DEA Disappoints Medical Cannabis But Helps Industrial Hemp

The Drug Enforcement Agency refused on Aug 11. 2016 several petitions to reschedule Cannabis from a schedule 1 drug to a schedule 2 drug.

However, the DEA approved new research opportunities. “This change illustrates DEA’s commitment to working together with the FDA and NIDA to facilitate research concerning marijuana and its components. DEA currently has 350 individuals registered to conduct research on marijuana and its components”.

At the same time “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in consultation with DEA and the FDA, also released a statement of principles concerning provisions of the Agricultural Act of 2014 relating to the cultivation of industrial hemp.” “This statement of principles outlines the legalized growing and cultivating of industrial hemp for research purposes under certain conditions, such as in states where growth and cultivation are legal under state law. The 2014 Act did not remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances and, with certain limited exceptions, the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the CSA continue to apply to industrial hemp-related activities.”

This is but too small a step in the direction of giving industrial hemp its rightful place as drug-free food for people and animals. Specifically because:

  • “…but not for the purpose of general commercial activity, industrial hemp products may be sold in a State with an agricultural pilot program or among States with agricultural pilot programs but may not be sold in States where such sale is prohibited. Industrial hemp plants and seeds may not be transported across State lines.”

 

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