Did you hear?
The DEA recently released their new updated “slaver’s agreement,” where your bodily autonomy gets violated and labeled a “crime” - in which you forgo your liberty under the 12th Amendment and become property of the state.
Their latest update comes in retaliation to the market’s “loophole”, Delta-8 THC.
Allow me to summarize an article originally published in Marijuana Moment.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is at it again, my fellow cannabis enthusiasts. According to recent reports, the DEA is preparing to propose new rules that would classify synthetically manufactured cannabinoids, such as delta-8 THC, as prohibited controlled substances. Oh, joy!
During the agency's Supply Chain Conference, Terrance Boos, the chief of the DEA's Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section, revealed their plans to modify regulations on cannabis constituents based on recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). One proposed change is to "decontrol CBD up to 0.1 percent THC." In other words, they want to loosen the grip on CBD slightly, but don't get too excited—it's a minuscule step in the right direction.
The intention behind these new rules, they claim, is to provide clarity and eliminate confusion surrounding the legal status of various cannabinoids. Since the federal legalization of hemp and its derivatives under the 2018 Farm Bill, the market for cannabis products has exploded. However, the emergence of intoxicating cannabinoids like delta-8 THC has caused quite the stir, prompting lawmakers in various states to scramble and create a chaotic patchwork of regulations for these products.
Here's the thing, my friends: delta-8 THC does occur naturally in cannabis in trace amounts, and the DEA had previously confirmed that these natural constituents were uncontrolled. But hold on to your hats because they're about to drop the hammer. The DEA wants to crack down on “synthetic delta-8 THC”, which is produced through a chemical process that converts CBD into this delightful compound.
They argue that synthetic tetrahydrocannabinols, like delta-8 THC, are not exempted from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), unlike their naturally produced counterparts.
Basically, they just closed the “loophole” with the legal Delta 8 issue.
Now, let's take a moment to appreciate the sheer brilliance of this move. The DEA, in their infinite wisdom, wants to tighten their grip on a compound that can be obtained naturally from the plant but is suddenly deemed dangerous when synthesized in a lab. It's almost as if they're determined to make our lives as difficult as possible while completely disregarding the scientific evidence and the will of the people.
But we know that the Controlled Substance Act never utilized Science or Reason at its core. We know that the CSA is merely a tool of the oppressors
But fear not, my dear readers, for the battle is not lost. The final rule from the DEA is yet to be unveiled, and we must remain vigilant and united in our fight for cannabis freedom. Additionally, there are potential changes on the horizon with the next iteration of the farm bill and President Biden's review of marijuana scheduling. These developments could shape the landscape of cannabis regulation and have a profound impact on the industry.
However, when it comes to Biden and his ilk - I wouldn’t hold my breath. In fact, those guys are trying to set it up so that Pharma can get main control over the cannabis industry. This is because irrespective of their party colors - they all serve the same masters.
In the midst of this regulatory frenzy, it's crucial to stay informed and engaged. Companies and individuals must pay attention and actively participate in the discussions surrounding these issues.
The lack of regulatory guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only adds to the confusion. The FDA has yet to establish clear rules for hemp-derived CBD products, leaving companies and consumers in a state of limbo.But then again, this isn’t surprising either.
The FDA has the power to reschedule cannabis and provide much-needed regulatory clarity. But alas, they claim they lack the authority to do so without congressional support. Meanwhile, the DEA, who holds the keys to the rescheduling kingdom, insists on relying on the FDA's scientific review before making any moves. It's a never-ending loop of finger-pointing and bureaucratic inertia, leaving us stuck in a limbo of uncertainty. Oh, the joys of government bureaucracy at its finest!
This is also by design. It’s not an accident that the FDA - which is primarily funded by Pharma - somehow can’t seem to get the “safety profile” of cannabis after decades and decades of research. But magically, almost as if they were paid billions - they could fast track a vaccine that was not effective at stopping transmissions and empirically didn’t perform that much better than natural immunity.
