Hemp Products Are Not Drugs!

  • by: Josh Dasher
  • target: Asa Hutchinson,, Administrator, DEA
On October 9, 2001, without any compelling reason or the required public notice and comment period, the DEA issued an interpretive rule effective immediately banning hemp seed and oil food products that contain any amount of trace residual THC. Although most hemp food companies have undetectable THC in their products according to the official Health Canada protocol and thus feel they are in compliance with DEA's rules, without a detection limit being specified, hemp food companies are in an unacceptably ambiguous position. Hemp seeds and oil are exempted by Congress from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and are an excellent and tasty source of protein and essential fatty acids (EFA's) which are needed by the body for good health.

In ambiguous situations, one must turn instead to precedents. We have several clear precedents in the case of Poppy seeds and alcohol. Poppy seeds contain trace opiates, but remain on store shelves and on "poppy seed bagels". In addition, fruit juice and over the counter medicines often contain trace alcohol, but are also sold on the shelves to minors. So, in the same line, though hemp seeds contain trace THC, healthy hemp products should remain on store shelves. Trace contaminants exist in nature and in our food supply. The hemp industry has responsibly addressed all psychoactive health and drug-testing issues with a wide margin of safety. We need to let Congress know that the DEA's actions are wrong and educate them about the benefits of hemp foods. Please take a moment to write your Senators and Congressperson today... AND SIGN HERE TO TELL THE DEA WHAT YOU THINK!

Dear Mr. Hutchinson,

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that you rescind your order to take all Hemp food products of of store shelves!

On October 9, 2001, without any compelling reason or the required public notice and comment period, the DEA issued an interpretive rule effective immediately banning hemp seed and oil food products that contain any amount of trace residual THC. Although most hemp food companies have undetectable THC in their products according to the official Health Canada protocol and thus feel they are in compliance with DEA's rules, without a detection limit being specified, hemp food companies are in an unacceptably ambiguous position. Hemp seeds and oil are exempted by Congress from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), and are an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids (EFA's) which are needed by the body for good health.

In ambiguous situations, one must turn instead to precedents. We have several clear precedents in the case of Poppy seeds and alcohol. Poppy seeds contain trace opiates, but remain on store shelves and on "poppy seed bagels". In addition, fruit juice and over the counter medicines often contain trace alcohol, but are also sold on the shelves to minors. So, in the same line, though hemp seeds contain trace THC, healthy hemp products should remain on store shelves. Trace contaminants exist in nature and in our food supply. The hemp industry has responsibly addressed all psychoactive health and drug-testing issues with a wide margin of safety.

We insist that you rethink this most recent decision, and allow the people to decide. Allow, congress to clarify the situation, allow the public to comment. Use common sense. Hemp is not a drug!

Sincerely,
The Undersigned.
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