Is Delta-8 legal in Arkansas?

What is Delta-8? 

Delta-8 THC (or Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol) is a naturally occurring chemical compound called a cannabinoid that’s found in small traces in hemp and cannabis (marijuana) plants.

- source: webMD.com

How does Delta-8 compare to regular THC?

Not only are their chemical compounds very similar, but they also share some of the same effects. Some refer Delta-8 THC as a "diet weed", as it's effects are very much the same but causes a milder high.

Is Delta-8 legal?

Under the Farm Bill signed into law by Donald Trump in 2018, industrial hemp was federally legalized and removed from the list of illegal controlled substances.
The law only applies to "industrial hemp", containing no more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC.
Considering that Delta-8 THC can be derived from hemp, it is legal on a federal level.
Since the bill has passed, many states are passing their own legislation against THC based cannabinoids as most are still considered to be psychoactive.
 

Is Delta-8 legal in Arkansas?

No, Delta-8 THC is effectively banned in the state of Arizona.
The state of Alaska labels "cannabis, salts, isomers, and preparations of THC"  as a Schedule VI controlled substance, as stated in HB 1415. ACT 329.
 

Is cannabis recreational in Arizona?

No, the state of Arkansas prohibits cannabis for recreational use.
First time abusers caught with up to 4oz of cannabis, may face up to $2500 in fines, up to a year in jailtime, and mandatory 6-month drivers license suspension.
 

Is the federal government trying to ban Delta-8?

The DEA, FDA, and other federal agencies are very aware of the concerns of Delta-8 (mainly being use in children), and have stated their own concerns publicly.
However, at this time there has been no attempts to mark Delta-8, Delta-10, or other similar cannabinoids as a federally controlled substance.
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