Extracts have hit the big time, at least in the eyes of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which on Wednesday announced a new classification for concentrates separate from that of the cannabis plant. Up until now, both the plant and derived extracts were treated under the same code, 7360, but beginning January 13, 2017 extracts will be listed under the new code 7350.

The federal government’s definition of “marihuana extract” is, according to the Federal Register, “an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant.’’

The new code was announced in the Federal Register and reported by the Sun Times Extract. The reason for the new designation is apparently a greater compliance with international drug treaties. The United Nations Conventions list extracts differently than they list the plant itself, so this will make it a little easier for the U.S. to talk weed with the the UN.

Interestingly, extracts actually have fewer restrictions than their flower counterpart in UN treaties. While cannabis and cannabis resin are listed under both Schedule I and Schedule IV, extracts are only listed under Schedule I. Since Schedule IV actually has the strictest regulations, extracts are seen as a little freer in the global drug world.

Another interesting quirk of the new classification is that it seems to imply the federal government might actually be planning to blast some of its own amber goo. As per the Register, “the DEA uses these code numbers in establishing aggregate production quotas for basic classes of controlled substances listed in Schedules I and I.” The government already grows its own cannabis for research purposes.

Though the new code will affect DEA paperwork, it shouldn’t have that much bearing on extract producers within the US (unless they plan to legally export their wares or unless 7350 becomes the new 710). According to the Register, “The rule does not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. “

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