CBD Oil Users Shouldn’t Fear Arrest According to the DEA
Early in 2017, the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission and state excise police went on the hunt for CBD. Officers raided several grocery stores and other retail outlets that were selling CBD oil products, citing that the businesses were violating state law for possession of cannabis. When this was exposed, it was not long after that they started going after the CBD oil users instead. This caused a media uproar and caught national attention – and even the attention of those at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
First, Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill wrote a letter, reminding people he did not support the idea of marijuana legalization, but that the possession of CBD oil is no longer a crime in the state (Governor Eric Holcomb signed a CBD legalization bill into law earlier the same year). He even went as far as to ensure that it was known that commercial products made from industrial hemp were lawful to possess and sell in the state.
That wasn’t enough to make law enforcement back-down. So, the DEA stepped in.
“They are not a priority for us… it would not be an appropriate use of federal resources to go after a mother because her child has epileptic seizures and has found something that can help and has helped,” Rusty Payne, a spokesperson with the DEA, told news channel WTHR.
After finding out that CBD oil users, not just retailers, were being arrested for possession of marijuana in the state of Indiana, a DEA spokesperson spoke out, and gave thousands of CBD oil users across the nation comfort in knowing they were safe from arrest.
“I’d do the same exact thing—without hesitation,” he said. “I cannot blame these people for what they’re doing. Are they breaking the law? Yes, they are. Are we going to break her door down? Absolutely not. And I don’t think she’ll be charged by any U.S. attorney.”
Not only did the DEA basically ensure the safety from arrest and prosecution for CBD oil users, but their spokesperson even admitted that they would do the same as these patients have done. When you have searched for relief long enough for you or your child, anyone would be willing to take the risk of breaking the law to finally find that relief.
“We are in the middle of an opioid crisis in this country. That’s our biggest priority right now,” Payne said. “People are not dying from CBD. Some would argue lives are being saved by CBD. Are we going to get in the middle of that? Probably not.”
Basically, the DEA has said they have bigger worries on their plate right now – real problems that need addressed, specifically meaning the opioid epidemic that has been taking hold in our nation over the last decades. They even admit that CBD may be saving lives – which is almost unheard of because admitting CBD has medicinal benefits, admits that cannabis has medicinal benefits, therefore, the administrations own scheduling of the plant is wrong.
So not only has the government agency indirectly admitted that their own scheduling of cannabis may be wrong, but they have also issued a statement that provides reassurance, and confirms the safety that many parents have hoped for when it comes to medicating with CBD oil and fearing arrest.