CBD oil, known in the medical community as a non-psychoactive medicine with proven results treating conditions ranging from children’s epilepsy to chronic pain is was considered legal in all 50 states. Agricultural hemp, a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant from which CBD oil is extracted, is now being legally grown in many U.S. states who have stricter laws for the psychedelic effects of THC (a confusion often unknown by the general public).
While scientific research into its benefits is just beginning, CBD has proven to be a highly useful alternative to pharmaceutical drugs and the addictions/side affects many present. Then on Dec. 14, the DEA added a notice to the Federal Register that quietly told the public that it had established “a new drug code for marihuana extract.” The DEA’s argument is that the agency is allowed to regulate CBD oil because all extracts contain “trace amounts of THC”, the active ingredient in cannabis which remains illegal according to current federal law.
Establishing this new drug code is, effectively, the first step toward classifying CBD oil alongside cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act. This act classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, alongside drugs like heroin which are considered to have no practical medical benefit.
However, legal experts and advocates for hemp doubt that the DEA has the mandate to easily ban CBD oil. “It’s an internal accounting mechanism for us,” DEA spokesperson Russell Baer told VICE News. “The purpose is to drill down and get more accurate information about research that’s being conducted with CBD in particular.” Uh, Ok? By banning the substance in it’s entirety?
In order to act quietly, the old spelling of marijuana with an “h” (marihuana) is used throughout the new DEA codification for the non-psychoactive variety used to make CBD oil extract. This subtle difference made it easier for the DEA to act quietly without public knowledge (at first). However, the vigilance of citizens against big government policies has been noticeable lately with activists causing quite a commotion.
“This action is beyond the DEA’s authority,” Robert Hoban, a Colorado cannabis attorney and adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, told the International Business Times. “ 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.”
So here we are with yet another reason that Big government, and the agencies it creates, suck.
This is a current petition for the White house to reconsider the abhorrent action: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/please-do-not-make-cbd-schedule-1-substance
And here is a link to an excellent video by Ben Swann who discusses the issue comprehensively. Worth a watch!