CBD Soon to be Schedule 1

This morning I woke up and found out as many of you did that the DEA and DOJ are working to make Cannabidiol (CBD) and all other non-psychoactive (meaning there is no high) cannabiniods illegal as Heroin and LSD by the “Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extracts.” This has an effective date as 01/13/2017.

Hold on one second. Let’s remind everyone what the definition of a Schedule 1 drug is as defined by the DEA, “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Can someone explain how the non-psychoactive cannabiniods have a high potential for abuse? As far as no medical value the DEA has their head under a rock if they don’t see the seizure stopping power of CBD as medicine.

This is going to be all encompassing as the DEA and DOJ have defined “Marihana Extracts” as, “Meaning ab extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis.” (Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extracts P1).” This means it will include all extracts from Hemp as hemp’s genus is  Cannabis Sativa L with a modern definition of a Cannabis plant with with a “THC content of hemp at 0.3%. Any cannabis with higher THC levels is considered marijuana instead.” (Leaf Science) Basically Hemp is a Low THC Strain of cannabis that is grown close together to produce tall plants that stocks are used to produce the fiber hemp and has always has been cannabis.

Should also point out a key point in this announcement. The ruling is for all plant derived cannabinoids. It does not mention anything about synthetic cannabinoids or synthetic CBD. It is also interesting that one of the commenters on this announcement listed is ” a pharmaceutical firm currently involved in cannabinoid research and product development praised the DEA’s efforts to establish a new drug code for marihuana extracts…”  This make me think that this un-named pharmaceutical firm is making a synthetic CBD to release giving legality to the pharmaceutical industry for synthetic CBD just like they have already done with synthetic THC also called Marinol and this synthetic THC approved by FDA and not listed as a scheduled 1. (FDA)

Robert Hoban, a Colorado cannabis attorney and adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, raised the notion that the rule itself may not be lawful. “This action is beyond the DEA’s authority,” Hoban told Leafly in an interview late this afternoon. “The DEA can only carry out the law, they cannot create it. Here they’re purporting to create an entirely new category called ‘marijuana extracts,’ and by doing so wrest control over all cannabinoids. They want to call all cannabinoids illegal. But they don’t have the authority to do that.” (Leafly: New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal)

Docket No. DEA-342 Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract lists for further information  contact:
Michael J. Lewis, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration; Mailing Address: 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152; Telephone (202) 598-6812.

Maybe Mister Lewis could shed some light on this backwards ruling the DEA is making.

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Sources:

Establishment of a New Drug Code for Marihuana Extract
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-29941/establishment-of-a-new-drug-code-for-marihuana-extract

New DEA Rule Says CBD Oil is Really, Truly, No-Joke Illegal
https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/new-dea-rule-says-cbd-oil-really-truly-no-joke-illegal

Schedule I Drug Definition
https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ds.shtml

MARINOL® synthetic delta-9-
tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC)

http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dockets/05n0479/05N-0479-emc0004-04.pdf

 

 

 

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DEA Announcement has Confirmed Contradictions

So as many of you have most likely heard yesterday the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced yesterday that they were not going to be rescheduling Cannabis. There reason?

“Based on the legal standards in the CSA, marijuana remains a schedule I controlled substance because it does not meet the criteria for currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, there is a lack of accepted safety for its use under medical supervision, and it has a high potential for abuse.” (source: DEA.gov)

This is an odd statement for the DEA to make since there are 25 states and the District of Columbia all have one kind of medical law or another for the use of Cannabis for a various of medical conditions with the first state doing so in 1996–20 years ago. So there has been two decades to figure out if cannabis is medicine or not.The result is more and more states keep enacting medical laws because they see the medical value of cannabis.

The primary medical component in cannabis that most medical patient use is the cannabinod called tetrahydrocannabinol also more commonly known as THC, but also known as dronabinol and is even listed as an alternative name for THC  in the DEA’s Orange Book of Alphabetic listing of scheduled drugs found on the DEA’s website. Here I have the listings of Cannabis, THC and dronabinol.

This is what the makers of Marinol say this about their own product,

“MARINOL (MARE-in-all) Capsules is part of a class of medications called cannabinoids. The active ingredient of MARINOL Capsules is man-made dronabinol (dro-NAB-in-all), also chemically known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is also a naturally occurring component of marijuana.”
DEA

I find this to be a huge contradiction that Dronabinol made synthetically into Marinol can be approved by the FDA and be considered medicine and cannabis is not. If according to the DEA Dronabinol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the same thing shouldn’t cannabis become a Schedule 3 just like Marinol being that Marinol is nothing but synthetic THC and THC being the medically active component of cannabis?

 

Please share this so we can hopefully get drug policy that make sense and not one that only benefit the pharmaceutical industry.

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