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Legal status of hemp-derived THC
Legal status of hemp-derived THC
Prohibited
Regulated
WA
Regulated
MT
OR
WA
OR
ID
NV
UT
CA
NV
UT
CA
AZ
AZ
NM
NM
TX
TX
AK
AK
HI
HI
Source: Brightfield Group
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laws in every state where Bernuth
wants to distribute the product, she
is willing to do that.
And if the rules change even
more, she's willing to adapt.
" Every business has to be fl exible,
It seems as if the status of hempderived
cannabinoids is anyone's
guess, though it is likely that federal
lawmakers will be reluctant to
interfere with state regulations. That
would be just fi ne for companies in
places such as Kentucky and Texas,
where the lack of regulated medical
marijuana programs creates intense
demand for a viable alternative.
The hemp market is booming
under loose rules that nonetheless
so we're defi nitely being as fl exible
as possible, " Bernuth said. For now,
the opportunity presented by hempderived
cannabinoid drinks is too
sweet to pass up.
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CO
KS
OK
OK
MO
AR
AR
LA
LA
MS
MS
WY
CO
ID
MT
WY
Prohibited outside marijuana channels
Unregulated
Prohibited
Prohibited outside marijuana channels
Unregulated
NE
SD
ND
MN
MA
WI
NE
SD
ND
MI
MN
IA
WI
IL
IA
KS
MO
IL
IN KY
TN
KY
TN
AL
AL
GA
FL
FL
GASC
OH
WV
VA
NC
SC
MI
IN
OH
WV
PA
VA
NC
DE
MD
DC
WA
As of Q4 2023
As of Q4 2023
WA
PA
NY
NJ
MA
DE
CT
RI
MD
DC
VT NH ME
NY
CT
NJ
RI
Unregulated; ban unclear
Unregulated; ban unclear
VT NH ME
But what about regulating CBD,
which the FDA has been on notice
to do for years? And what about
clarifying the federal legality
of hemp-derived THC and the
alphabet soup of THC derivatives
that have appeared?
call for basic guardrails such as age
restrictions and product-safety
guarantees.
Lack of action won't be welcome
news to companies such as those
trying to operate in Arkansas,
where a strict ban on hemp-derived
competitors to a fl edging medical
marijuana industry is being
challenged in federal court.
As for Bernuth, she knows at least
two things to be true: Hemp-derived
THC is too big for the federal
government to kill off entirely, and
the market needs regulations such
as age verifi cation and productsafety
standards.
If that means Pharos needs a
unique product label to comply with
Chris Roberts covers legal
and regulatory issues for
MJBizDaily. You can reach
him at chris.roberts@
mjbizdaily.com.
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