In a completely unexpected move, the DEA’s Acting Administrator, Chuck Rosenberg, just made himself even more unpopular. He just tried to make CBD oil illegal. Mr. Rosenberg insulted millions of medical cannabis patients last year by announcing that “medical marijuana is a joke.” For the millions of patients who consider it a much safer alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, this was a huge slap in the face. Since CBD contains less than 0.3% THC, it is not psychoactive. Adding it to the Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act list along with such drugs as heroin, ecstacy and LSD makes no sense at all.
In an attempt to give credence to this bizarre bureaucratic maneuver, the DEA introduced a new drug code for “marihuana extracts.” Rosenberg made it clear that the DEA considers all CBD to be illegal simply because it’s derived from a plant of the genus Cannabis. Please be aware, that neither he nor the DEA has the authority to do this. The job of the DEA is to enforce existing drug laws, not create new ones.
In more DEA mumbo jumbo, Rosenberg attempts to explain his reasoning as follows:
“This code will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marihuana.” The move, the [Federal] Register entry explained, is meant to bring the US into compliance with international drug-control treaties.
The CBD oil industry, now a multi-billion dollar industry in the US, has always functioned on the assumption that as long as their products are below 0.3%THC, they are legal.
Mr. Rosenberg has decided to try and deny millions of Americans access to CBD oil on a technicality. Since all CBD extracts contain at least small amounts of other cannabinoids, such an extract would fall within the new “drug code” and therefore remain federally illegal. If they can’t make that charge stick, they can prosecute patients for the CBD oil, itself. What about CBD oil made from hemp, you may ask? The same rule applies since all of these products originate from any plant of the genus Cannabis. Furthermore, this is the DEA’s attempt to clarify its position on hemp. You may be able to grow hemp. But if you try to extract CBD oil from it, the DEA considers that a federal crime.
It is hard to understand why someone would choose to deprive thousands of adults and children a safe medicine which controls their epileptic seizures. In the case of many children, CBD oil is the ONLY medicine that works to stop their seizures.
As you can imagine, the DEA has received much harsh criticism and push back from the entire medical cannabis community. It’s looking like the cannabis experts and attorneys will be meeting the DEA in federal court very soon! The cannabis industry has a very good chance of winning, so don’t throw away your CBD products just yet!