But I digress.
While we brace ourselves for the DEA's final rule on synthetic cannabinoids, we must remember that enforcement resources are limited. The FDA is likely to focus on public safety concerns and legality, as demonstrated by their joint enforcement action in Minnesota. The ultimate decision rests with the DEA, and we can only hope they'll come to their senses and acknowledge the absurdity of their current stance.
So, my friends, let us stand together in defiance of the DEA's attempts to stifle our freedom and enjoyment of cannabis. We must remain informed, engaged, and vocal in our opposition to these draconian regulations.
But let’s dive deeper into how this will impact the cannabis industry, especially in states that don’t have cannabis laws on the books.
How this change will impact legal THC?
Well, in a nutshell, the DEA has given themselves the power to go out and bust up any sales of Delta-8 that “isn’t natural”. How they will prove this is still to be decided, but essentially, you can expect them to conduct raids or at the very least send out “cease and desist” letters to those establishments that are currently selling it.
But that is only talking about the legal establishments. The real victims here are the people who need access to cannabis in prohibition states.
You see, Delta-8 THC, a cannabinoid derived from hemp, has been providing a legal avenue for individuals, including veterans and those suffering from chronic pain, to access the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without running afoul of strict state laws. It was a glimmer of hope, a ray of light in the darkness of prohibition.
But alas, the DEA, in their insatiable need to remain relevant and flex their authority, has decided to crush that hope.
By classifying Delta-8 THC as illegal, they have effectively cut off the legal option for those who rely on its medicinal properties. Once again, individuals in prohibition states are forced to go underground, to seek out illicit sources for their cannabis needs. It's a tragic cycle, my friends, one that perpetuates the black market and denies people access to safe, regulated products.
The DEA's decision is particularly disheartening because it disregards the growing acceptance and tolerance of adult drug use in our society.
As more and more states embrace cannabis legalization, it seems the DEA is desperately clinging to the vestiges of a bygone era. Instead of adapting to the changing times and acknowledging the potential benefits of cannabis, they choose to stifle progress and maintain their grip on power.
In doing so, the DEA not only undermines the rights of individuals to make informed choices about their own well-being but also perpetuates the harms of the black market. It's a lose-lose situation, my friends.
Those in need of cannabis for medical purposes are left without legal options, and the black market thrives once again, with all its associated dangers and risks.
So, we find ourselves in a familiar position, caught in the crossfire of outdated policies and misguided attempts to control what people choose to put in their bodies.
It's a frustrating reality, but one that only strengthens our resolve to advocate for sensible drug policies and the rights of individuals to access the substances that can improve their quality of life.
My dear friends, the time has come for a new conversation, a conversation that challenges the outdated notions surrounding drugs, drug use, and individual autonomy. We must question the hypocrisy that exists in our society, where we are allowed to consume unhealthy processed foods and poison ourselves with high-fructose garbage, but somehow lack the intelligence to make informed decisions about other substances.
It's time to recognize that agencies tasked with protecting us from ourselves are unnecessary and often hinder progress. We should have the right to determine what we put into our bodies, as long as we are aware of the risks and benefits involved. The freedom to make choices about our own well-being should extend to all areas of consumption, not just those deemed acceptable by societal norms.
Let us be outspoken about these issues, my friends. Let us challenge those who cling to archaic ideas and stand in the way of progress. It is time to evolve beyond the restrictive mindset of the 1900s and embrace a future where individual autonomy is cherished and respected.
Together, let us advocate for a society that values personal freedom, informed decision-making, and the right of individuals to determine what is best for their own bodies. Only through open dialogue and a commitment to change can we pave the way for a more enlightened and compassionate approach to drugs and human rights.
So, my friends, let us raise our voices, challenge the status quo, and forge a path towards a future where the rights of individuals are paramount. The time for change is now, and together, we can create a society that truly embraces individual autonomy as a sacred right.
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