Via Marijuana Moment..
After a court decision last year clarified the legality of an intoxicating compound derived from hemp, a bill to regulate Delta-8 THC sped through the House of Representatives on Thursday.
Delta-8 THC can get a user “high” similar to the Delta-9 THC compound found in marijuana. Some hemp farmers have been trying to find a market for extra CBD-rich hemp by synthetically converting it into Delta-8 THC, and it’s seen growing popularity across the state being sold in edibles and vapes.
The Kentucky Hemp Association sued the state in 2021 after a series of police raids of Delta-8 THC products, arguing Delta-8 THC was made legal under a past federal Farm Bill. A Boone County Circuit Court judge sided with the association last year, and the president of the association says it’s now advocating for “common sense rules” on the sale and production of the compound.
“We have sort of a ‘wild west’ situation. It’s a gray area. Delta-8 is being sold around the state, and it’s being sold in gas stations, health food stores,” Katie Moyer, president of the Kentucky Hemp Association, said. “But it’s coming from ‘who knows where.’ We’re not surely getting it from Kentucky producers who are growing it here, who we can go visit their store, their facility.”
House Bill 544, sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Raymer, R-Morgantown, was as of Wednesday a bill making technical language changes related to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Such bills making only minor language changes are often known as “shell” bills, a procedural maneuver that allows a lawmaker to substitute the language of a bill and move forward with said legislation past the filing deadline for bills.
The new bill language— which the Kentucky Hemp Association supports—directs the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to immediately begin the process of regulating Delta-8 THC and “other hemp-derived substances.”
Among the regulations the legislation directs the cabinet to develop: prohibiting anyone younger than 21 from buying or possessing Delta-8 THC products, ensuring Delta-8 THC is produced in Kentucky and is properly tested and requiring a standard of labeling for the products.