DEA Says Novel Cannabinoids Including Delta-9 THCO Are Illegal

The DEA disclosed in a letter this week that it considers products containing novel cannabinoids such as Delta-9 and Delta-8 THCO, also known as THC acetate ester, to be federally illegal Schedule I substances even if they were sourced from hemp.

The notice was sent to cannabis industry attorney Rod Kight, who contacted the agency last August to inquire about the control status of THCO products under the Controlled Substances Act. After a follow-up email on February 7, the agency responded to Kight on Monday, stating it does not consider THC acetate ester products to be legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, which federally legalized hemp, because the novel cannabinoids can only be made via synthetic means.

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