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Ky Dept. of Agriculture comments on Delta 8 THC

Jul 16, 2021

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After some controversy surrounding the substance, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has issued a statement regarding Delta 8 THC.

The Kentucky Hemp Association is seeking an injunction against the state after two Morehead Businesses were raided by the Kentucky State Police last month.  A release from the association says the stores had their Delta 8 inventory seized along with money and store surveillance equipment, as well as charging store employees with trafficking.

Many find the chemical to be in a legal gray area, but Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture does not see it that way.  The 2018 United States farm bill did legalize hemp production for plants containing less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC:  the form of the drug found in marijuana. 

Sean Southard with the Department says a stipulation of that legislation was showing how hemp was different from marijuana in not containing a psychoactive substance.

Southard adds the letter from the Department that started the controversy was like others sent out to hemp license holders, saying it was a response to questions asked within the fast-changing regulatory area.