Hemp Embargo Stalled, Advocates Continue Legal Battle 6/8/01

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Last January, DRCNet reported that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was attempting to effectively ban imports of products made from industrial, by illegally changing the longstanding interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act that makes an exception for very trace amounts of THC.

Vote Hemp (http://www.votehemp.com) has discovered that the DEA has restated their hemp seed and oil ban proposal in the May 14 2001 Unified Agenda of the Federal Register (vol. 66, No. 93, #1677). DEA is attempting to control hemp seed and oil products through expanding the definition of synthetic THC to cover trace organic THC in hemp seed and oil.

The latest notice is similar to the original November posting (http://www.votehemp.com/deanotice.html) except that:

1) The title is now "Industrial Use of Products and Materials Derived from Cannabis Plants." Previously, it was "Use of Marijuana for Industrial Purposes."

2) The timetable for publishing the new regulations has been pushed back to October, possibly in response to the Hemp Industry Letter to the DEA coordinated by Vote Hemp, and possibly indicating doubts about the proposal within the DEA itself. According to Vote Hemp, Dept. of Justice attorneys have advised DEA that they do not have the authority to regulate trace THC in hemp seeds.

Visit http://www.votehemp.com for ongoing information on the battle against DEA's looming hemp embargo.

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