The DEA Is Digging In Its Heels On “Marijuana Extracts,” Putting The Legality Of CBD Oil In Jeopardy

There are two wildly different views on how the federal government has classified cannabidiol (CBD) with a new drug code for marijuana extracts:

It was a mere administrative maneuver meant to bring the U.S. in line with international drug control treaties and to better track medical research.

It was the opening salvo in a federal offensive against the emerging American hemp industry.

A proposed final rule notice posted to the Federal Register last December by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration established a Controlled Substances Code Number for “marihuana extracts.” The rule notice, which was finalized in January, maintained cannabis-derived extracts’ Schedule I status under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).

What the DEA saw as innocuous, the hemp industry saw as an existential threat.

Read more at The Cannabist.

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