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May 8, 2023 Group Watch: House Passes Bill Restricting Delta-8 Products

Last week, on a 105-0 vote, the Alabama House passed a bill to make it a crime to sell products containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical derived from hemp, to people younger than 21. Delta-8 products are currently available in stores and online and include gummies, vapes, candy, cookies and other varieties. Under the bill, selling these products to someone under 21 would be a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail. Persons under 21 who possess the products would be subject to a citation and a fine. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about products containing delta-8, saying they pose a serious health risk as they have psychoactive and intoxicating qualities, have not been evaluated for safety, and some are sold with deceptive marketing practices, purporting to have therapeutic benefits.

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