According to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the state authorization of hemp is complicating law enforcement, citing that the reform is protecting criminal companies which traffic illegal cannabis.
The Drugs Department gave an in-depth take on the legislative bipartisan effort to stop the crop’s criminalization in its yearly National Drug Threat Assessment Report released on Tuesday. Its move departs from the stand of other departments, such as USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), which is in charge of implementing hemp regulations.
DEA asserted that the 2018 Farm bill that legalized state-level hemp production further challenged police departments, especially in regions that authorized cannabis. For instance, investigations in certain states where production is legal have shown that a growing percentage of hemp ventures and cultivation operations are run and owned by drug trafficking firms.
The department further said that police officers disclosed that traffickers take advantage of their state-awarded documentation to protect their wide-scope cannabis grows and loads ferried across federal borders. Also, immense hemp grows are at times used in hiding cannabis crops intermingled with hemp plants.
Although the report doesn’t offer exact details (for instance, it cites vague investigations and police accounts of such practice) the narrative provides some explanation as to why DEA rejected hemp authorization and influenced lawmaking to make rules more stringent than stakeholders had expected and that legislators intended.
Last year, Sonny Perdue (Former Secretary of Agriculture) admitted that the Drugs Agency didn’t support the entire measure to start with, referring to the plant’s legalization, and the Agriculture Department received some pushback from the Drugs Department during its rulemaking process for the market.
Higdon Jim, senior communications officer of Cornbread Hemp, said that, according to the new report, it looks the DEA is asserting that it’s difficult to enforce marijuana prohibition since hemp is no longer illegal.