KANSAS CITY, MO – The Delta 8 controversy leaves some confused, others not so lucky. It comes from the hemp and hemp plants. A recent legal decision in Kansas changed its classification to a controlled substance.
You may have seen banners, advertisements, and flags along the road to Delta 8 all over the metro. In Missouri, this is legal. You can use it without problem. However, in Kansas it may be considered possession depending on how interested the counties are in its prosecution.
It’s not a new strain of COVID or a passenger plane. It is part of the cannabis plant with milder side effects.
“It was referred to as the little brother of weed, or food cannabis, if you will. Heather Stipe, co-owner of KC Hemp Co. said.
KC Hemp Co. It is an online store focused on CBD products. Steph started the company with her husband. It is also part of the Kansas Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.
“Whether Delta Eight is legal or illegal in Kansas depends a lot on who you talk to, and maybe even what county you are in,” criminal defense attorney Patrick Lewis said.
Lewis practices in Johnson County and is a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Delta 8 is illegal in Kansas, and how it became that way is as complicated as explaining Delta 8 itself. In western Kansas, the Ellis County District Attorney filed a lawsuit dealing with Delta 8. He says he sought direction from the attorney general’s office but didn’t receive much of a response. Status result Delta 8 was classified as a controlled substance.
“They use this language as an opportunity to try to charge people with possession of a controlled substance, and the Ellis County attorney is the one who put that ball in motion,” Stibb said.
On December 2, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued an opinion saying that it is illegal to possess and sell in Kansas if it contains less than 0.3% THC.
“There are 17 different municipalities in Johnson County, and they can go in every direction they want. It’s really a question of is the attorney general in that jurisdiction, would the police in that jurisdiction want to try to take up this issue?” Lewis said.
Stipe said they no longer sell Delta 8 to Kansas customers and that she hopes to see medical marijuana legalized in the state this year.
“During the sabbatical, we’ve had a lot of time to educate lawmakers. And that’s really the problem. That’s the problem and the solution. There’s a lot of misinformation, and there’s a huge lack of education,” Stipe said.
Step hosts Online chat about Delta 8 in Kansas And what you need to know on January 16th at 7pm via Zoom.
Medical marijuana is under consideration in the Kansas Senate. Passed in the House of Representatives last year. There’s no word on when the decision will be made, but if it passes in Kansas, it would be the 38th state in the country to approve medical marijuana.