Texas court reverses earlier ruling, temporarily blocks delta-8 ban

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A Texas court has reversed an earlier ruling and temporarily set aside a ban on delta-8 THC in the state.

Judge Jan Soifer of 126th Judicial District Court issued a temporary injunction yesterday blocking the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) from enforcing a notice issued to law agencies last month that warned delta-8 THC products are considered controlled substances and therefore illegal. DSHS had placed delta-8 on the state’s list of controlled substances last January.

About face

In a ruling issued at the end of October, Judge Gary Harger of the same Texas court had rejected CBD seller Hometown Hero’s request to block the ban on delta-8, which is derived from hemp-based CBD. Hometown Hero filed its lawsuit Oct. 20.

Hometown Hero distributes CBD products to shops in Austin, and to CBD retailers nationally through an affiliated entity, Austin-based Sky Marketing Corporation.

Ongoing debate

Federal and state lawmakers, regulators and different factions of the U.S. hemp industry are vigorously debating the future of delta-8 THC. Unlike delta-9 THC, the more common, natural form of tetrahydrocannabinol derived from marijuana plants, delta-8 is not a natural derivative of cannabis; it is produced by extracting CBD from industrial hemp plants that contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC and then transforming the CBD into delta-8 THC through a chemical process that employs acetic acid.

Producers are incorporating delta-8 THC in such products as vape liquids, edibles, and high-CBD hemp buds laced with the compound.

Nearly 20 U.S. states have outlawed delta-8 THC while a few allow it to be sold under marijuana laws and regulations.

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