Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid found organically in the hemp plant that has quickly expanded in popularity nationwide with promising results in the medical and recreational fields. While Delta 8 THC has some properties familiar to the main chemical found in marijuana, Delta 9 THC, it has completely different effects along with generally less potency.
But now you have to ask, is Delta 8 THC legal in Alaska?
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No, Delta 8 THC is not legal in Alaska
As of writing this (11/03/2020), Delta 8 THC is illegal under Alaska state law.
The following bills highlight why Delta 8 THC is illegal in Alaska
HOUSE CS FOR CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 6.
Relating to the regulation and production of industrial hemp; relating to industrial hemp pilot programs; providing that industrial hemp is not included in the definition of “marijuana”; providing that cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil”; clarifying that adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product; and providing for an effective date.
Sec. 5. AS 03.05.100 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:
(5) “industrial hemp” means all parts and varieties of the plant Cannabis sativa L. containing not more than 0.3 percent delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol.
Sec. 7. AS 11.71.900 is amended to read:
(14) “marijuana” means the seeds, and leaves, buds, and flowers of the plant (genus) Cannabis, whether growing or not; it does not include the resin or oil extracted from any part of the plants, or any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation from the resin or oil, including hashish, hashish oil, and natural or synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol; it does not include the stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the stalks, fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination; it does not include industrial hemp as defined in AS 03.05.100;
ARTICLE 1. OFFENSES RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. CHAPTER 71. CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
Sec. 11.71.160. Schedule IIIA:
(f) Schedule IIIA includes, unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any quantity of the following substances or that contains any of its salts, isomers, whether optical, position, or geometric, or salts of isomers whenever the existence of those salts, isomers, or salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation:
- hash oil or hashish oil;
The Future of Delta 8 THC in Alaska
If you want to see a change in these laws, we recommend you voice your opinions to your local and state lawmakers. Alaska has the benefit of being one of the newest states in the country which usually means less laws generally. Unlike Delta 8 THC in New Mexico however, Alaska has adopted measures against this new cannabinoid. It'll be interesting to keep an eye on Delta 8 THC in Puerto Rico (if they ever become a state) to see what they do.
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