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North American Industrial Hemp Council letter to the DEA

Posted on December 28, 2000

We are informing the North American Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC) membership of a letter that has been mailed from NAIHC to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) concerning their proposed new rules affecting hemp foods and body car products. NAIHC will remain on top of this issue. We are working with the Ralph Nader Group on a possible lawsuit as well. We are planning to go to Washington DC in 2001 to carry the case for recommericalization of industrial hemp forward. Your feedback is always welcome.

December 28, 2000

Mr. Frank Sapienza
Drug & Chemical Evaluation Section
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Mr. Sapienza:
This letter is in regards to your notice of proposed rule making in the November 30, 2000 edition of The Federal Register, concerning changes in the THC levels in hemp foods and body care products.

The North American Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC) wishes to go on record in opposition to your contemplated new rules.

Currently there is a national and international commercial industry in the trade and retailing of hemp foods and body care products. These businesses have existed for many years without measurable problems.

Further, to establish rules that prevent the sale of currently legal products being traded and sold worldwide would devastate current business and create significantly difficulties with NAFTA and GATT trade agreements.

Also, under separate cover you will be receiving a draft copy of a study concerning THC in hemp foods and their potential interference with work place drug testing. Results suggest that even extended ingestion of up to 0.45 mg/day of THC is not likely to cause screening positive at the 50 ng/mL cutoff or confirm positives at the 1- ng/mL cutoff. This study will be published in the National Journal of Analytical Toxicology in the near future.

Thank you for your consideration, please keep NAIHC informed as to your actions.

Sincerely,
Erwin A. Sholts, Chairman

c: Donnie Marshall, Drug Enforcement Administration

NOTE: Mr. Sholts is retiring from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, January 12, 2001. He is on vacation until that time. Do not call the Department number to reach him.

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