DEA loses hemp ruling, granola production continues
Monday, April 21, should have been the day that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) implemented their final rule prohibiting the production of foods made with hemp, therefore affecting Nature�s Path production of hemp granola and waffles.
However, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against the DEA, stating that the DEA could not enforce their �final rule� on hemp foods until further notice.
Last year the court issued a stay against the �interpretive rule� brought in by the DEA which lasted until the DEA brought in the �final rule� on March 21, 2003.
When this issue was once again raised by the DEA, Nature�s Path sent its two hemp containing products, Nature�s Path HempPlusTM Granola and LifeStream HempPlusTM Waffles, to an accredited laboratory for testing.
As was the case last year, the lab tested to one part per million and found that there was no detectable level of THC in either product. David Neuman, vice president of sales and marketing, said this is a huge victory for the entire nutritional food industry.
In light of the ruling and the subsequent publicity, there has been increased awareness, and an increase in purchases of hemp products made by Nature�s Path and other companies.