Wyoming Senate Passes Measure to Ban Delta-8 THC

Legislation that would place a ban on the production and distribution of THC derived from hemp, including delta-8 and delta-10 THC, has been passed by Wyoming’s full Senate.

Gummies made with delta-8 THC.

On Thursday the Wyoming Senate passed Senate Bill 32 in an 18 to 13 vote, sending it to the state’s House of Representatives. Today the measure was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Under the proposed law, the production and distribution of synthetic THC would be prohibited, as would any delta-8 and delta-10 THC derived from hemp. Hemp products would not be permitted to have more than 0.3% delta-9 THC.

Delta-8 THC is THC that’s derived from hemp, which was legalized under the 2018 farm bill. Delta-8 THC interacts with the body in a way similar to marijuana-derived delta-9 THC, despite the latter being illegal for recreational use. This has led to some lawmakers considering delta-8 THC to be a sort of legal loophole to achieving a marijuana-like experience in states where marijuana is not legal.

South Dakota’s House of Representatives recently approved a similar bill to Wyoming’s SB 32, as did Florida’s full Senate. In these states, however, the issue has so far been far less contentious, with both being measures being passed unanimously compared to the 18 to 13 vote in Wyoming’s House.

Currently 17 states ban the production and distribution of delta-8 THC. If the three bills mentioned above are enacted into law, that number would increase to 20.

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