Is Delta-8 legal in Rhode Island?

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 Rhode Island?

No, Rhode Island has updated hemp laws to legalize CBD and many other hemp extracts and derivatives; however the state has made extensive amendments to their Controlled Substances list that specifically prohibit the sales and manufacturing of Delta-8-THC.

Is cannabis recreational in Rhode Island?

No, although Rhode Island has had a medical program since 2005, they have yet to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

What is the age restriction on Delta-8 THC?

Currently, there are not any specific age restrictions on Delta-8 in Rhode Island, but most retailers require the buyer to be at least 21 years of age before purchasing any product.

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 havestated 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 controlled substance.
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