Will DEA Saying Synthetic THCs Are Controlled Substances Help Deliver Lawful Hemp Answer?
DEA’s explanation delta-8 THC acetate isn’t hemp, along with FDA’s hemp and cannabis policies chief saying it and other cannabis derivatives aren’t hemp, should simplify decision on lawful use of hemp in non-drug products subject to FDA’s regulatory oversight.
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States’ histories with legalizing cannabis aren’t good models for an hemp regulatory pathway, says FDA hemp and cannabis policy chief Norman Birenbaum. Influence from those models already seen in US with ingredients including delta-8 THC marketed as hemp as defined in federal law de-scheduling it as a controlled substance.
It could take next farm bill, on lawmakers’ 2023 to-do list, to extinguish inferno of disagreement between FDA and regulated industries over lawful use of hemp-based ingredients in supplements as well as food and non-drug topicals. Before 2018 bill de-scheduled hemp, 2014 bill expanded access to hemp for research.
Decision, explained by Principal Deputy Commissioner Woodcock, turns page on FDA’s 2019 announcement, after hemp was de-scheduled in 2018 farm bill, it would consider rulemaking for lawful use of hemp in supplements.