Appeals Court Limits Ban on Hemp Products 

  Appeals Court Limits Ban on Hemp Products 

Posted by CN Staff on February 06, 2004 at 21:37:35 PT
By Caroline E. Mayer, Washington Post Staff Writer 
Source: Washington Post  

Federal drug police don't have the authority to take hemp food products off the market, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. A unanimous three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco said the Drug Enforcement Administration cannot regulate hemp in food because such "non-psychoactive hemp products" are not included in its list of dangerous drugs.
The ruling is a twist in an ongoing battle between drug regulators and a growing number of entrepreneurs and farmers producing a growing variety of hemp food products, including bread, granola, waffles, pretzels and chips. The industry marketed the hemp products as one the latest nutritional marvels, rich in protein, vitamin E and two essential fatty acids. In October 2001, the DEA banned hemp foods that contained THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient that is also found in marijuana. The agency gave stores and manufacturers three months to stop selling hemp foods. It continued to allow the sale of hemp paper, rope and clothing, because, unlike food, these goods were not intended for human consumption. Snipped: Complete Article: Washington Post (DC)Author: Caroline E. Mayer, Washington Post Staff WriterPublished: Saturday, February 7, 2004; Page E01 Copyright: 2004 Washington Post Contact: letterstoed washpost.comWebsite: Related Articles & Web Sites:HIA Vs. DEA Hemp Ruling in PDF Breathes Easier with Looser Hemp Policy of Hemp Foods Win Legal Victory Court Rejects DEA Bid To Outlaw Hemp

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Comment #10 posted by E_Johnson on February 07, 2004 at 09:56:53 PT
I don't think there's any such thing as a small victory against irrationality in government.The DEA was assaulting something far larger and more important than our cause -- they were assaulting basic scientific reason and proportion.Some responsible adults stepped in a told them what's right.It's relieving in the extreme for me to see we have not lost contact with logic and proportion in this country. There are responsible adults ready to take a stand for simple reason.Because one does worry, given what Congress and the White House have been up to, that all contact with reason has been lost in this nation.
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on February 07, 2004 at 08:41:36 PT
Kucinich's plantform takes American farmersforward
Kucinich’s plantform includes, decriminalizing cannabis and regulating it like alcohol. This is more relevant today in light of the Friday February 6, 2004, 9th Federal Circuit Court ruling, (finally) Rejecting the DEA’s attempt To Outlaw Hemp Food products.If Kucinich’s plantform allows citizens to grow a few cannabis plants with THC, then it stands to reason American farmers may grow hemp with out THC. It is time to reintroduce hemp as a component of American Agriculture. This issue is important when we consider that cannabis prohibition is the Biblical root of many problems facing earth today. Biblically discredited cannabis prohibitionists must be controlled like the plague and Kucinich is the true grass roots effort to do just that.
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Comment #8 posted by TroutMask on February 07, 2004 at 07:50:04 PT
Hemp = Health
The primary thing the DEA was/is trying to avoid is the association of "hemp" with health. They can't afford to allow any sense of legitimacy to be connected to the dreaded marijuana. If the general public begins to realize how healthy hemp is and how the DEA tried to prevent anyone getting it, there will be a backlash against the DEA and marijuana prohibition.Some products already flaunt the leaf on their products, usually hair- or skin-care products. But now that the ability to sell consumable hemp products in the US will create a boon in the hemp *foods* industry. Companies will be leap-frogging each other to advertise the health benefits of hemp so they can sell more of their product.This will inevitably spawn a growing belief that hemp is healthy (as it is) and the DEA will have no way to slow down the "popularizing" of "hemp for health". Once you walk down a grocery store aisle and see Frito Lay Hemp Chips with a big ole pot leaf on the bag, it's all over for marijuana prohibition and the majority of the duties of the DEA.-TM
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Comment #7 posted by BGreen on February 07, 2004 at 06:37:20 PT
Maybe A Few Years Ago, Wolfgang Wylde
Too many "straight" people know about hemp and are making (or see the potential for making) lots of money off of this miracle plant for that to happen now.The 1980's mentality would have been more conducive.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #6 posted by jose melendez on February 07, 2004 at 06:35:07 PT
cannabis lollipops
Dupetit's THC free hemp lollys are controversial, yet more profitable:
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Comment #5 posted by WolfgangWylde on February 07, 2004 at 06:29:07 PT
This won't last...
...The DEA is one of those non-elected bureaucratic entities that actually gets to make law without running for office (like the EPA, FDA, etc.) All they have to do is add hemp-foods to their list of banned substances, and voila! No more hemp foods.
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Comment #4 posted by mayan on February 07, 2004 at 05:44:22 PT
DARE Poll...
Here's the poll that JR Bob Dobbs first posted. The "Yes's" are gaining ground. Vote! Do you believe DARE has been a useful educational tool in schools?Yes 32.7% No 67.3% Total votes: 110
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Comment #3 posted by kaptinemo on February 07, 2004 at 05:14:17 PT:
Yes, it *seems* a comparatively small victory
But one nonetheless. Overweening Federal power has suffered a long-overdue setback. Power-hungry bureaucrats have had their porcine snouts and trotters kicked away from the trough. Their anticipated 'sour grapes' squeals of complaint that they were only out to 'save the children' (from foods with far more nutrition than the Feds say a kid's school lunch must have) will be seen as nothing but what it always was; using children as human shields to barely hide another power grab. The would be kings have had their power wet-dreams dashed to pieces. The Executive Branch of the Federal government has, after many, many years of running rampant and violating Constitutional boundaries, been told to PERMANENTLY back off on hemp foods.In the immediate scheme of things, this may seem small. But the DEA has been *soundly humiliated* in the court of public opinion for their arrogant power grab. Other Fed agencies plotting equally dirty moves - like the FDA on herbs and vitamins - against the American electorate have been placed on notice: Think twice, Jack. The same can happen to you...and it WILL. Because the precedent has been set: Fed agencies that try to usurp the powers of legislators in the future do so only at their peril. This court case marks a turning point in the Federalism debate that many State and local governments will be studying to learn if they can do the same thing against other naked Federal encroachments.In the meantime, relax, unwrap that hemp seed bar and take a bite; you'll be able to get more in the future, now. all praise the HIA and their allies!
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Comment #2 posted by Patrick on February 07, 2004 at 00:23:49 PT
No kidding :)
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Comment #1 posted by Roger Christie on February 06, 2004 at 23:02:24 PT:
Aloha. Congratulations, hemp people! A fine victory against some of the most knuckleheaded among the human race. I appreciate the shared victory and look forward to happy and healthy meals for many years to come. It's also amazing that I'm in a victory mood over such a very small victory. I mean, we didn't even get the right to grow our own hemp food! We merely now have the right to import hempseeds and oil from labotomized and castrated hemp plants, those with their THC removed or altered. Yikes! :-{ God, that's great! 
 * The Hawai'i Cannabis Ministry *
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