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New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil Is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal

December 14, 2016
Note: This article contains an update on the legal status of CBD products, below the original text. 

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made CBD oil a little more federally illegal in a little-noticed bureaucratic maneuver this morning.

Today’s Federal Register (Dec. 14, 2016) contains an item (21 CFR Part 1308) that establishes a new drug code for “marihuana extract.”

“This code,” wrote DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, “will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marihuana.” The move, the Register entry explained, is meant to bring the US into compliance with international drug-control treaties.

There is no major change in law brought about by the Register item. Rather, it serves to clarify and reinforce the DEA’s position on all cannabis extracts, including CBD oil. That position is: They are all federally illegal Schedule I substances. “Extracts of marihuana will continue to be treated as Schedule I controlled substances,” the notice says.

CBD oil derived from hemp is now commonly available nationwide via web sites and mail order services. Those operations survive on the assumption that cannabidiol products below the legal threshold for THC percentage in hemp (0.3 percent or less) are technically legal.

Not so, says the DEA.

In the DEA comment on the entry, Rosenberg directly addressed the question: What if it’s only cannabidiol (CBD) and no other cannabinoids? The agency’s response: “For practical purposes, all extracts that contain CBD will also contain at least small amounts of other cannabinoids. However, if it were possible to produce from the cannabis plant an extract that contained only CBD and no other cannabinoids, such an extract would fall within the new drug code” and therefore remain federally illegal. In other words: The DEA is confident that it can find enough traces of other cannabinoids in your CBD oil to arrest and prosecute. And if they can’t, they still have the option of arresting and prosecuting based on the CBD oil itself.

Is your CBD derived from hemp? Doesn’t matter to the DEA. The new extracts classification applies to all “extracts that have been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis and which contain cannabinols and cannabidiols.” Hemp is not a separate genus. (Although it may be a separate species; lot of debate on that point.) Legally speaking, hemp is simply cannabis with no more than 0.3 percent THC content.

The new rule seems to clarify the DEA’s position on hemp-derived CBD, which entered a legal gray area following Congress’ passage of the 2014 farm bill. That legislation allowed certain states to grow hemp in pilot projects, and blocked federal law enforcement authorities (ie, the DEA) from interfering with state agencies, hemp growers, and agricultural research.

What DEA Administrator Rosenberg seems to be saying with this clarification is: You may be able to grow hemp. But if you try to extract CBD oil from it, the DEA considers that a federal crime.

The rule did not contain any hint as to when the DEA will step into the 21st century and stop using the archaic version of the word “marihuana.”

UPDATE 12/14/2016, 2:20pm PST: 

Although the DEA considers CBD oil to be a federally illegal Schedule I drug, there are temporary safeguards in place that protect patients in many states from federal prosecution over possession of the oil.

The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment is the most important of those protections. Originally passed in 2014, the amendment to a Congressional appropriations bill prohibits the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws. (It is silent on adult-use laws.) In August, the federal 9th US Circuit Court upheld Rohrabacher-Farr in the face of a challenge brought by federal prosecutors. Leafly has an explanation of that case here.

The amendment is the chief piece of legislation preventing federal law enforcement officials from prosecuting patients for possessing CBD products in the 28 legal medical cannabis states, and the District of Columbia. In addition, 16 states have passed so-called CBD-only laws that allow patients and caregivers to possess non-intoxicating CBD products. Those CBD-only laws usually allow no legal avenue to produce or obtain the products, however.

Rohrabacher-Farr must be renewed every year. If it’s not, its safeguards disappear. The amendment was most recently renewed last Friday, Dec. 9, as part of the continuing House resolution known as HR 2028, which funds the federal government through April 28, 2017. When that resolution expires next April, so does the protections afforded by Rohrabacher-Farr. Unless it’s renewed once again.

Experts and industry react

It’s unclear whether today’s action is a signal from the DEA to the incoming Trump administration, or just a bit of shelf-clearing before DEA Administrator Rosenberg rides into the sunset with the rest of the Obama administration. This rule, after all, finalizes a proposed rulemaking notice that first appeared more than five years ago, on July 5, 2011.

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Robert Hoban, a Colorado cannabis attorney and adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, raised the notion that the rule itself may not be lawful. “This action is beyond the DEA’s authority,” Hoban told Leafly in an interview late this afternoon. “The DEA can only carry out the law, they cannot create it. Here they’re purporting to create an entirely new category called ‘marijuana extracts,’ and by doing so wrest control over all cannabinoids. They want to call all cannabinoids illegal. But they don’t have the authority to do that.”

The new DEA rule, Hoban said, may threaten hundreds, possibly thousands, of jobs and growing businesses. Those business owners based their investments and careers on previous definitions of hemp and cannabidiol in the Controlled Substances Act and modified by federal courts. And that’s where this latest turn of events could end up. “We will see the federal government in court,” Hoban said.

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  • Dennis Robinson

    Piss on DEA, Why is cannabis illegal because it benefits are in direct competition to Big Pharma for the Health of the Nation, they’re money is on keeping people sick and having to take a variety of harmful costly statin drugs which do more harm than good,I’m 64 and take none of those and never will, it’s life ending life threatening, get off your ass and eat right exercise or live like an invalid, the lazy man’s way of living. Cannabis is a wonderful healing herb that has not side effects no danger to the health no danger to anyone other than big pharma.

  • ItWasn’tMe

    WTF is wrong with these people?

    • Gilbert Chavez

      They don’t want to lose their power to control us an take our money.

    • Greg Iafeliece

      Your post was removed on Huffington.

      • Robert Chase

        Crazed censors!

        • ” After further review we decided to go ahead and remove your piece. As the leafly piece states: “There is no major change in law brought about by the Register item.” As many readers pointed out, to suggest that this represents a significant shift for the state-level industry or for medical marijuana patients seems misleading at best.”
          Bryan Maygers
          maygers@huffingtonpost.com

          • And then there’s this from Hoban Law Group:

            DEA Hurts Growing Industry and Exceeds its Authority Regarding Scheduling Controlled Substances; Enacts Final Rule Seeking to Make Any Extract of the Cannabis Plant a Schedule 1 Drug

            Denver, Colorado – On December 13, 2016, the DEA issued its Final Rule, “Establishment of New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract,” which serves to potentially devastate developing businesses and consumer, textile and manufacturing industries related to cannabinoids. Robert Hoban, a cannabis, cannabinoid and hemp lawyer and expert as well as an adjunct professor of law at The University of Denver, states the DOJ and DEA cannot unilaterally make law and schedule controlled substances, thus causing this Final Rule to exceed the DEA’s authority. Instead, such actions require an act of Congress.

            As is the case here, the DEA is an agency that has previously sought to exceed its authority contrary to applicable law. It is anticipated that this “final ruling” and determination will be challenged both in court and administratively across the country. With 28 states that already have medical cannabis laws on the books, 8 states passing adult use laws in the November election, and numerous other states enacting industrial hemp legislation, the industry is up for the challenge of litigation against any government agency that operates contrary to prevailing law and enforcement policies.

            The DEA’s Final Rule seeks to broadly expand and override existing definitions of controlled substances by newly creating a “Marihuana Extract” classification. The effect of this Final Rule appears to be incorporation of any and all cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, despite the fact that many such cannabinoids are naturally occurring derived from non-“marihuana” portions of the plant or or from entirely different plants altogether. Problematically, the Final Rule fails to acknowledge there exist certain parts of the plant, and certain types of the plant – namely, industrial hemp – which cannot and should not be treated as a “Marihuana Extract.” Notably, the DEA has sought to unilaterally create laws before, and has lost, when challenged.

            Hoban surmises, “The feeling is that this is an action beyond the DEA’s authority and we believe this is unlawful and we are taking a course of action for our clients. This Final Rule serves to threaten hundreds, if not thousands, of growing businesses, with massive economic and industry expansion opportunities, all of which conduct lawful business in reliance upon the Federal Government also acting pursuant to law, and as ordered by the Ninth Circuit in 2003 and 2004. We will see the Federal Government in court.”

          • Robert Chase

            Yes, the DEA has aggrandized for itself well beyond the scope of applicable law and cannabinoids naturally occurring in stalks are not on Schedule 1 irrespective of the DEA’s representations to the contrary. The onus to seek legal redress will be on those affected or other parties supporting civil liberties, however. The decisions of the Ninth Circuit are not binding here in the Tenth, or in any of the other ten federal district courts.

      • Yup. Working on getting it reinstated

      • Reposted here:
        https://www.weedhorn.com/dea-just-banned-cbd-2147257422.html
        (where it was cited by Washington Post)

  • Tim Murphy

    There comes a point where people need to ask if it even matters what government agencies say. When an overwhelming majority of Americans are against marijuana prohibition, the laws need to change in order to reflect the will of the people. Whatever happened to “We The People”? When did the DEA, ATF, or any other government acronym decide that the will of the people means squat? It is not up to governors, presidents or Congress. It’s up to us. When our government decide that what the people want is of no importance, it’s time to stand up.

    • Tripp Shealy
    • Reighly Russell

      So true man the DEA needs to be checked! They are a crooked organization themselves, why are they above the law and people trying to cure their illness are criminals?! The DEA are the problem here, do they even try and educate themselves, do they even work for the people at all?!

      • Becky K

        You know their crooked… somebody is stepping on their toes …as we know the CIA is one of the biggest supplier of drugs in the USA..can’t have us growing our and cutting them out…

        • Reese Daniel

          And I’ll tell you exactly WHO is stepping on their “wittle toes” : The American KRATOM Association and all the Americans who went to the White House and signed petitions and made phone calls to Congress, etc when these rogue tyrants attempted to make kratom (another PLANT) a “Schedule 1” drug. These tyrants were forced to back off so they have got their little pants in a wad right now so they are attempting to exercise their “authority” in another area as a childish passive aggressive “revenge” effort. These people are the lowest of the lowest forms of life on this planet. Nothing but THUGS given some power they do not deserve and cannot properly handle. They should be dismantled and imprisoned for what they are doing. Their corruption runs very deep.

          • james

            I believe the whole Kratom thing was a psychological operation. They never really intended to ban it. It is not that psychoactive. The idea was to show the sheep; “See! We’re fair & listen to peoples’ opinions so we won’t ban Kratom. BUT you better believe us when we say the other drugs are dangerous! The whole idea is that cannabis will NEVER be legal in fascist America due to the money being made by big pharma, prisons, rehab centers, police, etc.

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            They say Keaton is legal then why has eBay amazon payday banned it?

          • Bongstar420

            Cocaine is a plant.

            If I extract Kratom, how is that different from Cocaine?

            The fact that a drug is from a plant makes no difference. Hemlock is a plant. Go drink 1 cup of tea and call me next week….oh wait. You wouldn’t make it to next week.

            Also, what about Khat? That was actually put on the list. Oh wait. Its not a mu opoid receptor agonist. It seems the drug users that depend on drugs the most tend to go for the mu opoid receptor agonists. Most of the heroin users I met were of a different cut than straight tweakers. The only person I met who knew and was using Kratom was literally an ex heroin junkie doing replacement therapy though he still seemed to be suffering from what ever neurological condition made him predisposed to opoid dependency. I don’t like opiates- they don’t get me much high and tend to make me sick.

          • Yea they banned Kratom in Tennessee, it was absurd, as I’d known it, and it is so benign. Then the feds banned Picamilon, which, if you took a bottle of, you would not feel a darn thing. It is less than a sugar pill. That tells me it is all grand-stranding. Banning Picamilon was like banning, I dunno, aspirin, expect banning aspirin might do better for society, lol. Ironically, they let much more dangerous drugs sit on the market for YEARS and YEARS.

      • Reese Daniel

        Reprobates and psychopaths don’t self-reflect and they don’t care about the Truth. As a matter of fact, they DESPISE the truth as well as the God given FREEDOM OF CHOICE He gave His people, along with every seed bearing plant and herb on the planet. These half breed psychopaths are envious and want to destroy us by taking away every good thing from us and giving us toxic chemicals and snake oil from Big Pharma and Monsanto (means My Satan btw). They are so obvious and in your face with their wicked tyranny these days. I am clueless as to why the American people just keep bending over for these LAWLESS beaurocrats! The Bible says to obey God, not men (Acts 5:29) when man’s laws contradict God’s. That’s what I’m gonna do. I don’t bow to lawless sub humans who think they are “god.”

