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The only thing separating hemp from
marijuana is delta-9 THC potency,
although hemp manufacturers
extract for that, too. Photo by Kevin Brown
THCA Hemp Combusts
Cannabinoid in flower adheres to the legal definition
of hemp-until you try to smoke it
By Omar Sacirbey
M
embers of Congress
already might have
legalized marijuana. They
just don't know it-and neither do
consumers.
We're not talking delta-8 THC,
hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) or
the plethora of other cannabinoids
that begin as CBD oil extracted from
federally legal hemp plants and then
are manipulated by chemists into
psychoactive cannabinoids sold in
states with and without regulated
marijuana markets.
Those cannabinoids are federally
legal, thanks to a loophole in the
2018 U.S. Farm Bill that essentially
legalized any hemp-derived cannabinoid-although
many states have
since outlawed hemp-derived THC.
No, we're talking about marijuana
that is licensed, meets state compliance
requirements and is turned
into consumer packaged goods sold
in accordance with state laws.
Only it's not being sold as
marijuana. It's labeled as
THCA-a naturally occurring,
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nonintoxicating cannabinoid that
becomes psychoactive THC when
heated and a precursor to THC.
When marketed as THCA flower,
these buds purportedly meet
the Farm Bill's 0.3% cap on total
delta-9 THC and therefore meet the
definition of federally compliant
hemp.
MAKING STRIDES IN SALES
According to the Brightfield Group,
a cannabis market data company in
Chicago, THCA sales accounted for

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