New Florida Bill On Delta-8 THC

Navigating Changes in Florida's Hemp Regulations: SB 1698 Unpacked

Please keep in mind, this will take effect on October 1, 2024.

Reported by Mitch Perry, Florida Phoenix

Here at Green Relief, we are dedicated to staying at the forefront of evolving cannabis regulations across the nation, ensuring the safety and well-being of our valued customers.

In a significant stride toward regulating hemp-derived products, the Florida Legislature recently approved a bill poised to reshape the industry. SB 1698, sponsored by Colleen Burton, a Republican from Polk County, not only tackles THC regulations in hemp products but also throws the spotlight on delta-8 THC, a compound that has faced bans in 17 states and severe restrictions in seven more. Delta-8 THC, known for its popularity and purported benefits for chronic illnesses, is facing elimination in Florida.

The Florida Senate showed unanimous support for SB 1698 with a 39-0 vote, while the House had a more contested approval of 64-48 on the same day.

Key Provisions of SB 1698:

  1. THC Limits: Central to the bill is the regulation of THC levels in hemp-derived products. SB 1698 establishes limits, stating that THC concentration should not exceed 5 milligrams per serving or 50 milligrams per package. At Green Relief, we are actively working on new product formulations and packaging for our Nine products to ensure compliance with these regulations. It's important to note that these regulations won't take effect until October 1, providing businesses with a transitional period to adapt.

  2. Delta-8 THC Ban: A pivotal aspect of the legislation is the prohibition of all delta-8 products. Despite being available in retail establishments for the past four years, these products will face a statewide ban if Governor Ron DeSantis signs the bill into law.

  3. Children-Centric Regulations: In a bid to protect minors, SB 1698 introduces measures preventing businesses from possessing hemp extract products designed to be appealing to children. At Green Relief, we strongly support this crucial aspect of the bill, recognizing the importance of keeping these products out of the reach of children.

Green Relief's Perspective:

As a dedicated cannabis company, we find ourselves in disagreement with this ruling. Over the years, we've witnessed the myriad benefits that cannabis and its derivatives, including delta-8 THC, can offer to individuals dealing with chronic illnesses. While we acknowledge the importance of regulation for public safety, we also advocate for a balanced approach that preserves the potential benefits for those who rely on these products for improved quality of life.

Industry Reactions and Concerns:

The hemp industry in Florida has been closely monitoring the legislative developments, expressing apprehensions about potential economic repercussions. Professionals within the sector argue that the slightly increased THC limits may fall short of sustaining economic vitality.

JJ Coombs, co-founder and CEO of several Florida Hemp companies, voiced disappointment, stating, "Today the Florida Legislature ignored the widespread opposition from the Florida hemp industry, consumers, and residents, and instead voted to ban safe, lawful products that many individuals seek to improve their quality of life."

The Controversy Surrounding Delta-8 THC:

While proponents of the bill stress the necessity for regulation and public safety, opponents, including those who claim medical benefits from delta-8 THC, are pushing back against the ban. Instances of children ingesting such products have been cited in committee meetings, prompting the need for stricter regulations.

In tandem with this legislative development, Green Relief, a company shipping cannabis-derived products nationwide, is navigating a nuanced regulatory landscape. The recent changes in Florida's hemp regulations, as outlined in SB 1698, bring into focus the challenges and opportunities in the evolving hemp and CBD industry.

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