Illinois Lawmakers Seek Ban on Intoxicating Hemp Products

April 18, 2024 · High Times

Illinois lawmakers last week joined representatives of the licensed cannabis industry to call for a ban on intoxicating hemp products including delta-8 THC. Under one proposal, non-intoxicating hemp products would be regulated with rules for licensing hemp businesses and the testing and labeling of hemp products. Synthetically produced hemp products such as delta-8 THC, however, would be banned by the legislation. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp agriculture and hemp products, ending the prohibition of the crop that had been… Read more.

A Quality Seal of Assurance on Hemp Products? – Would It Quiet Fears about Hemp-Derived Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC?

April 16, 2024 ·

The United States Hemp Authority is working to assure the quality of Delta-8 THC through an upcoming certification procedure. This effort intends to set stringent standards and promote self-regulation in the Delta-8 sector, which is subject to relatively lenient regulatory scrutiny. While Delta-8 THC is federally lawful, its status varies by state, with certain authorities enforcing restrictions due to safety concerns. The certification scheme would stress sound manufacturing standards, correct labeling, and FDA compliance, all to prevent minors from accessing… Read more.

Over 21 Only for Delta-8 and Delta-9 Hemp-Derived Products? – 20 State Attorneys General Urge Federal Laws on Intoxicating Hemp

March 27, 2024 ·

Attorneys General from 20 states along with Washington, D.C., have collaboratively urged congressional leaders to address the issue surrounding intoxicating hemp products legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. They advocate for a precise amendment to the hemp definition, emphasizing the necessity to grant states the authority to regulate both the plant and its derivatives. In a letter dispatched on last Wednesday, they implored federal lawmakers to resolve the ambiguity stemming from the 2018 Farm Bill. This ambiguity has resulted in the widespread availability of intoxicating… Read more.

Amazon is Selling Weed and Doesn’t Even Know It – Amazon Sellers’ Delta-8 THC Gummies and Vape Pens Test Out at Dangerous Levels

March 23, 2024 ·

A recent investigation conducted by CBD Oracle has revealed concerning revelations regarding the availability of "hemp gummies" on major e-commerce platforms such as Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT), and eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY). Despite the stringent regulations against CBD and THC, thorough lab examinations have shown that many of these products contain notable amounts of delta-8 THC, a substance prohibited in numerous states. The meticulous research by CBD Oracle involved the purchase of 56 hemp items from Amazon, including gummies and tinctures, which… Read more.

8th Grade Sober – Legalizing Weed Does Not Lead to an Increase in Middle School Cannabis Use Says New Study

March 20, 2024 ·

An enduring argument against the legalization of cannabis suggests that legalizing access might prompt a rise in cannabis use among youth. However, as states nationwide forge ahead with reform efforts, ongoing research sheds light on the validity of this claim. Fresh from a recent study revealing the prevalence of Delta-8 THC usage among high school seniors—a hemp-derived cannabinoid readily available beyond the legal cannabis sector and in states both with and without cannabis programs—some may ponder the extent of teen cannabis… Read more.

Over 10% of High School Seniors Say They Have Tried Delta-8 THC, But Is It Keeping Them Away from Booze?

March 15, 2024 ·

ust in is data analysis from the 2023 Monitoring the Future survey, led by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It reveals that about 11% of 12th-grade students nationwide reported using delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly known as delta-8-THC or delta-8) within the past year. According to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of NIDA, this percentage signifies a significant portion of high school seniors, with at least one or two students in… Read more.

Study Shows 11% Of High School Seniors Use Delta 8 THC

March 14, 2024 · High Times

More than one in 10 high school seniors reported recent use of products with delta 8 THC, according to the results of a study published this week. The study found that approximately 11% of 12th-grade students said that they had used delta 8 during the past year, reflecting the widespread availability of the hemp-derived cannabinoid that is sometimes referred to as “diet weed” or “light THC.” The new research analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future survey, an ongoing study of the behaviors,… Read more.

Ohio Governor Demands Delta-8 Crackdown as Part of Cannabis Legislation

January 17, 2024 · Green Market Report

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called for state lawmakers to ban “intoxicating hemp” goods, including all delta-8 products, as part of their work on amending Issue 2, the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana last November. On Wednesday, DeWine said at a press conference that a law enforcement sting operation had caught at least one gas station selling hemp-based delta-8 goods to minors, Fox 8 News reported. During the gathering with reporters, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Andy Wilson showed pictures of THC-infused… Read more.

Missouri Bills Would Regulate Hemp-Derived Delta-8 THC Like Marijuana

December 27, 2023 ·

A Republican state senator has filed legislation to renew last spring’s failed effort to regulate intoxicating hemp products in Missouri, such as Delta-8 drinks and edibles. Delta-8 THC products can be sold in stores in Missouri because the intoxicating ingredient, THC, is derived from hemp, not marijuana which is a controlled substance. And hemp is federally legal. There’s no state or federal law saying teenagers or children can’t buy them or stores can’t sell them to minors—though some stores and… Read more.

