The FDA Is Stunting the Growth of America's Nascent Legal Hemp Industry"In reality, the FDA has effectively banned CBD foods. 'It is currently illegal to market CBD by adding it to a food or labeling it as a dietary supplement,' the agency declared, also noting it would study the matter indefinitely. In other words, soon after Congress legalized growing hemp, the FDA banned the single most profitable use of hemp."
10 Years Ago: Monson v. DEA On May 18, 2010, North Dakota’s Speaker of the House, David Monson, and North Dakota farmer Wayne Hauge filed a legal action against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The DEA had delayed the approval of the farmers’ applications for federal licenses to grow industrial hemp for more than 3 years. Both farmers had received state licenses to grow hemp from North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson for the previous four growing seasons under North Dakota’s industrial hemp program. Monson and Hauge were seeking federal registrations that would enable them to cultivate oilseed and fiber varieties just as farmers in Canada and Europe already do. The DEA delay was a de facto denial of their applications and the only recourse was to challenge them in federal court. This was the first state-backed effort to allow farmers to grow hemp. Vote Hemp helped fund and coordinate the effort and provided legal counsel for the plaintiffs. The court ultimately ruled against Monson and Hauge but this was an important step in the battle to legalize commercial hemp farming. For more on Monson v. DEA including video footage and court filings, and to continue to support our efforts, visit our web site: https://www.votehemp.com/resources/hemp-legal-cases/monson-vs-dea-hemp/