Delta-8 THC products sold in Kentucky would be restricted to buyers 21 and older and would have to comply with testing and labeling requirements under a bill sailing through the state Legislature.
House Bill 544, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Rebecca Raymer, passed the Kentucky House on Thursday by a 97-0 vote, the Associated Press reported.
The measure now goes to the state Senate, which rejected an outright ban on delta-8 THC products last year.
Kentucky’s part-time state legislature adjourns at the end of March.
Hemp-derived intoxicating delta-8 THC products have exploded in popularity since Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill with support from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the state’s senior U.S. senator.
Last year, a circuit court judge ruled that delta-8 THC products were
Under the Farm Bill, hemp plants with 0.3% or less THC are legal.
Last November, Kentucky’s Democratic governor, Andy Beshear, issued an executive order instructing state regulators to impose labeling and packaging requirements on delta-8 THC products sold in the state.
Raymer told Spectrum News 1 that her proposal goes further, with specific labeling, testing, and age verification requirements.