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Kentucky governor signs bill to regulate Delta-8 THC

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Until now, intoxicating products derived from hemp were freely available in Kentucky under the 2018 Farm Law, but that will soon change. On March 23, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed a bill to regulate Delta-8 THC products derived from hemp.

House Bell 544 It states that only adults 21 or older can purchase products containing delta-8 THC — a cannabis-derived compound frequently marketed as psychoactive — starting August 1.

According to the bill, the state would regulate “any product containing delta-8-THC or any hemp-derived substance identified by the Cabinet of Health and Family Services as having intoxicating effects on consumers.” This means that the sale, gift or transfer of ownership of Delta-8 THC will be regulated like cannabis.

Beshear signed an executive order last year to regulate delta-8-THC and similar products, but that only affected the products’ packaging and labeling.

“We did our best on an executive order, but we couldn’t do many things in that executive order that you can through legislation,” Beshear said at a news conference. “So, this good bill codifies the executive order into law, but it does a lot more in creating an organizational structure.”

Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has supported a 2018 farm bill to help the state’s large number of hemp growers. But a legal loophole unexpectedly opened the door for Delta-8 THC products.

“We want Kentuckians to have access to the resources they need for relief,” Beshear said. “We want to make sure they can do that safely, and this bill is a good first step.”

the magazine courier He ran a series of stories About the explosion of Delta-8-THC products after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Some hemp-derived products are not cleared as safe.

The bill passed by the Senate 36-0, with one abstention, and the House 97-0, with three abstentions. direct Council of Ministers for Health and Family Services “Immediately begin the process of regulating Delta-8-THC and any other hemp-derived substances.”

There are some legitimate reasons to be skeptical about certain hemp-derived products. Supporters of bills to regulate such elements come from both inside and outside the cannabis market.

said Cal NORML Director Dale Gehringer High times Consumers should heed warnings about some of these products. While properly extracted delta-8-THC may not be the biggest concern – other compounds may be significantly riskier, such as THC-O acetate. THC-O acetate is more processed than typical compounds derived from hemp. Gieringer added that delta-8-THC isn’t his primary concern, since there’s more known about the compound, but he’s most worried about other new cannabinoids and cannabinoids, mostly due to the unknowns: THCP, THCjd. THC-H, THC-B, HHC, and delta-10 THC.

the Journal of Medical Toxicology published a story on December 12, 2022, in which a team of researchers led by Neal L. Benowitz discovered a link between THC-O acetate and a significant risk to the lungs. THC-O acetate shares structural similarities with vitamin E acetate – an additive that becomes dangerous to the lungs when converted with heat.

Some cannabis companies are already applauding the bill.

Daniel Barhurst in Pure CBD hemp oil In Prospect, Kentucky Tell the magazine courier They support the bill.

Barhurst told magazine courier in feb. “I think some products … have to have FDA approval, so the FDA can actually qualify them.”

The bill directs the Kentucky Cabinet to roll out the regulations by August 1.

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