U.S. Court Rejects DEA Ban on Hemp Foods

A federal appeals court Monday overturned a Drug Enforcement Administration ban on the sale of food containing the marijuana relative hemp, saying the agency failed to give adequate public notice.

The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not address the merits of the ban itself, but merely determined whether the government followed proper procedure when it announced the rule in October 2001.

Separately, the hemp industry is challenging the ban itself, and the rule is on hold in the meantime.

ABCNews.com has the AP report here. The opinion is Hemp Industries Association v. DEA.