New Study Finds Prohibition Promotes Unregulated Cannabis Use

December 16, 2023 · MG Magazine

Prohibition may unintentionally promote the use of delta 8 THC in states without medical or adult-use cannabis laws, according to a new federally funded study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cannabinoids synthesized from hemp have not-so-quietly moved from the shadows into a glaring multi-billion dollar market, but their safety and legal status have raised serious concerns within the federal government. “Higher delta 8 THC use in states without medical or adult-use cannabis laws suggests that cannabis… Read more.

Are Hemp-Derived Delta-8 Products That Get You High Legal? – Congress Punts on Final Decision Until September 2024

December 9, 2023 ·

President Joe Biden signed an emergency funding bill into law on Thursday to avert a government shutdown. Notably, the legislation also extends the Farm Bill until September 2024, granting Congress additional time to formulate a new one. Advocates anticipate that the upcoming bill will address the expanding national market for hemp-derived cannabinoids, including the contentious delta-8 THC. As lawmakers embark on crafting replacement legislation, their focus will encompass the requirements of domestic agriculture, with specific attention to the concerns of hemp farmers and… Read more.

South Carolina Bill Would Tax, Regulate Delta-8 THC

November 30, 2023 · high-times

The delta-8 THC market is bigger than ever before, regulated like hemp, but South Carolina could change that if one proposal takes root. Rep. Rosalyn Henderson-Myers (D-Spartanburg) filed a bill under South Carolina’s upcoming legislative session that seeks to create regulations around delta-8 THC and similar products, which can be sold anywhere that hemp products are sold. H. 4628 was prefiled in the South Carolina House Nov. 16, and referred to the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs. The bill would… Read more.

Texas, the Honeypot of Delta-8 THC Products, Gets Ready to Go Legit? – Over 130 Medical Marijuana Licenses Filed with the State

November 20, 2023 ·

On January 16, the Regulatory Services Division (RSD) of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that officials were accepting applications for new licenses under the Compassionate Use Program (CUP) for dispensing organizations. Prospective applicants for the new medical cannabis dispensary licenses could utilize the designated RSD application form for submission. The application period ended at 5 p.m. C.T. on April 28. Individuals who had previously applied for a cannabis retail license could reapply using an updated application form.… Read more.

Avoid ‘Diet Weed,’ Johns Hopkins Expert Says

November 14, 2023 · High Times

The hemp-derived cannabinoid market is hotter than ever but experts warn that people should educate themselves about the fundamental differences between delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC products. High Times previously reported that delta-8 THC was first partially synthesized in 1941, yet there’s still a lot of controversy surrounding the ingredient, due to the way it’s extracted and converted.  Nextar reports that a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor and other experts want to educate people about the choices they should make with cannabis. “Chemically, they’re… Read more.

Virginia Judge Rejects Injunction on Law Limiting Delta-8, Total THC in Hemp Products

November 2, 2023 · High Times

Since the 2018 Farm Bill authorized hemp production and removed the crop from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) schedule of Controlled Substances, the hemp-derived cannabinoid industry has boomed across the nation — including the sale of hemp-derived, psychoactive delta-8 and delta-9 THC. Virginia is one of the more recent states to contest the ever-increasing hemp-derived cannabinoid market, namely as it pertains to THC. While hemp businesses recently requested an injunction, which would have blocked a new state law imposing stricter limits on… Read more.

Texas Court Says No to Delta-8 Ban

September 30, 2023 · Green Market Report

A Texas appeals court upheld a temporary injunction against a state ban on delta-8 THC on Thursday, a win for a coalition of businesses and consumers contesting the ban’s legitimacy. The block had been initially issued in response to an enforcement move by the Texas Department of State Health Services and its commissioner. Officials had declared via an update to a consumable hemp program webpage that products exceeding 0.3% of delta-9 THC as legal, but all other THC types, including any… Read more.

State regulators want Congress to redefine, regulate hemp, delta-8 THC

September 21, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

An association of regulators of state cannabis programs is asking Congress to include in the next Farm Bill new rules governing hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids, including a new definition for what constitutes “hemp” versus marijuana. If adopted, the proposed rules would have broad implications for products containing hemp-derived, intoxicating cannabinoids, including delta-8 THC. Such products have exploded in popularity since the 2018 Farm Bill was enacted. The Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) asked House and Senate committee chairs in a Sept. 15 letter to… Read more.

Delta’s Dawn

September 19, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Most people over the age of 21 are familiar with the abbreviation “THC,” but odds are, many of them couldn’t tell you what it means or how it works. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in the cannabis plant that gives you that prototypical euphoric cannabis high.  The cannabis plant also produces THCA, short for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, in the arrangement known as delta-9 THCA. However, the THCA and THC molecules can be forced into other arrangements, called isomers. Delta-9 THC,… Read more.

