No Hemp for the Masses 3/24/00

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US News and World Report revealed this week that Drug Enforcement Agency officials are puzzling over the latest directive from the Drug Czar. It seems Gen. Barry McCaffrey's office sent the agency a letter on March 5 insisting that the DEA find a way to seize all products entering the United States that contain industrial hemp. The letter reportedly cited concerns that certain hemp-infused products like shampoo and beer might cause Americans to inadvertently fail drug tests at school or work. The US News story said the letter has customs officials worried that compliance could spark an international trade war. McCaffrey's office ordered an embargo on the importation of hemp seeds last month.

(See http://www.drcnet.org/wol/122.html#hempembargo for further background information.)

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