DEA rule change sparks concern on marijuana extracts

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has introduced a new rule on how it tracks marijuana extracts that is causing concern in the marijuana industry. But should it?

The DEA announced in the Federal Register it is creating “a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number for ‘Marihuana Extract’” so that it can track things like concentrates and oils separately from marijuana flower.

The DEA code for marijuana is 7360, while the new marijuana extract code is 7350.

Some observers believe the rule change could mean increased federal interference in the hemp industry.

But the executive director of the Hemp Industry Association, Eric Steenstra, said the rule doesn’t do anything new – since CBD products are already illegal – other than give CBD oils and other extracted products another federal government tracking code.

“These codes just help the DEA with record-keeping,” Steenstra said. “But that’s not going to result in any kind of enforcement action.”

The new DEA rule defines extract as substances “containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant.”

The rule also said that marijuana extracts will continue to be treated as Schedule I controlled substances, even if they are CBD products derived from hemp, which by federal definition contains less than 0.3% THC.

The DEA said that even if THC and other federally prohibited cannabinoids could theoretically be removed from CBD products, it hasn’t been done, and therefore CBD products are federally illegal.

7 comments on “DEA rule change sparks concern on marijuana extracts
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    The Drug Enforcement Administration itself needs to be “federally prohibited.” This is the same agency that has enforced a slanderous lie for more than 40 years, obstructing not just every type of cannabis commerce but every legal attempt to challenge the Schedule I “marihuana” classification. Successive DEA administrators have rudely made a mockery of due process. Somebody, please, give me one valid reason we should trust DEA officials to “control” any parts of our nation’s cannabis plants.

    • Paul Sorensen on

      The film ‘Traffic”, with Michael Douglas as ‘Drug Czar’, takes a scathing look at the utter hypocrisy of the ‘war on drugs’. The DEA is just another bloated, budget rich government entity. And in this case, it affects the health of MMJ users too. I’m hopeful that the
      Rohrabacher/Blumenauer Cannabis Caucus can promote the move to reschedule MJ, in addition to holding back the feds in state’s matters.

    • Rick Fague on

      The most compelling reason for federal involvement is ensuring that drug cartels and other criminal elements don’t use cannabis products or money to expand their criminal enterprises.

      That said, oversight doesn’t have to be from the DEA, because you’re right, making cannabis Schedule I is absolutely ridiculous, especially now that we know that the plant has numerous medical applications.

      • F Michael Addams on

        …uhhh…federal law enforcement has CREATED the cartels by criminalization of Cannabis and their accompanied fake ‘war on drugs ‘…try and keep up..

  2. Howard S Howes on

    well with the new power coming in Trump says states rights and the AG well he Just hates us. What needs to be wrote about is Grover G. Norquist has wrote published to Push for American Farmer to Plant Industrial Hemp. He has put out a bill we sent $650 Million Dollars to China to ship us raw Hemp. DEA does not want American Farmer to make $650 Million Dollars we would have 50,000 new products to be made in america private sector Jobs small business Keep this in mind

  3. paul schumann on

    interesting note. i read the recent FDA inner office memo put CBD as schedule 1 drug but it is a lie as explained by one the FDA insiders. it is only a code they use but CBD has never been a schedule 1 drug as it takes congress to pass a law and CBD was not heard of until recently. so it is not a listed schedule 1 drug.

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