Investigators with the Lincoln Police Department last week seized THC products for testing from five local dispensaries that previously failed compliance tests, police officials said, in a crackdown replicated in other parts of the state on an ambiguous market that operates, in part, within a legal loophole.
The dispensaries — The Cannabis Factory, Kind Life Dispensary, and three 50 Shades of Green locations — offer various THC products, including Delta-8, a federally legal hemp-derived cannabinoid that has been sold in the city for more than two years.
Though cannabis remains illegal in Nebraska even for medical use, a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized the regulated production of hemp. The law requires that the plant contain no more than 0.3% of Delta-9 THC, but no limits were placed on the hundreds of other cannabinoids present in hemp, including Delta 8, essentially creating a loophole for businesses to sell it.
Lincoln Police investigators performed "spot checks" on 10 local dispensaries in January, February, and March in response to resident concerns over advertisements that suggested the stores were selling illegal-grade THC products, said Erika Thomas, a spokeswoman for LPD.
Five of the 10 dispensaries were found to be selling THC products that weren't compliant with the state statute, Thomas said.
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