For Immediate Release
May 11, 2004
CONTACT: Adam Eidinger 202-232-8997,
Solicitor General Considering
Appeal to Supreme Court of Ninth Circuit Hemp Food Decision
Supreme Court Extends Deadline to June
5 for DEA Appeal
WASHINGTON, DC —
Manufacturers of hemp food products who won their 2
1⁄2-year old court battle on February 6 to keep
hemp foods legal to consume in the U.S. now await the
Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) decision
to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The DEA’s
petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court
was due by May 6th, but the deadline was extended today
by the Supreme Court until June 5th per the request
of Solicitor General Theodore Olson. See http://www.supremecourtus.gov/docket/03a878.htm.
If the Solicitor General does not appeal by the new
deadline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s
landmark decision will stand — protecting sales
of nutritious foods made with hemp seed in the U.S.
“Manufacturers of healthy foods
containing omega-3 rich hemp nut and oil are confident
that the DEA cannot win an appeal to the Supreme Court,”
says David Bronner, Chair of the Hemp Industries Association’s
(HIA) Food and Oil Committee and President of Dr. Bronner’s
Magic Soaps. “The three-judge panel in the Ninth
Circuit unanimously ruled that the DEA ignored the specific
Congressional exemption in the Controlled Substances
Act (CSA) that excludes hemp fiber, seed and oil from
control along with poppy seeds. The Court reasonably
viewed as insignificant and irrelevant harmless trace
amounts of THC in hemp seed, just like harmless trace
amounts of opiates in poppy seeds,” says Bronner.
Fighting the DEA’s attempted ban
has thus far cost leading hemp companies over $200,000.
Nevertheless the industry is prepared to spend additional
resources to fight any DEA appeal to the Supreme Court.
“The public and media should question the DEA’s
waste of tax dollars in trying to crush the legitimate
hemp food industry,” says Eric Steenstra, President
of Vote Hemp. “A DEA appeal to the Supreme Court
will fail and only further embarrass the DEA. Appealing
the decision is a last ditch effort for DEA to save
face at the expense of taxpayers and limited law enforcement
Hemp Foods are Safe and Nutritious
— DEA Rules Were Ridiculous!
Hemp seed is one of the most perfect nutritional resources
in all of nature. In addition to its excellent flavor
profile, the seed meat protein supplies all essential
amino acids in an easily digestible form and with a
high protein efficiency ratio. But most importantly,
hemp seed and oil offer high concentrations of the two
essential fatty acids (EFAs) in a perfect ratio of the
omega-3/omega-6 acids. EFA's are the "good fats"
that doctors recommend as part of a healthy, balanced
diet. This superior nutritional profile makes hemp nut
(shelled seed) and oil ideal for a wide range of functional
food applications and as an effective fatty acid supplement.
Not surprisingly, hemp nut and oil are increasingly
used in natural food products, such as breads, frozen
waffles, cereals, nutrition bars, meatless burgers and
Eating Hemp Food Does Not Interfere
with Workplace Drug-Tests
U.S. hemp food companies voluntarily observe reasonable
THC limits similar to those adopted by European nations
as well as Canada and Australia. These limits protect
consumers with a wide margin of safety from workplace
drug-testing interference (see hemp industry standards
regarding trace THC at www.testpledge.com).
The DEA has hypocritically not targeted food manufacturers
for using poppy seeds (in bagels and muffins, for example)
even though they contain far higher levels of trace
opiates. The recently revived global hemp market is
a thriving commercial success. Unfortunately, because
the DEA’s Drug War paranoia has confused non-psychoactive
industrial hemp varieties of cannabis with psychoactive
“marijuana” varieties, the U.S. is the only
major industrialized nation to prohibit the growing
of industrial hemp.
Visit www.VoteHemp.com to read court
documents and numerous scientific
studies concerning hemp foods. For more information
or to arrange interviews with representatives of the
hemp industry, please call Adam Eidinger at 202-232-8997.