        • Drew Mann

          Seriously, don’t these people know Hemp was part of the anointing oil used by the Jews for thousands of years? These people use my faith to justify their draconian drug laws, but they aren’t even aware that the God of the Hebrews declared it a holy substance. I hope once this battle for legal marijuana is finished and we quit locking people in cages for a SACRED HERB, we don’t stop there and demand all plants be made legal for our use. Opium, Peyote, Khat, Kratom, etc are all 100 times safer than their synthetic counterparts, and should be available to us all to use however the hell we feel like using them. They’ve been twisting the words of Christ for hundreds of years to serve their own interests and it makes me sick to my stomach, they’ve made a mockery of my and billions of others faith and Christians have largely just gone along with it because we kind of agreed. Not anymore.

        • Xxian

          You are so welcome to keep that bible stuff to yourself and not muddy the waters of legalization with that crap. You have zero evidence that a god even exists much less that it told people to do things. You have to rely 100% on faith, because there is no evidence to support it. Please, please stay on subject.

          • Jay 2017

            You live in a nation under god as government believes and with many religions of different types across the world with many. Must be tough for you living in a land being america and it being that way.

          • Jay 2017

            Though I do agree religion and this topic don’t mix together and should be left out

          • Jay 2017

            If that first comment made is taken personally I humble apologize.

          • Datrebor

            Except Cannabis being a seed bearing herb was created by God for us. There is some talk that it was used in an Holy Anointing Oil. That being used as medicine is also from God.

          • jSnake04

            You can keep your atheism to yourself if you want. You are just as bad as the DEA if you intend to silence free speech. The way I see it, without the concept of God at the very least, your rights become a privilege that can come and go as the government pleases.

            There is a very good chance that various adversaries to legalization take the bible to heart and pointing out verses can help actually get it legalized. That means it is worthy of bringing it up at the very least.

          • Bongstar420

            Nope. Humans can give and take rights without the concept of god(s). Your god won’t save you when they take your rights.

          • jSnake04

            I think you missed the point entirely. If you start with the presupposition that the creator of the universe gave us certain rights, then no man has the authority to take that away for any reason he can dream up. In other words, any attempt to take it away like it was a privilege is automatically illegitimate. Without the concept of God, just as you said, it is all fair game. You should be glad to live in a society with such principles rather than belittle it. Believe what you want, but you can’t deny that you benefit from the majority believing in this.

          • Jesse Eichler

            Can we all just realize that they use Atheism and Christianity to
            separate us, and that the real issue is still the government? It doesn’t
            matter what either of you believe as long as you can come together for a
            common cause

          • Bongstar420

            No. Rich people use all that stuff. Really, anything to stay on top. It doesn’t matter after that.

            So, ya. Blame the big bad gubmint and not the rich people that effectively own it. Heck, the only thing wrong with the rich is they aren’t pot culture lol

          • Mark 2112

            and you are so welcome to be tolerant of others. if you don’t like his / her point so be it, but your ‘logic’ is flawed because you choose to not believe…that is YOUR choice, but don’t tell me that is no evidence. Your shortcoming is that you believe man via science has all the answers. move on .

          • Bongstar420

            Religion by definition has no evidence. Its called dogma and requires “faith” for a reason. They are all supernatural and require the believer to suspend naturalistic logic for magic.

            Never the less, its an entirely short sighted argument by making drug consumption rest on religious liberty (which is a misnomer at best)

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            We all have faith, I have faith in God, you have faith in yourself and that God don’t exist. So who’s right or wrong, Guess we’ll have to wait till that day our heart stops, and it will stop SomeDay.

          • Datrebor

            Where is your evidence that God does not exists? Just you can’t see him is not evidence. We can’t see any other dimensions but some scientists have faith and belief that there are 11 of them.
            That was on subject. In other words the DEA does not have any right to make laws. The pare of the government that has that right has said CBD oil is Legal. The THC part of Cannabis that is so called illegal is only one cannabinoid out many. Now I hear that because of “No Mens Rea” that they constitutionally make Cannabis illegally in the first place.

          • Amber Valdez

            I always love the statement that I hear from people – ‘I don’t believe in anything I can’t see with my own eyes, and I can’t see God.’ Really? So… you’re going to base your whole life on what you see with your eyes, huh? Then you are simply crazy. How can you base your entire belief system on one of the most fallible senses that humans have? Eyesight is one of the easiest senses to fool. Why do you think Illusionists are so popular? Or the fact that twenty people can witness say a car accident, but when they give their statements to Police, their reports often have clear differences? It’s visual perception, people. What I ‘see’ isn’t necessarily going to be what other people ‘see’. For all you completely ‘visually reliant’ people out there, i.e. those who insist that they’ll only believe what they can see, think about this for a minute. I believe in air… but I sure as hell can’t SEE it. Never have, either. I believe in the existence of black holes. I’ve never SEEN one with my own eyes, and neither has anyone else – but yet science and most people believe they exist. There’s plenty out there in the universe and even here on earth that can’t necessarily be seen, but exists anyway. And too… truth is immutable. It exists completely separate from our beliefs. It doesn’t care if we believe it or even notice it, it just is. God is one of those truths. He exists, and he doesn’t rely on whether some yahoo on earth believes in him or not. There’s also nothing ‘mystical’ about him or his words. All the mysticism came from humans who couldn’t understand the truth and so explained things the best way they knew how. That’s exactly the same thing as they did for everything – if they couldn’t understand it, then they attributed it to gods or some other mystical force. God didn’t create mysticism or the totally odd explanations that people came up with and are still coming up with. He created the universe based on math, people. Science. (Which is why the universe and I don’t really get along all that well – math is Greek to me.) I don’t need my eyesight to know that.

            As for the marijuana angle and where it ties into God, here it is. God created marijuana, which is a PLANT, not a DRUG. (For those Atheists out there, the facts still apply, whether you believe God created marijuana or nature did, it is still better than anything man has managed to create. I believe in God, and that’s my right. You can believe what you want, and that’s your right. My point about man-made DRUGS vs. marijuana stands either way.) I find it terribly funny that what he created is so much better than all the TRUE ‘drugs’ that man has created. If I smoke some marijuana for the various problems I have, the side effects are as follows – dry eyes and mouth. That’s pretty much it. It’s impossible to smoke enough marijuana to die. (The stats are this; You would have to smoke as much as a pound or more of marijuana in fifteen minutes or less for it to be fatal. That’s impossible – a person can’t smoke more than a few bowls in that time, or if you prefer these terms, not much more than a gram or so, and that’s if the smoker were TRYING.) If I were to go to a doctor to treat those same problems, they would prescribe me man-made DRUGS to supposedly help me. Possible side effects? Many… with death almost always being one of those possible side effects. Technically, taking ANY PRESCRIPTION DRUG is basically like playing Russian Roulette. It could help you(maybe), make things worse, have no effect at all, or kill you. Sounds fun, right? It would seem as though common sense (which is now rare enough in our society to not be considered ‘common’ anymore, unfortunately) would tell you that using marijuana to treat medical conditions is a LOT safer (not to mention more effective) than the pharmaceutical route. Guess which method I’M going to pick? I’ll give you a hint – I’m not all that fond of Russian Roulette. Possibly dying because of some DRUG I was taking to supposedly help alleviate a medical condition doesn’t sound fun to me at all.

          • Tim Murphy

            That’s a very simplistic outlook. We do not believe only what we see with our eyes. Rational people believe what is supported by indisputable evidence. What is incredibly naive is to believe in something simply because you are told to. Your religion is dictated by geography. You believe in Jesus because you were born in a Christian dominant country. If you were born in Afghanistan, you’d pray to Allah. If you were born in India you’d pray to Krishna. If you were born in 50BC Rome, you’d pray to Zeus. It’s not rocket science. Religion is a folk story passed down through generations. With even a basic understanding of biology, physics, astronomy and archeology, religion becomes obsolete. It’s not the fault of science. God and the stories of the Bible just couldn’t hold up.

          • Amber Valdez

            No, I don’t pray to Jesus because I was born in a predominantly Christian country. As a matter of fact, growing up I was subjected to the different beliefs of many different regions, including Buddhism, Taoism, some Shintoism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses beliefs, and even Satanism and Paganism. I CHOSE my own beliefs based on EXPERIENCE and study. Though in one way you’re right. I do have a very simplistic outlook on things – because after a lifetime of experience, I’ve found that life really is very simple. So is truth. And I don’t see the any valid reason to complicate it. That’s where people go off track so very often, and end up being seduced softly onto the wrong paths.

          • Amber Valdez

            Oh, and yes, God and the Bible DO hold up – it isn’t the fault of the creator that people have very little idea of what the Bible actually SAYS. And your statement only shows that ignorance of what the Bible has to say about so many, many things is sadly very widespread. It’s unfortunate, really.

          • Bongstar420

            No….all religions are riddled with logical fallacies and magical thinking.

            This is an article about CBD being illegal and the DEA putting on extra layers because of all the asshats trying to loophole the law instead of deleting the entire construct as is proper (yes, getting rich during the prohibition phase is highly immoral). I’ve seen CBD being sold by people far wealthier than myself for more than I sold it for and my stuff was superior in composition and quality.

            You don’t seem to have a good understanding of what the bible says either.

            The God of the Bible also allows slavery, including selling your own daughter as a sex slave (Exodus 21:1-11), child abuse (Judges 11:29-40 & Isaiah 13:16), and bashing babies against rocks (Hosea 13:16 & Psalms 137:9). This type of criminal behavior should shock any moral person.

            Just google evil bible. Religious people have no incentive to be open about what they are doing.

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            Psa 14:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

            Pro 17:16  Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

            Pro 17:24  Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
            Pro 17:25  A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
            Pro 17:26  Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
            Pro 17:27  He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
            Pro 17:28  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            But what’s important is what does God say, Hebrews 11:6 without faith it’s impossible to please God.

          • Bongstar420

            I can’t see gamma rays. Let those who don’t believe in what they can’t see take a shower in gamma rays.

            Fun

          • Bongstar420

            There can’t be evidence that god(s) doesn’t(n’t) exist. Negative evidence doesn’t exist.

            The CSA pretty much bans or strictly controls anything that would get you euphoria. Name a single schedule 1 substance that does not produce a high.

          • Datrebor

            I like this saying
            For those that believe no proof is necessary
            For those that don’t believe no proof is possible
            There is more evidence coming out that correlates with the Bible.
            Actually didn’t they prove the existence of a black hole by the negative evidence? Or about Dark Matter?

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            CBD oil.

          • Seth Peters

            Just wondering how someone can say that there is no evidence of God on this earth? How else do you explain the beauty of children? It’s a miracle every time a child is born! Do children that are raised without a mom or dad not have a mother and father? The answer is no! They had a father or mother but if they aren’t raised in a home where both parents are present, then you’re saying because mom or dad isn’t there they shouldn’t believe that they were made by man and woman! The truth is something made people, plants and animals! And with all the science minds out ther, man has never been able to create life! Try not being consumed with the fact that nobody can see God and understand that we came from somewhere and that even the fastest of machines in this world is thousands of years from being as competent as the human brain! Speaking of which, the best argument for marijuana use is the fact that the only place to replace canibohids lost through ageing is from the only plant or substance that has caniboids, which our body’s need is from the cannabis plant! ( also known as marijuana )

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            I agree, but we have a whole generation of brainwashed people that believe a human baby is no more than a stray dog, matter of fact they’d have more empathy for a dog over their own child.

          • Michelle

            All he is arguing is that it is a plant out of the ground that has been there for a very long time. Also that the government is trying to control something that has been a natural part of our landscape, so they shouldn’t have rights to say whether or not we can use it. If the people aren’t altering the plants with “dangerous” chemicals like our pharmaceutical companies do with all of their life threatening side effects, they should just stay out of it. CBD oil without any cannabis in it has amazing medicinal value and is helping so many people that I know from things like seizures, anxiety, pain, stuttering, fibromyaglia. I have personally witnessed CBD oil without THC help people with all of these conditions. Tired of ignorant politicians! I mean really… they made this a schedule 1 drug?? They say it has no medicinal purpose and that it is as addictive as heroin, LSD (acid), and Ecstasy to name a few. That is crazy! Get it together people.

          • Bongstar420

            Cannabis is only natural to a small portion NW of the Himalayas. Cannabis isn’t even considered to be a wild species anymore as there are no known populations that were never cultivated by humans anymore. All “wild” Cannabis is considered naturalized feral now by the world horticultural/agricultural community.

            Cocaine is “natural”
            Morphine is “natural”

            All drugs should be legal to informed, responsible users. Being “naturally occurring” is absolutely irrelevant. CBD is possibly, but rather unlikely, to be dangerous when mixed with other drugs because it changes liver enzymes. THC does this too. Its why many people can reduce their pharmaceuticals if they find they still need them after cannabinoid therapy.

