The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) has published a white paper that describes the national market for intoxicating hemp products as a growing public health crisis. The article, Pandora’s Box: The Dangers of a National, Unregulated, Hemp-Derived Intoxicating Cannabinoid Market, argues that while most industry stakeholders assumed the 2018 Farm Bill would regulate nonintoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids like CBD, “loopholes in the federal definition of hemp are being exploited … to sell extremely potent, often chemically synthesized intoxicants that are more powerful than anything available in licensed cannabis dispensaries.”
When the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp nationwide, the move not only legalized hemp agriculture but also the plant material and all of its byproducts. The issue CCIA highlights stems from a Ninth Circuit Court ruling in May that products containing delta-8 THC — a rare cannabinoid that is chemically similar to delta-9 THC, the cannabinoid most commonly associated with the intoxicating effects of cannabis, but which has been researched far less than other cannabinoids — technically meets “the statutory definition of industrial hemp.”
Published: October 31, 2022
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