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Arkansas legislation would close the loophole for Delta-8 THC



Little Rock, Arkansas – A federal loophole that permitted an item similar to marijuana to remain unregulated would be closed by a bill introduced in the Arkansas legislature on Friday.

Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, sometimes known as Delta-8 THC, will become a restricted substance under Senate Bill 358. The active component in marijuana is THC.

As a hemp product, delta-8 THC can be purchased legally over the counter and is not subject to marijuana regulations.

Under the conditions that it had less than 0.3% THC, hemp was recognized as a lawful product under the 2018 federal agriculture bill. In other instances, manufacturers would extract THC from industrial hemp and transform it into Delta-8 THC, which was frequently packaged as gummy candies or drinks with a potency similar to that of marijuana.

The law that is being considered would classify Delta-8 goods alongside marijuana. As a result, the use and sale of Delta-8 products would be governed by the same regulations as marijuana.

A recent inquiry discovered that people who had eaten Delta-8 made several calls to the state’s poison control hotline, including calls from youngsters.

The bill has five cosponsors and is sponsored by Sen. Tyler Dees (R-Silom Springs) and Rep. Jimmy Gazaway (R-Paragould).