            The Feds are keen on CBD because you can isomerize it to THC easily by refluxing with any number of different acids. Outside of that, its the rich being greedy wanting to limit the poor morons to medicine they couldn’t even come close to self supplying. Most of the stuff that is illegal tends to cause problems for workers not in the drug market which is the majority of all markets. At first the capitalists loved methamphetamine. Then they realized their workers would likely end up overusing after a decade or so. Meth is great for productivity if you can manage it well, but just giving it to a bunch of ignorant people with average IQ’s will end up degrading to mostly blatant drug addiction. Once the ownership realized the gains from meth use are short term and that the long term profit margins would erode due to the effects of probable over use, they sought to ban. Now we drink red bull.

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            So your a smart one that can handle it, the words you say are a light into your soul, you are one of the smart people the rest not so much.

          • Vincent Landolina

            Do you see the air you breath thus making it non existent ? or maybe you live some where that you do see the air LOL

            As mentioned below there’s something in our country’s laws that mention unalienable rights, learn something about that kid. ( What’s unalienable cannot be taken away or denied. Its most famous use is in the Declaration of Independence, which says people have unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.)

          • Bongstar420

            All that matters is what actually happens. You say “they can’t take our rights away” which is fine I guess…but you are still being punished regardless. At that point, “rights” are just words to make others feel better.

          • Brittany Dukes

            I think you need to go to church and read up on the bible if I was you! besides who are you telling people that there is no evidence of God? just because you are a non believer DON’T give you the right to tell someone who believes to stop talking about it because you don’t want to hear it. maybe that’s your problem don’t want to hear what the Lord is asking of you! keep your no god comments to yourself.

          • Bongstar420

            Belief occurs with 100% no evidence. There is no evidence for any god. All claims of god are supernatural and not subject to logic or evidence as a matter of design.

            Stop being offended by not having your theistic pretensions validated. I know it hurts for you to exist in a nihilistic reality, but placebo’s are a poor long term solution for that.

          • Spiker

            So what is your point? You don’t believe, so he shouldn’t believe? Believers shouldn’t be allowed free speech? WTF is your point? Freedom allows you to be you, him to be him, me to be me. Anyone trying to stifle Freedom is my enemy. SO AGAIN I ASK, WTF IS YOUR POINT, AND WTF GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO STIFLE HIM.

          • Bongstar420

            Brittany is not a dude.

            Freedom of belief does not mean freedom to go unchallenged. Go take some Seroquel- The Cannabidiol doesn’t appear to be strong enough in its antipsychotic properties. Not sure why you’ve got to be loud about it :/

          • Spiker

            So you have no point, you’re just an ignorant troll harassing people. From your numerous comments it’s apparent you don’t listen so I yelled in an attempt to get your attention. It worked. Now, Go get a real life.

          • Bongstar420

            Religious people are typically the first groups to get on to drug prohibitions with strict punishments…Most importantly, they like to ban drugs from other religions than their own…In America, the Christians wanted to ban booze, then everything else when that failed. Now, we have our pot enthusiasts trying to loophole the bible for their own benefits. Religion is a really dumb reason to do anything really.

          • Patricia Silverman

            they only claim to be religious, in reality they are far from it, if they read the bible they would know in the USA all religion is fake

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            You just want to argue religion, my gosh grow up, if God exist you cannot change that fact, if He don’t you won the argument now let’s wait and see.

          • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

            Why do you care, if I believe in God and you don’t, that’s your foolish choice, or my choice to believe, I don’t care whether you believe in God are not no skin off my teeth. So allow me the same right, if you think I’m foolish, I could care less what you think, bet your first in line when it comes to choice, and your opinion is all that’s important, not any more important than mine.

        • Mike Modesette
        • Kevin Abbey

          Reese Daniel I just searched Google……..the word “Monsanto” means “red mountain’…..NOT “my Satan”.

          • Randy Mach

            MONSANTO in my opinion means POISON.

        • Bongstar420

          God gave nothing to no one. Trying to lean on the protection of religion to get high won’t succeed in the end.

      • Carrell M Ebert

        No, the new administration will only work for MONEY, and rich people and a favored few…………

        • Bongstar420

          As long as money gives an advantage in power between peers, and people covet that, we will continue being subjugated by “ownership classes”

      • Bongstar420

        The DEA was literally codified by Nixon. The DEA is a piece of Nixon.

        The agency literally carries Nixon’s personality

      • The DEA needs dismantled. And I could write a thesis on why this is necessary. The FBI can do whatever tasks are remaining. And my personal view is that I should be able to consume whatever I want, and know it’s purity and quality (our trip to Denver reality opened our eyes as to what legalization of MJ could be!).

    • Robert Chase

      Right — fb and national polls clearly indicate that the DEA doesn’t matter. What fantasy world do you all live in that federal felonies and hard time in prison do not matter? The DEA should be eliminated, only it will have to be accomplished by people who understand and care enough to do so.

      • Reese Daniel

        Look what the American people along with American Kratom Association accomplished when these DEA thugs attempted to make kratom schedule 1 in August of this year. They were forced to back off or be exposed for the colossally corrupt outfit they truly are. These alphabet agencies like DEA FDA EPA CIA , etc are a disgrace to this nation and every one of them should be dismantled and prosecuted for crimes against the American people.

    • daledewitt

      President Thomas Jefferson. “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be a sorry state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

      • Bongstar420

        Replace the word “government” for “rich people”

        There is more accuracy

        McDonald’s is much more profitable than brussel sprouts and spinach. Derp

    • JLynn Byers

      I agree Tim…let’s organize a Boston THC party. NO, I’m NOT kidding.

      • Kory with a K

        Now this, has a very peaceful potential – I mean, I’m not dumping ANY weed into the harbor, but I mean, I’ll stand there and watch other people do it…. then I’ll probably jump in the water to save it? I mean… it’s weed. not tea.

        I think we just smoke up everywhere, and plant cannabis seeds EVERYWHERE… Grass? HA! Cannabis.

        Legalization by Trumps Team would send ROCKETS to the moon by 2020 – i mean, holographically, we’d have a whole other type of ‘network’ based upon holographic projection memory of the mind rather than this stupid silicon network we’re wasting time with here.

        Silica Quartz glass, holographic materials and LSD – telling you… the future is already here. we’re still stuck on this stupid petrol dollar based ‘hierarchy’ of history – slice those heads off, and move on… this medusa must DIE.

        • Reese Daniel

          Watch out for Trump. The cry baby libtards and MSM whores are spreading lies about “Russians hacking the election” to get the electoral college to void Trump’s presidency, which will cause a Civil War. These low life scum bag liberals won’t stop until they “win” one way or another (the number one symptom of psychopathy) which they all seem to have now.

      • Zetetikus Max

        I agree !!!! Seriously. How can they take away a natural law !!! When did the US buy the earth. It’s the DEA and BIG PHARMA hand in hand as usual .. bull ish !!!!

      • Josh Shalters

        We truly need to

    • raincatchfire

      Didn’t people stop the DEA from banning Kratom? Can’t we do the same thing here?

      • Reese Daniel

        Yes they did. When these corrupt agencies get threatened with EXPOSURE by enough people, they tend to back off ; }

        • Norman Halverson

          I smell, the stench of big pharma, here, and thier heavy handed influence over the FDA, and DEA, I would imagine they have been salavating over the prospects, of controlling the burgining medical marijuana industry

      • Bill Weber

        Not yet.. still fighting that one..

    • jmessenger919

      It’s all part of the grand plan. We don’t need to be told what’s good or what’s bad for us…the information is out there for all who seek it. Drop the mommy daddy government like it’s hot.

    • CBD HEMPINDICA

      I agree

    • Mike Modesette
    • Chad Kovac

      It is about power. Once they have it, they don’t want to lose it.

    • Ski

      It’s even scarier to think that the government is the one who made the plant scary with propaganda to begin with. It’s crazy to think that there could be conspiracy theories but it’s scary that we are finding all of the positive benefits and healing natures that come from cbd and it’s replacing medicine and it seems like losing money could be the only possible explanation as to why they would want to control this so much, it’s because they are losing money because clearly there is science being done everyday to find out the dangers and benefits of this plant and everyday we seem to be finding more and more positive things about it, and for some reason our government is trying to pull this shit, it’s not the people doing this it’s the FDA it’s the DEA and the question is why ? Because they don’t seem to have any reasonable explanations other than money, they have resources, they aren’t stupid they know that this plant has been life changing for families, they are not blind they are not deaf. I’m at a loss as to the motive behind this if it isn’t money because in 2016 ignorance about something is no longer an excuse. If there were studies that showed that cbd is dangerous, and it could be easily backed up with evidence then where are they? There aren’t any…. there are none…. ….. sorry people just got on a typing rant for a second. I don’t believe in aliens I’m not a crazy person, but I will not be naïve to the fact that a gov was capable of exterminating 6 million Jews at one point on this earth, who is to say that they couldn’t control things for financial gain. Just saying. Okay I’m done, happy holidays goodbye 2016

    • andrew nevitt

      whatever…

    • “Whatever happened to “We The People”?” Corporate America, Big Pharma and greased palms that’s what happened to it! Time to Revolt!

    • Dr. Whitten

      Well said. People have become complacent and allowed the government to dictate based on special interests. I just heard an hour long interview with Robert Kennedy Jr. where he goes into detail about two studies which proved that mercury in vaccines had caused the autism epidemic. There is a paper called the Simpsonwood Report, where the CDC and all the government agencies got together for several days and crafted a plan to cover up this information. They decided to come out with new research studies designed to negate the connection between mercury and autism. It’s truly incredible how good human beings can make Nazi-like choices when their careers and reputations are threatened. The survival of the agency becomes more important than the common good.

      • It is a lot easier to push a $100 billion dollars at something than for 150 million people to come together…

    • TuckRuleMyAss

      Contrary to popular belief, our system of government—falsely known as a democracy—has NEVER cared about the will of the people. Very few of what makes up our Charters of Freedom are implemented for the benefit of the masses. They are just documents created to make us all feel protected. Our country, like all other countries, is run by the ultra-wealthy. They own everyTHING and everyONE, including the politicians, who in turn (and as directed) enact and interpret legislation to one end—the will of those who rule. These rulers do this by placing a police force between them and us so that we, as a decentralized and disorganized group of individuals or small groups, cannot generate enough pressure to force change. When attempts to do generate that force are initiated, they are largely ignorable except for superficial litmus testing by the FBI or other internal security agencies that assess the ‘threat’ to ‘national security’ and create or add to a file relating to an individual or group that makes the attempt to prompt some sort of change. When I use the term ‘national security’, I’m referring to the de facto interests of the country’s rulers (money and it’s bastard step-child, political power), and those interests are to keep things running just the way they are—the way they’ve always been.

      To ensure that the police forces across the country stay true to the rulers’ cause, they inflate their stature, salaries, benefits, and pensions to make their loyalty a no-brainer. To protect the interests of the rulers is to protect their own. (Question: How many policemen do you know of that aren’t political conservatives? Answer: Probably NONE!) However, just to reinforce their loyalty, the rulers have a trump card up their sleeve—the military forces, which run on a high-level sense of nationalism and are not only unleashed globally to protect the interests of the rulers, but also are unleashed domestically to further reinforce the ‘barrier to change’ when the rulers feel threatened. When a protest is broken up by police or a national guard unit, they are attacking the attempt to unify and centralize the protester’s cause before it gets rolling with too much of a head of steam. Cracking skulls and rubber bullets are just methods they use to do this.

      The key to forcing real changes in the country, or any country for that matter, is to find a way to connect grass roots causes nationally, or, in some cases, internationally, and that takes a lot of money as well as dedication. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of time, too, and finding a way to create a cohesive group that can energize a cause, establish leadership that can effectively communicate the cause in order to gain supporters, raise money, and sustain the effort by riding out the length of time that it takes to overthrow the status quo, is usually too difficult because intensity and time are negatively correlated. The flame that burns brightest burns shortest.

      With regards to the legalization of marijuana, it’ll take the same cohesion and sustained effort to get Congress to pass the necessary legislation. Fortunately, where there’s pot, there’s money. And that money is now being used to expand the cause to legalize by individual states, who are slowly showing how much money can be generated for government use at federal, state, and local level. Whether the tax revenue that’s generated is used properly becomes another potentially contentious issue because—going back to the beginning of this post—the money goes to the government and, remember, the government is owned by the ultra-wealthy.

    • Richard Roberti

      And that’s why you need to VOTE and vote in the right people- “we the people” only goes as far as “who we the people vote in”. If you want change exercise ALL your rights and VOTE. Republican, democrat, liberal, conservative- it doesn’t matter, when everyone votes then there is truely a representative legislature and the people’s will, will be done. Until then, when only less than half the population votes, we’re stuck with “we, what the half who voted, wanted”.

