Here’s the announcement in full
Board of Directors Approves Plan to Reject Certification of Delta-8 THC and other Products that Exceed Intoxicating Levels
The U.S. Hemp Authority®, the hemp industry’s initiative to provide high standards, best practices, and self-regulation, announced today that its nationally recognized certification program will not allow the participation of products that are sold under the guise of the hemp name, but that are marketed for their intoxicating effect. This certification prohibition will apply to products such as delta-8 THC that feature a total tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of more than 0.3 percent on a dry-weight basis.
The U.S. Hemp Authority’s Certification Program® was established to provide consumers and retailers confidence in hemp products. With the FDA waiting on plans to regulate CBD products, the industry has stepped forward to provide self-regulation to ensure there are products people can trust. With literally thousands of unregulated products on the marketplace, some improperly advertising themselves for intoxication or making unfounded medical claims, the U.S. Hemp Authority’s Certification Program® is especially needed to educate consumers.
“Recent press reports about the proliferation of potentially unsafe, intoxicating products calling themselves hemp have concerned consumers, retailers, law enforcement and policymakers,” stated Dr. Marielle Weintraub, President of the U.S. Hemp Authority. “We felt it was necessary to take a strong stand against these products so that people will know that the U.S. Hemp Authority® seal designates products that are truly hemp and that meet our rigorous standards.”
The U.S. Hemp Authority® recently released Version 3.0 of its Certification Standard, building on three years of stakeholder-involved improvements. For more information on the organization or certification program, go to www.ushempauthority.org.