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Canadian hemp sales to U.S. shaken
    #1461441 - 04/15/03 08:32 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)


Canadian hemp sales to U.S. shaken
this document web posted: Thursday April 10, 2003 20030410p21
By Sean Pratt
Saskatoon newsroom

Canada is once again in jeopardy of losing its biggest market for hemp oil.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued its "final rules" on cannabis products that prohibits human consumption of food containing any amount of tetrahydrocannabinois, or THC.

Canadian regulations limit THC content in hemp to 10 parts per million, but that isn't low enough to satisfy the DEA.

If it went unchecked, the agency's zero tolerance policy would close the border for hemp products destined for American food and beverage markets by April 21, 2003.

But all is not lost.

The DEA issued a similar edict on Oct. 9, 2001, that never went into effect because the hemp industry won a United States Court of Appeals stay on March 7, 2002.

Rather than duking it out in court, the DEA "sidestepped" the process and issued a new rule governing cannabis products, said Arthur Hanks, general manager of the Saskatchewan Hemp Association.

"That previous stay basically is irrelevant because there is a new rule on the table," he said.

A coalition of hemp importers and exporters are in the process of requesting a second stay to combat the new final rules. Hanks fully expects the U.S. Court of Appeals to grant another stay, but in the meantime the trading atmosphere is foggy.

"Hemp is going to be working in a grey area again," he said.

"It's not a comfortable situation. We're looking at this going, 'is this going to be happening every year?' It grinds you."

Canadian farmers seeded 3,800 acres of hemp in 2002 and harvested about two million pounds of the crop. Hanks estimates half of that will end up in the U.S., where there is no commercial hemp production, and the other half will be consumed domestically.

The food market is the segment of the hemp industry with the best margins, worth an estimated $10 million. Hemp-based cosmetics is a larger volume sector with annual sales of two or three times that amount.

Most industrial products are exempted under the new DEA rules, but Hanks worries that cosmetics could be caught in the crossfire.

"If we're sending hemp oil over the border, how does the DEA agent know it's going for cosmetics or not?"

He said the new rules give DEA officials too much discretionary power.

"It may force cosmetic manufacturers to relocate to Canada or to shut down," Hanks said.

The uncertainty has caused hemp plantings to plummet from 34,000 acres in 1999 to a little more than one-tenth that amount in 2002. But Hanks encouraged interested growers to seriously consider planting a small crop of 10-20 acres in 2003.

"It's a good risk to take if you can afford to take risk," he said, because the industry has gone from a state of overproduction to undersupply.

"We're just not meeting our current demand right now so there's a good reason to be planting hemp this year."

Hanks is confident the ambiguity south of the border will be cleared up once the industry secures another stay from the courts.

He said there is a groundswell of support for hemp products in the U.S. that includes a new recruit, the powerful Organic Consumers Association.

"That's serious troop strength," Hanks said.

Unfortunately, American politicians are currently preoccupied by troops of a different kind.


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Re: Canadian hemp sales to U.S. shaken [Re: motaman]
    #1463332 - 04/16/03 11:39 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

damn, motaman! tearing it up in here eh? i think it's great that you are spreading the info. practically all this information can be found in High Times in case anybody wants to keep up outside this forum.

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