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As of December 14th, the DEA has recently published a ruling in the Federal Registrar set to become active on January 13th which seeks to distinguish between all forms of ‘marijuana extract’ and marijuana. The DEA claims the motion will assist agencies in “tracking quantities of this material separately from marijuana”. 


We see the need, now more than ever, for passage of separate and distinct legislation regarding the cultivation and commercialization of hemp as an agricultural crop. 


The NHA is optimistic this will result in further 

clarification of the distinctions between Hemp and marijuana as cannabis derived plants, products, and byproducts. 


“We are closely looking over the new ruling with council. On the surface, it may only impact imported cannabinoids.” Samantha Walsh


In an interview with Leafly, Robert Hoban, a Colorado cannabis attorney and adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver, raised the notion that the rule itself may not be lawful. “This action is beyond the DEA’s authority,” said Hoban. “The DEA can only carry out the law, they cannot create it. Here they’re purporting to create an entirely new category called ‘marijuana extracts,’ and by doing so wrest control over all cannabinoids. They want to call all cannabinoids illegal. But they don’t have the authority to do that.”


The NHA would like to thank our members at Hoban Law Group who are tirelessly scrutinizing the ruling and have begun the necessary action towards resolving any consequences that may have an effect on hemp businesses.


NHA will continue our work with the DEA, FDA and USDA to include highly qualified stakeholders and valuable industry input into how this emerging industry will go forward. 

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According to one estimate from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, more than 80 percent of all homeless people have at least one chronic health condition. More than half have a mental illness. They are frequently the victims of violent crimes, and they’re more susceptible to traumatic injuries like assault and robbery. Their living conditions also make them more likely to have skin conditions and respiratory infections.
“When you see a homeless person in their 50s, you should imagine a 75-year-old.”
Perhaps it’s no wonder, then, that people experiencing homelessness have a life expectancy of between 42 and 52 years, compared with 78 for the general population. A recent study by Margot Kushel, a professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, found that homeless people in their 50s develop geriatric conditions such as incontinence, failing eyesight, and cognitive impairment that are typical of people 20 years older. “When you see a homeless person in their 50s,” Kushel says, “you should imagine a 75-year-old.”

Read the entire story:

Homeless People Are Older and Sicker Than Ever. Here’s One Way to Help.” 

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