ONDCP Denies NORML Freedom Of Information Act Request

This week, the Office of National Drug Control Policy declined NORML’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to release all information pertaining to the zero-THC hemp seed importation policy, the effects on drug testing of consuming hemp products and on a proposed legislative ban on hemp products.
The drug czar’s office stated in a letter to NORML from ONDCP general counsel Edwin Jurith, Esq., that they found “no connection between the public interest…and the legality of the zero-THC hemp seed importation policy; or proposed amendments to the Controlled Substance Act…the documents you request are not likely to contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the operations or activities of the government.”
“The drug czar, without authorization from Congress, imposed a restriction on the importation of hemp seed products causing substantial loss to hemp producers and merchants in Canada and the United States,” explained Tom Dean, Esq., NORML Foundation Litigation Director. “Documents were leaked indicating the restrictions were intended to protect the drug testing industry. No notice was given prior to the embargo, as is required by the Administrative Procedures Act and NAFTA. Attorney General Janet Reno later declared the restriction illegal and ordered customs to eliminate the trade barrier. Now the drug czar is circulating a secret memo urging Congress to make all hemp products illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. All this, and yet the ONDCP asserts that the information would not contribute to the public’s understanding of the operations and activities of the government.”
For more information, please contact Tom Dean, Esq., NORML Foundation Litigation Director at (202) 483-8751.