Delta-8 THC illegal in Texas, states state

TEXAS – Delta-8 THC is considered a chemical cousin to the main intoxicating ingredient in marijuana, and as its popularity has skyrocketed, states have considered its legality.

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  • States grapple with the legality of a popular chemical compound called delta-8
  • Delta-8 has recently gained in popularity and is often marketed as legal where marijuana is not. It can be found in vapes, gummy candies, and other forms
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services recently updated its website to say that delta-8 is not legal in Texas
  • Zachary Maxwell, president of Texas Hemp Growers, recently told Spectrum News 1 that the popularity of the Delta-8 is seen as a boon to the state’s hemp industry.

If there was a question in Texas, an update to the state Department of Health Services website put that aside. It’s illegal in the Lone Star State.

“Chapter 443 of the Texas Health and Safety Code (HSC 443), established by Bill 1325 (86th Legislature), permits consumable hemp products in Texas that do not exceed 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). All other forms of THC, including Delta-8 at any concentration and Delta-9 exceeding 0.3%, are considered Schedule I controlled substances, ”says the recently updated website. DSHS day.

The DSHS adds that it has no regulatory power over controlled substances and that complaints should be addressed to the police.

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The chemical, called delta-8 THC, is touted as producing a milder high than the better-known delta-9 THC, and delta-8 is often marketed as legal even where marijuana isn’t. This argument stems from the fact that most delta-8 is synthesized from CBD, a popular non-intoxicating chemical that’s prevalent in hemp, a form of cannabis that Congress legalized in 2018.

There are no exact sales statistics for delta-8, which is available in vapes, gummies, and other forms. This is the fastest growing segment of the hemp-based chemicals market since around last year, after wholesale prices for CBD fell due to oversupply and other issues. , said Ian Laird of data analytics firm Hemp Benchmarks.

The DSHS update can be a big blow to Texas business owners. Spectrum News 1 recently spoke with Zachary Maxwell, president of Texas Hemp Growers. At the time, he said the growing popularity of the Delta-8 was a boon to the state’s hemp industry.

“Delta-8 is not made in grow rooms or on farms. It’s actually synthesized in the labs that create the CBD oil we all know about. When these labs are able to sell more oil to the market, it means they “are more inclined to buy from hemp growers in this state,” Maxwell said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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