“If, however, the product does not cause THC to enter the human body, it is a noncontrolled substance that may lawfully be sold in the United States.” – DEA,

“Hemp-based CBD products are legal in the United States, so you don’t need to live in a state with medical cannabis laws or hold an MMJ card to buy and use them.”

What is the Idiot Award? The IDIOT AWARD is an award CBD NEWS gives to individuals or organizations who clearly exceed all known precipices of sanity. In the world of CBD, you can’t live on planet CBD and not be familiar with badass Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals federal judge Betty Fletcher who on February 6, 2004 wrote,

“…non-psychoactive hemp is not included in Schedule I. The DEA has no authority to regulate drugs that are not scheduled, and it has not followed procedures required to schedule a substance. The DEA’s definition of “THC” contravenes the unambiguously expressed intent of Congress in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and cannot be upheld.”

On September 28, 2004 the HIA claimed victory after DEA declined to appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States the ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals protecting the sale of hemp-containing foods. Industrial hemp remains legal for import and sale in the U.S.

So what Judge Fletcher has ruled is that the DEA has no legal purview over CBD material because CBD contains little or no pyschoactive ingredients. But don’t tell Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister who never heard of such a thing as a federal Judge Betty Fletcher of the U.S. NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS.

But this high profile legal case still hasn’t seemed to have graced the legal desks or tender ears of Chief Fistlebritches or Capt. Peterson who likened CBD to “Spice,”a synthetic chemical compound from China which killed scores of local youths:

“Regardless of what you find on the shelf in Lincoln or what a store owner tells you, if you know that it contains (cannabidiol), if you possess it or use it, that would be a violation of the law,” Capt. Peterson said.

Lincoln police declined to say whether officers have seized any products containing the cannabis compound and would only say the department has several ongoing investigations.

Peterson likened the issue to probes into synthetic marijuana the department led following a spate of K2 overdoses in 2015.

Violators, Bliemeister said, will be held accountable to the full extent of the law and could face prison time and fines similar to those levied against the head shop owners in the K2 case.