The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved the measures for regulating THC products. According to these measures, Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC products will be banned.
Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC products have become the center of attention in the Cannabis industry. Whether they are legal, are they suitable for the CBD industry, and what does the future hold for these products? These are some of the questions most CBD enthusiasts are thinking of, and the Alabama Senate just came up with a clear answer.
In the recent turn of events, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee decided to ban the Delta-8-THC and Delta-10-THC products. Both products are hemp derivatives, which might raise concerns regarding the legality of the other hemp-derived products.
In its recent post, Ganjapreneur shares the story of the Alabama Senate ban on Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC products.
Amendment to Ban Delta-8 THC
The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved the measures for regulating THC products. According to these measures, Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC products will be banned, as reported by the Alabama Political Reporter.
Even though the bill’s original motivation was something else, it turned out that Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC products were banned for sales and distribution across the state. The bill’s idea was to add synthetic opioid tianeptine to the list of controlled substances in the state.
The author of this amendment was Republican Sen. Arthur Orr.
Amendment not Well-Received by the ACIA
The Alabama Cannabis Industry Association did not receive the proposal too well. Its recent blog post showed how the association believed it’s too early to decide the future of these potentially beneficial products.
The blog post suggested that the ban seems like a hasty decision as Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC products can potentially treat severe illnesses and conditions. Until the research proves otherwise, it is seemingly unjustified to ban these products in the state.
Moreover, there are no reported cases of deaths related to Delta 8 THC. It was found much safer than some of the other over-the-counter medications, which is strange but true.
The Compassion Act
Given the backlash from the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association, the Senate may have to rethink its measures. Therefore, it may consider regulating Delta-8 and Delta-19 THC policies in The Compassion Act. Hence, these products may remain under controlled substances but be accessible for those in need.
The blogpost demands the Senate to regulate the products so that the needy ones can access them until research proves more benefits of these products or otherwise.
Interview with ACIA President
According to Chey Garrigan, the President and Executive Director of ACIA, the association is on board with the bill’s intent to ban tianeptine. However, the additional amendments banning Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC are not justified, so they continue to oppose the bill.
Chey Garrigan shared his thoughts in a recent interview with the Political Reporter.
Moreover, the blogpost from ACIA also suggested that the ban brings health concerns to individuals. Also, there might be financial drawbacks once the ban applies.
The ACIA believes that if the government includes Delta-8 and Delta-10 THC as medical products, the tax money can be put to greater use. Moreover, the legalization is possible through The Compassion Act, and the state could reap the benefits from the product sales.
The Senate might consider the bill that passed through a 6-3 vote by the committee.
The recent development in Alabama’s controlled substances laws has caused a stir in the Cannabis industry within the state. With clear rejection and appeals to reconsider the amendments from the ACIA, there remains some uncertainty about the future of Delta-8 and Delta-19 THC products.
However, the Compassion Act could prove to be a vital game-changer. Hence, if the Senate considers the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association’s requests, the two parties can come to a possible consensus.