The campaign to protect the hemp extract in the process from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s difficult regulatory reach has reached another stage.
Two members of the US House of Representatives from Georgia who chair congressional committees sent a letter to the US Attorney General and the Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture to keep the DEA out of the hemp business.
It is about the controversial provisional final rule of the DEA of August 20, 2020, which criminalizes hemp extract in process if it temporarily exceeds the Delta-9-THC value of 0.3%.
Congressmen pointed out that the Agriculture Act of 2018 placed the regulator in charge of the USDA, not the DEA.
“Congress did not intend to criminalize any period of legal hemp processing in the 2018 Farm Bill, and we fear that hemp grown according to a USDA-approved plan could be subjected to inappropriate scrutiny by the DEA as he is processed into a legal consumer. Product under this IFR, ”the congressmen wrote in the letter. “For this reason, the 2018 Farm Bill definition of hemp has been expanded to include derivatives, extracts and cannabinoids compared to the 2014 Farm Bill version.”
Democratic congressmen chair two powerful committees. David Scott chairs the House Agriculture Committee. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. chairs the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee.
“We understand from our constituents that hemp processors are confused about the legality of their processing operations,” the letter wrote. “Because of this confusion, some processors have completely ceased operations.”
The Hemp Industries Association, a trade group, has sued the DEA for keeping them away from hemp under the 2018 farm bill. The group is seeking a public comment to aid their trial. Any company affected in any way by the DEA Temporary Closing Rule can go to this link and leave comments.
Congressmen are calling for a joint meeting with the Department of Justice, USDA and industry stakeholders to address concerns about DEA regulations.
“Now that the new Biden administration is in place, another important step has been taken,” the US Hemp Roundtable said in an email, welcoming the Congressional letter calling on the Justice Department and the USDA to “make one.” to develop a specific plan for the protection of hemp in the process “extract.”
In December, the U.S. Hemp Roundtable successfully advocated the inclusion of Congressional reporting language in an omnibus bill directing the USDA to take authority on the subject to protect the hemp extract in process when it naturally temporarily falls on one Level rises above the arbitrary 0.3% THC threshold.
The campaign took another interesting turn when New York State legalized adult marijuana this week. This is a big domino that is hoping to lead to full national legalization soon. D.
“The US is now sitting on an island between Canada, where it’s legal, and Mexico, which is about to,” said John Kagia, chief knowledge officer at New Frontier Data. Federal legalization in the US “will create an ecosystem for innovation and new market opportunities for outside expansion.”
But we’re not there yet.
“The DEA has not given up its war on drugs with hemp, which is problematic,” said Ian Laird, chief financial officer and general counsel at Hemp Benchworks. “This will quickly resolve itself with the legalization of cannabis.”