Delta-8 THC Faces Increasing Crackdowns Across Multiple States

By | Updated on August 31, 2023

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Recent months have seen numerous states step up legislation and policing aimed at delta-8 THC: the weaker, hemp-derived form of THC.

As a quick reminder, delta-8 THC products operate in a legal gray area because the 2018 Farm Bill defines hemp and hemp products as cannabis with no more than 0.3% delta-9 THC, the main intoxicating component of the plant. This loophole allows delta-8 THC made from hemp-derived CBD to be federally legal.

Many states have regulated or banned delta-8 THC since 2020, but the last several months of 2023 have seen increasing activity. In particular, there’s growing concern over delta-8 products being packaged and labeled as gummies, chocolate, and other forms that are appealing to children. 

The latest developments include:

As of now, delta-8 THC is illegal in 18 states, regulated like cannabis in three others. If you want to check the legal status of delta-8 THC in your state, be sure to check out our up-to-date guide.

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