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US (VA): Fears Virginia’s hemp extract industry could be “Eliminated”

Legislation in Virginia on the cusp of becoming law could destroy the state’s hemp sector, says a cannabis industry association. Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has been keen to crack down on hemp-based THC products in his state. Last year he signed a bill into law primarily targeting the controversial cannabinoid delta-8 THC.

The Virginia Cannabis Association last week wrote to Governor Youngkin expressing serious concern with aspects of two other bills – SB903 and HB2294 – awaiting his signature.

“As passed by the General Assembly, the bills would have the unintended result of eliminating the thriving Virginia hemp industry, greatly expanding the cannabinoid black market in Virginia, and creating serious public safety and public health problems across the entire Commonwealth,” states the letter.

So, what’s in these bills that could have such an effect? According to the Association, one of the major issues is the way tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is defined as it includes all isomers of THC – and the non-intoxicating cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) is a THC isomer.


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