Hemp Foods On The Ropes

Hemp Foods On The Ropes
Posted by CN Staff on April 27, 2003 at 18:14:46 PT
By Benedict Carey, Times Staff Writer
Source: Los Angeles Times 
They're nutritious, full of fiber -- and nearly impossible to keep lit. Yet because cereals, snack bars and other foods made with hempseed and hemp oil contain trace amounts of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, the Bush administration has been trying to ban these products -- increasingly popular with health enthusiasts -- for about a year.But the products will remain on retailers' shelves for now after a U.S. Appeals Court in San Francisco said earlier this month that it would review a federal ruling that such products are illegal.
Under a 1970 federal law known as the Controlled Substance Act, marijuana is listed as a controlled substance, along with heroin, ecstasy, LSD and other drugs of abuse, said Will Glaspy, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, whose ruling would prohibit the sale of hemp products. "There seems to be an increase in food products with hemp lately," he said, "and the agency wanted to clarify what the law says."The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a stay of the DEA ruling, which would have gone into effect April 21. The ruling has been under challenge by the Hemp Industries Assn., an Occidental, Calif.-based trade group that contends there is no evidence that hempseed and hemp oil can be abused or that the food products pose a health or safety risk. It could be a year before the court finishes its review of the DEA decision. Snipped:Complete Article: Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: Benedict Carey, Times Staff WriterPublished: April 28, 2003 Copyright: 2003 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Hemp Links Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule Final Rule on Hemp Foods Challenged Your Fill of Hemp While It's Still Legal 
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