‘Dumbfounded’: Kentucky official blasts DEA’s hemp position

Add Kentucky and Colorado agriculture officials to the list of people who disagree with federal drug authorities about hemp.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has written to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requesting a meeting about hemp, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

“I was dumbfounded” to read about the DEA’s position that hemp-derived CBD oils are illegal, even if they contain no THC, Quarles wrote to the DEA.

“Consumable hemp products are legal to buy,” Quarles said.

Colorado’s industrial hemp chief, Duane Sinning, told the newspaper he agrees with his Kentucky colleague.

“Agriculture laws are not really that hard, unless you get the DEA involved and they want to make it hard,” said Sinning, who is assistant director of Colorado Department of Agriculture’s plant industry division.

Quarles requested a January meeting with the DEA’s acting administrator, Robert Patterson.

But the DEA seems unwilling to talk.

“He’s knocking on the wrong door,” DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson told the Courier Journal. “Unless Congress changes (the Controlled Substances Act), we’re going to continue to do our jobs.”

The DEA will defend its hemp position in February, when the Hemp Industries Association and businesspeople challenge the agency’s position in federal appeals court.


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2 comments on “‘Dumbfounded’: Kentucky official blasts DEA’s hemp position
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Patterson, the DEA spokesman, unfortunately stands on a solid fact—one that complicates all “legal” commercial activity in the United States involving the raw materials of cannabis plants. And he’s simply parroting the same justification used by his ignorant boss, the attorney general.

    Still, how can anyone even trust the U.S. Congress? For 80 years, it has outright lied publicly about “marihuana.” For the last 47, it has claimed that cannabis flowers have “no currently accepted medical use.” Congress completely ignores a long period of time when THC-laden extracts (oils) were prescribed as medicine by America’s doctors; and how more than 40 of 50 states are implementing their own laws directly proving that federal “marihuana” claim wrong. This ranks up there with the biggest scandals in our history: how such a clearly flawed public policy gets prolonged by blatant trickery (using a poorly spelled Mexican Spanish slang word), legal bribery (aka ‘campaign donations’) and total dereliction of duty every year among a majority of 535 federal lawmakers.

    Every day that passes without a repeal of the fraudulent, Schedule I “marihuana” classification can be used as evidence of dangerous criminal activity by our own elected members of Congress. That’s an equally solid fact. Americans suffer and die in many states without legal access to medical cannabis products; millions more are being deprived of fun hemp or marijuana career opportunities in a ‘land of opportunity’ that appears to be C.U.B.A.R. (corrupted beyond all recognition). Despite all of the progress made in the last 21 years, the future for cannabis businesses remains clouded by darkness.

  2. Paul Hosse on

    How can anyone actually trust the U.S. Congress? Well, the American People don’t. Just look at its approval rating, which is often in low double digets and even in single digets. It has been that way for years. I think the American People have reached the conclusion that the DEA, FBI, IRS, and other agencies are simply too political, too inept, and too out of touch. People have and will continue to act on their own and not wait for them to eventually catch up with the rest of us.


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