      • People are, at this point, protesting the entire process by not voting, which is not helping, but has shown us just how absurd things can get.

    • whisperingsage

      When my mother called the DEA on people in her neighborhood, they sent an agent wo wanted her to wear a wiire and get into a conversation with one of te hoodlums! My 5’1″ 115 lb, 79 year old MOTHER!! My mother is tough but not indestructable. She said no, and she had to live with a drug filled neighborhood. So That’s the kind of morons running the DEA. I gues I should have prefaced it with no my mother is was never a drug user, even in her youth, a moderate drinker- (4 oz glass of wine at bed while reading), I never saw her drunk, born in 1930 so from the old school. (she’s gone now). But that they would put a little old lady in danger like this is nuts.

      • ac05jn

        “A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” —Abraham Lincoln
        “New Billion-Dollar Crop appeared in the February 1938 issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine. Just as this article went to press The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 took effect, which effectively killed the hemp industry”. Only 5 years after the disaster of alcohol prohibition, traitors used their media franchises to broadcast propaganda for the next prohibition: “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men”… in total, the fake war on drugs currently costs more than $50 billion per year, and gives america the dubious distinction of being #NUMBER-ONE in the world – of both prisoners and prisoners per capita (nearly as many prisoners as china and russia combined!).
        “””Tea in Ireland Once Called an ‘uncontrollable Drug That Destroys Families and Stifles the Economy’
        “In the 19 century the British ruling classes fretted over the prospect of Irish working class women making cups of tea for themselves.”

      • You should file a complaint. Or should have. Even if it’s been a few years.

    • Unfortunately that is not how the courts work. Maybe you will get lucky enough to get 12 jurors who are willing to perform jury nullification, and then not be re-tried, but it will still cost a fortune in every way.

    • I agree, but caution to the young ones: The state of law matters when they lock you up, toss you in jail (not a pleasant place to be!), you pay a huge bail you never get back, then get you your sentence. All the polls in the world won’t change what the law *is* today. So, protest, encourage change, and best of luck if you can get these dysfunctional people to do anything. Last I saw, AG Sessions was returning to the ‘war on drugs’ that we’ve tried before :o. I honestly ever fear for states where it has bee legalized.

    • LOCAL YOKEL 1950

      We have no freedom, We are CPUSA the people are controlled by a few that knows what’s the best for us all. As a senior citizens with DDD, spondylitis, spinal stenosis I was being treated by pain management from 2014 and was able to function. Then Trumps war on opioids stoped that my dr was and is still scared to death of the government so I found CBD OIL which never really helped me personally but has others, this is just another nail in our coffin. We have lost our country and Trump has proven no better than the rest of the politicians, they want old and sick just die and be done with them giving us our SS we paid all our adult lives me starting at 15.

  • Cannawitch

    a little slow on the news.. THIS IS NOT NEW … its
    been this way for quite some time now … and since the gov has a
    patent on cbd as well, anyone making cbd only is violating a patent law
    too … so there’s that 🙂 i guess people really dont pay attention much … https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2015/hq122315.shtml

    • CajunAggie

      The letter was dated today. It further breaks down the federal classification of marihuana into 3 groups instead of 2. Hash (resin) and extracts will be counted separately. This is a different issue than the info you are posting.

  • Cannawitch
    • “Bruce is Leafly’s deputy editor. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.”

      Maybe he appreciates subtleties here that you don’t.

  • Chris Toy

    DEA has been defunded to go after MJ/HEMP/EXTRACT anyway. It’s being left up to the states to enforce how they see fit. 2014 Farm Bill Act is law of the land as it pertains to industrial hemp. DEA opinion matters very little. MJ is Federally Illegal and last I checked all my local dispensaries are not being raided. If anything, more are opening and now that California is legal for recreation, what are they going to do? So great, the DEA made a distinction on extracts, nothing has changed just a few words in a paragraph. Business as usual.

    • Right but what happens if DEA quietly passes a change in regulations over the holidays, people who need to update their registration for 7350 extracts fail to do so, January 14th rolls around, suddenly a buncha states appear to be ignoring the federal priorities put forth in the Cole Memo, and maybe DEA can justify funding enforcement measures states otherwise out of reach?

      Just idle speculation.

      • Chris Toy

        I suppose anything is really possible when states are acting independently of current Federal Law. Every state where Medical and Recreational is legal is in violation. Funding and green light for DEA enforcement is what it will come down to, but my belief is that too much $$$ & momentum is behind MJ & Industrial Hemp industry for any additional Federal interference. Have to wait and see what the new administration wants to do…until then, just more noise.

        • Current federal law is flat-out wrong. Cannabis has proven medical uses. There are scores of peer-reviewed scientific papers from reputable academic and research institutions overseas to demonstrate this. It’s only a matter of time before researchers in the US establish beyond a doubt that cannabis in all forms has medical benefits, at which point rescheduling becomes not a discussion but a necessity.

          • Chris Toy

            I don’t disagree with you at all. In fact I agree with you 100%. It’s why I am in this industry, but it’s not about the research that proves there is medicinal benefits (I think it’s already clear based on the Federal Governments own patents on MJ), its all about money and politics. Wait till the FDA bans CBD Isolate once drug companies get final approval on CBD derived drugs. It already happened in Europe. No more CBD isolate as a food additive.

          • Scott Davis

            I’m into retail eCommerce in California. Who do I go to to start up online dispensary?

          • The US FDA holds multiple patents on the use of THC/CBD to treat certain ailments. Why you ask? Basically it boils down to squatters rights. Sure, some states passed medical/recreational use laws, & the federal government is for the most part playing hands off. However once marijuana becomes declassified, or more likely REclassified, the Federal government will still have control over the use & propagation of marijuana because of their patents. Just like back in the day, people could pay for marijuana “stamps” for their crop. Once they received said stamps other agencies, now knowing a person was growing per the stamp, would swoop in, confiscate the product, & arrest the person by using shady loopholes. Tomorrow the Federal Government could say “MJ is no longer illegal”, yet arrest anyone with it due to patent infringement. The whole system is messed up,

  • That is not what that letter by DEA means. I’m a neuroscientist and received “gifts” from NIDA to do drug research. The letter means scientists can now order CBD oil or cannabis oil to do research on. GOOD THING. Before scientists couldn’t turn NIDA cannabis into oil without breaking the law.

    • They snuck some dastardly language in there. It may help with accounting but it seems to cause harm as well. So I’ve heard from a wide variety of experts on the subject, anyway.

      • CBD oil was illegal before & still is illegal. Nothing changed in this letter except now when they seize stuff they can differentiate types.

        • Right but CBD oil was still being distributed throughout the country before. This could end that, and with it numerous businesses and maybe lives as well. That’s not my opinion, that’s what I’m hearing from literally dozens of contacts in the industry.

          • Hetz

            Even being an expert in drug research. You’re definitely aware of the situation of being temporarily treated and actually cured of treatment. At the end of the day, anything positive being turned illegal is a load of bs. Nothing against researchers but they make money off the people being routed to narcotics than actual cures. Just my 2 cents.

          • Jill Anderson Middleton

            My two cents, is that it’s the DEA is most likely driving this, not big pharm. Revenue from marijuana seizures and arrests make for a large part of the DEA’s annual revenue. “A statistical report from the DEA’s 2014 fiscal year shows that it took more than $27 million is assets through the cannabis enforcement program alone.” Once a bureaucratic entity reaches sufficient proportions, it’s primary function becomes self-preservation. Federal legalization of cannabis would cost the DEA billions in funding and revenue, and deal a crippling blow to the extremely lucrative government enterprise. https://www.greenrushdaily.com/2016/01/05/dea-profits-cannabis/

          • Bill Weber

            FDA is at the head of this.

          • CBD HEMPINDICA

            correct…..Marijuana legalization will END the DEA….they will not have enough funds…from the busts…plus the gov $$ to enforce MJ laws will cripple them

          • Reese Daniel

            Your 2 cents happens to be fact that anyone with a modicum of common sense can see. Unfortunately, a large segment of the population does not have common sense and cannot think critically. They allow the controlled MSM to think for them.

          • Chris Toy

            And it is going to continue. All this DEA letter does is now include Extracts (it’s their opinion and does not constitute law). This letter is no different than the one that was issued back in August of this year when there was hope that MJ would be descheduled with further clarification regarding industrial hemp. Nothing is going to change because of this letter.

          • Oil is an extract

          • Chris Toy

            Yes I am quite aware of that. Did the MJ industry come to an end when the DEA decided not to deschedule back in August? DEA will never do it, will take an act of Congress to pass a law like the 2014 Farm Bill Act.

          • bkmn

            The far right wing elements in the DEA are looking forward to the people Trump is bringing in to his admin. It would be foolish for any of the states that have some sort of legal pot to ignore this.

          • Reese Daniel

            Left wing and right wing are attached to the Same Bird. Don’t be deceived by the left/right phony paradigm. Americans should be SO past that at this stage in the game but unfortunately the majority STILL cannot see the obvious. Obambam and his commie thugs have nearly destroyed this country and you are worried about someone who has not even had a chance to do anything. The American people are under strong delusion from the Lamestream Media and their FAKE NEWS. They really need to wake up and stop acting out the script of these psychopaths.

          • Reese Daniel

            Nothing these alphabet soup A-holes ever do is for OUR good. EVER. It’s always for the good of Big Pharma or Monsatan or some big corporation.

        • Carris Welke

          The only reason any of it is illegal is because it cuts into corporate profits and gives power back to the people. It gives people a safe alternative to pills and other man-made chemicals that won’t kill us.

        • joan J

          well I have ordered CBD oil for my little guy right over the computer from Healthy Hemp.com. Does this mean I can no longer get it to treat seizures? Why all the hub bub. sounds to me like someone wants their cut of the TAX. If it was always illegal, why could you get it shipped to you over the internet. Crap make up your mind. People have been ordering this for quit some time. No THC benefits to this oil, So what is the problem. This article is very wordy and confusing for someone to completely understand. If it is illegal, why can it be shipped to my home without someone being arrested?

          • Reese Daniel

            Yes and they even sell it on Amazon.com. Amazon.com are HUGE GOVT butt kissers who comply with every ridiculous demand and infringement on American’s freedoms. I think this is just a sour grapes attack because they didn’t get their wittle way with Kratom. Nanny nanny boo boo.

          • Only in Bend

            Understand the DEA supports a whole host of drug enforcement industries from military assault vehicle manufacturers to drug sniffing dog trainers and the criminal defense attorneys.

            As drugs are legalized the need for DEA goes away as does the support industry.

            The DEA is like any other industry and does not want to see it’s business i.e. putting little old ladies in jail, be made obsolete by changes coming in drug laws.

            This is where the cannabis industry needs a strong lobby effort to offset the drug enforcement lobby in Washington.

          • CBD HEMPINDICA

            Our company will continue to sell.
            hempindica.net

        • Tim Murphy

          “Nothing changed”. That is the issue!

          • Reese Daniel

            If “nothing changes” then why did they bother wasting ink on a letter that “means nothing.” I ain’t buying it. These thugs ALWAYS have an agenda and it’s NEVER for our good. I guarantee you there is an agenda with what they are doing.

          • CBD HEMPINDICA

            to mess with the industry and create shaky ground while flexing DEA muscles…and organizing their internal documentation process.

    • Red_Baran

      Yea it’s a good thing people in states without legal cannabis get to suffer.

    • Jennifer Yeager

      But doesnt that actually mean that they can do this “testing” bc people are already seeing the HUGE medicinal benefits from nature, then they can produce a pharmaceutical product that they can then turn around and sell to us…and im sure it wont be covered by most insurance companies so they can make the most money out of it

      • Reese Daniel

        Once “they” get their dirty hands on something they CORRUPT it. They think they are “god” and can take what HE GAVE US and improve it but instead they RUIN IT. Be careful what you ask for. And the fact that there are HUGE medicinal benefits involved is the NUMBER ONE reason they don’t want us to have it. They want us to be sick, fat and weak, not to mention totally ignorant of reality (which is where the tell a lie vision and its FAKE NEWS does a WONDERFUL job for them). These people are psychopathic/parasitical control freaks. We are their host/slaves. Why can’t Americans see this? IF they could see it for what it is, these thugs would be tarred and feathered and run out of the country post haste, as they should be.

