The U.S. government fails to see the difference of Hemp vs. Marijuana with its attempts to ban CBD products.

In December of last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration added a new code that classifies all cannabinoids, (cannabis plant extracts), as Schedule I drugs, making all cannabis-derived products illegal in the United States.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

The industrial hemp industry in the U.S. reacted strongly to this new rule. The booming industry includes a number of products that don’t contain THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana that gives the high, but there is a substantial amount of business built around cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD-based products include lip balms, nutritional supplements and oils. The newly instated law means that companies growing hemp for cannabis extract are now breaking the law, in contrast to the 2014 farm bill that removed hemp from the controlled substances act.

The Hemp Industries Association, together with two other companies, responded to the DEA with a lawsuit denouncing the new code.

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