Statement From FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb On Researching Medical Uses Of Cannabis

Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the importance of conducting proper research to prove safe and effective medical uses for the active chemicals in marijuana and its components

By Scott Gottlieb, MD DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Over the past decade, we’ve seen a growing interest in the development of therapies derived from marijuana and its components. Proponents of “medical marijuana” advertised its uses for a wide number of medical conditions, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety – just to name Read the full article…

DEA: Marijuana Seizures Fell Nearly 40 Percent In 2017

The agency and its partners reported making 4,502 arrests in conjunction with their cannabis eradication efforts - a 20 percent decline from 2016.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops in the United States fell nearly 40 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to annual data compiled by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. According to figures published in the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, the agency and its law enforcement partners confiscated an estimated 3.38 million marijuana Read the full article…

DEA Clarifies Stance: Not All CBD Is Prohibited

The Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed this month that CBD does not fall under the CSA

Drug Enforcement Administration confirmed this month that CBD does not fall under the Controlled Substances Act CALIFORNIA: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a statement further clarifying their interpretation and enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). In their statement, they make clear the critical difference between CBD and THC, a distinction that cannabidiol retailers Read the full article…

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA’s Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA's Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

CALIFORNIA: A three judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a petition filed by the Hemp Industries Association challenging the DEA’s authority to establish a new administrative drug code specifically for marijuana extracts. The DEA first announced the proposed rule change in 2011, but did not enact the new policy until January 13, 2017. In a Read the full article…

Justice Department Issues Memo On Marijuana Enforcement

Justice Department Issues Memo on Marijuana Enforcement

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Department of Justice today issued a memo on federal marijuana enforcement policy announcing a return to the rule of law and the rescission of previous guidance documents. Since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in 1970, Congress has generally prohibited the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana. In the Read the full article…

U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer Issues Statement Regarding Marijuana Prosecutions in Colorado

Court Rejects Challenge To DEA's Classification Of Marijuana Extracts

COLORADO:  U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer of the District of Colorado has issued the following statement regarding marijuana prosecutions: “Today the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions, and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that have long governed all of our prosecution decisions.  The United States Attorney’s Office Read the full article…

DEA Report: Uptick In Marijuana Seizures In 2016

Pot Dispensary Raid on 4/20

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Seizures of indoor and outdoor cannabis crops reported by the US Drug Enforcement Administration rose in 2016, according to annual data compiled by the agency. According to the DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Statistical Report, law enforcement confiscated more than 5.3 million marijuana plants nationwide in 2016. The total is a 20 percent increase over the Read the full article…

DOJ Task Force: Maintain ‘Hands Off’ Approach To States’ Marijuana Laws

DOJ Task Force: Maintain 'Hands Off' Approach To States' Marijuana Laws

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A special Justice Department committee tasked with reviewing existing marijuana enforcement policies and making recommendations has failed to offer support for a federally led crackdown in legal marijuana states, according to documents obtained last week by the Associated Press. The Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, a group consisting of federal prosecutors and members of law Read the full article…

DEA To Classify Liquid, Synthetic THC As A Schedule II Controlled Substance

DEA to classify liquid THC

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Officials from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have recommended that Syndros, a liquid form of synthetic THC, be classified as a Schedule II controlled substance under federal law. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials determined last year that the drug formulation is safe and effective for use by patients with cancer and AIDS. Two other synthetic Read the full article…

Hemp Industries Association Responds To DEA Final Rule Regarding ‘Marijuana Extracts’

DOJ/DEA Extracts Code

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), the leading non-profit trade association consisting of hundreds of hemp businesses, has issued its position in response to a recent DEA ruling, submitted to the Federal Register December 14, 2016, which seeks to establish a new drug code for ‘marijuana extract.’ Specifically, the DEA has proposed that CBD, Read the full article…