The regulation of cannabis under laws in Colorado and other states gives the public confidence that the industry ;is closely guarded and strictly controlled, attorney Bob Hoban tells Natural Products INSIDER.

Josh Long, Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider

July 18, 2017

Editor's note: The podcast above reflects a portion of a recorded interview with cannabis attorney Bob Hoban. A subsequent podcast will explore the lawyer's perspective on a lawsuit that his firm filed against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on behalf of the hemp industry to challenge a marijuana extract rule.

Dozens of states have adopted comprehensive medical marijuana and cannabis programs, and Americans are increasingly embracing the legal sale of recreational marijuana.

In this podcast with Josh Long, INSIDER's legal editor, cannabis attorney Bob Hoban discusses:

  • the benefits of the regulated cannabis industry;

  • DEA’s refusal to reschedule marijuana;

  • and a federal budget amendment that protects the medical marijuana sector.

Hoban will be speaking on Thursday, Sept. 28, during a panel at SupplySide West in Las Vegas. The panel, “The State of CBD in Dietary Supplements,” will explore business opportunities in the CBD market, regulatory challenges, and recommendations for bringing new products to market.

Additional resources:

Cannabis Lawyer: Regulation Gives Public Confidence


About the Author(s)

Josh Long

Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets Health and Nutrition

Josh Long directs the online news, feature and op-ed coverage at Natural Products Insider, which targets the health and wellness industry. He has been reporting on developments in the dietary supplement industry for over a decade, with a focus on regulatory issues, including at the Food and Drug Administration.

He has moderated and/or presented at industry trade shows, including SupplySide East, SupplySide West, Natural Products Expo West, NBJ Summit and the annual Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit.

Connect with Josh on LinkedIn and ping him with story ideas at [email protected]

Education and previous experience

Josh majored in journalism and graduated from Arizona State University the same year "Jake the Snake" Plummer led the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, was admitted in 2008 to practice law in the state of Colorado and spent a year clerking for a state district court judge.

Over more than a quarter century, he’s written on various topics for newspapers and business-to-business publications – from the Yavapai in Arizona and a controversial plan for a nuclear-waste incinerator in Idaho to nuanced issues, including FDA enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

Since the late 1990s, his articles have been published in a variety of media, including but not limited to, the Cape Cod Times (in Massachusetts), Sedona Red Rock News (in Arizona), Denver Post (in Colorado), Casper Star-Tribune (in Wyoming), now-defunct Jackson Hole Guide (in Wyoming), Colorado Lawyer (published by the Colorado Bar Association) and Nutrition Business Journal.

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