Today, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service finally approved the state’s hemp plan submitted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. This brings Iowa farmers one step closer to putting seed in the ground for the 2020 growing season. Farmers can apply for a hemp license or seed permit starting April 1, 2020. We […]
On March 6, 2019 GRL’s own Colin Murphy presented the topic of the Legal Status of Hemp Extract in Iowa before a full room at the Webster County Bar Association’s annual March Madness CLE. Colin thoroughly explained the history of cannabis in the United States and the rise of “Refer Madness” that led to decades […]
The Story County District Court recently sentenced our client to credit for time served and minimum fines for simple possession of a controlled substance. Originally, the state charged him with four felonies: possession with intent to deliver LSD, marijuana and tax stamp violations. The Class B felony alone was punishable by a mandatory term of […]
If you are a regular visitor to the blog, then you will recall that way back in May 2019, GRL predicted that it would only be a matter of time before the state explicitly legalized hemp and cannabinoids extracted from hemp, like cannabidiol or CBD following passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. We couldn’t have […]
Things to Keep in Mind When Traveling With any Contraband.
Polk County, Iowa- Grant Gangestad’s client was charged with numerous drug charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and failure to possess a tax stamp. After pretrial motions were filed on behalf of the client, the prosecutor amended the charge to a single misdemeanor count and the client received a deferred judgment. Felony […]
Every time we come across claims by state officials, law enforcement and prosecutors that over-the-counter (OTC) products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) are illegal, we are reminded of the iconic scene in The Matrix.
Trial Court Finds GRL Client Not Guilty of Felony Drug Tax Stamp Charge in Trial on Minutes
Child Endangerment allegations dismissed and possession of marijuana charge amended down to simple misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia with minimum fine.
Felony drug trafficking charges arising from a traffic stop for speed dismissed the day before hearing seeking to exclude all evidence obtained as a result of the search.