Hemp Product Enforcement Would Be Ramped Up Under Virginia Governor’s Budget Proposal

Hemp Product Enforcement Would Be Ramped Up Under Virginia Governor’s Budget Proposal
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“The budget proposal is derived from the hemp task force’s recommendations to coordinate cannabis regulation/enforcement and eliminate intoxicating cannabis-derived products from unregulated channels in Virginia.” By Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury As Virginia policymakers consider ways to exert tighter control over intoxicating hemp-based products like delta-8 THC, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) is proposing $2.1 million to fund a new hemp registration and inspection program staffed by 15 people. The new funding is part of the governor’s budget plan for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and is tied to upcoming legislation the General Assembly will take up early next year, according to budget documents. The Youngkin administration included the funding in its rundown of “major public safety/law enforcement” proposals. The budget item appears to align with recommendations from a state task force that recently proposed steps the state could take to get a better handle on hemp-derived products that have become widely available at smoke shops and convenience stores around the state. The task force’s report to the General Assembly suggested requiring businesses that want to sell delta-8 or other intoxicating hemp products to apply for permits and imposing steeper penalties on those that break the rules. Youngkin’s office said the funding is tied to the task force’s call for more rigorous oversight, “The budget proposal is derived from the hemp task force’s recommendations to coordinate cannabis regulation/enforcement and eliminate intoxicating cannabis-derived products from unregulated channels in Virginia,” said Youngkin spokeswoman Macaulay Porter. The budget document includes other hints at additional upcoming bills tied to cannabis and hemp. It contains $50,000 in new prison funding—an administrative requirement for proposals that could lead to more people being charged with crimes—tied to a broader definition of marijuana that would include hemp products “that contain a certain amount” of THC, the substance…

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