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Virginia lawmakers pass tough delta-8 THC restrictions

Virginia lawmakers approved tough new restrictions on products containing the controversial hemp-derived cannabinoid delta-8 THC.

Under a compromise bill hammered out Friday, the last day of the General Assembly session, sellers of intoxicating hemp-derived cannabinoid products would need to obtain a state license.


They would also be barred from selling products with more than 2 milligrams of THC per package, or more than 0.3% THC overall.

Products would also have to obey labeling requirements.

Violators could be fined $10,000 a day for each infraction, the Virginia Mercury reported.

The bill overwhelmingly passed the Virginia General Assembly.

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a supporter of tougher restrictions on products containing delta-8 THC, is expected to sign the bill into law.

Advocates for the state’s hemp industry say the restrictions spell the end for a viable legal hemp market that’s emerged since Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill.

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