Press Releases

DEA Received 115,000 Comments Against New Hemp Food Rule

ARLINGTON, VA — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received over 115,000 public comments from hemp food and body care consumers and manufacturers opposing their attempt to ban hemp seed and oil products which contain infinitesimal trace residual THC (much like poppy...


Hemp Food Stays in Stores

ARLINGTON, VA — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) handed a victory to the multimillion-dollar hemp food industry last night when they told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that they will extend the “grace period” for hemp food products that...


DEA Rule Faces Congressional Backlash

CAPITOL HILL, WASHINGTON, DC — On October 9th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued an “Interpretive Rule” to immediately ban any edible item containing hemp seed or oil that contains “any THC” and gave consumers until February 6th to “dispose” of...


DEA HEAD CLARIFIES NEW RULE ON HEMP FOOD

WASHINGTON, DC — Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) head Asa Hutchinson  appeared on the National Public Radio program Public Interest this week with Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra to discuss the DEA’s new “Interpretive Rule” which bans safe and nutritious hemp foods containing...


DEA Does Homework on Hemp Foods After New Rule Announced

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), representing over 250 companies and small businesses, learned last week that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has hired a Northern Virginia consulting firm to investigate the size and scope of the hemp foods...


Canadian Company Files NAFTA Challenge to DEA Hemp Rule

CHATHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA — Kenex, Ltd., a Canadian agro-firm that has been growing and processing hemp oil, seed and fiber products in Canada for distribution throughout the United States for the past five years, has filed a notice of intent...


Hemp Industry vs. DEA in U.S. Court

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — U.S. COURT of APPEALS for the NINTH CIRCUIT — Today the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and several major hemp food companies in the U.S. and Canada filed their opening brief urging the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to...