Bill To Effectively Ban Delta-8 Products In Tennessee Amended To Regulate Them Instead

A 5% tax on top of sales tax would be placed on Delta-8 products

A bill that would have effectively made Delta-8 THC products illegal in Tennessee was amended Tuesday to allow the sales but heavily restrict them instead.

Currently, Delta-8 products are legal to sell and consume in Tennessee and most other states because the psychoactive THC is derived from legal CBD extracted from hemp.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Richard Briggs (R – Knoxville) and calls for redefining marijuana, which is illegal in Tennessee, to include hemp and hemp products. Those products would need to have a cannabinoid other than Delta-9 THC, such as Delta-8 in concentrations of more than 0.1%, and Delta-9 THC products with concentrations of 0.3% or less on a dry-weight basis.

The amendment would ban purchasing and selling Delta-8 products for anyone under 21 years old. Retailers would need to see proof of a person’s age before selling it, and people will not be able to distribute samples of products containing hemp-derived cannabinoids on public streets or sidewalks, as well as in public parks.

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