  • Quantum Flux

    And the reason it is illegal is why? Lets see, it’s because it’s harmful? Nope, not in the history of man has anyone ever died from it. So it is not a dangerous drug? Then what is the reason? Colluding? Extortionists? Destroying the lives of millions of good Americans? I’ll tell you the underlying reason. It is because God said it was good for you! Help your body to function normally in these times when food is abnormally chemically engineered!

    Only the devil image himself would do such a thing, outlaw a plant that is good for you yet praise the chemically induced or genetically modified organisms that could change your genetics. Are they evil, worshipers, in a satanic cult? It’s not a religion, it’s a cult! Rid the world of all cults, who practice witchcraft the beast and the supernatural! The world would be a better place without their evil little lies. Tell me cannabis is harmful. Liar!

    If you were concerned about my health you would be concerned about how many aspirin that comes in a bottle seeing how you can buy them by the thousands yet it only takes 14 of them to kill you, and you can buy them without a prescription. The hypocrisy! And guess what aspirin can’t cure cancer or shrink tumors like CBD oil can. I say Health OVER Wealth and Regulation! My doctor said I need it! Who are you to regulate that?

    Our human rights need to be protected from their lies and bogus cannabis laws and regulations! Shit you allow or cause a dog to suffer and you go to jail but let a human suffer with pain or other medial condition like cancer and they endorse and enforce it? How humane!

  • Nate R

    It seems like we a conflict between federal statute and an agency’s interpretations and public comments of those statutes. Wouldn’t the federal statute trump this?

  • Constitutionalist

    The DEA just sent a very subtle, but VERY clear, message about the new administrations stance on marijuana…Legal Recreational marijuana is going to go away, folks…We’ll be lucky to still have Med Marijuana when they get done…

    • Carris Welke

      It’s not going away…too many people are fighting for this, and the DEA can’t arrest the majority of the country.

      • Constitutionalist

        They don’t have to arrest everyone, or even the majority. Arrest and prosecute 3-5 of the biggest retailers, then sick the IRS on the rest, and the job is done. If you get a sec, do some research on IRS 280E audits taking place in Colorado and California; take a look at IRS 8300 Audits taking place all over Colorado. I applaud your enthusiasm, but once the IRS turns up their audits in earnest, banks, lenders, health insurance companies, etc. are going to disappear overnight. Unfortunately, some of them already are.
        Make an example out of a handful, and the rest will fall into compliance. A tactic from the middle ages, applied today…

        • Robert Chase

          They don’t have to arrest anyone (but they want to).

        • Reese Daniel

          Somebody needs to make an example of the EGREGIOUS corruption of the DEA and their little sister FDA. The corruption is utterly mind boggling and it takes very little research to realize this.

      • Robert Chase

        All it will take will be the stroke of a pen. Seventy dispensaries were closed four years ago in Denver with no more expenditure of effort than sending as many threatening letters — the DEA was sent to kick in the doors of five to make sure they’d shut; they had. Our entire State-regulated system could be rolled up just as easily — arrests likely wouldn’t be necessary (though the excrement supposed to be the incoming Attorney General has expressed the desire for more federal prosecutions for cannabis).

        • Jake

          you realize the states that have legalized cannabis for recreational use are not just going to let the feds take that away. they are literally raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax money. there will be bloodshed before the states let that much tax money just walk out the door.

          • Robert Chase

            Colorado’s take is now over $200 million per annum and much of it is being misspent; if Rump doesn’t eliminate the recreational market, the General Assembly is poised to spend even more of the proceeds on shoring up Prohibition, including more unconstitutional restrictions on the medicinal use of cannabis and giving more money to the cops — $436,766 was appropriated out of the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund this year to the Colorado Department of Law’s Special Prosecutions Unit, but a bipartisan mob of our anti-representatives want to give the parasites much more in 2017.

            No, the notion that the tax revenue from cannabis is going to necessary and appropriate ends is mostly wrong. Most of the revenue does not go to education. The fools misgoverning Colorado are still mostly prohibitionists, and while legislators will miss the extra revenue, any number of them and the real powers that be will rejoice. As I indicated above, seventy (70) dispensaries were closed just four years ago, without arrest, much less bloodshed. All sales of cannabis across most of Colorado are felonies under State law right now — if Denver and the other jurisdictions that have allowed retail sales have to give them up, they will. States’ licensing of the sale of cannabis has always been hanging by a thread of presidential dispensation and all indications are that it will be cut.

            If we want progress, we must disband the Fascist (Republican) and Collaborationist (Democratic) Parties, which turned the so-called “land of the free” into the world’s leading jailer, and form new parties representing the interests of Americans.

          • Robert Chase

            My detailed response has been automatically censored — you’re completely wrong.

    • Cordell Erskine

      Dont blame the new administration. This is all done under the approval Obama the liberal savior.

      • Robert Chase

        The new administration must be stopped.

        • Harvey CathynDee James

          its the present administration doing this- obama let the freedom to use spread- then reels it in as he gets the boot- trump is in a damned if i do or dont situation because of the anti-cannibis research just released on drivers and impairment…..either way it goes the demos come out in 4 years finger pointing what ever stirs the users to the polls……

          • Scott Davis

            Either way religion sucks. It’s the fault of the right wing that cannabis is still illegal.

          • Reese Daniel

            Yes religion does suck but I guarantee you, “right wing” and “left wing” are attached to the same Bird and only those under mainstream media mind control think one is superior to the other. I have never seen more freedom taken away (along with our INTERNET BEING HANDED OVER TO THE UN) under the current imposter sitting in the White House. And I’m so glad Jesus is not religious, He is TRUTH………(which is why RELIGIOUS MEN nailed Him to a Cross) only control freak humans are, who twist His Words to fit their own agendas. Thank you Lord for giving us FREE WILL to choose what plants and herbs we want to use. “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Genesis 1:29 God is an awesome God. Too bad so many confuse Him with man made religion and never even get to know Him. They will surely regret it one day.

          • Drew Mann

            Religion was just the tool they used to gather the support they needed to create all these drug laws. Blame Globalism, not Christianity. Cannabis was a part of the anointing oil used by the Jews in ancient Israel, according to the God of the Bible cannabis is holy.

          • Walter Schwenk

            so, SD, do you think starting a religious war will make weed legalization go better?

        • Reese Daniel

          The current administration should be in PRISON FOR TREASON.

          • Robert Chase

            If patriots act, it may never assume power; the last two administrations and most of the last several congresses should be permanently interned as the enemies of our People and Constitution that they most certainly are!

      • Brianna LaPoint

        Obama doesnt want to president as of this year. but blame the liberals because thats what Trump ass lickers do.

    • CBD HEMPINDICA

      i disagree….nothing has changed and nothing will change. CBD is still legal in all 50 states…

      hempindica.net

      • Bill Weber

        You are so wrong. You will find out soon .

        • CBD HEMPINDICA

          Find out what Bill Weber? That the DEA can make up laws with a memo? Go back to school and learn how laws are created son.

        • CBD HEMPINDICA

          Bill Weber … please elaborate…what do u know that we dont…

  • purplepartyguy

    just in time for Trump and his minion Sessions to really fuck it up…

  • Cryptexmarble Airy

    money loving devils PAYD BY THE SWISS EUGENIC SYSTEM OF CHEMICAL CONTROL

    THE SWISS DO THIS …YOU AMERICANS DON`T EVEN SEE IT
    SWISS HOLD ALL PATENTS ON CANCER MEDS ! Don´t they ?
    PLus they sell hundreds of different kinds of swiss made Benzodiazepine derivates also Lorazepam .
    If Cannabis would become legal ,the swiss nation would be done Financial —then they´ll
    ONLY have their Bullets and RUAG weapons to sell to Arab Confllicts !

    trust me YOUR Dea is NOT AMERICAN !
    .

    • Stephen Maris

      but… you can by CBD products legally in CH and they will ship anywhere in the world. so it’s the DEA that is falling behind the times

  • Robert Chase

    Extirpate the DEA!!!

  • HeathenAngel

    #BanTheFDA

    • bkmn

      The FDA keeps your food safe, why would we want to work against that?

  • Anyone needing to update their registration can do so here:

    https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/webforms/jsp/regapps/common/updateLogin.jsp

  • Captain Obvious

    The spelling was intentionally changed “Marihuana” so the news would be less mainstream..avoiding filters/alerts on the more common spelling “Marijuana”…sorry Chuckie it still got out.

    • Bob Doe

      or was it spelled wrong because it isn’t actually happening? Just wondering why the only sites covering this news are MMJ related and not main stream?

    • SJC

      This is the original spelling for marijuana when it was originally scheduled as a class 1 drug. I suspect that because this was a legal document, spelling matters.

  • Christopher Barker

    I can’t wait for January. I’m sure the Republican congress and trump and gonna work this thing out. ‘Cause trump said it was a states rights issue….
    Oh, wait, I almost forgot…. he’s a pathological liar and his A.G. nominee is a rabid drug warrior who definitely knows what’s good for us, even if we don’t….

    The monsters are plotting as I type. Public opinion be damned.

    • Linann M Singh

      What would get they’re attention is, if the 46 million who didn’t vote, didn’t file 2016 income taxes, We have the power.

    • Drew Mann

      I really don’t think they’ll go after state sanctioned marijuana policy, Sessions is very much a states rights kind of guy, and Trump is not in any way, shape or form a social conservative kind of guy. Above everything these guys are capitalists, I doubt they destroy jobs and the tax revenue that Marijuana brings in, it wouldn’t benefit them at all.

      • Christopher Barker

        I’d love to believe that. I just don’t find it easy to trust conservatives in congress. Especially now that many there can see their “end game” scenarios coming to fruition. Thus far they’ve not been very supportive of ending the war on cannabis.
        They’ve not been made to pay any price at all for their despicable behavior thus far (since Newt was speaker). Quite the opposite in fact, so I don’t have as much hope as some that trump will honor his word.

      • Defected Salvations

        Yeah, im not worried about Trump. People listened to MSM lies for years and now its everywhere. Soon people who opposed Trump will see the man was the best option for the next 4 years.

  • God, that sucks! Please show us the blessings in THIS situation … and hurry! We are safe, we are loved and all is well.

  • John Gleason

    last change to Keep Sessions out of thee AG office:
    Please Sign the petition to Keep Jeff Sessions out of the
    US Attorney General office.
    He is STRIDENTLY ANTI CANNABIS (medical or otherwise).
    Thanks. And please encourage others to sign, too.
    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/jeff-sessions-not-our

  • SAINT Brand Cannabis

    Just hang on, there is a change in Admin coming… real soon. In the meantime, chew on this…

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/should-law-charles-ankner-cp?trk=mp-reader-card

  • Philip Daniels

    They’ve been defunded from pursuing any activity against anyone in MMJ states, re-signed again by congress, far as I know. But as we’ve seen in Massachusetts they were out in the helicopter this fall, cutting and taking plants that could be “seen” by the public!? That’s if the public has a helicopter I guess, stupid excuse isn’t it? They’re just covering their ass, the same way they don’t want to legalize CBD for Timmy, for his Dravet’s or multiple seizures syndrome, when he might be sensitive to other cannabinoids in the formula, then again it’s probably completely harmless. Now we know, if you receive and distribute large quantities of “CBD” the police will definitely come buy some from you (unknowing) and have it analyzed. If they find even trace amounts (.03-.003) of other cannabinoids like THC in the formula, you will have a problem. Speaking of problems, stay toasty and keep an eye out for ball-buster cops tonight, they don’t care what the celebration is, smoking in public is still illegal and you can bet there will be some trying to get their brownie points with the captain, take care out there …

  • Gilbert Chavez

    Why can’t we vote away the useless agency that is known as the DEA??? I’m sure if we a vote was taken a MAJORITY of American citizens wouldn’t think twice about eradicating the DEA. It is such a Constitutional Rights abusing money pit.

  • Chris Toy

    Our Legal Counsel’s response to the DEA’s Memo on “Marihuana” Extract.
    http://eepurl.com/ctwxrH

  • Michael Marchette

    Sooooo since they purposeflly spelled Marijuana with an H technically with a loop hole we can say that CBD extracts from Marijuana plants are still okay lol

    • Robert Chase

      loophole

  • Gilbert Chavez

    Why were my comments removed??? Censorship is so anti-American.

  • Patrick Smyth

    This is a joke right? I am reading the Onion right?

  • Gilbert Chavez

    Ok only one comment was removed. Still not cool.

  • Brent Brunner

    The 2014 US Farm Bill was an act of congress signed by the president and that is the highest
    law of the land. The DEA cannot make law and redefine an act of law by Congress which defined industrial
    hemp as ·Any cannabis sativa L that produces naturally less than .3% THC on a dry weight basis: Furthermore,
    the DEA is not allowed to interfere with a legal state licensed cannabis business -there is recent case law that
    set precedent for this in the 9th circuit. This is another ridiculous attempt by the DEA to overreach their legal
    boundaries.

