Lawmakers Pass Bill To Crack Down On Hemp-Based Delta Products In Virginia

Both chambers of the assembly adopted the conference report on HB 2294

The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill to set tougher regulations on intoxicating hemp products before wrapping up the 2023 legislative session.

Divisions over the measure were made clear in the Virginia Senate, where some called it a needed step forward to address a safety issue and others argued it would lead to new legal issues for people and drive some out of business.

Both chambers of the assembly adopted the conference report on House Bill 2294, sponsored by Republican House Majority Leader Terry Kilgore (Scott), on Friday to establish requirements on packaging and labeling hemp-derived synthetic THC products that get people high but have remained largely unregulated.

The hemp-based products have proliferated at gas stations, smoke shops and other businesses since Virginia legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The products, including delta-8 and delta-10, have been linked to an increase in poison control calls and emergency room visits in Virginia.

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