by Dan Larkin.
On Monday, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) confirmed that some CBD products are legal. And that wasn’t the only big news.
They also announced that they will finally begin the process of adding more cannabis growers to their federally-controlled program.
“I am pleased that DEA is moving forward with its review of applications for those who seek to grow marijuana legally to support research. The Department of Justice will continue to work with our colleagues at the Department of Health and Human Services and across the Administration to improve research opportunities wherever we can.”US Attorney General William Barr
Why is that big news?
Well, it’s big news because for the last 50 years the federal government has relied on the University of Mississippi for all of their research. That’s right, no research could happen unless they used the stuff grown in Mississippi.
Some have called that cannabis “ditch weed”. You know, weak, bad, cannabis.
The DEA has been slow-walking the process of adding more growers for the last three years. That all changed when researchers asked a judge to compel the DEA to process the applications.
There are some 542 applicants waiting to get to work on doing scientific and medical cannabis research. So, now let’s see how long it takes for the DEA to actually get cannabis to them.
As many as 33 applicants will be approved and hopefully, they will be able to grow a variety of strains. That could lead to lots of important breakthroughs in the future.
If you want to apply to be a grower the application is here.
The DEA said some CBD products are legal?
Here’s the other big news. The DEA has affirmed that they are treating the hemp plant differently from other cannabis. More than six months after hemp was made legal in the United States, they’ve updated their guidance to remind law enforcement that hemp is no longer a controlled substance.
“hemp, including hemp plants and cannabidiol (CBD) preparations at or below the 0.3 percent delta-9 THC threshold is not a controlled substance.”US Drug Enforcement Agency announcement
So, while this isn’t a new law, it is the first time that the DEA has affirmed this information. It tells federal law enforcement to back down and leave the CBD industry alone. The DEA affirmed that some CBD products are legal. Finally.
Who is most excited by this? This is huge for anyone involved in the growing, processing, manufacturing and sale of hemp-derived CBD. (Now, if we could just get Idaho, South Dakota, and Nebraska to join the rest of the country on this.)
You can read more CannabisIRL stories about the DEA and CBD here.