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DEA Prevails In Hemp Extract Fight That One Judge Calls ‘Ridiculous’

Low-THC hemp extracts become illegal marijuana the moment they exceed 0.3% THC

Low-THC hemp extracts become illegal marijuana the moment they exceed 0.3% THC, a federal appeals court ruled, dismissing a pair of lawsuits challenging a 2020 rule from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The dismissals from the D.C. Court of Appeals mean that common methods of CBD production violate federal law. That’s because many methods for extraction produce extract material that temporarily goes “hot,” or above 0.3% THC.

The Hemp Industries Association and South Carolina CBD maker RE Botanicals argued that the DEA was violating the intent of the 2018 Farm Bill, which exempts hemp and its derivatives from the Controlled Substances Act.

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