    • Bill Weber

      9th circuit. only apply s to the 9th circuit It has nothing to do with the rest of the nation,/

  • Jai Haze
  • Mad Dog

    BPA contaminates our water, plastic, fluoride, vaccinations, GMOs in foods, fatal prescription drugs, but ban the one plant that will help more people than cigarettes, alcohol and guns ever did. There is a special place in hell for whoever’s behind this. What a monster to allow deadly synthetic drugs on the market and ban the medicinal miracle! What a soulless government ! We the people shall reign again and anihilate injustice!

  • TT Underbridge

    fuuck the DEA and their edicts.

  • TT Underbridge

    when the government applies it’s own laws EQUALLY to itself and it’s agents as it does to regular people, i might care what they say.

    until that day comes they can all go to hell.

  • TT Underbridge

    when the government applies it’s own laws EQUALLY to itself and it’s agents as it does to regular people, i might give a damn what they say.

    until that day comes they can all go to vhina for all i care

  • New_Amerika

    The DEA just wants to protect their antiquated jobs. The bureaucratic party is almost over and they know it.

    • Reese Daniel

      One can only hope.

  • Walter Person

    This is insane. It has no effect in any quantity I’ve used except I can drink coffee with my left hand without it shaking all over.

  • Jai Haze
  • Juan Llenza Sr.

    On December 14, 2016, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration published a final rule regarding the “Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marijuana Extract.” 

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-29941/establishment-of-a-new-drug-code-for-marihuana-extract

    This new rule does not create any new substantive regulation or law regarding the legal status of marijuana or marijuana extract. Instead, it creates a new tracking code number for “Marihuana Extracts” (which include cannabinoids).

    Previously, Marijuana Extracts were classified under the code number for “Marihuana. Under the new rule, extracts are now classified separately. The DEA uses these codes to track quantities of controlled substances imported to and exported from the United States. This new rule affects only DEA-registered entities who previously were required to track such materials. As the document states, “[t]he only direct effect to registrants who handle marihuana extracts will be the requirement to add the new drug code to their registrations.” The rule goes into effect on January 13, 2017.

    Regarding the legal status of CBD derived from industrial hemp: The 2014 US Farm Bill was an act of congress signed by the president and that is the highest law of the land. The DEA cannotmake law and try to redefine a law passed by the US Congress which defined industrial hemp in section 7606 as “Any cannabis sativa L that produces naturally less than .3% THC on a dry weight basis.” 

    Furthermore, the DEA is not allowed to interfere with a legal state licensed cannabis business – there is very recent case law that set precedent for this in the 9th circuit.  See here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-ruling-marijuana-idUSKCN10R1YN

    Lastly, the DEA was purposely de-funded by the US Congress last year (and is poised to do the same for this year:
    http://archives.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2015/12/16/congress-set-to-ban-feds-from-enforcing-cannabis-laws-again
    from pursuing any enforcement of their archaic interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in legal states.  

    We hope this information helps you and your customers filter through the mis-information and fear mongering that usually runs rampant anytime a government memo affecting cannabis is circulated.  If you have any further questions feel free to contact us directly, but it’s business as usual over here!

    Sincerely, 

    Bioprocessing LLC

  • HOBAN LAW GROUP
    For Immediate Release:
    December 14, 2016

    DEA Hurts Growing Industry and Exceeds its Authority Regarding Scheduling Controlled Substances; Enacts Final Rule Seeking to Make Any Extract of the Cannabis Plant a Schedule 1 Drug

    Denver, Colorado – On December 13, 2016, the DEA issued its Final Rule, “Establishment of New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract,” which serves to potentially devastate developing businesses and consumer, textile and manufacturing industries related to cannabinoids. Robert Hoban, a cannabis, cannabinoid and hemp lawyer and expert as well as an adjunct professor of law at The University of Denver, states the DOJ and DEA cannot unilaterally make law and schedule controlled substances, thus causing this Final Rule to exceed the DEA’s authority. Instead, such actions require an act of Congress.

    As is the case here, the DEA is an agency that has previously sought to exceed its authority contrary to applicable law. It is anticipated that this “final ruling” and determination will be challenged both in court and administratively across the country. With 28 states that already have medical cannabis laws on the books, 8 states passing adult use laws in the November election, and numerous other states enacting industrial hemp legislation, the industry is up for the challenge of litigation against any government agency that operates contrary to prevailing law and enforcement policies.

    The DEA’s Final Rule seeks to broadly expand and override existing definitions of controlled substances by newly creating a “Marihuana Extract” classification. The effect of this Final Rule appears to be incorporation of any and all cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, despite the fact that many such cannabinoids are naturally occurring derived from non-“marihuana” portions of the plant or or from entirely different plants altogether. Problematically, the Final Rule fails to acknowledge there exist certain parts of the plant, and certain types of the plant – namely, industrial hemp – which cannot and should not be treated as a “Marihuana Extract.” Notably, the DEA has sought to unilaterally create laws before, and has lost, when challenged.

    Hoban surmises, “The feeling is that this is an action beyond the DEA’s authority and we believe this is unlawful and we are taking a course of action for our clients. This Final Rule serves to threaten hundreds, if not thousands, of growing businesses, with massive economic and industry expansion opportunities, all of which conduct lawful business in reliance upon the Federal Government also acting pursuant to law, and as ordered by the Ninth Circuit in 2003 and 2004. We will see the Federal Government in court.”

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    Media Contact:
    Gaynell Rogers
    415.298.1114
    gaynellrogers@gmail.com

  • I Brad Morehouse the owner of Canna International and Hemp Paste will fight to the death. Not just legal means but physical! We must as human beings draw the line or the idiots and greedy will run over the top of you. I believe there are many millions of people who think like I do but fear the confrontation and outcome. I implore you to take the same stance as I do and the tyranny will move aside. If you don’t do this you will always be the slave.

    • Reese Daniel

      I agree with you Brad. Enough is ENOUGH. America is being over run with psychopathic TYRANTS.

    • Reese Daniel

      Yes don’t be afraid of these BULLIES. That’s all they are, just playground bullies in adult bodies who think they can pull laws out of their butts and we are supposed to bow down and “comply” to this nonsense. No way, no how. The more they tell me what to do, the more I will DO THE OPPOSITE. I obey no one except God or the laws that do not contradict His laws.

  • Willie Weed

    What is so archaic about the word cannabis? Marijuana is the slang term started by the person’s trying to demonize cannabis in the 1930’s. Because of that, I very much prefer the term cannabis.
    Willie, Greensboro GA

    • It’s more the case that people who regularly search the federal register for updates on “hemp” or “marijuana” didn’t catch this yesterday when it was first announced, and even had a hard time finding it today AFTER The Hill reported on it.

  • Bob

    The DEA is essentially useless. Law enforcement can be provided by other agencies. The DEA should be abolished along with several other federal agencies like the Department of Education and DHS. We spend billions of dollars on these useless bureaucrats.

  • writerink

    This is so ridiculous. CBD oil applied topically relieves muscle and joint pain. It doesn’t make you high. There is no earthly reason for it not to be totally legal.

  • Marine223

    SO, the Black Market will continue!

  • Byrond2

    No more hemp extract from China. No big loss there.

  • medcannabis1

    Once again the prohibition profiteers continue to push the lies of this old racist law. When will we demand a change from those we elected to federal positions of power.
    Congress has the power of the purse and the ability to end this old racist law…
    Time we work together with the good people who live in prohibition states and educate and elect compassionate citizens to Government
    http://www.veteransforcompassionatecare.org

  • Becky K

    What I don’t get..is why you can’t smoke or use a plant that grows from the ground with no special chemical or additives..but you can go to any grocery or corner store and buy alcohol that is proven to kill you …and impairs your motor skills…kills people every day… probably about 5 people died as I wrote this cause of alcohol…

  • Wilwon

    DEA is just a bad joke! If they wanted to do some work they would crack down on the pharmaceutical companies ruining the environment and killing people with their highly addictive half ass Meds that have more down side then up. I take that back they’re not a bad joke they’re just a joke!

  • Human Man

    Another usurper, living a good life off the tyranny and oppression of his fellow citizens. When the feds are finally lined up against the wall, I will make sure Rosenberg is not. Instead, he will be hung high with a HEMP rope.
    We The People are done with tyranny.

  • Zetetikus Max

    When did the US buy the earth. Why does anyone think they have the right to keep us from natural law. Fuck that . DEA AND BIG PHARMA ARE HAND IN HAND ……
    this just pisses me of that people are now going to be penalized for trying to cure themselves of any ailment. Cause as far as I know Rec user don’t use CBDs. No psychotropic effects. ..I’m going to shut up now

  • Open Minds

    Our enlightened government…

  • Quantum 9, Inc.

    This is crazy. Not the right direction for the industry and could be an indication of what is to come.

    Michael Mayes
    CEO | Quantum 9, Inc.
    http://www.quantum9.net

  • Reese Daniel

    The DEA and the FDA are what SHOULD be banned and made illegal. These rogue, lawless, freedom inhibiting big pharma minions think they are “god”. Why do the American people put up with this kind of blatant tyranny?

  • Miles Monroe

    So what about GW Pharmaceuticals Epidiolex, a whole-plant derived CBD anti-convulsant already in Phase III clinical trials here in the US; does it have “no medical value [or] recognized value AND high potential for abuse”, too … ?!

    Perfect example of the stupidity, waste, and dehumanization that results from our corporate socialism, where the individual is reduced to nothing more than a “consumer” and disposable commodity.

    Please sign & share the White House petition sponsored by Patients Out of Time asking the President to use his legal authority under the Controlled Substances Act to remove (“de-schedule”) natural plant cannabis from the Controlled Substances List: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/de-schedule-cannabis-free-plant

  • Bob Heigh

    The problem is that the oil may help people and we can’t have that!!!! ……….Peggy.

  • CBD HEMPINDICA
  • Michael Williams

    I could be wrong but the FDA is the one that does the classifying. The DEA has no authority. IMHO, the DEA is corrupt and should have been abolished years ago.

  • Is CBD illegal under the new DEA “marihuana extract” rule? A legal analysis.

    Everything old is new again. The Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) has overstepped its rulemaking authority in almost exactly the same way that it did 13 years ago. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down the DEA then. Unfortunately, the DEA doesn’t seem to learn, at least when it comes to cannabis. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

    My email inbox has been blowing up today. If you’re in the cannabidiol (“CBD”) business I’m guessing that yours has, too. The reason is because of a final rule enacted by the DEA that amends 21 CFR 1308 to create a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number for “Marihuana Extract” (“the Rule”). According to the DEA this new code number “will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marihuana. This, in turn, will aid in complying with relevant treaty provisions.” (With respect to the treaties, the DEA references two: the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. The treaty aspect of the Rule is an important piece that I’ll address later in the post.)

    Importantly, and to the point of this blog post, the Rule defines “marijuana extract” (although the DEA uses this antiquated spelling I’ll use the current spelling, “marijuana”) as “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.” With respect to CBD, is specifically states that CBD “fall[s] within the new drug code.” In plain English, the DEA contends that CBD is an illegal substance and has enacted a Rule to govern it.

    What does it mean for businesses who currently sell legal CBD? That’s a tough question to answer.

    I’ll start by saying that the DEA has explicitly placed CBD squarely in its crosshairs. Not only does the Rule go to pains to define marijuana extract as an “extract” that “contains cannabinoids”, a category into which CBD unqualifiedly falls, it goes on to address CBD specifically in the Comments section of the Rule. I won’t mince words. The DEA clearly contends that CBD is a Schedule I drug (the most restrictive schedule) under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), regardless of its source or whether it comes in isolate form or in combination with other cannabinoids. This is wrong and illegal. I don’t say this lightly, but it does require me to go into a somewhat detailed analysis, along with a little history.

    In order to understand any rule you must start with the language of the rule itself. In this case, the operative language that I want to focus on is the phrase “derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis.” The emphasis on the word “any” is mine and it is the crux of the DEA’s illegal and overreaching act. The Rule’s language purports to make illegal certain components (ie, CBD and other cannabinoids) of a plant that, at least under certain circumstances, are not illegal at all. Actually, it’s even more insidious than that. The DEA contends that it is merely amending a preexisting rule to separate into two categories items which were previously lumped together into one category for the purpose of allowing for “more appropriate accounting.” It says that marijuana extracts “remain in Schedule I.” (emphasis mine) But, that’s exactly the problem. Not all marijuana extracts are part of Schedule I or, indeed, any Schedule at all. To say that extracts from any cannabis plant “remain” in Schedule I is an intentional misrepresentation of the law and, more importantly, an unlawful expansion of the definition of marijuana under Schedule I.

