DEA Needn't Explain Hemp Rule Yet, Judge Says

Law360 (December 16, 2020, 5:39 PM EST) -- A group of hemp industry advocates can't force the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to explain its recently implemented policy on hemp before their lawsuit gets underway, a Washington, D.C., federal judge said Tuesday.

The Hemp Industries Association and South Carolina-based hemp company RE Botanicals Inc. lost their bid for early, expedited discovery in their lawsuit against the DEA after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said their questions were improperly asking the DEA to describe its policies and the legal justification behind them before the agency has even filed an answer.

"Plaintiffs cite no authority for their ability to propound this unusual...

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