Relaxed Regulations for Food and Beverage Sales

By: Jennifer Lindberg | 04.03.2020

  As restaurants, bars, and breweries struggle to adjust to our new social-distancing normal, the state has relaxed some of the regulations on how these businesses can continue to provide alcohol to their customers.  Specifically, there has been significant flexibility provided as to what, and how, beer or liquor can leave the facility.   All Read…

USDA Approves Iowa’s Hemp Plan, IDALS Releases License Application

By: Tess Pocock | 04.01.2020

  Governor Reynolds signed the Iowa Hemp Act into law May 13, 2019. Nearly a year later, applications are now being accepted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for growing outdoor hemp crops. Applications were released following the USDA’s March 20, 2020 approval of Iowa’s industrial hemp plan. Iowa is now Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm wins the dismissal of Clean Water Act and RCRA claims filed against New Fashion Pork

By: BrownWinick | 03.27.2020

  On March 27, 2020, Northern District of Iowa Federal District Court Judge C.J. Williams granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings and against Gordon Garrison, a neighbor.  Mr. Garrison filed a federal citizen action suit in 2018 alleging that New Fashion Pork had violated the federal Read…

It’s 2020, is Hemp legal yet?

By: Tess Pocock | 02.24.2020

Hemp is still illegal in Iowa. And while legalization is coming, it is unclear how exactly hemp and hemp-derived products, such as certain CBD (cannabidiol) products, will be regulated. The United States Department of Agriculture has yet to approve Iowa’s state plan for licensing and regulating the production of hemp, which is necessary for legalization. Read…