The Controlled Substances Act - United States
The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) was congressional response to come into compliance with the Single Convention Treaty of 1961.
In the CSA substances are classified into a number of different schedules.
It also provides for the Federal Government to have a hand in Controlling or “limiting” the Possession, Use, Distribution, Import, Export, and Manufacture of the substances. They do this through the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Through the DEA it is possible to obtain a license to Posses, Distribute, Import, Export, Manufacture all of these substances. Currently (2016) there are approximately 2,900 people, companies, and others who have a license from the DEA for these purposes with regard to Cannabis.
If you check our FOIA/DEA section of this website you will find:
a list of those who at the time of filing had a license from the DEA.
A copy of their Diversion Control Manual
An Internal DEA document which describes what the DEA does to determine if an applicant is eligible.