DEA Creates New Battle With Marijuana CBD Extract Makers | Flurish Group
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If you don't know what CBD is let us Educate you.
The marijuana plant contains two main compounds -THC which gives the effect of being “high,” and cannabidiol, or CBD, which doesn't have any psychoactive effects which doesn't make you "high", but which researchers believe has medical value. CBD can be extracted not only from marijuana plants, but also hemp plants as well. The market for CBD products is expected to top $1 billion market by 2020.
So with that being said the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made CBD oil federally illegal in a little-noticed bureaucratic maneuver.
Federal Register Dec. 14, 2016 contains an item 21 CFR Part 1308 that makes 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 marijuana.” The move, the Register entry explained, is meant to bring the US into compliance with international drug-control treaties.
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 rule-making notice that first appeared more than five years ago, on July 5, 2011.
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.