Hemp for Probation and Parole

Hemp for Probation and Parole
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-07-27
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Hemp for Probation and Parole
Unit 2 Transcript: Hemp for Probation and Parole
Unit 3 Workbook: Hemp for Probation and Parole
Unit 4 Recording: Hemp for Probation and Parole

Differentiating hemp from marijuana visually is impossible, but those working in criminal justice need to recognize which is which. Discernment allows for more informed decisions and preventing potential violations brought about by unnecessary arrests for mistaking legal hemp with illegal marijuana.

Bill Loucks is back on the Justice Clearinghouse to focus on the importance of distinguishing hemp and marijuana for probation and parole officers who are supervising clients that may use hemp products or work in the hemp industry once reintegrated into the community. Bill retired from law enforcement having spent a significant portion of his career as a gang and narcotics detective. He is currently an instructor and course developer for the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Justice Academy (NCJA).

Specifics on this webinar are

  • A brief discussion of the 2014 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and 2018 Farm Bill which resulted in the legalization of the sale and use of products with less than 0.3%
  • The main differences between hemp and marijuana which cannot be detected by simply looking at it.
  • The cannabinoid compounds found in the hemp plant.
  • What to expect in a hemp business – what it looks like, the different forms and concentration of CBD, and the different hemp-derived products available in the market today.
  • The importance of probation and parole indicating their client’s special conditions if there are prohibitions on the use of hemp-derived products.
  • Examining hemp products by looking at the product packaging and its Certificate of Analysis (COA).
  • Confirming the legitimacy of a hemp grow site by accessing its license.
  • Guidelines when working on different hemp-related scenarios in the parole/probation setting.
    • How to confirm if an offender is using legal hemp/hemp-derived products and not illegal marijuana.
    • Validating if an offender is working in a licensed grow site.
    • Ways to verify whether the products an offender is selling or shipping is legal hemp.
    • Managing an offender who came up positive in a urine screen after using hemp and hemp-derived products.
  • The difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 in terms of its legal definition and psychotropic effects.
  • Field testing: Its scope and limitation, the recommended field-testing product, and its role in the totality of circumstances.

Points Bill clarified during the Q&A are on:

  • The popularity of hemp-derived products.
  • Availability of hemp training for law enforcement across the US.
  • Lawsuits due to violations/mistakes by probation/parole officers.
  • Whether hemp and Delta-8 products can come up as positive on a drug screen for marijuana.
  • Field-test products that can distinguish between hemp and THC.
  • Law enforcement selling CBD products.


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Audience Comments

  • “Hearing information that has not been presented in a manner that is so relatable and easy to understand. I have a lot of interest in case studies hearing about the investigations to their end. Provides powerful information for those of us in the field to notice things, behaviors to take into account, process done to their ends.” — Wendy
  • “The information about hemp products is so fascinating. I never knew this information was so deep. I learned so much today.” — W
  • “Just the difference in Hemp vs Marijuana and the percentages, along with CBD. Thank you so much for a great subject which truly needs more education/knowledge for agencies. Well done.” — Sue
  • “Very informative and a lot to take in. I think local DAs and Judges would benefit from this as well. Thanks.” — Patti
  • “OMG. This training was very informational and helpful. The most valueable thing I learned was that Hemp and Marijuana smell and look alike. This transiting was phenomenal and Bill was on point. Never bored.” — Monica
  • Everything covered was applicable to my position as a Parole/Probation Officer — Michael
  • “Just how grey of an area Officers and PO’s are right now with all this new information and laws with HEMP/THC. Great presentation I wish there was more time. This is very important for the future of law enforcement. For probation, it will have to say illegal drugs AND mind-altering substances.” — Lauren
  • “Just learning about the different types of legal hemp and the manufacturing process.” — Todd
  • “All of the topics covered and breakdown of information was valuable.” — Gary
  • “The definitions of HEMP & CBD & other CBD products, The legal percentage of THC in HEMP Products, Certificate of Analysis, Growers /Licensing Information. Excellent Traning. Thank You Bill!!!” — Dede
  • “The legalization of Hemp and marijuana has presented law enforcement with many unique challenges. Law enforcement will need a lot of training to deal with the changing legal and social aspects of marijuana and hemp usage. A paradigm shift in law enforcement’s approach to marijuana and hemp usage will take a few years and as stated earlier will take a lot of retraining.” — Dan
  • “VERY knowledgeable speaker/instructor. Thank you for helping to make this gray area, more black and white!” — Roseann


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