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State regulators want Congress to redefine, regulate hemp, delta-8 THC

An association of state cannabis regulators is asking Congress to include in the next Farm Bill new rules governing hemp and hemp-derived cannabinoids, including a new definition for what constitutes “hemp” versus marijuana.

If adopted, the proposed rules would have broad implications for products containing hemp-derived, intoxicating cannabinoids, including delta-8 THC.


Such products have exploded in popularity since the 2018 Farm Bill was enacted.

The Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) asked House and Senate committee chairs in a Sept. 15 letter to include “key initial changes that are urgently needed” to rein in what’s become an unruly competitor to strictly regulated cannabis.

At the top of CANNRA’s wish list is a new definition that would draw a clear distinction between hemp grown for fiber, food or feed and hemp intended for THC or CBD extraction.

CANNRA, formed in 2020, is also asking Congress to redefine what

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