals as a supervisor in a correctional facility for ten years in Taylor and Travis counties. That knowledge motivated his search for a safer medication for his son and lead him to be a caregiver for five other Colorado medical marijuana patients. During his time in Colorado, Mr. Mayes worked in the marijuana industry and most recently as general manager of a hemp extraction facility. He is bringing his knowledge back home to ensure quality products from genetics to post-harvest.

Sid Miller

Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner

An eighth-generation farmer and rancher, Mr. Miller is the 12th Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). He has devoted his life to promoting Texas agriculture, rural communities and the great state of Texas. Mr. Miller graduated with honors from Tarleton State University in Stephenville with a B.S. degree in Vocational Ag Education. Mr. Miller was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000. He quickly earned a reputation as a staunch defender of Texas agriculture, constitutional freedoms and individual liberties for all Texans. He was elected statewide as the 12th Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 2014, and re-elected to his second term in office in 2018.

Stephen Pahl

Associate Commissioner, Consumer Protection Division at TX Department of State Health Services

The division promotes public health and safety by overseeing food, drug, and medical devices; environmental health hazards, including asbestos, lead, and other dangerous products and chemicals; medical and industrial radiation equipment; and the Emergency Medical Services and trauma care system of Texas.

Lisa L. Pittman

 Partner at Thomas Pittman P.C. in Austin, TX

Throughout Ms. Pittman’s 20-year career, she has litigated and tried disputes relating to labor and employment, breach of contract, commercial banking, fraud, fiduciary duty, construction defect and injury, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, professional liability, and products liability. In 2014, she read the testimony of Texas mothers with children with epilepsy, detailing the treatment and life choices they had to make for their children’s conditions. This led her to learn more about the cannabis plant’s healing properties. Ms. Pittman merged her passion for wellness with her profession as a business attorney by focusing her practice on the legal cannabis and hemp industries. She has assisted cannabis and hemp license applicants in multiple states across the country. A native Texan, her work in the legalization movement in Texas has earned her the title, “The First Lady of Texas Cannabis Law.”

Mike Sandoval, MS

President of Sante Laboratories in Austin, TX

Anita R. Sommers, M(ASCP)

The CBD Genie, in Austin, TX

Born and raised in Texas, Ms. Sommers provides education on the biochemistry of the endocannabinoid system in a fun, memorable and comprehensive way as a cannabis science communicator. Her career, education, unfortunate medical history, and the passing of both of her parents to cancer has set the moral compass for her journey. Ms. Sommers spent eight and a half years in the Air Force, 12 years in the medical field with seven years diagnosing infectious diseases in the microbiology department. She is most importantly, a patient with a cannabis testimony.

Henry Valles

NAR Green Certified real estate professional with Realty Austin

Mr. Valles is Founding Board of Director Member of the US Hemp Building Association, Co-Founder & Vice President of the Texas Hemp Industries Association and a hemp building advocate. In 2017, he spearheaded Austin’s first hempcrete home in Community First Village, a community for the chronically homeless. Mr. Valles has delivered presentations on developing community through hemp building at multiple conferences, such as the International Hemp Building Symposium, SingularityU and EarthX. Inspired to bring more sustainable and non-toxic solutions to the real estate and building industries, Mr. Valles continues to educate his community and champion the use of hemp based building materials through his real estate and hemp building consulting practices.

Grant Williams

Senior Vice President, Treasury Management at Southside Bank, in Austin, TX       

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.