Delta 8 THC is a cannabinoid found in hemp plants that is quickly expanding in popularity nationwide with promising applications in both the medical and recreational fields. While Delta 8 THC features familiar chemical properties to Delta 9 THC, the main chemical found in marijuana, it has completely different effects and generally less potency.
But is Delta 8 THC legal in Nebraska?
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Yes, Delta 8 THC is legal in Nebraska
As of 09/30/2020, Delta 8 THC is legal according to Nebraska state law. Like the federal law, Nebraska has legalized all derivatives, cannabinoids, and isomers of hemp including all tetrahydrocannabinols other than Delta 9 THC.
Luckily, it seems like Nebraska views cannabis in a similar way as Delta 8 THC in Oklahoma, Delta 8 THC in North Dakota, and Delta 8 THC in Minnesota. Keeping an eye on these regulations will be important in the future to make sure things don't change.
The relevant laws follow:
LEGISLATIVE BILL 657 - NEBRASKA HEMP FARMING ACT:
Chapter 2-503. Terms, defined.
(8) Federally defined THC level for hemp means a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis as defined in section 10113 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115-334, as such section existed on January 1, 2019;
The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq. SEC. 10113. HEMP PRODUCTION.
Subtitle G. SEC. 297A. DEFINITIONS.
‘(1) HEMP.—The term ‘hemp’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
(11) Hemp means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, including the viable seeds of such plant and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis. Hemp shall be considered an agricultural commodity. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, hemp shall not be considered a controlled substance under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act;
(21) THC means tetrahydrocannabinol.
CHAPTER 28 UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT
28-401. Terms, defined.
(13) Hemp has the same meaning as in section 2-503;
(14)(a) Marijuana means all parts of the plant of the genus cannabis, whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant or its seeds.
(b) Marijuana does not include the mature stalks of such plant, hashish, tetrahydrocannabinols extracted or isolated from the plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks, the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination, or cannabidiol contained in a drug product approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration or obtained pursuant to sections 28-463 to 28-468.
(c) Marijuana does not include hemp.
Chapter 28-405. Controlled substances; schedules; enumerated. Schedule I
(c) Any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of the following hallucinogenic substances, their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, unless specifically excepted, whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation, and, for purposes of this subdivision only, isomer shall include the optical, position, and geometric isomers:
(25) Any material, compound, mixture, or preparation containing any quantity of synthetically produced cannabinoids as listed in subdivisions (A) through (L) of this subdivision, including their salts, isomers, salts of isomers, and nitrogen, oxygen, or sulfur-heterocyclic analogs, unless specifically excepted elsewhere in this section. Since nomenclature of these synthetically produced cannabinoids is not internationally standardized and may continually evolve, these structures or compounds of these structures shall be included under this subdivision, regardless of their specific numerical designation of atomic positions covered, so long as it can be determined through a recognized method of scientific testing or analysis that the substance contains properties that fit within one or more of the following categories:
(A) Tetrahydrocannabinols: Meaning tetrahydrocannabinols naturally contained in a plant of the genus Cannabis (cannabis plant), as well as synthetic equivalents of the substances contained in the plant, or in the resinous extractives of cannabis, sp. and/or synthetic substances, derivatives, and their isomers with similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity such as the following: Delta 1 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers; Delta 6 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers; Delta 3,4 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and its optical isomers;
Cannabis Policy in Nebraska
As it currently stands, possession of marijuana is illegal in Nebraska, with a possession of one ounce or less considered an infraction, punishable by a fine of up to $300. Nebraska is one of the only 26 states to not jail first-time offenders found with a small amount of cannabis.
Even though, a campaign of over 190,000 voters received signatures from across the state in support of a statewide medical marijuana program, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that this initiative will not appear on the November 2020 ballot. If you disagree with this, make sure to voice your opinion to your local and state lawmakers.
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