We’re only two weeks away from 2017 and more than half of the United States has legalized marijuana in one way or another. For years and long before legalization, scientists and researchers have proven the amazing benefits of marijuana and continue to do so still. The American people are beyond the point of questioning the health benefits; Through news stories, personal experiences, and scientific studies people have learned for themselves how it can improve lives. Unfortunately the DEA seems to have disregarded all of the optimistic results and forced the country to take a big step back.
On December 14th, 2016 the DEA made a new code for marijuana extracts stating “an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant” is considered illegal. They claim this action was decided on because it was directly tied with staying compliant in international drug-law treaties but when going into explanation, the DEA side-stepped the idiocy of making such a law and instead stated how there’s differences in regulation between extracts and raw cannabis. To make the new law that much more confusing, they also claimed making it illegal was necessary in order to track it.
The DEA is either severely uneducated or they have ulterior motives. Thousands if not millions of people all over the country depend on the medicinal benefits of CBD and CBD oil; what could once be ordered online can now only be purchased if the state you live in is recreational or medical. Crossing any state lines with any cannabis extract is now against the law. For something that has no psychoactive effects, it’s suspicious as to why something of that nature would be made that much more inaccessable to those in need.