DEA Confirms It Cannot Regulate All Parts of the Cannabis Plant

On May 22, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) issued an internal directive¬†(the “Directive”) acknowledging the Agency’s jurisdiction over cannabis has its limits. The directive is in line with a plain reading of the federal Controlled Substance Act (“CSA”), which authorizes the DEA’s enforcement power, but does not regulate the whole cannabis plant. To conceptualize…