Delta-8 THC, HHC, THCP are Legal, Now Illegal, Now Legal, Again – Arkansas Judge Opens Flood Gates for Hemp Derived THC Products

September 14, 2023 ·

A recent ruling by a federal judge has raised questions within the industry: Has this judge effectively legalized hemp-derived cannabinoids such as HHC, Delta-8 THC, THCa, and THCP flower? In summary, the judge in Arkansas determined that the 2018 Farm Bill holds greater legal authority than a state ban on hemp-derived cannabinoids, potentially setting a precedent for future legal actions in other states. The U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson, on Thursday, issued a ruling to halt the enforcement of Act 629 of 2023, a law enacted during… Read more.

Judge blocks Arkansas ban on delta-8 THC, other hemp products

September 10, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

In at least a temporary victory for the Arkansas hemp industry, a federal judge blocked enforcement of a recent state ban on products containing intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids such as delta-8 THC. Calling the ban confusing and arbitrary, U.S. District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson on Thursday granted an injunction that stops the state from enforcing it, according to Little Rock TV station KTHV. The judge’s ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by four hemp-product makers in July – the day before the ban was to… Read more.

Top Alcohol Industry Association Gives Congress Advice On Regulating Hemp Derivatives Such As CBD And Delta-8 THC

August 23, 2023 ·

As Congress considers creating a framework to oversee the nation’s cannabis market, a major alcohol association is offering federal lawmakers advice on regulating hemp-derived cannabinoids, including CBD and delta-8 THC. Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA)—which came out in support of federally legalizing marijuana earlier this year—sent a letter to House and Senate committees on Friday in response to the panels’ recent requests for information on navigating CBD and other emerging cannabinoids. “The transition from Prohibition to legal status for alcohol has… Read more.

DEA Considers Delta-8 THC Products Federally Illegal When Synthesized From CBD, Official Says In Newly Revealed Email

August 15, 2023 ·

If there were any lingering questions about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) position on the scheduling status of delta-8 THC, an attorney recently dug up an email from a top official that makes it perfectly clear: when synthesized from legal CBD, the agency considers delta-8 THC to be a prohibited controlled substance. The market for delta-8 products has expanded rapidly in recent years following the federal legalization of hemp and its naturally extracted derivatives like CBD. The intoxicating cannabinoid is… Read more.

Federal Standards Handbook Is Getting New Sections On Cannabis Packaging, Labeling And Storage

August 2, 2023 ·

Federal, state and local officials have voted to add a pair of new marijuana items to a federal handbook that are meant to provide model standards for cannabis definitions,  packaging and labeling requirements and best storage practices to control for moisture loss in marijuana flower. At a National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) conference on Wednesday, members of the bicameral conference’s House of Representatives and House of Delegates passed the marijuana proposals that were offered by the Laws and… Read more.

Curating a Natural Wellness Approach with CBD Kratom

July 17, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The new and continuing science of plant-derived substances like cannabis, hemp and kratom is providing a market of products that goes beyond traditional dispensary options. What if there was a one-stop resource to learn and shop quality, plant-based products that meet your unique health and wellness needs? Enter CBD Kratom, the largest privately-owned CBD and kratom retailer in the US. With over 60 retail locations and an online dispensary shop, CBD Kratom is committed to helping customers lead healthy and fulfilling lives… Read more.

Feds Signal Delta-8 Edibles Crackdown in New Warnings

July 8, 2023 · MG Magazine

The federal government is cracking down on delta-8 edibles that resemble popular snack foods, according to letters two agencies sent to six manufacturers. Though the letters cite violations of federal law related specifically to copycat products, the warnings hint a broader crackdown on edibles containing the minor cannabinoid could be on the way. The warning letters, sent by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), accused six companies—Delta Munchies, Dr. Smoke LLC, Exclusive Hemp Farms/Oshipt, Nikte’s… Read more.

Squabble over delta-8 THC helps foil cannabis overhaul in Illinois

June 5, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Disagreement over how to handle delta-8 THC – and whether to ban the controversial hemp-derived intoxicating cannabinoid, or regulate it like marijuana – have thwarted broader cannabis industry reform efforts in Illinois. According to Capitol News Illinois, a marijuana industry reform bill that failed at a May legislative deadline would have: Increased the canopy space for craft growers. Allowed dispensaries to operate drive-thru windows and offer curbside pickup. Offered social equity retail license holders another year to secure real estate. However, a… Read more.

DEA Seeking to Add Delta-8 THC to Controlled Substances List

May 24, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) appears to back considering synthetically-derived cannabinoids that contain THC, such as delta-8 THC, as controlled substances under federal law, according to an agency conference presentation dated May 4.   Responding to a control status inquiry, the DEA claims that “If the product contains any quantity of synthetic , it is controlled in schedule I of the unless it is specifically excepted or listed in another schedule The Agricultural Improvement Act (AIA) of 2018. … Read more.

Kentucky governor signs law establishing delta-8 guidelines

March 24, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Kentucky’s governor signed a bill into law that establishes a framework to test, label and regulate delta-8 and outlaws sales to those younger than under 21. The bill, which was approved by the state’s Republican-led House and Senate, also bans possession for those younger than 21 and requires retailers to keep those products behind a counter, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s signing comes after his executive order last year that regulated packaging and labeling of delta-8 products. “We did… Read more.