Texas recently released an updated guideline saying that Delta-8 THC products are illegal in the state. Such products are now explicitly under the list of Schedule I controlled substances, and state health officials noted that such has been banned for months now.
However, Texas CBD and some vape shops filed for temporary restraining orders regarding the announcement. Those who filed the temporary restraining orders prayed it to be granted against the state.
A CBD Shop Owner Releases Sentiment
According to The Dallas Morning News, Ashley Flood, the owner of a CBD American Shaman franchise, said that she and other owners and consumers were not informed of the move to update the state’s website regarding the use and selling of marijuana-related products. The Dallas Morning News quoted Flood saying, “We didn’t find out from the state, we didn’t find out from law enforcement, we didn’t find out via letter, email — nothing. We found out from one of our suppliers.”
Flood added that she purchased $20,000 word of Delta-8 products for her store, accounting for 50 to 60 percent of her profit. If they are illegal, her business will be badly hit.
2018 Farm Bill Is Causing The Confusion
Delta-8 is a less potent alternative to the Delta-9 products, known as marijuana. Although less potent, it produces similar effects with that of Delta-9. Records show that Delta-8 products have been illegal in Texas for months now.
The Dallas Morning News said that the 2018 Farm Bill might be the one confusing sellers and consumers regarding Delta-8 products. The bill legalized Delta-8 products at the federal level, but it allows individual states to develop more stringent laws regarding the selling and consumption of such.
Further, many believe the Delta-8 products remain legal because, under the law that Gov. Greg Abbott signed in 2019, hemp products with less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol are legal.
Other Opinion From Sellers, Consumers
Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana, shared that she will consider Delta-8 products illegal since the state health officials have already announced it. However, Fazio criticized how they revealed the information to the public.