States Begin Implementing Delta-8 THC Bans

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<![CDATA[Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) offers the hemp industry commercial promise, with the potential for fresh markets and new products. But as delta-8 products increasingly land on store shelves and online shopping carts, they also invite legislative scrutiny and, in some cases, action. The cannabinoid already has provoked bans in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island and Utah, according to Marielle Weintraub, president of the U.S. Hemp Authority, which certifies hemp products (and has recently decided not to certify delta-8 products). Meanwhile, legislative bans are brewing in other states, including North Dakota, Alabama and Oregon. Florida lawmakers, moving in the opposite direction, have established a legal framework for delta-8. The emergence of commercial delta-8 simultaneously thrills and worries hemp industry leaders. Prior to delta-8, no hemp products got people high.“The [2018] Farm Bill passed with the understanding that hemp is nourishing, hemp could be food, used in supplements, used as fiber or grain. And hemp is not intoxicating,” Weintraub tells Hemp Grower. “Delta-8 defies the intention of the laws and the rules. I think it’s incredibly short-sighted and can bring down the entire hemp industry before we’ve had the chance to show people what this plant can do. Delta-8 makes me so angry.”Erica Stark, executive director of the National Hemp Association, describes delta-8 as “complicated.” On the one hand, she acknowledges critiques of delta-8 that revolve around its psychoactive properties. The industry, she says, devoted years to convincing lawmakers that hemp was an extremely useful and versatile product, one that would deliver myriad commercial opportunities to farmers, manufacturers and stores, none of which involved people getting stoned. Delta-8 throws that into question.But, on the other hand, she says, “anything that can help hemp farmers and entrepreneurs be successful is something we support.”“People want it…

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