DEA Bans Consumption of Hemp Foods

DEA Bans Consumption of Hemp Foods,Drug Reform Coordination Network
‘You’d have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole to get
high,’ is the analogy people often use when talking about the
potency of hemp. But that doesn’t matter to DEA chief Asa
Hutchinson, who recently announced the ban of the consumption of
food products containing hemp oil, hemp seed, or any other product
containing any quantity of THC — no matter how minute. The DEA’s
rationale is that if a product causes THC to enter the human body,
it should be considered an illegal substance. Products like
textiles, soaps, lotions and shampoos are not banned because they
do not enter the body. Still, the ban has left producers,
merchants, and consumers of hemp products confused as to what is
illegal and what isn’t. The DEA is allowing a grace period until
Feb. 6 for merchants and producers stuck with the now-illegal
inventory to dispose of the products.
–Kate Garsombke
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