Colorado Lawmakers Back Hemp

Amicus brief filed in 9th Circuit case questions DEA marijuana, hemp classification

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Colorado Lawmakers Back Hemp

A group of lawmakers filed an amicus brief on Jan. 11 in a case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the Drug Enforcement Agency’s classification change that implicates hemp and its extracts as a Schedule I drug. Hemp Industries Association, Centuria Natural Foods and RMH Holdings brought the suit against the DEA in October.

Reps. Jared Polis, Ed Perlmutter and Diana Degette joined 25 other lawmakers from 13 states and the District of Columbia in signing the brief. Vicente Sederberg senior associate Shawn Hauser said the brief was significant in the case.

“It highlights the disconnect between the DEA’s position and what the Farm Bill permits and also clarifies that the DEA’s action in adopting this marijuana extract rule and the policy guidance … were arguably outside their authority,” Hauser said.

Hoban Law Group is representing the plaintiffs in the case, who are “truly humbled by this show of support from Congress concerning this critical matter,” according to a statement from Hoban.

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