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Hemp Organization Sues the DEA for Regulating Hemp as a Schedule I Substance



Schedule IA lawsuit has been filed by the Hemp Industries Association against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for trying to regulate hemp foods as a Schedule I substance. Yesterday in a press release, the Hemp Industries Association, also known as the HIA, announced that it has filed a motion “to hold the Drug Enforcement Administration in contempt of court for violating an unchallenged, long-standing order issued by the U.S. court of Appeals in San Francisco, prohibiting the agency from regulating hemp food products as Schedule I controlled substances.”

The HIA states that the DEA has continually disregarded a 2004 court ruling that prevented the DEA from regulating hemp fiber, stalk, sterilized seed and oil, as a controlled substance. “Thirteen years ago, DEA was told in no uncertain terms by the U.S. Court of Appeals that Congress had made its intent clear: DEA has no power to regulate hemp seed and oil, and the hemp food and beverage products made from them,” said the HIA’s Lead Counsel, Joe Sandler. “It is disappointing that the industry has to revisit the issue, and take this step to compel DEA to obey the law.”

The Executive Director of the HIA, Colleen Keahey, provided an additional statement regarding the HIA’s lawsuit against the DEA. “Hemp is a healthy superfood with vital nutrients such as Omegas 3 and 6, protein, fiber and all 10 essential amino acids that are ideal for today’s family,” Keahey said. “The DEA must stop treating hemp, hempseed and hempseed oil, which is a nutritious ingredient, as something illicit. We have to address the challenges that thwart the domestic industry’s progress and especially those that mislead state Departments of Agriculture and limit entry of legal hemp products into the marketplace.”

The most recent claim of the DEA not following the established court ruling was noted through an event in 2016. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) partnered with the DEA to claim that a shipment from Healthy Oilseeds, LLC contained hemp products that were grown under the Agricultural Act of 2014. Such products, including hemp protein powder and hempseed oil, are subject to inspection by the DEA. The NDDA reached out to the company through a letter on December 23, 2016, stating that the products are not allowed to be exported to other states “because industrial hemp is a Schedule I controlled substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.”

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