It’s not often that the government asks, or cares, about what we think about cannabis or hemp legalization, here or among international bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO).
But, at the moment, three federal agencies are accepting public comments on rescheduling cannabis, pesticides in hemp cultivation and growing way more research pot.
Since they’re asking, it’s only polite to respond.
Let’s start with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which reopened a comment period for public input as they prepare for an international discussion involving the rescheduling of cannabis as recommended by the WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence.
Although the WHO is an international organization, a robust cannabis rescheduling recommendation could have a significant impact on the global medical marijuana and hemp sectors if adopted by the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND).
The hope is that member states of the CND, of which the United States is one, will vote on the recommendations in Vienna in March 2020.
Leave your comments here before Sept. 30 to reschedule cannabis internationally.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking for comments on applications for pesticides to be used on hemp, which was legalized through the 2018 Farm Bill. The list of pesticides can be found in the Federal Register notice.
Submit your comment here, ASAP. The comment period ends in Sept. 23, 2019.
And last but not least, the DEA is looking to discuss a proposal it made recently calling for the cultivation of more than three million grams of research cannabis for 2020 - a cool 30% more than this year’s amount.
Submit your comment to the DEA for more research cannabis here before Oct. 15, 2019.
Tell the DEA how much you love that fact that they want to increase research cannabis. We all know that more science means a happier, healthier cannabis industry.
Let’s all be good cannabis citizens and tell the DEA, FDA and EPA what we think.