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Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule
    #1469561 - 04/18/03 08:56 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)


Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule
U.S. Newswire
17 Apr 16:23
Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule
To: National Desk
Contact: Adam Eidinger, 202-986-6186 or Zoe Mitchell,
202-232-8997; both for VoteHemp.com

SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- U.S. COURT of APPEALS
for the NINTH CIRCUIT - Late yesterday the Court granted the hemp
industry's Motion to Stay the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration's (DEA's) "Final Rule," which was issued March 21,
2003 and would have banned the sale of nutritious hemp foods
containing harmless trace amounts of naturally-occurring THC under
the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. This "Final Rule" is
virtually identical to an "Interpretive Rule" issued on October 9,
2001 that never went into effect because of a Ninth Circuit Court
Stay issued on March 7, 2002.

Both Motions to Stay were brought jointly by the Hemp Industries
Association (HIA) and several major hemp food companies in the U.S.
and Canada. The court is currently hearing a substantive challenge
to the Final Rule, which the hemp industry is optimistic that the
Court will ultimately invalidate.

Because trace infinitesimal THC in hemp seed is non-psychoactive
and insignificant, the U.S. Congress exempted non-viable hemp seed
and oil from control under the CSA, just as Congress exempted poppy
seeds from the CSA, although they contain trace opiates otherwise
subject to control. The hemp industry is assuring retailers and
consumers that hemp food products should continue to be stocked,
sold and consumed. Joe Sandler, counsel for the HIA, stated: "The
Court's order effectively prevents DEA from enforcing its 'Final
Rule.' With this stay in effect, all those who sell, import,
manufacture, distribute and retail edible hemp oil and seed, and
oil and seed products, can continue those activities secure in the
knowledge that such products remain perfectly lawful."

Hemp seed has a well-balanced protein content and the highest
content of essential fatty acids (EFAs) of any oil in nature: EFAs
are the "good fats" that, like vitamins, the body does not produce
and requires for good health. Dr. Udo Erasmus, an internationally
recognized nutritional authority on fats and oils, writes in Fats
that Heal - Fats that Kill: "Hemp seed oil may be nature's most
perfectly balanced oil." Not surprisingly, shelled hemp seed and
oil are increasingly used in natural food products, such as corn
chips, nutrition bars, hummus, nondairy milks, breads and cereals.
In the last few years, the hemp foods industry has grown from less
than $1 million a year to over $5 million in retail sales.

North American hemp food companies voluntarily observe
reasonable THC limits similar to those adopted by European nations
as well as Canada and Australia. These limits protect consumers
with a wide margin of safety from any psychoactive effects or
workplace drug-testing interference (see hemp industry standards
regarding trace THC at http://www.testpledge.com). The DEA has
hypocritically not targeted food manufacturers for using poppy
seeds (in bagels and muffins, for example) even though they contain
far higher levels of trace opiates. The recently-revived global
hemp market, with retail sales of over $250 million worldwide, is
a thriving commercial success. Unfortunately, because the DEA's
Drug War paranoia has confused non-psychoactive industrial hemp
varieties of cannabis with psychoactive "marihuana" varieties, the
U.S. is the only major industrialized nation to prohibit the
growing of industrial hemp.

Please visit http://VoteHemp.com to read scientific studies of
hemp foods and see court documents. For more information or to
arrange interviews with representatives of the hemp industry,
please call Adam Eidinger at 202-986-6186 or 202-744-2671 (cell).

/U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/
04/17 16:23


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Re: Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule [Re: motaman]
    #1470060 - 04/18/03 12:49 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

HAHA Take that fucking DEA!

Since it was only the 9th Circut Court, could this be over-ruled by the Supreme Court?

The only reasons they want to ban hemp food is to punish Canada, give less reason for US farmers to want to grow hemp, futher demonize the plant in the eyse of the public, and force us to purchase expensive dietary suplements that contain the nutrition that we need from THEIR pharmecutial companies.

Once again, Take that FUCKING DEA! Assholes.



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Re: Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule [Re: motaman]
    #1472389 - 04/19/03 03:20 AM (15 years, 1 month ago)

Green Tea with Hemp is the shit.  I am glad I will be able to continue to enjoy it. :grin: 

"It's only wrong if you get caught.
If consequences dictate
my course of action
I should play GOD."

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Re: Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule [Re: motaman]
    #1474491 - 04/19/03 11:27 PM (15 years, 1 month ago)

This was just another attempt to silence the opposition. There is no reason for them to want hemp illegal other than to take a little steam out of the reform movement.

It's the same reason why we have paraphernelia laws: as a means of bullshitting arround the first ammendment.


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Re: Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #1488301 - 04/24/03 04:12 AM (15 years, 30 days ago)

Yay! I get to still eat my hemp granola. Well at least for the time being.

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