Sometimes, Peace will go to a convenience store and pick up a few products. They are designed to get you high and come in a variety of products.
Peace isn't going to a party even though cashiers looked at her. The director of the laboratory for forensic toxicology research at Virginia Commonwealth University is taking her collection to the lab to see what's inside. No one else is checking in some instances.
Even in places where marijuana is still illegal, there are online and corner stores that sellHemp products that can get you high. The products have been a lifesaver for the struggling industry. Critics of the products acknowledge that some companies have high standards for their products.
Federal regulators aren't watching what's in the products. Peace and other researchers have found a wide range of issues. There's been a spike in calls to poison control centers related to delta-8, because some of the packaging and labels for some of the products are similar to candy or cereals. The newer products can be even more potent.
Peace said that Delta-8 was like, "Look at me, look at me, and there's a monster behind the bush."
The legality of delta-8 products on the federal level was upheld by a recent federal appeals court verdict. Lawmakers in states like Colorado and Oregon have banned the products because of the lack of federal regulations.
Jonathan Miller is the general counsel at the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.
There are people fighting in the industry. Texas, Kentucky, and Kansas are facing lawsuits from the industry. Regulators in Virginia were jeered and angry at a meeting earlier this month after they announced new restrictions on products.
The entrepreneurs said regulators were using bad actors to villainize the industry. They argued that regulation would hurt Virginia's competiveness in relation to other states with less strict laws.
Kerry McCormick said he was 45 minutes from the Tennessee border. Some of my jobs are going to be done in Tennessee. That will be on the committee.
The products have their origins in the farm bill. The chemical compound in marijuana that is responsible for the high was defined by the bill. The bill didn't mention delta-8 THC. It is found in trace amounts in cannabis plants, but can be created in larger quantities with the help of cannabidiol, a chemical that is found in cannabis plants. There is noCannabidiol that creates euphoria or intoxication.
Miller, one of the authors of the legislation, said that the authors had no intention of making the product legal.
Miller said that he and most of the people involved in drafting the legislation didn't know what delta-8 was.
That wasn't an excuse according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. It is for Congress to fix its mistake if it did not intend to legalized delta-8.
The loophole may be closed by bringing together scientists and regulators, according to Miller. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Shumer introduced a bill last week that would decriminalize marijauana, but it faces steep hurdles to pass.
Sean Dudley, a customer, said the products are most appealing when marijuana isn't legal. After moving to Wisconsin, where marijuana is still illegal, Dudley tried Delta-8.
Dudley said that using Delta-8 was a nicer experience than using weed.
Dudley moved back to Virginia, where possession of marijuana is legal, but retail sales have yet to start.
The focus should be on moving the needle on retail marijauna sales rather than on products. Lawmakers in Virginia failed to agree on a path forward for retail marijuana sales so Anthony Miyares decided to focus his activism on that goal.
Miyares wished people were fighting harder to regulate cannabis.