Does Trump Even Have a Cannabis Policy? Signs Point to No

Initial cannabis industry responses to Trump’s election and subsequent promotion of avowed “drug warriors” ranged from cautious optimism to abject horror. But after repeated mixed signals and false starts on a potential federal cannabis crackdown, a new picture is emerging: the Trump administration may not have any official policy plans when it comes to cannabis.

Apart from using the power of his office to promote his own businesses and enrich his children — and delaying Twitter’s free-fall into cash-bleeding irrelevancy — President Donald Trump has had a hard time actually getting anything done. Whether this relative policy gridlock is the result of an inexperienced cabinet, a lack of organization or an internal mutiny is difficult to say, but the record speaks for itself: not much is getting done.

Even basic functions of office like presenting cogent (or at least consistent) messaging has proven difficult for the Trump team. On top of the almost daily scandals plaguing its communications department, the White House can’t even be sure where its own (presumably GPS-tracked, hopefully very hard to lose track of) ships at sea are located.

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Don’t Believe Oklahoma’s Meaningless CBD Stunt

CBD-extractors in Oklahoma are celebrating after Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law a bill changing the state’s official definition of “marijuana.” They ought not to be — and they really ought not to be advertising to the world that they’re making CBD.

Oklahoma has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country. Possession is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a year in jail, and second offenses are felonies — and will be until July 1, when a voter initiative that slightly relaxes the state’s punitive weed laws goes into effect. Even then, sales of any volume is still punishable by life in prison.

In the meantime, the state allows physicians to recommend CBD oil containing less than 0.03 percent THC to minors suffering from severe, intractable epilepsy. Where sick children and their parents are supposed to get that CBD oil is another question–and one not answered by the state, which maintains the right to punish someone bringing oil in from another state or ordering it through the mails.

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Kentucky Destroys Hemp Containing Too Much THC

There is a distinct possibility that residents in the northern part of the Bluegrass State have smelled something that resembles marijuana wafting through the air over the past few weeks. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture says it recently burned a significant amount of commercial hemp because it contained too much of the psychoactive compound THC.

Last Thursday, around 100 pounds of hemp was destroyed at a facility in Louisville because testing showed its THC levels were higher than what the federal government will allow without sending in a legion of DEA agents to tear down the whole scene.

Hemp is often considered marijuana’s more conservative cousin. While it does contain small amounts of THC, there is simply not enough of the compound present—no matter how much a person might smoke—to produce the stoned effects commonly associated with the use of marijuana.

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DEA Order Places Six ‘Spice’ Ingredients on Schedule I

BREAKING: A temporary scheduling order from the DEA has placed six more synthetic cannabinoids found in “spice” and “K2” on Schedule I. Banning these dangerous blends of artificial chemicals and inert plant matter (dishonestly sold as a legal alternatives to natural cannabis) is tricky because manufacturers are always changing their formulas.

The administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing this temporary scheduling order making six synthetic cannabinoids used as the active ingredients in fake pot substances like “K2” and “spice” Schedule I narcotics.

The list of synthetic cannabinoids now considered to be Schedule I narcotics with no medical value now includes the following additions: 5F–ADB, 5F–AMB, 5F–APINACA, ADB–FUBINACA, MDMB–CHMICA and MDMB–FUBINACA. These chemicals join several others the agency has rescheduled using the same mechanism over the past few years.

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Why Is the DEA Messing with the American Hemp Market?

Hemp is still the most magic of all the plants in America. (First, a reminder: hemp is Cannabis sativa with next to no THC. Marijuana, in the always rational parlance of America, is also Cannabis sativa, but with THC.)

Hemp is legal to import into the U.S., and you can legally make hemp into products which you can then sell, like rope, soap, clothes and food. But for many years, you could not legally grow hemp, despite wild stands of the stuff growing in ditches through the Midwest, and store shelves full of hemp products.

That changed when Barack Obama signed into law the 2014 farm bill, allowing hemp to be legally grown in at least 16 states under certain, limited circumstances.

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Hint of a Trump Marijuana Crackdown? DEA Probes Colorado Cannabis Cases

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions was busy publicly reminding America just how much he hates marijuana legalization—facts, data and public sentiment be damned—federal law enforcement officials with Sessions’s Justice Department were probing pending marijuana-related court cases in Colorado, the International Business Times is reporting.

This revelation came Friday courtesy of the IBT’s David Sirota, who obtained an email exchange between one of Sessions’s people and Colorado officials. The one-page email is brief and is only an information request, but it’s one of the first concrete signs of federal interest in state-level cannabis under the Trump era. Which means it’s guaranteed to make marijuana industry types worried about a job-killing federal crackdown a little more nervous.

“Are you able to provide me the state docket numbers for the following cases?” a Denver-based DEA agent asked a Colorado state prosecutor on March 6, according to the email exchange, obtained via a public-records request. “Some of our intel people are trying to track down info regarding some of DEA’s better marijuana investigations for the new administration. Hopefully it will lead to some positive changes [emphasis ours].”

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DEA Squeezing Money and Property Out of People at Record Rates

The DEA, for many, is high up on the list of the government’s most corrupt, mismanaged and ill-equipped organizations. And it sure knows how to squeeze money out of innocent victims.

According to a report issued Wednesday by the Justice Department’s Inspector General, the DEA has seized more than $4 billion in cash from people suspected of involvement in the drug trade since 2007.

The scope of asset forfeiture is outrageous: Since 2007, the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Fund skyrocketed to $28 billion.

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Shady Pharma Company Sabotages Legal Weed and Gets DEA Approval for Synthetic THC

Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that poured lots of money into opposing weed legalization in Arizona last year just got its payoff—thank you very much.

That payoff came in the form of this week’s preliminary approval from the DEA for its synthetic marijuana drug, Syndros.

Just A Little Reminder

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DEA: CBD Oil Is Not ‘Legal in All 50 States’

Ever since Dr. Sanjay Gupta brought to the world the story of little Charlotte Figi, the Colorado girl with severe epilepsy who found relief from using cannabidiol (CBD), there has been an explosion of companies hawking what they call “hemp-derived CBD oil” which they claim is legal in all 50 states.

It’s not. At least, that’s what the DEA is telling us in its latest clarification on the issue.

According to one manufacturer, their “CBD oil extracted from hemp plants grown in Northern Europe” is legal because “hemp oil has been a legal import to the United States for decades.”

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Morocco’s GDP Is 23% Hash-Based: The DEA Has Taken Notice

After a 20-year absence, the DEA has returned to Morocco and resumed enforcement operations in the capital city of Rabat. Their mission is to interrupt the flow of hashish into Europe through Spain — an illicit trade route that, by some estimates, accounts for nearly a quarter of Morocco’s GDP.

It’s officially tasked with enforcing domestic narcotics law and interdicting drugs entering the United States, but the Drug Enforcement Administration has also been a global police force since its 1973 inception.

The DEA inherited a global network of several dozen “anti-drug” offices in countries within the U.S. sphere of influence, and as global demand for drugs continued unabated, spent the next few decades opening dozens more.

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