It’s time to reclassify cannabis & hemp oils as unregulated food supplements – not Scheduled drugs. Hemp seeds should be reclassified from a Schedule 1 drug to… food! Cannabis for recreational purposes should be regulated like we regulate our tomatoes. Go to the store and buy organic, non-organic or grow what you like at home.
Anyone who has been online lately has most likely, run into stories concerning the benefits of cannabis oils and hemp oils. The benefits of these products will be/should be astounding for many local businesses. The feds, the international bankers and Monsanto can smell the money already – and they are feverishly trying to control these vital industries.
However, the absurdity of the feds and the international drug laws should be enough proof that cannabis products would be better off in the hands of the people and the free market. Tax it, yes, but control needs to remain with the people and the free markets.
Consider this information from the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961: For the first time, cannabis was added to the list of internationally controlled drugs. In fact, regulations on the cannabis plant – as well as the opium poppy, the coca bush, poppy straw and cannabis tops – were embedded in the text of the treaty, making it impossible to deregulate them through the normal Scheduling process. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
But wait… The Controlled Substances Schedules lists marijuana as a non-narcotic! Here’s proof: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/orangebook/c_cs_alpha.pdf (pg9)
Yet, Uncle Sam still classifies cannabis and hemp to be Schedule 1 drugs. Obviously, Uncle Sam needs to get out of the cannabis & hemp business. For whatever reasons – they are clearly in over their heads. Everyone knows that cannabis & hemp aren’t narcotics. One might also wonder why the media hasn’t picked up on this conflict of what cannabis is or isn’t. They’ve had 50+ years to figure it out.
Way back in the early 90s the Food and Drug Administration or FDA wanted to reclassify food supplements & vitamins as “drugs.” As expected, the uproar from the food supplement industry was deafening. But, what made this fight unique was the supplement users. These health conscious people got involved. They felt the access to their natural supplements was being threatened by an FDA that has never liked natural food supplements. Flyers like this were everywhere:
The stakes were high for the supplement users that sensed their health was in jeopardy – by their own FDA! Everyone was worried. If the FDA wins – they would claim the supplements were drugs that had not been proven safe or efficacious. Then the FDA would remove the supplements from the shelves. People wondered… could this possibly happen here in America?
Fortunately, Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) introduced the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. The Act protected the peoples right to their food supplements.
On October 25 1994, president Bill Clinton signed the Act into law, saying that “After several years of intense efforts, manufacturers, experts in nutrition, and legislators, acting in a conscientious alliance with consumers at the grassroots level, have moved successfully to bring common sense to the treatment of dietary supplements under regulation and law.”
It’s interesting to note President Clinton uses the phrase “…to bring common sense to the treatment of dietary supplements…” Common sense prevailed because the FDA’s request to reclassify food supplements as drugs was rejected. Food supplements would remain what they are – food supplements. No one believed the FDA was trying to reclassify food supplements as drugs to help promote the food supplement industry or to protect the public.
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) defines dietary supplements as food and not drugs. This is critical to maintaining access to high quality, natural food-supplements. A natural product, by definition, may not be patent-protected. Without the promise of the economic reward that follows successfully patenting a product, it is impossible to weather the new-drug approval process, which can literally cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Thus, if supplements were categorized as drugs and required to go through the new-drug approval process, we would see most of our supplements disappear. Source: Alliance for Natural Health.
From: ConsumerReportsHealth.org – Nutritional Supplements: Your Questions Answered Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA)
- The FDA essentially treats supplements as if they were foods. DSHEA defines nutritional supplements as products taken by mouth that contain an ingredient intended to supplement the diet. Those ingredients could include vitamins, minerals, or natural biological substances such as enzymes. They can come in a variety of forms, including extracts and concentrates, and as tablets, capsules, powders, or liquids.
- Drugs, on the other hand, are legally defined as substances intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent disease.
- In fact, DSHEA makes it the FDA’s responsibility to prove that a supplement on the market isn’t safe; so far, that’s happened just once, with the hazardous weight-loss and energy supplement ephedra.
Note: the FDA would have a difficult, if not impossible task of proving cannabis and hemp oils to be “unsafe.”
- This may be the most important part: The 1994 law, whose passage was secured in part through heavy lobbying from the supplements industry, restricts the FDA’s authority over supplements, as long as companies are careful not to claim their products treat, prevent, or cure disease. Seems like a game but so far, it has worked.
The following are a few more key points from the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). As you know, cannabis is currently a Schedule 1 drug. After reading these points ask yourself if you think cannabis and hemp products should be reclassified from Schedule 1 drugs to a food/food supplement classification.
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (“DSHEA”)
- Under the act, supplements are mainly unregulated, without proof of effectiveness or safety needed to market a supplement, as well as dietary supplements being classified as foods instead of as drugs.
- Definition of supplement DSHEA defines the term “dietary supplement” to mean a product (other than tobacco) intended to supplement the diet that bears or contains one or more of the following dietary ingredients: a vitamin, a mineral, an herb or other botanical, an amino acid, a dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake…
There is no such thing as “cannabis abuse.” We all know this. Isn’t it time for another “common sense” victory?
Hemp should be reclassified as a food. A superfood at that. If hemp were to be reclassified from a Schedule 1 drug to a food – we would have an easier time ending world hunger. Growing hemp for many reasons should be encouraged by government – not made illegal. Hemp seeds are a nutritious, THC free superfood. “It has been used by humans throughout recorded history for its food, fiber and medicine.” Source: Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture.
It would be great to see the people get involved again as they did in the early 90s. Lets end the war on cannabis by easily reclassifying it and putting it where it belongs – back in the hands of the people.