HIA v. DEA IV - Lawsuits in response to the DEA's Interim Final Rule on Hemp

HIA takes on the DEA for the fourth time

In August of 2020, the Drug Enforcement Administration published its Interim Final Rule (IFR) on the Implementation of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, making it effective immediately, and without allowing a Public Comment period in advance. Among other things, the Rule asserts the authority of the DEA over work in progress hemp extract that temporarily exceeds the .03% THC limit for hemp during some production processes.  

Read the HIA’s Public Comment in the Federal Register

Reprising its historic role as defender of the hemp industry, the HIA and its allies crafted a legal strategy to push back against the overreach by the DEA, filing two lawsuits in federal court.

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Though not affiliated with the HIA, the nonprofit Hemp Legal Defense Fund is helping with our legal costs.