Legal Alert

  • How and When to Renew Your Michigan Hemp Registration or License

    August 21, 2019

    In Michigan, industrial hemp and products manufactured therefrom are regulated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (“MDARD”). Earlier this year, MDARD issued licenses permitting the manufacture, processing, and sale of hemp-based products on a temporary basis as the Department developed the “state industrial hemp plan” (the “IHP Plan”) required by last year’s […]

  • New Resource Available for Michigan Hemp Producers

    June 17, 2019

    A new resource is available to anyone interested in taking advantage of recent changes in the law regarding the growth, production and sale of hemp products in Michigan. On June 12, 2019, Michigan’s Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (“MDARD”) issued an electronic update publicizing the Michigan State University (“MSU”) Extension Bulletin E3402 entitled Industrial […]

  • Paranoid about Cannabinoids? The FDA’s Newly-Expressed Concerns About CBD in Food Products

    March 19, 2019

    Whether you’re a consumer or work in the food business, you likely have seen hemp-based cannabidiol (or “CBD”) products exploding in the market recently. CBD, which is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments, is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol […]

  • Back from the Dead: Michigan Employers Face Potential Return of Wage and Salary Increases

    March 11, 2019

    Two recent developments have resurrected wage and salary increases that Michigan employers thought were dead. These developments will force them to be cautious when determining the cost of labor for purposes of their operations and the cost at which they can sell their goods. News from Washington Regarding Potential Salary Increase While salaries paid to […]

  • Doughnut Worry, Be Hoppy: More Foreign Suppliers Must Meet Food Safety Requirements

    March 10, 2019

    Effective March 18, four additional importers are required to comply with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program Rule (FSVP), which requires importers to ensure that foreign food suppliers are meeting the food safety standards the FDA requires of domestic food manufacturers. The additional types of importers that must comply with the FSVP: importers of animal food […]

  • Let’s Taco ’bout Produce: Small and Very Small Farms Must Comply with the Produce Safety Rule

    January 28, 2019

    On January 28, 2019, the Produce Safety Rule took effect for two groups of producers: small (less than $5 million in produce sales based on a 3-year average) and very small farms (less than $250,000 in produce sales based on a 3-year average). Produce Safety Rule As a part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, […]

  • Two Weeks Down, Fifty More to Go!

    January 16, 2019

    We are off and running in 2019! As we begin the third workweek of 2019 and gear up for the remainder of the year, our Commercial Litigation Team at Rhoades McKee wants to take a moment to say “THANK YOU” for referring and recommending our team to your clients and contacts. We truly appreciate the trust you place […]

  • Spoiled Milk! A Crisis for Michigan Dairy Farmers

    December 13, 2018

    Why is There a Michigan Dairy Farm Crisis? With the U.S. dairy industry producing milk at a higher rate than consumer demand, the result is a worldwide surplus of milk. This surplus leaves dairy farmers in milk producing states like Michigan receiving less and less for their product. As a result of these low returns, […]

  • Three Most Commonly Asked Questions on Cybersecurity and Privacy

    December 10, 2018

    What advice do you have to avoid cyberattacks? Many of our clients themselves provide cybersecurity services to other businesses. They often remind us that a little common sense goes a long way. We encourage our clients to not only have formal policies governing use of company IT resources, but also to have regular formal and […]

  • Preparing Your Workplace for Legalized Marijuana

    November 15, 2018

    Seeing through the Smoke: Preparing Your Workplace for Legalized Marijuana On November 6, 2018, Michigan became the tenth state in the nation and the first state in the Midwest to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. This approval has left employers across the state questioning what this means for their workplace. The new law called […]