Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid found in hemp plants that is rapidly expanding in popularity nationwide with promising applications in both medical and recreational fields. While Delta 8 THC might feature familiar chemical properties to Delta 9 THC, the main chemical found in common marijuana, it has completely different effects and generally less potency for its users.
But is Delta 8 THC legal in Maryland?
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Yes, Delta 8 THC is legal in Maryland
As of today (10/12/2020), Delta 8 THC is legal according to Maryland state law. Like the federal law, Maryland has legalized all derivatives, cannabinoids, and isomers of hemp including all tetrahydrocannabinols other than Delta 9 THC.
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The bills follows:
HOUSE BILL 1123. CHAPTER 228 - AGRICULTURE – HEMP RESEARCH AND PRODUCTION
(r) (2) “Marijuana” does not include:
(vi) [the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta–9–tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis] HEMP AS DEFINED IN § 14–101 OF THE AGRICULTURE ARTICLE
14–101. SUBTITLE 1. DEFINITIONS.
(c) (1)“HEMP” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of THAT plant, INCLUDING ALL DERIVATIVES, EXTRACTS, CANNABINOIDS, ISOMERS, ACIDS, SALTS, AND SALTS OF ISOMERS, whether growing or not, with a delta–9–tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis.
TITLE 5 - CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES, PRESCRIPTIONS, AND OTHER SUBSTANCES. SUBTITLE 4 - SCHEDULES
Section 5-402 – Schedule I.
(1) A material, compound, mixture, or preparation that contains any of the following hallucinogenic or hallucinogenic-like substances is a substance listed in Schedule I:
Cannabis Policy in Maryland
Medical Marijuana is already legal and regulated in Maryland, but in the past year the Maryland General Assembly has created a new task force to study the effects of a full Maryland Recreational cannabis legalization in the foreseeable future. Many lawmakers see legalization as a way to boost the economy, make access even easier for those who need marijuana for medical reasons, and could assist those jailed for cannabis related crimes, which in turn would save the state money and help its citizens.
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