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US (VA): Hemp law changes relieves some parents: 'Nice to know that you were heard'

Governor Glen Youngkin (R - Virginia) has amended a hotly-debated hemp regulation bill to allow for the use of therapeutic products some Virginia families rely on for medical reasons.

Some in the Virginia hemp industry see the changes as a positive but still think the legislation will harm local hemp farmers and producers. For eight years, Lisa Smith's daughter Haley has relied on CBD oil from out of state to control debilitating seizures caused by Dravet Syndrome.

The hemp regulation bill that passed the Virginia General Assembly threatened the Smith family's access to the oil. The hemp bill aimed to crack down on the sale of unregulated synthetic THC products, like Delta-8 and others, that produce a similar high to marijuana, according to the bill's backers.

Those unregulated synthetic products have been blamed for a rash of poisonings in Virginia children who mistakenly ingest the products, some of which look like gummies or candy.


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