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Because laws, regulations and rules governing cannabis are constantly changing, the applicability of certain exclusions to coverage may change depending on when a loss occurs. (Credit: william casey/Shutterstock.com) Because laws, regulations and rules governing cannabis are constantly changing, the applicability of certain exclusions to coverage may change depending on when a loss occurs. (Credit: william casey/Shutterstock.com)

An opinion from the District of Oregon Court found insurance coverage for a fire arising from the preparation of CBD salve, notwithstanding the policy’s controlled substance exclusion. It provides significant insights that are relevant not only to insurance coverage, but can be applied to other disputes involving cannabis, as well as a helpful botany lesson.

While the 2018 Farm Bill carved out hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), this is one of the few court rulings to address the legal distinction between federally legal hemp and federally illegal cannabis.

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