Surprise, surprise. The DEA has done it again

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has released a new drug code for cannabis extracts, which means that there are new regulations for CBD products. Here’s the DEA’s new definition of marijuana extract that was posted in the Federal Register: “an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant.” The DEA is enforcing the decision that essentially all cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant are classified as a Schedule 1 drug until they register under the new code for “marihuana extracts.”

This new ruling, entitled “Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract,” states that all cannabinoids are illegal (Schedule 1) and must register under the new code to be proven otherwise. This rule specifically targets CBD extracts that are derived from a plant with a THC level higher than .3% which tends to be the strains that are used in medical marijuana for more severe illnesses and implications. However, if the CBD is extracted from a plant with a level of THC lower than .3% (Hemp), then it’s legal—this would be your Hemp based products, such as Hemp oil, Hemp lip balms, body wash, protein, etc.

The filing published Wednesday (12/14/16) goes on to state that a new code number is needed because the United Nations Conventions on international drug control treats cannabis plant extracts differently than marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). The rule is expected to take effect Jan. 13, 2017.

Filing this new code means that businesses/companies that sell any sort of “marihuana extract” must register under the new code of 7350 under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Any unit that handles marijuana must remain registered under the previous code (7360), but now, any unit that solely handles marijuana extracts will have to modify its registration under 7350 and continue to update that registration on an annual basis.

Why would the DEA all of a sudden want to enforce a new code? Does this new code give better ability to facilitate tracking of medical use and recreational use? Is it meant to keep better track of research about extracts to better comply with international treaties? Or has the DEA done this in order to ensure that the big pharma companies will be able to patent CBD to make an even bigger profit than what they have already gained from pharmaceutical medications?

The government and DEA have been in the wrong for decades ever since they classified Cannabis as a dangerous and highly addictive drug back in the 1930s. Neglecting this plant’s industrial and medicinal benefits will be detrimental to humanity, as well as every life form here on Earth.

Now is the time to band together. We cannot let the DEA continue to restrict this amazing plant. We must keep using our CBD products! Continue spreading knowledge to other people about CBD, Hemp, and Cannabis. We must not let the DEA dictate our future of how we heal our bodies, cure the sick, and revive mother nature. There are many cannabis lawyers, businesses, and consumers who are going to do their utmost to stop governmental overreach and prevent a CBD ban from occurring.

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