The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Thursday unveiled proposed rules for hemp and CBD to put the federal agency officially in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill.
While DEA stressed that the policies laid out in this interim final rule have already been in effect since hemp was federally legalized, it said the new filing to be published in the Federal Register on Friday will codify those regulations. These “conforming changes to DEA’s existing regulations” will be open to public comment.
DEA is revising the definition of THC and marijuana extracts under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to exclude substances that are considered legal hemp (containing no more than 0.3 percent THC).
It is also making it so any CBD-based drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are removed from Schedule V.
Finally, the proposed regulations remove restrictions on importing and exporting hemp and its derivatives.