A hemp trade group and a CBD company have filed a federal lawsuit aimed at a controversial new U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rule they argue could kill the U.S. hemp industry.

The suit was filed Sept. 18 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of the Hemp Industries Association and South Carolina-based RE Botanicals. It asks the court to review the DEA’s interim final rule on hemp, which is still open for public comment. The suit argues the rule, which went into effect Aug. 21, exceeds the DEA’s authority and violates the 2018 Farm Bill. (Read the lawsuit.)

The petitioners in the suit are represented by attorneys with Vicente Sederberg LLP, Kight Law Office PC, and Hoban Law Group, along with appellate attorneys from Yetter Coleman LLP.

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