Oregon Adopts New Delta-8 THC Regulations

Politics News - Oregon Adopts New Delta-8 THC Regulations

Late this March, Oregon’s General Government Committee unanimously passed a bill that will “clip the wings” of the skyrocketing sales of Delta-8 THC—the latest craze in the cannabis market

With House Bill 3000, the Oregon State Legislature declared an emergency on this subject. 

The main issue — Products with Delta-8 THC, the molecular cousin of Delta-9 THC, pop up in unregulated convenience stores and websites, making them widely available to minors

But, how dangerous is Delta-8 THC?

Much like what we came to know as THC (Delta 9 type), Delta-8 THC is psychoactive. However, it provokes a milder, “rational high” that some describe as a euphoric and relaxing feeling without the paranoia and anxiety associated with Delta-9 THC. 

Since it is synthetically produced from hemp, the federal Farm Bill of 2018 makes Delta 8 legal. Plus, the DEA’s “Interim Final Rule” that will change this has not been put in effect yet.

So, what will change for Oregon?

  • Delta-8 THC is now included in the definition of THC, and subsequently, it falls under the OLCC regulation:
    • the maximum legal limits of total THC (including Delta-8) will be below 0.3%.
    • Products containing it will not be sold to minors.
  • The OLCC will also be authorized to regulate the maximum concentration of cannabinoids per serving in products.
  • The bill establishes a Task Force on Cannabis-Derived Intoxicants.

Meanwhile, eleven US states ban Delta-8 completely: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.

So, parallelly with the legal expansion of recreational cannabis legalization, which now includes New York State, there’s a “constriction wave” of rules making it unavailable to children. 

The latest of these was the so-called vape mail ban (PACT Act), which prohibits the online selling of e-cigarettes and vapes to minors.