(The Center Square) – As the popularity of Delta-8 cannabis products grows, some are calling for more oversight in Illinois.
Delta-8 THC is legal in Illinois and 21 other states, but unlike marijuana, which is regulated, taxed and can only be sold in licensed dispensaries, Delta-8 can be sold in convenience stores and online.
While cannabis is still illegal on the federal level, when the $867 billion Farm Bill passed, it made hemp production legal nationally. Products made from Delta-8 deliver a milder marijuana-like high than Delta-9, prompting the moniker “marijuana light.”
Aaron Smith, CEO of the National Cannabis Industry Association, said Delta-8 hemp products should face the same regulations as regular cannabis.
“Our position isn’t that it should be prohibited by any means, but it should go through the same regulatory process so only licensed facilities can sell this to adults,” Smith said.
Only a handful of states (Alabama, Florida, Kentucky,