The Interim Final Rules for federal hemp regulation, published on August 21 are here, and they might blow up the future of extracts and synthetic forms of hemp-derived THC, including delta-8-THC. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s fingerprints are all over these changes.
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- So-called Work In Progress Hemp Extract (WIPHE) would now be forced to meet THC limits that contradict previous Food and Drug Administration positions.
- The criminalization of WIPHE comes along with an ambiguous decision that would designate the naturally expressed delta-8 as synthetic—and therefore illegal—because it results from a chemical reaction. Producers can be prosecuted and/or open to civil litigation.
- Angilbert “Bert” Sarkis runs Phenos, a Modesto dispensary. He also just chipped in $100,000 to a city council member’s campaign for mayor. That’s a big contribution for Modesto.