HLG week in review 2.16

HIA vs. DEA Oral Arguments, 23 Stores in Tennessee Padlocked for Selling CBD Products, Marijuana Legalization Could Be On Michigan's November Ballot

Why The Hemp Industry Is Suing The DEA Over CBD Oil | HIA vs. DEA

Hemp businesses and consumers could soon be celebrating the end of the DEA’s attempts to prevent Americans from producing or selling cannabidiol (CBD) extracts. On Dec 14, 2016, the DEA published a new rule establishing a new drug code for “marijuana extracts.” The rule states that extracts from the “genus cannabis” plant containing any cannabinoid “will continue to be treated as Schedule I controlled substances.” Read more

CBD, Hemp, and the “Curse Of A Valid Defense”

Oral arguments in the Hemp Industries Association v. DEA case wrapped up a few minutes ago. Attorney Bob Hoban argued on behalf of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and the other co-Plaintiffs. For those who have been following the case, today was a crucial stage of the litigation. The Court has read briefs by the HIA, the DEA, and unexpectedly, by 28 members of Congress in support of the HIA. Today was an opportunity for the parties to argue their points directly to the Judges and for the Judges to ask pointed questions. Read more

Federal appeals court hears hemp industry lawsuit challenging DEA’s position on CBD

The fate of a federal rule viewed by hemp advocates as an existential threat to their emerging industry is now in the hands of a three-judge panel. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard oral arguments Thursday in the Hemp Industries Association’s petition challenging the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s January 2017 rule creating a Controlled Substances Code Number for “marihuana extracts.” Read more

23 stores padlocked in Rutherford Co. for selling CBD-laced products distributors say are legal

Rutherford County law enforcement officials have closed 23 stores that were selling products containing cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, that distributors and local industry representatives argue are legal in Tennessee. Officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Murfreesboro, Smyrna and La Vergne Police Departments, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation closed the stores on Monday after receiving a court order from Circuit Court Judge Royce Taylor. Read more

Medical Cannabis Clearly Saves Lives, Federal Judge Declares

Army veteran Jose Belen says the horrors of the Iraq War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the drug that helped him cope best with the symptoms was one his Veterans Affairs doctors could not legally prescribe: cannabis. “Once I did use cannabis, immediately I felt the relief,” said Belen, who is now working with other medical cannabis patients to mount a court challenge to federal laws criminalizing the drug. Read more

Marijuana legalization effort vaults a hurdle with no outside challenge to signatures

The push to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use got a boost Friday when a deadline for opposition groups to challenge petition signatures passed and no one stepped up. Now it will be up to the Secretary of State's election office to review a 500-signature sample of the 362,102 signatures that were turned in by the Committee to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol in November, to determine whether there are enough valid signatures from registered voters to qualify for the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Read more