Kentucky to Tighten Reins on Delta-8 THC: New Law Implements Testing and Age Restrictions by August 1st

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Kentucky Hemp Industry Faces Stricter Delta-8 THC Regulations: Testing and Age Restrictions to be Enforced by
August 1st

In a significant move to govern the delta-8 THC market, Kentucky’s hemp industry will see comprehensive changes
after August 1, 2023. Both the Senate and House have passed a bipartisan bill that mandates product
testing, labeling, and -restriction requirements for delta-8 THC products sold in the state. Governor Andy
Beshear, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill into law, marking a pivotal moment for the flourishing hemp
production sector in the state. The forthcoming regulations come in the wake of delta-8 THC’s surging popularity
across the United since hemp production and products were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill.

As a national leader in hemp production, Kentucky is at the forefront of states seeking to regulate products
containing intoxicating derived from hemp. The new regulations will focus particularly on delta-8
THC, an isomer of the more commonly known THC. However, these stringent measures have not been without
controversy, as hemp in other states, like Virginia, have expressed concerns that such restrictions
could negatively impact the existing industry.

Both delta-8 THC and delta-9 THC are naturally present in the cannabis plant. Delta-8 THC, in particular, has
gained immense popularity since the 2018 Farm Bill’s passage, thanks to its properties and effects on
consumers. In response to a court decision affirming the legality of delta-8 THC in Kentucky last fall, Governor
Beshear previously issued an executive order to enforce labeling and requirements on these products
within the state.

The recently passed House Bill 544 is set to establish even more comprehensive guidelines for delta-8 THC
products. Kentucky’s state health regulators will be tasked with creating testing and labeling requirements,
focusing on both “contaminants” and active ingredients, to ensure consumer safety and product quality. The goal is
to maintain the reputation of Kentucky’s hemp industry while safeguarding public health.

Among the critical aspects of the new regulations is the age restriction on delta-8 products. The bill clearly
states that these products cannot be sold to individuals under the age of 21, aiming to prevent access by minors
and maintain responsible consumption practices.

As the hemp industry prepares for these changes, stakeholders are hopeful that the forthcoming regulations will
strike a balance between the thriving market and necessary oversight. By August 1st, Kentucky’s
delta-8 THC products will be subjected to rigorous testing, clearer labeling, and restrictions on sales to
minors, shaping the industry’s landscape in the state for years to come.

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