DEA Sued By Hemp Industry Group Over Interim Rule

Law360 (October 13, 2020, 6:52 PM EDT) -- A hemp trade group and a company challenging the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's interim regulations on the crop's production in the D.C. Circuit have filed a new lawsuit asking a federal court to block the agency from making any rules on hemp production.

The Hemp Industries Association and South Carolina-based RE Botanicals Inc. said in Monday's suit that the DEA's "faulty interpretation" of the 2018 Farm Bill criminalizes key steps of hemp production by improperly categorizing two inevitable byproducts of hemp processing as Schedule I substances.

"DEA's latest jurisdictional overstep threatens every stage of the hemp production supply chain and jeopardizes...

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