    There are at least three scenarios in which “marijuana extracts” (as defined by the Rule) are wholly legal under Federal law. The first scenario is the one in which extracts are derived from the “mature stalk” of the cannabis plant. This is because the mature stalks of the marijuana plant are specifically exempt from the definition of marijuana under the CSA. The term marijuana “does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination.” 21 USC § 802(16) Clearly, any “marijuana extract” derived from the mature stalk is not included in Schedule I, notwithstanding the DEA’s sweeping language in the Rule. The DEA does not have the authority to make illegal that which Congress has expressly made legal.

    The second scenario in which “marijuana extracts” are legal under Federal law is when they are derived from an industrial hemp plant lawfully grown in a State that has enacted hemp laws which comply with section 7606 of the 2014 US Farm Bill (“the Farm Bill”). The point of this blog post is not to give a detailed review of the hemp provisions of the 2014 US Farm Bill. You can read more about it by clicking here and here. For our present purposes I can tell you that in 2014 Congress specifically authorized individual states to enact pilot programs for hemp research. When a State enacts such a law (as many have) hemp is legal within its borders. (Hemp, by the way, is part of the genus Cannabis and unambiguously regulated by the CSA unless otherwise excepted from it.) More specifically, hemp that is cultivated in accordance with a State that has enacted a pilot research program pursuant to the Farm Bill is expressly legal. By extension, extracts from such a plant are legal, at least in the State in which they were derived. As with the above, the DEA lacks authority to make illegal that which Congress has expressly legalized. (In fact, the DEA cannot interfere with CBD sourced from a hemp-legal state due to a Congressional funding bill, even in states that haven’t enacted hemp bills. I’ll address that point in a moment.)

    Before discussing the third scenario, I want to talk about the first two scenarios in a little more detail. In both of the above scenarios I said that the DEA lacks authority to make illegal that which Congress has expressly made legal. Let’s delve into that a little more. In the present case the Rule directly clashes with Federal statutes: the CSA in the first scenario and the Farm Bill in the second scenario. By attempting to extend the reach of CSA in scenario one and limit the reach of the Farm Bill in scenario 2 the DEA has exceeded its rulemaking authority. This is because the DEA is part of the executive branch of the Federal government, which is charged by Article II of the US Constitution with carrying out and enforcing Federal laws. Although it has the authority to enact rules to carry out its Constitutional obligations, the Executive Branch (which includes the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the DEA) does not have the authority to enact Federal statutes. If a rule promulgated by the Executive Branch clashes with a Congressionally enacted statute, including by extending its reach or by limiting its scope, the rule violates the Constitution. When a Congressional statute and an Executive Rule conflict the statute always wins. This is where the treaty language comes into play. Under certain circumstances the Executive Branch may enact laws. The DEA appears to be seeking cover under 21 CFR 1308.46, which allows the DEA to bypass normal rulemaking procedures. However, using this procedure, if that is what the DEA is attempting to do, essentially amounts to emergency rulemaking by the DEA that is an abuse of process. It is an attempt to circumvent both the Constitution and Congressional restrictions on its authority.

    We’ve seen this before. On October 9, 2001 the DEA enacted rules that, when taken together, prohibited importing and distributing sterilized hemp seed, oil, and cake derived from hemp seed, and manufacturing and selling food and cosmetic products made from hemp seed and oil, even if they contained only non-psychoactive trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinols (“THC”). The DEA’s rule stated that “any product that contains any amount of THC is a
    schedule I controlled substance . . . .” Interpretation of Listing of THC in Schedule I, 66 Fed. Reg. 51530, 51533 (Oct. 9, 2001) This rule would have banned the possession and sale of imported hemp products that contained only trace amounts of THC. In a set of companion cases, Hemp Indus. Ass’n v. DEA, 357 F.3d 1012 (9th Cir. Cal. 2004) and Hemp Indus. Ass’n v. DEA, 333 F.3d 1082 (9th Cir. 2003) (collectively referred to as “Hemp Indus.“) found that the DEA had exceeded its authority and struck down the rules as void. Because of its similarity to the present situation the Court’s holding is worth quoting in full:

    “The DEA’s definition of “THC” contravenes the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress in the CSA and cannot be upheld. DEA-205F and DEA-206F are thus scheduling actions that would place non-psychoactive hemp in Schedule I for the first time. In promulgating the Final Rules, the DEA did not follow the procedures in §§ 811(a) and 812(b) of the CSA required for scheduling. The amendments to 21 C.F.R. § 1308.11(d)(27) that make THC applicable to all parts of the Cannabis plant are therefore void. We grant Appellants’ petition and permanently enjoin enforcement of the Final Rules with respect to non-psychoactive hemp or products containing it.”

    This is, in fact, the basis of the third scenario in which marijuana extracts are explicitly legal, namely, when they are sourced from “non-psychoactive hemp” (commonly referred to nowadays as “industrial hemp.”) At the time Hemp Indus. was decided, it was illegal to grow hemp in the United States (“USA”). So, from a practical standpoint the Court’s ruling applied only to hemp that was imported from outside the USA. However, now that it is legal to cultivate hemp in the USA (at least in states that have enacted hemp laws), Hemp Indus. applies to domestically cultivated hemp and its products (such as extracts containing CBD) as well as imported hemp and its products. In other words, marijuana extracts from non-psychoactive (industrial) hemp containing only trace amounts (or less) of naturally occurring THC is wholly legal. The Hemp Indus. cases dealt with different DEA rules; however, they were strikingly similar to the Rule at issue today: The DEA enacted rules which unlawfully expanded the reach and scope of the CSA. And it did so by calling the rules “clarifications” of existing law in an attempt to conceal the fact that it was unconstitutionally usurping Congress’s legislative role. This is exactly what the DEA did today. Fortunately, based on the Hemp Indus. cases, the Rule- at least the part of it that applies to “any” marijuana extract- is void.

    Importantly, and aside from the issue of legality and the Constitutional separation of powers, Congress has expressly forbidden any Federal funds from being used to “prohibit the transportation, processing, sale or use of industrial hemp that is grown or cultivated in accordance with section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, within or outside the State in which the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated.” Section 763 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-113) passed on December 18, 2015 (“the Funding Act”). Unless and until this provision lapses and is not renewed, the DEA and the DOJ are prohibited from using any Federal funds to enforce any laws (or rules) that would interfere with hemp (or its products) that are lawfully cultivated under state law in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. So, even if the Rule was lawful, the DEA can’t enforce it. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the DOJ was prohibited from using Federal funds to interfere with a State’s medical marijuana program by prosecuting state compliant medical marijuana users based on a similar funding clause. USA v. McIntosh, 833 F.3d 1163 (9th Cir. Cal. 2016) (“McIntosh”)

    So where does this leave us? My opinion is that the Rule is void. It clashes with existing Congressionally enacted Federal statutes. The DEA exceeded its Constitutional authority in enacting it. Additionally, even if it wasn’t void it is unenforceable, at least to the extent that it purports to make CBD which is sourced from lawfully cultivated industrial hemp illegal.

    Finally, assuming that the Rule is void, what do we do about it? In the Hemp Indus. cases the parties sued the DEA to have the rules declared void. In the McIntosh case the defendants asserted the Funding Act provision as a defense to prosecution. What strategy should you employ? If you are in the business of selling CBD and other marijuana extracts I would be happy to discuss this development and your legal options. You can reach me directly by clicking here and sending me a message.

    Rod Kight is a lawyer based in Asheville, NC. He is licensed in North Carolina and Oregon and represents legal cannabis businesses.

    Posted 12-14-2016. (http://kightoncannabis.com/is-cbd-illegal-under-the-new-dea-marihuana-extract-rule-a-legal-analysis/)

  • Spaghetti Monster

    It hasn’t mastered to me in a long time what gov alphabet soup agencies prattle on about…it’s all for profit. .and they’re just there to insure the profits go to Big Pharma and Big Agra

  • Official Statement from Medical Marijuana, Inc.:

    “Medical Marijuana, Inc. is pleased to announce that the DEA Federal Registry amendment to create a new code for ‘marijuana extracts,’ in no way affects the Company’s hemp oil, containing naturally occurring cannabinoids, including CBD, or its operations.

    In the past, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has conclusively held that hemp products, such as those marketed by the Company, which are derived from the part of the Cannabis plant which is exempt from the Controlled Substances Act, is legal for import from Europe.

    In the Ninth Circuit case that served to uphold the legality of the Company’s products, the Court struck rules that had been promulgated by the DEA that would have made the Company’s products a scheduled substance and the Court permanently enjoined the DEA from enforcing the stricken rules.

    There has been no superseding ruling since the Ninth Circuit’s decision. Therefore, the Company’s products continue to be legal and are not controlled substances. Accordingly, the legality of Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s products remains unchanged in light of this new Federal Registry.
    Further, our Company considers the development a major market opportunity, as we have analyzed and followed the chain of custody of our products from inception to ensure that they are derived from the exempt part of the Cannabis plant and are therefore not controlled substances.”

    For any inquiries, please contact us through our website, http://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com.

  • SAINT Brand Cannabis
  • Burnt

    Discharge Every Agent

  • Robert Talbot

    Sounds like someone is getting bought by Big pharma. What a despicable bunch of whores.

  • Iyah William

    We would like to think and give leeway to the possibility that Trump and his “states rights” convictions are real and something we can count on.. Call me jaded but conservatism deserves no room because it always comes hard as “Righteous illusion” wrapped within the hammer of ideology and certainly with no concern or regard for compassion.. How many of you actually think this would have happened had Hillary won the election? This is a precursor of what we can expect within and outside of our industry. Here it is…
    Step one: Ban and schedule ALL cannabis related cannabinoids as schedule-1. Let all the leading companies within the industry flounder, become desperate and ultimately close shop. Step 2: Reschedule to Schedule-2. Big Pharma then creates synthetic versions of the natural plant for pure profit.
    Face it folks, Mr. Trump and his golden tower exist because of “Art of War’ tactics.
    Now to the main point.. What is our plan? How do we win here? We have created a massive industry and if we come together to fight off this planned and purposeful takeover, we will win. After-all, this is not Russia nor a floundering banana republic… This is America and we the people within this industry are the most prepared industry ever to mount a solid defense and ultimately offense. Can we come together? Lets win this.

  • Michael Eymer
  • Quacking Intensifies

    Yeah, let’s illegalize CBD, which does next to nothing, because big brother didn’t get a cut. Why are they illegalizing it? Do they give a real scientifically proven reason? Nope, because they still can’t prove a reason why marijuana itself is illegal. But cigarettes and alcohol are A-OK right? Get bent DEA your more corrupt than the garbage government you serve.

  • Charlessvbk

    We were freaking out as we have been having some success recently with cbd. Check out this article. Looks like a lot was overhyped:

    http://coloradocannabistours.com/marijuana-legalization/dea-updates-cbd/

    Still we need the free the plant!

  • misdirection

    AshkeNAZI Jooooos. They reek with desperation for world domination.

  • etyrnal

    “meant to bring the US into compliance”

    seriously? the US? Complying? Under WHAT authority?

  • Kathleen Chippi

    Sounds about right for the longest WAR in the history of the US that is BASED on LIES, PREJUDICE and GREED and perpetrated by Big Government, Big Business and Mass Media….Perfect for the FAKE LEGALIZATION all states have passed….There is a lawful procedure to place ANY substance on the CSA–and this is a lawsuit I filed years ago that the courts refused to hear–they have 1 year with a one time only 6 month extension to prove the SCIENCE to “we the people” behind ANY classification to the CSA. They have to prove CBD is highly addictive and can be deadly…. They never followed this procedure on cannabis back in 1970 either-and that was the basis for my lawsuit. Neither cannabis nor apparently CBD have been lawfully placed in the CSA….and the longest WAR in the history of the US continues…..

  • Jake Ecv Beerdoh Kottke

    Why can’t our government understand the facts about this plant yet? How have we come so far and still so damn far behind?

  • Kathleen Chippi

    So will my CBD using seizing canine be arrested along with me? Or is there a doggie jail in the works for this CONTINUED bureaucratic BS?

  • Living Ultra-Violet

    http://www.livingultraviolet.org/blog/post/our-response-to-deas-rule-on-marihuana-extracts
    We are a nonprofit organization gearing up for a Class Action lawsuit against the DEA on behalf of all the patients and people that the coalition we are building represent!

