Delta 8 THC is a unique cannabinoid found organically in the hemp plant that has been rapidly expanding in popularity nationwide with promising medical and recreational applications. Even though Delta 8 THC does feature familiar properties to Delta 9 THC, the compound that intoxicates you when consuming marijuana, it has completely different effects and generally less potency.
But is Delta 8 THC legal in New Hampshire?
Related article: What is Delta 8 THC?
Yes, Delta 8 THC is legal in New Hampshire
As of today (10/09/2020), Delta 8 THC is legal according to New Hampshire state law. Like the federal law, New Hampshire has legalized all derivatives, cannabinoids, and isomers of hemp including all tetrahydrocannabinols other than Delta 9 THC.
Read the laws for yourself.
HB 459-FN - FINAL VERSION
CHAPTER 439-A – HEMP
IV. “Hemp products” means all products made from hemp, including cloth, cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, construction materials, plastics, seed, seed meal, seed oil, and certified seed for cultivation.
V. “Hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration (THC) of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
CONTROLLED DRUG ACT
306:3 Marijuana; Hemp Exception. Amend RSA 318-B:2-c
(a) “Marijuana” includes the leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds of all species of the plant genus Cannabis, but shall not include the resin extracted from any part of such plant and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation from such resin including hashish, and further, shall not include the mature stalks of such 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, fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination. Marijuana shall not include hemp grown, processed, marketed, or sold under RSA 439-A.
306:4 Therapeutic Cannabis; Hemp Excepted. Amend 126-X:1
III. “Cannabis” means all parts of any plant of the Cannabis genus of plants, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds, or resin. Such term shall not include the mature stalks of such plants, fiber produced from such stalks, oil, or cake made from the seeds of such plants, any other compound, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seeds of such plants which are incapable of germination. In this chapter, cannabis shall not include hemp grown, processed, marketed, or sold under RSA 439-A.
Cannabis Policy in New Hampshire
Sadly, New Hampshire is behind other surrounding states when it comes to cannabis policy, as it is surrounded by states where cannabis is legal for adults but still maintain prohibition; much like the restrictions on Delta 8 THC in Rhode Island and Delta 8 THC in Idaho. The Senate and governor have made their stance clear they they are not ready to support legalization and regulation when it comes to cannabis sales.
Why not try a Delta 8 Tincture?
Earlier this year, advocates were pushing for HB 1648, a bill similar to Vermont's legalization law, allowing for adults over the age of 21 to simply legally possess and cultivate limited supplies at home. It does seem like New Hampshire does follow in some of the foot steps because Delta 8 THC in Vermont is also legal. Even though HB 1648 passed in the house with a vote 236-112 on February 20th but senate leaders have used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to avoid voting on this legalization bill.
We encourage you to voice your concerns regarding legalization to your local and state lawmakers.
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