San Francisco — Three years after the Bush administration tried to ban food products made with hemp, the government surrendered that front in the war on drugs, attorneys for the hemp industry said Monday.
The Justice Department, these attorneys say, will not challenge a federal appeals court ruling that overturned the ban – a victory for more than 200 companies that make such things as energy bars, waffles, milk-free cheese and veggie burgers with the plant that contains only trace amounts of THC, the key ingredient in marijuana.
Monday night was the deadline for the government to challenge a federal appellate court’s February decision to the Supreme Court that the United States cannot ban the domestic sale of hemp foods. …
The trade group Vote Hemp said it would begin lobbying Congress to allow industrial hemp production in the United States, said Alexis Baden-Mayer, the group’s government affairs director.
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