From hemp to high: Delta-8 THC brings marijuana-like product to unregulated Wisconsin | Local government



According to the legal brief, the legality debate boils down to whether delta-8 converted from hemp-derived CBD is protected by the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, which legalized hemp and its products, or whether the processing makes it a synthetic THC, which is said to be an illegal controlled substance.

The State Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, which oversees Wisconsin’s hemp program, has not tested any delta-8 products to see if they exceed the delta-9 limit, but instead focuses on hemp production, spokesperson Leeann Duwe said. .

The complicated issue of its legality crosses several regulatory jurisdictions, said Duwe, and “these issues are still under discussion between various agencies and entities at different levels of government.”

Several states, including those where marijuana is legal and others where it is illegal, have banned delta-8 products in the past year. Producers and retailers claim that the recreational marijuana industry feels threatened by the growing popularity of delta-8.

“Ironically, the legal cannabis industry is not excited about delta-8 THC,” Robinson said. “It’s a real disruptor because of the price, because of the similar anecdotal efficacy and relief it provides when it comes to delta-9 THC. It’s really quite similar.”

Bartels and Chalmers both want regulation of the industry. In the absence of state control, they said Green County Hemp is policy to provide quality products, such as testing all goods through a third-party lab before sale and being selective. as to the retailers with which it partners.


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