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DEA Tried Banning New Cannabis Product, Sellers Still Selling

The 2018 Farm Bill paved a path for hemp farmers throughout the United States. While hemp cultivation is federally legal, the cannabis plant responsible for producing THC—the psychoactive cannabis compound—is still illegal. But some shop operators have recently begun distributing a hemp derivative that offers comparable effects to THC, adding to the confusion of what’s legal and what isn’t.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has tried banning the new hemp-derived product. But some business owners are still working to exploit this legal loophole.

Alex Petrick, a hemp distributor, told WFSU Public Media, “The definition of marijuana is cannabis that is above 0.3 [percent] delta-9-THC plus THCA times .877. Delta-8, on the other hand, is not mentioned anywhere regarding marijuana in any situation or context.”

Leading hemp industry attorneys at Vicente Sederberg LLP, Kight Law Office PC, and Hoban Law Group represent the plaintiffs in the district court action.

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