  • Sam Gifford

    People need to calm down-http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101194848320&ca=3cedfb01-f776-4fb4-bec7-92900b5d0482

  • JetCityOrange

    Listen to Jerry Whiting from LeBlanc CNE discuss what the DEA announcement means & doesn’t mean in his latest podcast: https://soundcloud.com/leblanc-cne/the-dea-and-cbd

  • Jay 2017

    Can we say a war is gonna unite against the federal government because the old school nuts aren’t converting back the forward progress and change legal marijuana and cbd oil States that have. They’d have to spend billions track every home and ran sack medical marijuana facilities and with all states legal their working with fairy tale money

  • ricopags

    Please consider signing this WhiteHouse.gov petition to undo this scheduling change:

    https://goo.gl/Ncecu6

  • Defected Salvations

    DEA flipped their lid! Can we get a drug testing company to see if they are high on some illicit black market drug? No sane person would ban safe medicine, unless they are high on crack.

  • swatvictim

    Make no mistake these are folks- DEA- who support the KGB and its Russian style intervention in folks day to day lives. Cannabis in all forms is a miracle plant of peace,.

  • Main Element

    Time to disband the DEA. They are officially obsolete. To the bloodsucking leeches at the DEA reading this: time to find a real job you lazy sacks of s#it. Hahahahaha.

  • K420

    Here is the US Patent on Cannabinoids owned by this very same Government (can you say corruption and big pharma handouts?)

    http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507

  • Carrell M Ebert

    marijuana
    The are so antiquated into the age of “OMG I WILL GO CRAZY”, they don’t even spell it correctly for 2016.

  • Mr Green

    THE DEA IS A JOKE!

  • Maninder Sandhu

    Do big pharma have something behind this new wave?

  • RocketChimp

    Just dissolve the DEA already.

  • Mark 2112

    but yeah keep drinking your booze & popping those pills!

  • TOPDOG1

    TAKE BACK THE D.E.A.!!!

    The D.E.A. and F.D.A. both stand in defiance of Congress and also the Senate as well as the majority of citizens. Because of the misuse and abuse of responsibility and credibility as well as incompetence and refusal to reform the enforcement power of the D.E.A. should be removed and placed back into the hands of the state. A semi-secret elite police force within what is already a police state is way over the top. America does not need this throwback to the cold war era. These Federal offices have become a haven of renegade Authoritarian despots and tyrants commandeering and miss-directing hundreds of millions even billions into their drug war against American citizens and likewise funding state police regimes both within the U.S. and worldwide.It is these federal agency’s that have created the drug problem solely to commandeer funding and as their power base. Well in excess of sixty percent of F.D.A. employees are lured into going to work for the pharmaceutical industry. The D.E.A. is no more than an arm of the pharmaceutical industry. These renegade authoritarians as well as the pro drug war Authoritarians in the F.B.I. need to be controlled or removed

  • Mike Modesette

    NOTHING HAS CHANGED. THERE ARE NO NEW LAWS. CBD OIL FROM HEMP IS STILL LEGAL.

    http://ireadculture.com/breaking-news-update-truth-dea-cbd/

  • Mike Modesette

    None of you are doing fact checking into leaflys article. I find that hilarious…. Here is proof the DEA is just creating a code.!!!!!!!!
    http://ireadculture.com/breaking-news-update-truth-dea-cbd/

    • Becky K

      Again you may be right..But it’s still their way to threaten people… That’s how they roll..

      • Mike Modesette

        I am right! There is no maybe. When you try and insult someone and call them names, it shows how pathetic you are.

  • murdoch113

    Are they that terrified of Ibuprofen and Aspirin being replaced by a cheaper safer more effective medication? Don’t worry, things aren’t much better here in Canada. Our Veterans Affairs just recently dropped Veterans allowances from 10g / day to 3g / day, and no longer cover 100% of the cost. This is despite their creed being that they will cover 100% of all medical expenses related to their injuries. Before people go insane and say 10g is to much, I know guys who are on 10g per day. They are replacing insane medications such as morphine, or dozens of pills, and are now being forced back onto them. You can’t possibly say something isn’t up, you’re not the only ones being fucked my American brothers.

  • Stephen Holt

    There doesn’t seem to be the outrage the occurred when the DEA tried to schedule kratom. Here we have a chemical that is not psychoactive and has many medicinal qualities. I have to wonder, are there any other any non-psychoactive chemicals other than precursors, that have been scheduled by the DEA? This claim that it was done to bring the US into compliance with international drug laws is just ridiculous. There are pharmaceutical companies that have recently patented syntheses of CBD. The DEA’s decision has everything to do with protecting the profits of these drug companies, and has nothing to do with public safety or international drug law. This entire nation is becoming an oligarchic disgrace. United States of America Incorporated. Corporations have bought and paid for our government, and this kind of thing is the result.

    • Tim Murphy

      Kratom works similar to an opioid and is physically addictive. I’ve seen several friends withdrawal from kratom, and it’s no joke. They said it was similar to dope sickness.

  • psi2u2

    The DEA is a monster that must be put out of its misery as soon as politically possible.

  • Dena Shanklin

    I am 60 years old and have used marijuana once in my life, when I was 19. I didn’t like it THEN and I haven’t used it SINCE. My only concern is whether or not pure CBD oil has the ability to relieve my constant pain from arthritis, back surgery, neuropathy, anxiety, depression and the effects of stress (I’ve had two stress related heart attacks), without side effects and without getting me HIGH. If it can help me, where can I find it and purchase it, LEGALLY?

  • Here is a great place to learn more about CBD (cannabidiol)!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1655313814686289/

  • Jay Tea

    There are going to be quite a few crazy people losing their shit if it becomes fully illegal. CBD is the only thing I’ve found that curbs my anxiety, psychosis, mood swings and suicidal tendencies. I’ve tried benzos, SSRIs, anti-psychotics, allergy meds prescribed off label for anxiety, pain meds that are prescribed off label for anxiety. None of it works and most of it makes everything much worse. My life, well being, and most importantly my sanity, relies on this stuff. And it doesn’t even get me high.

  • CBD HEMPINDICA
  • Zyava

    Big pharma is scared shitless and have huge influence on people WE elect but they $ponsor…. CBD cures and its cheap and anyone can make it for the most part. If you were making billions each month and billy your next door neighbor started to fuck around with your profits, YOU WOULD spend those billions to shut Billy down.. Thats whats going on with all the BS against POT and now harmless CBD and yet I can go and buy cancer sticks for $10….. CORRUPTION AT ITS PEAK !!!

  • TerryLicia

    The DEA tried this exact same thing in 2001, and the same court that shot down Trump’s travel ban, whacked the DEA upside the head bac then, too! Hemp Indus. Ass’n v. DEA, 357 F.3d 1012 (9th Cir. Cal. 2004) and Hemp Indus. Ass’n v. DEA, 333 F.3d 1082 (9th Cir. 2003) (collectively referred to as “Hemp Indus.“) found that the DEA had exceeded its authority and struck down the rules as void. Because of its similarity to the present situation the Court’s holding is worth quoting in full:

    “The DEA’s definition of “THC” contravenes the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress in the CSA and cannot be upheld. DEA-205F and DEA-206F are thus scheduling actions that would place non-psychoactive hemp in Schedule I for the first time. In promulgating the Final Rules, the DEA did not follow the procedures in §§ 811(a) and 812(b) of the CSA required for scheduling. The amendments to 21 C.F.R. § 1308.11(d)(27) that make THC applicable to all parts of the Cannabis plant are therefore void. We grant Appellants’ petition and PERMANENTLY enjoin enforcement of the Final Rules with respect to non-psychoactive hemp or products containing it.”

    OLD NEWS, new readers. Do your research! You have Google, use it! Recognize sensationalism, fake news and other such nonsense when you see it! “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you read” … my Nane said so, and she never lied!

  • Mary Lucas

    Seriously, so many people are still unaware of the medicinal benefits of CBD. While I think that it’s so important for THC and CBD to work together to get the most medicinal value out of the plant, the CBD content alone should be enough for the plant to get LEGALIZED!!! People need to educate themselves. Read up!!! https://cannabis.net/blog/history/12-cbd-facts-you-need-to-know-right-now

  • Sardoc

    It’s just business: when giant pharma tells the feds that they are ready to roll out their products, the feds will give control of the entire process to those corporations. In the meantime, if you want it, grow it.

  • The CSA has not changed; there has been no change in law. CBD derived from hemp is not illegal; it’s not a Schedule I drug regardless of what the DEA has done. Judicial enforcement or judicial resolution of what the DEA has done is not going to happen because it didn’t really happen legally. Regardless of what the DEA has done, or said, or written on the changes they have made, it’s totally irrelevant because it’s not law. Only Congress can pass our laws, so anyone currently selling CBD derived from hemp products can continue to sell.

  • The CSA has not changed; there has been no change in law. CBD derived from hemp is not illegal; it’s not a Schedule I drug regardless of what the DEA has done. Judicial enforcement or judicial resolution of what the DEA has done is not going to happen because it didn’t really happen legally. Regardless of what the DEA has done, or said, or written on the changes they have made, it’s totally irrelevant because it’s not law. Only Congress can pass our laws, so anyone currently selling CBD derived from hemp products can continue to sell.

  • Bongstar420

    The CSA already bans any pharmacological use of Cannabis. People are just liars or dumbasses.

    The CSA got popular support when it was passed. The counter culture ignores the fact that Cannabis was made illegal with popular democratic support. Stop pissing and moaning about the big bad gubmint. This is because people are short sighted, self centered, and ignorant. Drugs were mostly outlawed for racist reasons on the democratic side and anti-competitive reasons on the capitalist side.

    I actually believe the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) is Constitutionally invalid. So I don’t want to hear any whining about me being a drug war enthusiast- I am for ending all criminal penalties and punishment for drug use per se.

  • CBD Oil is something I have tried. Guess what happened, even at high doses — NOTHING. It is a placebo (when it comes to recreational use). Banning it is jute another political back-patting joke while much more harmful substances remain on the market.

    • FemmeVerde

      Sorry you weren’t helped. However, since you’re only one person we can’t really use you as an example for everyone now, can we
      It has helped me, friends of mine as well. I’m no kid when it comes to pain, drugs, and ::laughing:: placebos. This oil is NO placebo.

      • My point was that it does not get you high. It may very well have all kinds of properties to help those in need, but the DEA’s worst fear of someone ‘feeling high’ off CBD Hemp Oil is sure a myth, lol. For some reason they have this war on pleasure or even relief. I can’t even smoke MJ, wigs me out, so nothing like THC, needless to say.

        • Robert Callaghan

          Been there done that. The only place where I was able to purchase cbd legally was this verified place here https://bit.ly/2AqEi2r Fast shipping, great quality.

  • Suzanne Ledo

    I think this has the hand of big pharma in it.

  • So after sales start in all 50 states, they pull the plug? What the heck? And, for anyone who has tried this, I can guarantee you it has *no* effects you would notice. I mean, you’d literally feel more drinking a kool-aid.

    p.s. No joke, I have been getting this crap in the mail, and can’t figure out who is charging me for it. I assume I signed up for a subscription at some point, but haven’t found it — yet. I had one credit card replaced, but that wasn’t it (apparently). Still getting them. It’s almost funny.

  • Garry Raymonds

    How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil online? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

  • Gediminas Gedas

    Hi,
    I use the CBD which helps me, I feel great! I believe this product. Hempcbdworld 😉

  • BarleySinger

    Not this shit again. People, would you PLEASE verify stories before you put them up as factual. This bullcrap has been making the rounds on the web for a couple of years; ever since the ungodly dubious site “Natural News” vomited up the story out of whole cloth on 20 March 2016.

    And now it’s on cannabis related click-bat sites all over the web.

    Either leafly is run by morons who are too idiotic to use a search engine, or are they are in the click-bait business. Either way they are one messed up site. So LEAFLY- knock this crap the hell off. Stop pushing fake news stories.

    If you can’t be bothered to check a story before you panic and re-post it as your own please do the world a huge favor and just stop using the internet completely. Why? Because the web is (and always will be) full of bullshit stories. A lot of web sites run stories like that to boost their ad revenue, using fear as a click-bait draw (Atlantis, Aliens, end of the world, look at boobs on our site, etc, etc etc).

    And people who are too lazy to check and see if things are true were one of the largest forces that got Trump elected. This is the very same sort of “lets re-post every stupid thing that scares us” crap that is making the world even more stupid.

    Do you really want to contribute to that sort of idiocy? Just because you can’t be bothered to check a few sources?

    Show some freaking intelligence & stop reposing fake-news. Jesus – this took me ONE search to invalidate. ONE.