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GetSmart About Drugs - A DEA Resource for Parents

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2002

NOTICE OF EXTENSION OF GRACE PERIOD
TO DISPOSE OF EXISTING INVENTORIES OF
THC-CONTAINING FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTS

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On October 9, 2001, DEA published in the Federal Register (66 Fed. Reg. 51,539) an interim rule which exempted from control certain THC-containing industrial products, processed plant materials used to make such products, and animal feed mixtures. With respect to those products that were not exempted from control under the interim rule, DEA provided in the interim rule a 120-day grace period to allow persons with existing inventories to dispose of such inventories. The 120-day grace period ended on February 6, 2002. However, DEA will now extend the grace period for an additional 40 days, under the same terms as previously set forth in the interim rule. Therefore, the terms of the extended grace period are as follows:

Any person who currently possesses a THC-containing "hemp" product not exempted from control under the October 9, 2001 interim rule has until March 18, 2002 to dispose of such product. However, during this extended grace period (as was the case during the prior grace period), no person may use any THC-containing "hemp" product for human consumption (as defined in the interim rule); nor may any person manufacture or distribute such a product with the intent that it be used for human consumption within the United States.

A copy of this notice is being published in the Federal Register. Click here to view the full text of the rules issued by DEA on October 9, 2001.

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