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Nathalie practices corporate law, intellectual property, and cannabis law, focusing on the regulatory framework of hemp-derived CBD products. She enjoys building a deep understanding of her clients’ businesses, industries, and long-term visions, and leverages her broad expertise and international background to help our overseas companies with their foreign direct investment into the United States and to help American companies with their overseas legal needs.

In law school, Nathalie also worked as a research assistant for Professor Eric Priest, an expert on copyright law in the U.S. and China, and served as a property law tutor, helping first-year law students solidify their understanding of this topic.

Nathalie was born and raised in Belgium and has lived and studied in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her international experience offers a valuable perspective to clients whose lives and businesses are increasingly shaped by globalization.

In her free time, Nathalie loves to watch movies at Portland’s independent theaters, lose herself at farmers markets, attend art exhibits, spend time with friends, practice Barre3, and take day trips to the coast.

import hemp cbd customs

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and the legalization of hemp and hemp-derived products has sparked strong business interest from foreign stakeholders. For the past few months, our firm has received numerous inquiries from existing and prospective clients about the legality of importing the agricultural crop and its derived products, particularly hemp-derived CBD (“Hemp-CBD”),

maine hemp cannabis

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority

kansas hemp cbd

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority

fda cbd hempBack in March, former Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) Commission, Scott Gottlieb, explained it would take several years for the agency to come up with rules that would legalize the use of hemp-derived cannabidiol (Hemp-CBD) in food products, unless Congress stepped in.

Last week, both chambers showed they are not interested in waiting around for

fda ftc cbd cannabis

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued warning letters to three unnamed companies that advertised their CBD-infused products as treatments or cure for serious medical conditions.

These warning letters are nothing new. As we have explained before, making medical claims about CBD-infused products is the perfect way of falling under the scrutiny of federal

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The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority

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Hemp stakeholders have been eagerly waiting for the release of rules and regulations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”). Although the 2018 Farm Bill removed the hemp and its derivatives from the Controlled Substances Act, it did not provide clear, consistent and reliable standards to safely and lawfully produce the crop. Instead, the new

hemp purchase order production agreementA few weeks ago, we addressed the need for hemp sellers and purchaser to enter into agricultural production agreements (“APAs”), and in doing so, avoid unnecessary litigation.  APAs are generally entered into at the beginning of a contractual relationship. In other cases, parties will forego a formal APA, and opt for a simpler, more “casual”