The Controlled Substances Act leaves pathway for intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoids

Delta-8 THC exploded onto the scene in 2019, followed by delta-10 THC, THC-O acetate and HHC in 2020 and 2021.

While state regulatory agencies have opted for a whack-a-mole approach that focuses on controlling one cannabinoid at a time, the federal government has been largely silent on the legal status of hemp-derived cannabinoids.

Marijuana products technically aren’t eligible for federal trademarks because the plant is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act

Marijuana products technically aren’t eligible for federal trademarks because the plant is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.

But that doesn’t mean cannabis businesses can’t protect their intellectual property and build brand awareness through patents and federal trademarks—the latter is applicable if the application doesn’t involve a plant-touching side of the business.

US senators raise heat on President Biden, demand marijuana reform

A group of Democratic and independent U.S. senators is trying to up the pressure on the Biden Administration to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act on criminal justice grounds.

After legal setback, hemp extractors hope DEA won’t make any big moves

Hemp extractors worried about a federal crackdown over THC levels have dim prospects for getting help from the judicial system.

Instead, they’re looking to the words of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in hopes the agency won’t put much effort into enforcing its 2020 rule about hemp extracts that go “hot,” or beyond 0.3% THC.

Marijuana TV ads might be protected from FCC under new bill in Congress

Marijuana companies might soon have the option of running television advertisements without fear of federal intervention under a new bill advanced by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

Delta-8 THC retailer sues Kansas over product seizures

A delta-8 THC retailer in Kansas is suing state officials for telling law enforcement that hemp-derived intoxicants are illegal drugs.

DEA prevails in hemp extract fight that one judge calls ‘ridiculous’

Low-THC hemp extracts become illegal marijuana the moment they exceed o.3% THC, a federal appeals court ruled, dismissing a pair of lawsuits challenging a 2020 rule from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

States struggle to set rules for hemp intoxicants such as delta-8 THC

Many U.S. states considered new laws to regulate hemp-derived intoxicants such as delta-8 THC this year, but few settled on how to do it.

New York hemp growers prep to cash in on recreational marijuana market

New York hemp growers hit hard by an oversaturated market and low prices are jumping at another chance to grow the same species of plant, just a different variety: marijuana.

Regulate cannabis like corn? US Farm Bill proposal raises eyebrows, hopes

A seemingly offbeat idea to finally approve federal marijuana legalization is getting cannabis-reform advocates talking: What about adding high-THC cannabis to low-THC hemp in the next Farm Bill?

It’s an idea few in the cannabis advocacy community have considered.

Prospects for federal marijuana reform: Q&A with GOP Rep. Nancy Mace

Republican U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace discusses the prospects of Congress passing her marijuana reform bill, the States Reform Act.